Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on OPM's website at: OPM Qualifications
There is no education requirement for this position.
For all grade levels, individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating:
1. Attention to detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgement to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. 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. This experience need not have been in the federal government.
To Qualify at the ZP-2 or (GS-9): SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the (ZP-2 or GS-7) is defined as experience: utilizing geographic information systems and satellite acquisition planning software (i.e. Synthetic Aperture Radar, Swath Planner, or other Acquisition Planning tools) to coordinate acquisition of satellite radar imagery; managing electronic databases and spreadsheets to manipulate, track and report on a variety of data; providing information orally and in writing to customers; and tracking orders and acquisition data statuses to ensure timely delivery.
OR Education: Master's degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in a related field such as computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management.
OR a combination of education and experinece.
NOTE: Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.
College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process.
Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.
For more information about the qualification requirements for this position: Qualification Standards IT Specialist
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
- Skill in using satellite planning software such as Swath Planner and/or other Acquisition Planning Tools (APT).
- Knowledge of information planning satellite operating systems, and related platforms (e.g, Geographic Information Systems(GIS) tools).
- Skill in managing electronic databases and spreadsheets in order to manipulate, track, and report on a variety of data.
- Skill in planning, tracking, and maintaining detailed records and files.
- Skill in written communication.
- Skill in oral communication.
For more information on category rating, please go to: Category Rating To preview questions please click here.