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Job Title:  Information Technology Specialist (Systems Administration)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Institute of Standards and Technology
Job Announcement Number:  NISTOISM-2013-0024

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$61,612.00 to $96,001.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 to Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Career or Career-Conditional Appointment - Full-time Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Boulder, CO, USView Map
All qualified U.S. citizens and status candidates.


Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

"To learn more about working at NIST, please visit Careers at NIST

The individual selected for this position will serve as an IT Specialist in the Enterprise Systems Division of the Office of Information Systems Management (OISM) for the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, CO.

Are you ready to explore your future with NIST?


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service (see Other Information).
  • You must be suitable for Federal Employment.
  • You must be able to meet the physical requirements of the position


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The individual selected for this position will serve as an IT Specialist in the Enterprise Systems Division of the Office of Information Systems Management (OISM) for the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, CO. With oversight from the supervisor and senior IT staff, primary responsibility is to install, maintain, optimize and troubleshoot the Boulder network-based VMware ESX, Storage Area Network (SAN), Microsoft Windows Server, Active Directory, CITRIX XenApp and IBM EndPoint Manager (BigFix) hardware and software infrastructure to ensure high levels of availability and security.
IT Specialist responsibilities include server hardware installation and maintenance; VMware ESX 4/5 administration; Microsoft Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 administration; CITRIX XenApp 6.5; SAN management; and configuration, optimization and upgrades following industry best practices. Perform standard configuration, management and maintenance tasks for related file systems, input/output systems, networking, clustering, storage and applications. Perform and test system configuration backups and restores to ensure system recovery from error or outage. Perform and test data backups and restores, with the storage team where present, to ensure full data retrieval. Review and deploy system releases and vendor-supplied patches according to best practices. Anticipate, mitigate, identify, troubleshoot, and resolve hardware and software problems on all systems.
Collaborate in the identification of critical requirements and information technology management practices, challenges and solutions. With oversight from the supervisor and senior IT staff, the individual selected for this position will participate in the implementation of policies and procedures to ensure system provisioning and maintenance is consistent with OISM goals, industry best practices, and regulatory requirements.


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ZP -III qualifications – Applicants must have:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 (ZP-II at NIST) in VMware ESX 5 administration, Microsoft Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 administration, Active Directory, CITRIX XenApp 6.5, Microsoft SQL Server 2008/2012, SAN Management.
Or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree
Or Three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:

This position allows you to qualify and be considered based on your education. To receive this consideration, please submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. However, official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education:  
Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website -
. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


We will review your resume and cover letter to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position. If you meet the qualification requirements stated in the vacancy announcement, we will then compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses to the job questionnaire (which will be scored) and place you in one of the three pre-defined categories. Your responses to the job questionnaire will serve as the basis for your initial rating in one of three pre-defined categories "gold," "silver," and "bronze." Within each category, those eligible through veterans preference will be listed at the top of the category. More information about the three categories can be found at:
The candidates in the highest category will be certified for referral to the selecting official. The top ten qualified applicants, requesting consideration as a Merit or VEOA candidate, will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.  Non-competitive consideration will be given to those Merit candidates that have held a position with the same promotion potential as the position advertised.  Documentation (in the form of an SF-50) is required to show proof of promotion potential or highest grade held.
Your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited to an interview. ICTAP and CTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. The job questionnaire covers the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies:
• Ability to manage server hardware including staging, rack mounting, cabling power and networks, and installing and configuring VMare ESX 4/5 and Microsoft Windows Server operating systems.
• Ability to maintain Active Directory servers and apply Active Directory Group Policy to servers and desktops, and to troubleshoot and diagnose problems with Microsoft Windows server and desktop clients related to Active Directory.
•Ability to manage the VMware ESX 4/5 virtual infrastructure including the provisioning and maintenance of virtual machines, execution of VM backups and restores to ensure system recovery, and the maintenance and upgrading of VMware ESX infrastructure hardware and software.
• Ability to manage SAN and Brocade fiber switches that are used for storage by the VMware infrastructure as well as webservers, Microsoft SQL servers, or any server requiring high-speed fault tolerant storage.
• Ability to setup and perform the administration of CITRIX 6.5 infrastructure including installing and publishing applications, and managing access to applications via Active Directory groups."Your responses to the job questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance.  Please review your responses before submitting your application to ensure the responses are accurate."

NOTE:  Your resume must be complete, detailed and relevant to the position.  
To preview questions please click here.


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NIST offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employee Retirement System. NIST also offers a broad array of work-life flexibilities and services to employees such as flexible work schedules, teleworking transit subsidies, on-site child care, fitness center, credit union, employee assistants programs, and free parking. Learn more about NIST's work life programs by visiting

The following web site is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees


Work Conditions are not limited to the following: This work requires employee to be able to carry and lift IT equipment weighing up to 44 lbs, to install and remove equipment from racks, and to work on equipment located 12-72” above the floor.
A probationary period may be required.

Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized.

This position is covered by an Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS).  This system replaces the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and grades with career paths and pay bands.  For information regarding how the pay bands correspond to the General Schedule, visit

If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  Please see http://www.sss.govfor more information.

At NIST we are striving to make the application process as easy and efficient as possible. With that in mind, the resume and corresponding responses of successful candidates may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to.  Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Specialist identified in this vacancy. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact Office of Workforce Management via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.


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A complete application package includes the following:
-Your resume;
-Your answers to the job questions; AND
-The supporting documentation required (click on Required Documents).

You MUST apply on-line through WWW.USAJOBS.GOV.  Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement.  

Uploaded resumes must include the following: applicant contact information and educational and professional background information including dates of employment and education, salary (and Federal grade level, if appropriate), and work schedule (i.e., FT/PT).  Please also include in your resume a list of all publications and patents/patent applications on which you are a named inventor and provide the title and patent/patent application number for each. Incomplete applications will not be considered and you will not be contacted to provide any missing information.
Incomplete applications will not be considered and you will not be contacted to providing any missing information.If you do not have access to the internet:
You may mail your application package (please contact the HR Specialist identified for this vacancy).  All mailed resumes and/or supporting documents MUST be received by the closing date of this announcement.  Please allow enough time for United States Postal Service delivery.
Problems Completing Your Application:
If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at  The help desk is available Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.


What documents do I need to submit?
In addition to your resume, the documents needed for this position are subject to how you apply.  You must refer to the following site when determining documents required: Required Documents
How do I submit my documents:
You may submit required and/or supplemental documents through any ONE of the following methods:
>Upload your file(s);
>Download from your USAJOBS account;
>Fax using the on-line fax cover sheet;

All required supporting documentation mentioned in this vacancy announcement, and all vacancy applications submitted electronically or via fax must be submitted and received by 11:59 pm ET on the closing date of this announcement.  You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

NOTE:  Once a document has been uploaded or faxed to a particular cateogry (i.e., transcript), you cannot refax or upload additional documents to the same category (i.e., transcript) without overriding the original documents.  In this case, please submit the additional documents to the "other" category.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:
VRA VEOA 30% or more Disabled Veteran People with Disabilities 


Megan Beck
Phone: 301-975-3003
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
100 Bureau Drive
Stop 1720
Gaithersburg, MD
Fax: 571-258-4052


After all application packages have been received, your application package will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements.  Best qualified candidates will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration and may be interviewed.

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or you may be fined or jailed.  In considering you for this position, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

Status of Your Application:
You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Track Your Online Application."

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