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Job Title:IT SPECIALIST (SYSTEM ANALYSIS/APPLICATIONS SOFTWARE)

Department:Department Of The Treasury

Agency:Internal Revenue Service

Job Announcement Number:14CE1-DHX0106-2210-12-DH

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, December 02, 2013 to Friday, December 06, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time, Permanent - Career/Career Conditional

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location:
Lanham, MD View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. CITIZENS, NO PRIOR FEDERAL EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED

JOB SUMMARY:

WHY IS THE IRS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK? At the IRS, you will use your skills in accounting, business, finance, law enforcement, information technology, advocacy and more to help make America stronger. The IRS is one of the largest financial institutions in the world and the work we do helps fund America. We are counting on bright, talented and dedicated individuals like you to achieve our goals. You will be both challenged and supported so whether you are just starting out or looking for new opportunities, consider the IRS and start making a difference today.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.

WHAT IS THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS)? The IRS is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury and one of the world's most efficient tax administrators. Yearly, the IRS collects more than $2 trillion in revenue and processes over 200 million tax returns. The IRS Mission is to provide the United States taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.

WHAT DOES AN IT SPECIALIST (SYSTEM ANALYSIS/APPLICATIONS SOFTWARE) SAT DO? An IT Specialist (SA/AS) SAT uses a wide variety of information, knowledge, and tools to address complex system analysis and applications software assignments each day. In this role, you will be involved in conducting systems analysis to design, document, develop, modify, test, install, implement, and support new or existing applications software products within the IRS. Many of these assignments may be broad (possibly national) in scope, and/or involve difficult and complex issues. As an IT Specialist, you are responsible for the development of components of national projects and eventually, may be called upon to lead significant projects assigned to your unit. The position requires (extensive-depending on the level of position) experience in enterprise-wide application solutions based on the business and users requirements.

WHAT IS THE IRS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIVISION?
The mission of IRS Information Technology is to provide leadership in the delivery of information technology solutions that anticipate and meet enterprise-wide needs by empowering employees to deliver customer-centered, value-creating systems, products, services, and support. 

Positions will be filled in Lanham, MD.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov
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KEY REQUIREMENTS

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  • Alternative Work Schedule, staggered work hrs, or telework may be available
  • Moving expenses may be authorized.
  • Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

DUTIES:

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As a Information Technology Specialist (Systems Analysis/Applications Software) Systems Acceptability Tester, you will:

  • Plan, develop, schedule and conduct systems acceptability tests of modernization and production systems; including Tier I and Tier II applications for mission critical tax processing and internal support systems.
  • Provide technical guidance during a significant project in designing, coding, testing, debugging, and maintaining programs; translating and interpreting functional requirements.
  • Present test plans, test status and defect reporting using both oral and written communication skills.
  • Develop test cases using new and emerging information technologies; Preparation of predetermined results and related test data.
  • Resolve complex testing problems while completing all phases of systems testing.
  • Review both initiation and functional requirements documentation.
  • Prepare systems acceptability test plans and prepare End of Test Status Reports.

  • QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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    QUALIFICATIONS/ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: You must meet the following eligibility and basic qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
     
    BASIC QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS (GS-12 LEVEL):  You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level of the normal line of progression of this position in the Federal government. Specialized experience is experience that is related to the work of this position and has provided you with the competencies required for successful job performance. Your specialized experience should demonstrate knowledge of computer requirements and techniques in carrying out project assignments consisting of several related tasks, such as in the case of development of modifications to parts of a system on the basis of detailed specifications provided. Experience must have been in an IT field or work where the primary concern was the subject matter of the IT application. This experience must be sufficient to demonstrate the ability to work with clients and customers to assess and/or address their needs, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, identify and resolve problems, determine relevant information, demonstrate using sound judgment, and make decisions and/or recommendations relevant to this level of expertise.
    At this level, your experience must be sufficient to demonstrate the ability to: Plan and coordinate an agency-wide implementation of process improvement methods and concepts to improve the quality of software products; serving as the principle advocate within the agency/organization for the application of process improvement concepts and practices; and consulting with senior specialists and IT managers throughout the agency in the implementation of process improvement practices.

    In addition to the above, to be eligible at this grade level, applicant must also have experience testing large scale software & web applications, to include Agile software environments.  Experience working as a team member managing multiple tasks with competing priorities.  Experience preparing/reviewing/presenting project presentations; create test data, & developing/implementing test plans.  Experience with three or more of the following:  MS Office, Oracle, DB2, Unisys, IBM z/OS, Solaris, Data Warehouse, ETL, SOA, SQL, XML, Informatica, data analytics, Rational, defect tracking and testing tools.         
     


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    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    Positions filled under this vacancy will be filled through the Direct Hire Authority.  Applicants will be referred for consideration in the order they apply.
     
