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Job Title:  Information Technology Specialist (Recent Graduates Program)
Department:  General Services Administration
Agency:  Federal Acquisition Service
Hiring Organization:  Federal Acquisition Service, Assisted Acquisition Services Division
Job Announcement Number:  1403055MCOTR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$46,331.00 to $60,230.00 / Per Year
Friday, August 29, 2014 to Sunday, September 7, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location:
Philadelphia, PA View Map
Recent Graduates*
Public Trust - Background Investigation


About the Agency

This position is located in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Federal Acquisition Service, Assisted Acquisition Services Division, Philadelphia, PA


Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for this position. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.

At this time we are only filling one position; however, additional selections may be made from this announcement as necessary.


This position is being announced under the Pathways Recent Graduates Program.  This program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs.  Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. The program lasts for 1 year (unless the training requirements of the position warrant a longer and more structured training program). Additional information about the Recent Graduates Program can be found at


*Applications for this RECENT GRADUATE position will be accepted from the following individuals:

1.  Graduates who within the past 2 years received a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.

2.  Preference eligible veterans precluded from applying due to military service obligation may apply up to 2 years from the date of discharge/release from active duty, but no more than 6 years after the date educational requirements are met.

3.  Individuals who will complete educational program requirements by the end of the academic year.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.


  • No


  • Apply online (See How to Apply section.)
  • Signed participant agreement is required for employment under this Program.
  • U.S. Citizenship or National


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If selected for this position, you will serve as a customer advocate and Information Technology (IT) project consultant for the Federal Acquisition Service, Assisted Acquisition Services Division. Responsibilities of this position include: 

• Providing support and assistance in the procurement of IT products and/or services for clients at other federal agencies.
• Acquiring an understanding of the IT needs, budget constraints, risks, and performance requirements of customer agencies.
• Analyzing client agency technical requiements to identify the types of services needed to meet agency needs.
• Participating in the development of IT service contracts, to include the development of technical specifications.
• Serving as a customer advocate to IT contractors, ensuring the the client's IT needs are clearly understood.
• Monitoring contractor performance in terms of the quality, timeliness, and compliance with the contract.


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The GS-07 salary range starts at $46,331 per year, if you meet the following qualifications. You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


 To qualify at the GS-07 level, you must possess one of the following:

A.  Superior Academic Achievement*   -OR-
B.  Graduate Education: One full year of graduate level study, or a Master's or higher degree, e.g., LL.B., J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. with major study in computer science, information science, information systems management, mathematics, statistics, operations research or engineering, or course work that required the development or adaptation of computer programs and systems, and provided knowledge required to successfully perform the position of Information Technology Specialist. -OR- 
C.  Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that provided knowledge of information technology principles and practices. Examples of such experience include: performing entry-level work to develop broader knowledge and skills needed to perform higher level IT Specialist assignments; gathering facts and analyzing a client's technical needs (in areas such as hardware, software, network services, systems analysis, systems administration, data management, security, or IT support) in order to draw conclusions; and translating technical requirements into documentation that specifies the scope of the IT products or services required by an organization. Such experience must have demonstrated possession of the following four competencies: 

1.    Attention to Detail: This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant monitors, maintains, or updates data, records, or other information.

2.    Customer Service: This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant develops a working knowledge of the customer’s business or function.

3.    Oral Communication: This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant contacts others orally to obtain and provide information.

4.  Problem Solving: This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant identifies or anticipates needs or problem. -OR-

D. A combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described in “B” and “C” above. 

*Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) at the baccalaureate level is fully qualifying at the GS-7 level. For information on what constitutes SAA, refer to Section 4-F at the following OPM Website: General Policies.

NOTE:  Qualifications are based on length and level of experience.  Therefore, in addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours per week if part time.  Qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, so failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here 

Qualifying Educational Institutions/Programs for Recent Graduate Program


Qualifying educational institutions/program for Recent Graduate Program include:  a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. You must provide a copy of ALL of your college/vocational/technical transcript(s), including current enrollment. See "Required Documents" section for additional information.


Applicants may refer to the U.S. Department of Education’s Institutional Accreditation System to determine whether their school/program is accredited:


A post-secondary certificate program must have been completed at a qualifying educational institution equivalent to at least 1 academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.


Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education.

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
• Serve a one year probationary period (unless you have previously satisfied this requirement).
• Be able to make a direct deposit of your salary check to a financial organization.
• Males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service.
• Complete a “Declaration of Federal Employment” (OF-306) to determine suitability for Federal employment.
• Undergo a background security investigation and receive a favorable adjudication. This position has been designated as a Public Trust position.
• If you are not a current GSA employee, you must complete the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 to determine identity and employment (work status) eligibility. GSA will verify the information through the DHS e-Verify automated system. Any identified discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.



