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The IRS Recent Graduates 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. Following the completion of program requirements, selectees may be considered for non-competitive conversion to a career-conditional or term appointment. All conversion requirements will be identified in the Participant Agreement. Program requirements include but are not limited to:
- Successful completion of at least 1-year of continuous service
- Completion of at least 40 hours of interactive training
- Demonstration of successful job performance
- Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Recent Graduate may be converted
- Conversion to the competitive service is not implied nor guaranteed.
- If selected, you will be placed in a position as an IT Specialist, GS-2210, 5/7/9 Career Ladder to GS-12
WHAT DOES AN IT SPECIALIST GENERAL PROGRAMS DO? An Information Technology (IT) Specialist working general programs uses a wide variety of information, documentation, and regulations on the use of information technology resources, IRS data security guidelines, and IRS and Treasury guidance on acquisitions to address and/or adapt to specific problems or issues. As an IT Specialist, you will apply a series of different and unrelated processes and methods, decide what needs to be done based on analyses of the subjects and issues related to the assignment, and select the appropriate course of action from many acceptable alternatives. You will be challenged to independently identify and analyze important factors and conditions in order to recognize and apply an understanding of interrelationships among different IT functions and activities.
The following are the duties of this position at the GS-12. You will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and will receive training to help you grow in this developmental position.
As an IT Specialist (General Program) you will:
- Planning and carrying out difficult IT assignments, developing new methods, approaches and procedures. Providing advice and guidance to other organization employees on a wide range and variety of complex IT issues. Interpreting policies, standards, and guidelines
- Evaluating and recommending the adoption of new or enhanced approaches to delivering IT services. Testing and optimizing the functionality of systems, networks, and data. Identifying and defining business or technical requirements applied to the design, development, implementation, management and support of systems and networks
- Evaluating proposals for the acquisition of IT products and services, ensuring the optimal use of commercially available products. Preparing and presenting reports, representing the organization in interactions with other organizations, and providing technical leadership on group projects
- Developing data models, producing database design schema for integrating source data into data management systems, ensuring compliance with data management standards, and recommending new or modified standards to increase efficiency. Developing and implementing configuration management plans for complex LANs and WANs
- Configuring hubs, switches, and routers, monitoring network performance, performing network diagnostics, analyzing network traffic patterns, and installing network software fixes and upgrades
- Providing technical guidance in designing, coding, testing, debugging, and maintaining applications software programs, translating and interpreting functional requirements, applying computer assisted software engineering (CASE) tools to the design and development process, testing, installing, implementing, documenting, and maintaining software, and providing guidance to less experienced coworkers in solving programming problems
- Updating the organization’s business continuity and/or disaster recovery plans to respond to new security requirements or changes in the IT architecture and presenting updated plans to the IT security manager for review and approval
- Evaluating the feasibility of proposed new systems development projects, consulting with customers to refine functional requirements, translating functional requirements into design specifications, determining best approaches for implementation with the technical environment, and working with application developers to isolate and solve design problems encountered during testing and implementation stages.
If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.
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