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Job Title:  IT Specialist (Senior Systems Administrator)
Department:  Legislative Branch
Agency:  Library of Congress
Job Announcement Number:  130089

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Thursday, June 13, 2013 to Monday, July 08, 2013
Open - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington, DC  View Map
U.S. citizens


The Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks a Senior Systems Administrator to work in the Technical Operations Services section of its Office of Information Management and Technology.

The person selected for this position will have mastery of VMware technologies in a networked environment. Duties of the position include:

  • Installing, moving, and de-installing hardware
  • Configuring VMware-based applications
  • Configuring monitoring tools and maintaining the infrastructure
  • Ensuring currency of documentation of the entire virtual environment
  • Executing initiatives to reduce failures and defects and improve overall performance
  • Communicating with peers and managers while troubleshooting
  • Managing equipment tracking (e.g. racking, decommissioning, etc.)
  • Working with experienced Systems Administrators on environment maintenance
  • Providing instructions and guidance on best practices to members of the team
  • Administering enterprise storage
  • Performing utilization and capacity analysis
  • Tracking hardware inventory
  • Cabling network and storage area networks (SANs)

Information technology professionals with extensive VMware and system architecture experience, excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively as well as independently to support deadlines are highly encouraged to apply.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for nearly a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.



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    Plans and coordinates the installation, integration, testing, operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of CRS server, storage, and networking infrastructure serving the research and information needs of congressional clients and CRS staff.

    Participates in the coordination of contract administration activities for long term, extensive technical service contracts. Provides expert analysis and advice and develops solutions to solve issues and problems associated with agency-wide IT programs.

    Leads, conducts, and participates in complex management studies and reviews.

    Develops and recommends policies, guidelines, and standards for the planning, development, integration, implementation, and evaluation of information technology systems and subsystems to meet the overall information needs of the Congressional Research Service.


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    Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

    • Ability to apply systems administration tools**
    • Ability to manage a virtualized infrastructure**
    • Ability to conduct systems analyses and design**
    • Ability to focus on the customer
    • Ability to interact collaboratively with others
    • Ability to serve as a technical lead for projects
    • Ability to communicate in writing
    • Ability to communicate orally


    The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview.

    The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview.

    The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.

    To preview questions please click here.


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    The Congressional Research Service is a service unit within the Library of Congress. To learn about our benefits, please visit the Library's Federal Benefits page.


    The Congressional Research Service, within the Library of Congress, is part of the Legislative Branch of the federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

    The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustment for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. While it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

    This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

    The tour of duty for this position is full-time.

    The position description number for this position is 12755.

    The incumbent of this position may elect to work a compflex or flexitime work schedule.


    The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

    Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

    Applicants who are referred for interview will be required to submit a completed OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment.

    Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The certificate of disability may be issued by a State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of an applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date and must be submitted with your application. For more information view the Library of Congress' Selective Placement Program and/or contact the Library's Office of Inclusiveness & Compliance at 202-707-6024 (voice or TTY) or email FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.


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    Please carefully follow all instructions below to ensure you are considered for the position.

    You are required to apply online for this announcement. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed applications.

    To apply online, complete the following steps.

    Step 1: Review the Job Announcement. We recommend you go to the end of the Qualifications and Evaluations section of the job announcement to preview the application questions that you will be required to answer.

    Step 2: Click the "APPLY ONLINE" button to the right of this announcement. Follow USAJOBS' instructions to access your account (if you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will be asked to build one). If you have not already created a resume in USAJOBS, you will be required to create one. Although you must enter your Social Security number for USAJOBS, this information will not be provided to the Congressional Research Service or the Library of Congress.

    Step 3: USAJOBS will redirect you to the Library of Congress hiring management website, where you will complete the application process. Answer all questions honestly and thoroughly, and follow all instructions for uploading required documentation.

    Step 4: Click "FINISH" after you have completed your application. Once you have submitted your application, you can check your status online through your USAJOBS account. Your complete online application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.

    If you are experiencing any technical difficulty with the online process, you MUST CONTACT THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE. For all technical issues please contact, no later than 4:30 p.m. EST of the Closing Date. REQUESTS FOR EXTENSIONS WILL NOT BE GRANTED.


    Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of disability. The certificate of disability may be issued by a State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Disability Services or Career Services office of an applicant's college or university.


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    Please review our evaluation process under Evaluation. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My USAJOBS" tab and clicking "My Applications." You will receive final notification via e-mail when the vacancy has been filled.

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