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    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.  

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    WHAT DOES AN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST (CUSTOMER SUPPORT) DO? An Information Technology (IT) Specialist working in customer support provides technical support to customers who need advice, assistance, and training in applying hardware and software systems. Much of this work involves resolving difficult and complex problems, some unique to a single customer or organization, while others are more repetitive or similar to issues that have been handled and resolved before within the organizational component. As an IT Specialist (Customer Support) you will find that each day brings many new and exciting challenges, you will be exposed to the latest in information technology, and be recognized as an expert in your field.

    The IRS Internal Recent Graduates Program affords a developmental opportunity to IRS employees, who have graduated within the previous 2 years from a qualifying educational institution or program. If selected, you will be placed in a developmental position as an IT Specialist (Customer Support) GS-2210 5-11 in the Information Technology Division.

    In order to successfully complete the Recent Graduates Program, you must complete 1 year in the position, a minimum of at least 40 hours of interactive training, and demonstration of successful job performance. If or any reason do not successfully complete the program you will be returned to the previous grade of the same or similar position you previously held within IRS prior to being selected for the Recent Graduates Program.

    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 Information Technology Specialist (Customer Support) you will:

    • Coordinates, oversees or performs activities involving troubleshooting, installing, testing, and securing existing, new or updated voice or data communications equipment. Evaluates installations to ensure compliance and conformity to regulations, standards, and security compliance, technical and procedural requirements.
    • Provides advice and assistance to customers on a large local problem to troubleshoot complex problems; and provides support in a manner that minimizes interruptions in customers’ ability to carry out critical business activities.
    • Develops contingency plans to ensure continuous availability and accessibility of network resources in the event of emergencies.
    • Identifies and analyzes critical problems and issues to determine nature of requirements, specifications, resources, constraints, security, and coordinates controls to ensure integrity of communication systems design and implementation.
    • Leads the local implementation of national projects to evaluate and report on new tools and trends in the customer support field such as browser-based and speech-enabled customer support services; recommends purchase of new tools to enhance the delivery of customer support services. Leads the implementation of national projects, reviews, validates, and standardizes problem resolutions for inclusion in the problem management database.
    • Leads the implementation of large scale projects such as: upgrading from hubs to switches; inventory control, equipment replacement, consolidation of regional networks; and redesigning network infrastructure in response to changes in network technologies or network requirements, such as VoIP taking into consideration telecommunications policies, regulations, standards, and requirements.
    • Serves as senior customer technical analyst with responsibility for projects, resolves the most complex customer problems; e.g., re-imaging customer workstations, correcting other workstations affected by similar problems, configuring hubs, switches, and routers, and troubleshooting interconnectivity and inter-operability of equipment and software requirements including operating systems. Serves as the primary contact with respect to major equipment installations, moves, maintenance, and acceptance testing of new, untried, computer equipment involving multiple sites.
    • Provides desk side guidance, documentation, and training on system, products, new technology and updated standard operating procedures (SOPs) to eliminate recurring errors, accomplish tasks or projects and where appropriate, provides recommendations for improvements.

    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
    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  

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be required 1 to 5 nights per month

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

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