The Category Rating procedure is being used to rate candidates. If you are found qualified for the position, your responses to the self assessment vacancy questions will be used to place you in one of the following categories: Qualified, Well Qualified, and Best Qualified. Your responses to the vacancy questions must be supported by your resume or the Human Resources Specialist may adjust your responses lower. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Appropriate documentation must be received to adjudicate veterans' preference.
The following knowledge, skills, and abilities have been identified as competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of this position:
·  Attention to Detail: Ability to be thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

·  Customer Service: Ability to work with clients and customers in order to assess the Information Technology needs, provide information or assistance, and resolve their problems or satisfy their expectations; Knowledge of available IT products or services; Committment to providing quality IT products or services.

·  Oral Communication: Ability to organize and present information in a clear and understandable manner, and to express information to individuals or groups taking into account the audience and nature of the information; Ability to make clear and convincing oral presentations; Skill in listening to others, attending to nonverbal cues, and responding appropriately.

· Problem Solving: Skill in identifying IT-related problems, determining accuracy and relevancy of information, and using sound judgement to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.


A variety of assessments/assessment tools may be used to evaluate candidates for specific vacancies covered by this announcement. Candidates will be notified when further assessments are implemented and provided with instructions on how to access and complete the assessment(s). Be sure to APPLY EARLY as most assessments must be completed fully and submitted before the announcement closing.


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You can review our benefits at:

GSA offers its employees a wide range of benefits including:
•  Federal health insurance plans (choose from a wide range of plans)
•  Life insurance coverage with several options to choose from
•  Leave policies to help you take care of your personal, recreational, and health care needs
•  Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
•  Flexible work schedules and telework
•  Transit and child care subsidies
•  Training and development


To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, see Benefits.


Bargaining Unit Status: This position is covered by the AFGE bargaining unit.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are
not authorized for this position. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.
Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed. This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means. Management also has the right not to fill the position.
If you are selected for this position at a grade lower than the full performance level, you may be promoted up to that grade level without further competition in accordance with all applicable regulations. However, promotions are not guaranteed and are dependent on performance.


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You must submit a complete application including any required documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the Announcement. Errors or omissions may result in your not being considered for this vacancy. We will only consider applications submitted through the online process listed below unless an exception has been approved by a representative of the HR Office listed on this announcement. A description of the online process is provided below:
1.    Select the "Apply Online" button. Log on to OPM's USAJOBS to access your existing resume or to create a new one.
2.    From your account, select which resume you wish to submit. You also have the option of attaching any required documents saved in your USAJOBS account (see list of required documents below). Click "Apply for this Position Now!"
3.    You will be prompted to respond to vacancy specific questions regarding your qualifications and the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or other competencies required to successfully perform this position. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 1195101  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
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.


Please review the following to determine which documents you must submit in order to complete your application:


ALL APPLICANTS: Provide a copy of ALL of your college transcript(s), including current enrollment. College transcript(s) must reflect ALL coursework completed with the date(s) (month/day/year) the degree(s) awarded/conferred. If a degree/certificate you are seeking has not been awarded/conferred, transcript must include ALL coursework completed as well as current enrollment.


If selected, an official/sealed transcript will be required prior to appointment. Additionally, submit proof of class rank or Honor Society membership if you are using those provisions to qualify based on Superior Academic Achievement. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education. See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education.


Failure to provide this information could result in your application not being considered. 


Veterans: In order to be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty (member 4 copy). If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must submit the following in addition to the DD-214: (1) completed SF-15 form; and (2) proof of your entitlement to this preference. A list of documents which serve as acceptable proof of entitlement is indicated on the SF-15 form. 


Active Duty Military Personnel - In lieu of the DD-214, active duty service members may submit a written document from the armed forces certifying that they expect to be discharged or released under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.


Veterans who have satisfied the educational requirements of the Recent Graduates program but were precluded from applying within the two-year window due to a military service obligation must also provide documentation of discharge/release from military service within the previous 2 years.


Maeve Spatt
Phone: (215)446-4973
Agency Information:
General Services Administration


If your application is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the basic eligibility requirements. We will further evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies required of the position. Candidates in the highest quality category will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. If you are selected, a tentative job offer will be made while we conduct the appropriate suitability and/or security background investigation. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation.


Thank you for your interest in working for U.S. General Services Administration!

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