IT Specialist (Systems Administration)

Wallops Island, Virginia
Jan 21, 2023
Jan 27, 2023
Full Time

The IT Specialist (Systems Administration) performs the following major duties:
  • Systems/Database Administration:
    • Provides high-level technical expertise and major technical responsibility for developing, monitoring, and maintaining multiple databases or applications. Serves as a technical expert for complex databases including diagnosis and resolution of the most complex data management problems and issues for Oracle databases.
    • Establishes and enforces database standards, procedures and guidelines. Participates in the planning of future database expansion, enhancements, and selection. Analyzes, reviews and recommends upgrades for existing databases.
    • Selects and recommends database management tools to better facilitate application development, data administration, and database administration functions.
    • Applies database changes and testing for vendor maintenance fixes, new releases and packages. Conducts tests and evaluates database package tools with systems development teams and others, including end users.
    • Provides consultation and instruction to other specialists on database and file accessing
      techniques, search strategies, processing and space utilization efficiencies, database security procedures, backup and program recovery techniques. Conduct technical database vulnerability and risk assessment. Ensures the availability and confidentiality OF IT systems through full compliance with Federal Information Security Management Act, related NIST standards, and agency IT security policies and standards.
    • Determines the actions to be taken in guiding the accomplishment of information technology program objectives for a major agency organization.
    • Determines and employs methods to evaluate the design and functionality of the systems in use, such as developing and implementing effective coding, design, and testing practices. For example, applies programming knowledge and methodologies to enhance integrated system performance and capacity levels.
    • Provides authoritative analysis and guidance in developing solutions for problems associated with agency-wide technology programs.
    • Analyzes and reconciles conflicts between agency objectives and technology requirements.
    • Solves difficult and unique problems requiring novel approaches and implements problem- solving strategies. For example, initiates design specifications, modular top-down designs, step-wise refinement, or algorithm development for major technical initiatives.
  • Applications Programming and Testing:
    • Provides expert guidance in the design, documentation, development, modification, testing, installation, implementation, and support of new or existing applications software.
    • Assesses the feasibility of adopting new software design technologies within the current systems environment. Recommends adoption of new methodologies based on favorable feasibility analyses.
    • Ensures the rigorous application of information security/information assurance policies, principles, and practices to the delivery of application software services. Optimizes applications for state-of- the-art technology and functionality.
    • Performs work such as investigating, evaluating, and selecting tools and methods for improving productivity and software quality throughout the development life cycle. Develops best practices guides for use by other applications software specialists.


Conditions of Employment

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must successfully complete a background security investigation with favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet this requirement will be grounds for employment termination.
  • All Federal employees are required to have federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • A one year trial period is required.
  • This is a bargaining unit position.
  • This position requires a Tier 4 High Risk Public Trust clearance.
Peace Corps Information
  • This is a Federal civilian job in the Excepted Service. Peace Corps employees are paid on the Foreign Personnel (FP) pay scale.
  • Initial appointment of employment cannot exceed five years.
  • All new employees are required to certify and submit a state of understanding acknowledging adherence to the Peace Corps condition of employment prior to day 1 of employment with the Peace Corps.
  • Additional hiring needs may be filled through this vacancy.
  • The Peace Corps is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.
  • The Peace Corps is a drug-free workplace and promotes a drug-free environment.
  • The Peace Corps is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture. Our goal is to attract and develop the best and brightest from all lifestyles and backgrounds. The Peace Corps strives to create a culture of inclusion where individuals feel respected and are treated fairly in all aspects of differences. Our commitment is to make a difference in the lives of people around the world.
The Peace Corps provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the hiring process, please notify the Office of Human Resources by calling 202-692-1200 or the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity on 202-692-2139. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.


Specialized Experience:

You must meet the specialized experience at the grade level(s) in which you choose to be considered by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on 01/26/2023 (the closing date of the announcement). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. To ensure full credit for your experience, please indicate dates of employment by month, day, and year and the number of hours worked per week in your resume.

This vacancy is being announced at one grade level:


Qualifying experience for the FP-2 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the FP-3 or GS-13 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes: Experience providing high-level technical expertise and major technical responsibility for developing, monitoring, and maintaining multiple databases or applications; Experience employing methods to evaluate the design and functionality of the systems in use, such as developing and implementing effective coding, design, and testing practices; Experience providing expert guidance in the design, documentation, development, modification, testing, installation, implementation, and support of new or existing applications software.


For all positions individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. The employing agency is responsible for identifying the specific level of proficiency required for each competency at each grade level based on the requirements of the position being filled.

1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

2 .Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.

3. Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

Additional information on qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at

All qualification requirements must be met by 01/26/2023 (the closing date of this announcement). Qualification claims will be subject to verification.

Please note:
Peace Corps employees are employed using the Foreign Personnel (FP) pay scale. The FP pay plan does not follow the same structure as the GS pay plan. In the FP pay plan, as the grade-level numbers decrease the level/pay for the position increases (e.g., the FP-09 is the lowest entry-level pay and the FP-01 is the highest senior-level pay).


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Intelligence Background Information

Peace Corps Manual Section 611 is applicable to this position. This section prohibits the employment of certain persons previously engaged in intelligence activities or connected with intelligence agencies within the past 10 years. If you have ever worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), you are not eligible for employment at the Peace Corps in any capacity, and you should not apply for employment.

Acceptance of employment with Peace Corps precludes employment by certain intelligence organizations for a specific period of time, determined by the employing agency, after Peace Corps employment ceases.

Applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified will be required to submit upon request in the future a completed Intelligence Background Questionnaire, or narrative signed statement, indicating whether the applicant has been involved in or has had any connection with intelligence activities or related work and, if so, the nature and dates of his or her involvement. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the applicant being rated ineligible for further consideration. If you have any other type of possible intelligence connection, your application will not be further considered until you submit this form. Except when the CIA or the National Security Agency (NSA) is involved (see below), if your connection with an Intelligence Agency involves an immediate family member who works or has worked in intelligence, the immediate family member should complete the form, not the applicant. Usually relying on memory is sufficient to answer most if not all of the questions.

If you have an immediate family member who works or has worked for the CIA, you should not give them this form to complete. Please contact your relative in person-not by phone, email, social networking, or any other means that is not in person- and ask him or her to contact the Office of General Counsel at the CIA.

If you or an immediate family member have been employed by or associated with the NSA, you or your family member must contact the NSA Prepublication Review Office at 443-634-4095.