    Positions filled under this vacancy will support either the implementation of the Affortable Care Act or the execution of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

    This position will be filled through the Direct Hire Authority. Under this authority, competitive rating, ranking, and veterans' preference procedures do not apply. Applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. For more information on Direct-Hire Authority visit: http://opm.gov/directhire/factsheet.asp. Your application will be considered based on education, training, and quality of your experience. Applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be referred to the selecting manager based on the date of your application. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. The IRS will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site. If you are a displaced or surplus federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must receive a score of 80 or better, to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.
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    BENEFITS:

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    We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being and your family needs. We also offer challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards. For additional information view and learn more about our benefits package at:
    https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

    OTHER INFORMATION:

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION
    If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Carmel Cipriano at carmel.cipriano@irs.gov. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. If the State Rehabilitation Center or the State Commission for the Blind has certified you as eligible for reasonable accommodation, you may wish to contact your counselor to apply for employment through the IRS Disability Employment Program in addition to applying for this vacancy announcement.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:  
    If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • Provide information to successfully complete a background investigation.  Applicants must have a successfully adjudicated FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check) and a NACI or equivalent.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 (http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf) one must be a valid state or federal government-issued picture identification. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. Employees must maintain PIV credential eligibility during their service with the Department of the Treasury.
  • Undergo a pre-employment federal income tax verification. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) participates in e-Verify (Employment Verification). IRS will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from your Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If it cannot be confirmed that you are authorized to work, we will provide you written instructions and an opportunity to contact SSA and/or DHS before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment.
  • The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns.
  • Occasional travel may be required.


  • HOW TO APPLY:

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    The application process has 6 STEPS:
    STEP 1: Create an account at: https://my.usajobs.gov 
    STEP 2: Develop a Resume using the USAJOBS "Resume Builder" or "Upload" your Resume into USAJOBS.
    STEP 3: Search for IRS Vacancy Announcements. To find this announcement, go to http://jobs.irs.gov/USAJOBS, copy and enter the announcement number in the key word search field. Select "Yes", if you are a current or former Federal civilian employee who holds or held a non-temporary appointment. Click "Search for Jobs." Click "Apply Online" on the announcement screen, follow all instructions provided, and click "Apply for this position now!"
    STEP 4: Complete all 5 steps in the CareerConnector Account Creation: 1) Personal Information; 2) Military Service & Veteran Preference; 3) Core Questions 4) Demographic Information and 5) Resume Information. Click "Apply to this Vacancy".
    STEP 5: Apply to the Vacancy. Respond to the questions for each of the following sections: Series, Grade, Location; Grade Specific; & All Grade Questions.
    STEP 6: Submit Documents and Review Application. Timely submit the supporting documents requested. Click one of the available options in CareerConnector: Upload; USAJOBS; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. Follow ALL instructions provided. Next, review the summary of the application you completed. Scroll down & click "Finish" at the bottom of the page. You will be automatically redirected to USAJOBS where you can track the status of your application.
    WHAT IF I FORGOT TO SUBMIT SOMETHING?
    1. Log into My USAJOBS at https://my.usajobs.gov with your user name and password.
    2. Click on "Application Status".
    3. Click "more information" under the "Application Status" column of the announcement.
    4. Click "Review and Update the documents if needed", on the "Application Detail" page.
    5. Select "Upload", "USAJOBS", "Fax", or "Reuse existing document" for each document to be submitted. Ensure you carefully follow ALL instructions provided.
    6. Click "Finish" to save this change.


    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION
    For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education for training or experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) institution and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Please refer to www.ope.ed.govaccreditation/search.aspx. Note: If the position has specific education requirements and you are not currently or have not previously been in the series to be filled, please submit a transcript demonstrating you have the basic education required. If you are qualifying based on foreign education you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to:  www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.asp#e4a

    CTAP/ICTAP DOCUMENTATION    
    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the
    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility.

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION For additional information see link at bottom of announcement.

    SOLE SURVIVORSHIP PREFERENCE: Veterans released or discharged under honorable conditions from a period of active duty from the armed forces, after August 29, 2008, by reason of a Sole Survivorship discharge (SSP), may be eligible for Veteran’s Preference. To receive credit, please update your application to indicate that you are entitled to "Veteran's Preference by reason of Sole Survivorship Discharge" and include documentation to support your claim. See the section entitled "How to Apply, What if I forgot to submit something" for instructions on updating your application and adding the necessary documentation for consideration.
     
    NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTATION BY 11:59 P.M. ET ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Doris Nacionales
    Phone: 631-447-4743
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Email: ctr.bsc.personnel.1@irs.gov
    Agency Information:
    INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
    1040 Waverly Avenue
    Holtsville, NY
    11742
    US
    Fax: 000-000-0000

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    You can expect a communication from us concerning your application via email. If you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communications that could affect your consideration for this position. If your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement, please notify the Employment Office (contact provided in this announcement) and update your USAJOBS profile. You can check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto your "My USAJOBS" account and clicking on "My Application."

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    Job Announcement Number:

    14CE1-DHX0106-2210-12-DH

    Control Number:

    356529400