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Job Title:IT Specialist (Data Mgmt/Sys Analysis), ZP-2210-2 (DE/CR)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:NSDIS-OSPO-2013-0033

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$54,032.00 to $73,917.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, September 06, 2013 to Sunday, September 15, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ZP-2210-2

POSITION INFORMATION:

Competitive Career/Career Conditional - Permanent-Full-Time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

3

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Suitland, MD, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified United States citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

Unlock secrets in deep oceans, track rapidly moving storms, operate state-of-the-art environmental satellites, chart the Nation's waterways, formulate models to forecast climate trends, protect and preserve our living marine resources...it's all in a day's work at NOAA! Join a dedicated workforce committed to a vital mission: safeguarding the public, protecting natural resources, strengthening the economy. A career that makes a world of difference!

This position is located in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO), National Ice Center, in Suitland, MD. For more information click here: http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/
This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band.  The ZP-2 is equivalent to the GS-7/9.
 
NOTE - THIS ZP-2210-02 POSITION IS BEING ADVERTISED AT THE GS-09 EQUIVALENT SALARY/LEVEL.
 
This position is also being advertised as an IT Specialist ZP-2210-2, under vacancy announcement number NSDIS-OSPO-2013-0034 (status candidates). You must apply separately under each announcement to be considered for each announcement.

  • This is a non-bargaining position.
  • This vacancy may be used to fill other IT Specialist, ZP-2210-2 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographical location, same grade/band requires the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National, suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Qualification requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.
  • Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.

DUTIES:

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The individual selected for this position will:

  • Coordinate planning and acquisition of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images from foreign satellite ground stations for operational and emergency use.
  • Plan and implement geographic information systems software to update and improve satellite planning operations. 
  • Montior and maintain a database to reflect the current status of images ordered, pending, and received from all SAR satellite ground stations.
  • Monitor and report daily patterns and trends of SAR data usage by Analyst.
  • Develop a variety of written technical documents, data reports, and prepare written responses to customers requirements.
  • Provide oral exchange between interal and external clients and stakeholders on SAR data decision making regarding budgetary variances and work on recommended mitigation options.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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.


BENEFITS:

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NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at Benefits.

OTHER INFORMATION:

ICTAP candiddates will be eligible if it is determined that they exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website. The link is listed below.

ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: *VRA * 30% or more disabled veteran *Persons with Disabilities * ICTAP 

NOAA participates in e-Verify.  E-verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at USAJOBS. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at USAJOBS and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application" to continue.
If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at (mgshelp@monster.com) or phone at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.
For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact the Human Resource Specialist listed in this announcement.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

A complete application consists of the following:
Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional.
Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s). Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 to show type of discharge or other valid proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see: Veterans
Active Duty Service Members: You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit. Service Records.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
Education: If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities 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 by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Marcy McAdams
Phone: 816-426-3044
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: marcy.mcadams@noaa.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
DOC/NOAAWFMO/Kansas City Staffing Division
601 E 12th Street
Room 1737
Kansas City, MO
64106
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at: USAJOBS and clicking on "Application Status". The four points of notification are:
1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official)' and
4. Selected or Not Selected.
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. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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Job Announcement Number:

NSDIS-OSPO-2013-0033

Control Number:

351112100