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Job Title:Pathways Recent Graduate IT Specialist (NETWORK)

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Defense Information Systems Agency

Job Announcement Number:INTERN-996112-13PB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$37,855.00 to $70,236.00 / Per Year


Monday, November 18, 2013 to Monday, November 25, 2013




Full Time - Recent Graduates




3 vacancies in the following location(s):
Gunter AFB, AL View Map
Whitehall, OH View Map


Individuals who have graduated recently from a qualifying educational institution or programs. To be eligible, applicants must apply within 2 years of completing their academic requirements for degree or certificate completion, except for Veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to 6 years after completing their academic requirements for degree or certificate completion. Students may apply if they are within 9 months of graduating.



If you want to do interesting and challenging work and to make a contribution to national defense, DISA is a great place for you.


DISA provides secure and reliable communications and computing support that enable the President and our military forces to communicate globally through voice, video, and data transmission. DISA is a leader within the Federal Government in implementing "people programs" and offers a broad range of quality-of-life and training programs. Go to for more information.'


The recent graduates program targets individuals who have graduated recently from qualifying educational institutions or programs. To be eligible, applicants must apply within 2 years of degree or certificate completion, except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligations, who will have up to 6 years after degree or certificate completion. Successfull applicants will be placed in a dynamic, career development program.



  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Background investigation required.
  • Must complete a Recent Graduate Program Participant Agreement.


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As a participant in the Pathways Recent Graduates Program, you will receive both formal and on-the-job training to develop the required knowledge and skill to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Those duties will include:

Provide technical advice to users, examining and evaluating alternative means of satisfying user requirements, and suggesting technically feasible approaches to making recommendations regarding the most effective and efficient automation approaches.

Performs in-depth analysis of automated systems to accomplish design and programming assignment.

Prepare system documentation for complex assignments in accordance with agency standards.

Provides consultation and instruction on complex database and file accessing techniques, search strategies, database security procedures, and testing techniques.

Tests, installs, configures, and maintains networks including hardware (servers, hubs, bridges, switches, and routers) and software that permit the sharing and transmission of information.


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Basic Requirement:


Applicants must demonstrate on their resume that they have IT-related education or experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.


  • Attention to Detail
  • Custormer Service
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving


Meet the education detailed in the qualification standards.


Specialized Experience:

For the GS-05, you must have at least one year of general experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service, or comparable in difficulty and responsibility to GS-04 if outside the Federal service, is required.


General experience is defined as experience making solving problems and/or taking corrective actions to resolve network related issues.

For the GS-07, you must have at least one year of general experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service, or comparable in difficulty and responsibility to GS-05 if outside the Federal service, is required.


Specialized experience is defined as experience assisting with the installation and maintenance of network systems used for the transmission of information in voice, data, and/or video formats.

For the GS-09, you must have at least one year of general experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service, or comparable in difficulty and responsibility to GS-07 if outside the Federal service, is required.


Specialized experience is defined as experience with the configuration, installation, and maintenance of network systems used for the transmission of information in voice, data, and/or video formats 

In addition to meeting the specialized experience requirements, qualified applicants must also possess the quality of experience as it relates to how closely or to what extent an applicant's background, recency of experience, education, and training are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the announced position.  Candidates must clearly demonstrate the possession of knowledge, skills and abilities, or competencies necessary to successfully perform the work of the position at the appropriate level to be qualified for the position.  Applicants must describe how their experience meets the competencies within the body of the resume.  No separate statements addressing KSA's or competencies are required.




  • Knowledge of Automated Data Processing (ADP) procedures and standards as they relate to limitations on design approach, coordination requirements, programming specifications and documentation.
  • Skill in performing a variety of staff assignments as they relate to Information Technology.
  • Ability to apply information technology principles, concepts, and methodologies to network services..

For Substitiution of Education for Specialized Experience please see the education detailed in the qualification standards

 If you are using education to qualify for this position you will need to submit your unofficial or official transcripts with your application. Failure to provide transcripts, or a determination that you do not possess the education requirement, will result in objection to your qualifications, and removal from consideration in accordance with competitive examining procedures.

