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Job Title:INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST (ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology

Job Announcement Number:VG-13-PRH-920573

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, July 15, 2013 to Friday, July 19, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy ID: 920573 

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES:

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We encourage you to apply for a career in delivering world-class services to Veterans and their families.

The Department of Veterans Affairs fosters the highest standards of leadership, research and development through the use of cutting-edge technology and innovative initiatives that serve our Nation's Veterans. The Office of Information & Technology enables VA to become a Veteran centric service provider through the delivery of available, adaptable, secure, and cost effective technology services. Some may think the responsibility of providing superior health care services to our Veterans rests squarely on the shoulders of those who practice medicine. At VA, we believe every position in the health care environment plays a critical role in the delivery of the best care possible... and information technology is a key component to our success.

This position is located within the Office of Information Technology (OIT) in the Washington D.C area. You will serve as Enterprise Architecture (EA) Functional Lead reporting to the Director of Architecture in the OneVA EA organization led by the VA Chief Architect. You will be responsible for using architecture to drive the achievement of mission outcomes within assigned functional areas. Functional areas include: Veterans Health, Veterans Benefits, Veterans Memorials, Corporate Business Operations, and Corporate Information Technology. In collaboration with VA functional experts, the incumbent is responsible for developing functional area elements of the OneVA enterprise Architecture and guiding the developing of supporting segment and solution architectures.

The major duties and responsibilities include:

· Support Director of Architecture in leading technical innovation activities within assigned functional areas, indentify future technologies that could be used within these areas, analyzing those technologies for applicability within these areas, and developing reports to executive leadership within VA OIT documenting findings.

· Lead development of segment and solution architectures in accordance with the OneVA Enterprise Architecture. This includes developing the current and future architecture elements. These elements document current high-level processes and technologies, and then describe the future state of these processes and technologies.

· Support the Director of Architecture with defining the shape and scope of service oriented architecture environment within VA, and prescribe how compliance with that architecture will be built into VA development programs, as well as how it will be enforced.

· Define and implement program/project plans to meet objectives, coordinate and integrate program/project activities, and estimate required level of effort.

· Communicate and advocate the OneVA Enterprise Architecture and subordinate segment and solution architectures within assigned functional areas and external stakeholder organizations.

Work Schedule : Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Compressed/Flexible Schedules not available

Telework is available

This is not a virtual position

Relocation Expenses: Not authorized for this position.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You may qualify based on your experience, as described below:

Experience - You must have IT-related experience in each of the following four competencies which must be supported by the information contained in your resume and other application materials.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL: Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

CUSTOMER SERVICE: Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.

ORAL COMMUNICATION: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

PROBLEM SOLVING: Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

AND

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: This position requires one year of specialized experience at the next lower or equivalent grade level (GS-14). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Such experience is typically gained in the IT field or through the performance of work where the primary concern is IT. For this position specialized experience includes the ability to evaluate technical advancements, advise senior-level management on emerging software, hardware, and automation techniques; develop software test and evaluation approaches/policies; resolve critical problems, and serve as technical advisor and consultant. Provide expert knowledge and skill in enterprise architecture methodologies, technologies, frameworks, concepts, practices and maturity models. Ability to analyze situations from a multi-disciplinary perspective taking into account the broad array of client interests and the factors and circumstances which impact the problem presented; monitor the direction and future goals of the mission environment to determine if solutions are applicable to the enterprise needs.

NOTE: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Applicants please note there is no substitution for education for this position.

AND

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

· Develop agency-wide enterprise architecture organization, program and the architecture

· Identify architecture segments and develop an as-is and to-be architecture for a segment(s).

· Provide architectural governance over major IT programs during a milestone review and/or program management review.

· Develop methodology and processes using enterprise architecture to maintain alignment between IT initiatives and the achievement of mission outcome.

· Communicate, orally and in writing, to senior managers including the ability to advocate, defend, clarify, negotiate and justify courses of action with national level implications.

· Lead moderate sized team.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills, and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

WHEN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary and does not require any special physical effort.


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's Preference:

When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

  • Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
  • Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
  • Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group.  Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group.  Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group.  The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview.  The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.


BENEFITS:

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:  http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp

The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp.  IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at .

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.  

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to serve a probationary period. 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, July 19, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf .
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 920573.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  1. Resume
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Other documents - use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for well-qualified, displaced Federal employees), or documentation to support Veterans Preference claims.  You will not be contacted for additional information.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

VHA Nationwide DEU
Phone: (501)257-4134
Email: CAVHS.DEU@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA DEU Atlanta
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
APPLY ONLINE OR FAX ONLY
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WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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Job Announcement Number:

VG-13-PRH-920573

Control Number:

346917500