Background or Security Investigation:


The individual selected will be subject to an investigation in conjunction with granting of a security clearance prior to appointment.  Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret/Top Secret clearance.  For more information about receiving and maintaining a security clearance, please click here.


How You Will Be Evaluated:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.   We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job.   Please follow all instructions carefully.   Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into 3 categories as described below:

1.   Qualified Category.   Meets the minimum qualifications and demonstrates minimum experience and/or training only based on responses to occupational questionnaire.


2.   Highly Qualified Category.   Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates full-performance level experience based on responses to occupational questionnaire.


3.   Best Qualified Category.   Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates experience as an expert in the field or recognized as a senior specialist, team lead, etc.


Application of Veterans Preference:   The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.   Preference eligible's who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.   A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Qualified) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. 


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These benefits generally apply if you are selected for a permanent or term appointment:


·         The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program has many plans to choose from, all at very reasonable rates, which can be paid from pre-tax income.  

·         The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) is one of the premier retirement programs in the Nation.   The program features three components: a retirement pension; the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP, an employee controlled investment program); and social security.

·         Federal Employee Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) offers numerous life insurance policy options covering federal employees and dependents.

·         For more benefits information please visit:


·         TDY Travel: OCCASIONAL

·         A one year probationary or trial period may be required.

·         Individuals tentatively selected for drug testing designated positions at the Defense Information Systems Agency will be required to submit to urinalysis for illegal drugs prior to appointment or placement.

·         Management has the prerogative to select at any grade level.

·         This recruitment provides promotion opportunity to target position without further competition when selectee is eligible and recommended by management. However promotion is not guaranteed and no promise of a promotion is implied.

 ·         Applicants selected from this job opportunity announcement may be non-competitively converted to a competitive service appointment after completing all requirements of the Pathways Program.

·         Selectee of this recruitment will be required to sign a Recent Graduate Program Participant Agreement.

·         We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of the closing date.

·         Moving costs MAY be paid--however--moving costs must be paid if a DISA employee is selected for the position.

·         Recruitment, relocation, or retention incentives MAY be authorized.

·         For more information on veterans' preference click     here   

·         Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (to verify your registration status click        here).  

·         This position is subject to the limitations imposed by the DOD Priority Placement Program.

·         The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants issued March 18, 2004 will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. To view this policy, please copy and paste the following web address into your web browser:

·         For more information regarding qualifications requirements please click     here.

·        You may submit a cover letter which will be forwarded to the selecting official with your resume.  Your cover letter will not be used to

   verify your qualifications or eligibility.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.   See required documents below.


1. Your Resume NOTE: Your resume must include the following information for each job listed:

Job title; duties (be as detailed as possible); month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); and full- time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire



Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
3.  Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position.  Return to an incomplete application by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. 


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 996112. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


You are highly encouraged to establish a USAJOBS account and submit your application package online so that you can receive status updates. If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



  • In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section.   The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one.   This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.
  • When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question.  Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible.




1. Transcripts (Required) - To be eligible for the Recent Graduates Program, you must submit transcripts. The absence of this information will result in an ineligible rating.

2. Veterans Preference Documentation (If applicable):

·         For Five Point Veterans Preference:  DD-214 (Member Copy 4), or, if you are CURRENTLY serving on active duty, a statement of service from your unit which states the date you entered on active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.  For those supplying the statement of service, preference will be verified by a DD-214 (Member Copy 4) upon separation from the military.

·         For Ten Point Veterans Preference:  DD-214 (Member Copy 4) and Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference) with documentary proof as required on the SF-15.  Click here for a copy of the SF-15.   Veterans with a service-connected disability must also submit a VA letter dated 1991 or later.


Your complete Application Package (containing the above required documents) must be received no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on  Monday, November 25, 2013.

WARNING:  Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by the closing date of the announcement at 11:59 EST,  or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration.  To verify that your application is complete, log into your USJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information.  The Details page will display the status of your application.  It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate.   HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant. 


Patricia A. Briggs
Phone: (317)212-7623
Agency Information:
Apply Online or by Fax Only
Indianapolis, IN


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

For any further questions please contact:

Patricia A. Briggs 
Phone: (317)212-7623

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