IT SPECIALIST (INFOSEC)

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Employer
Department Of Agriculture, Of...
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Mar 20, 2017
Closes
Apr 03, 2017
Function
IT
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy is limited to the first 100 applications received and will close at 11:59pm ET on the closing date, or at 11:59pm ET on the day we receive the 100th application, whichever comes first.

USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.  Our vision is to expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production sustainability that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve and conserve our Nation's natural resources through restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent office within the Department of Agriculture whose mission is to ensure economy, efficiency, and integrity in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and operations through the successful execution of audits, investigations, and reviews. The OIG conducts investigations, audits, and reviews to prevent and detect waste, fraud, and mismanagement of USDA programs and operations.

This position serves as an IT Specialist (INFOSEC), providing program, technical, and administrative support to the IT Division and the OIG. The incumbent serves as a senior-level member of the division, supporting day-to-day and ad-hoc operational requirements of the OIG network and server infrastructure.

This Public Notice will be used to fill vacancies through OPMs Direct Hire Authority. The "rule of three", veteran's preference, category rating and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy. For more information on OPMs authorization of Direct Hire Authority, please visit https://www.opm.gov/directhire/index.asp.

Additional selections may be made within 90 days of the closing date of the announcement.


TRAVEL REQUIRED:
  • Occasional Travel
  • Less than 10% of the time.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Pre-employment Screening Assessment is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A one (1) year probationary period MAY be required.
  • Relocation Expenses are NOT authorized.
  • Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENT FOR GS-9

    Specialized Experience for GS-9: Applicants must have one year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 in the Federal or private sectors, that is directly related to the position as listed in this announcement, which includes assisting in the development of IT security-related policy, standards, plans, and processes; assisting in the deployment, maintenance, and troubleshooting of virtual servers; and assisting with network upgrades and maintenance to perform required updates of the operating system or firmware code.

    Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience:

    GS-09: A Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. with major study in accounting, auditing, or related discipline may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirement.

    To be creditable, education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.

    Specialized Experience for GS-11: Applicants must have one year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 in the Federal or private sectors, that is directly related to the position as listed in this announcement, which includes assisting in the development of IT security-related policy, standards, plans, and processes; administering and maintaining a virtualized environment and desktop infrastructure to be able to assist in the deployment, maintenance, and troubleshooting of virtual servers; assisting with network upgrades and maintenance to perform required updates of the operating system or firmware code; and providing guidance and recommendations to other IT Specialists and direct supervisor on emergent technology, potential threats, and possible changes that involve improving business operations.

    Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience:

    GS-11: A Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree, or at least 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

    To be creditable, education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION:
    If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov.

    In addition to the minimum qualifications stated above, to qualify for this position you must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below:

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

    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;

    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;

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

    Note: Experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work. Federal employees in the competitive service are subject to the Time in Grade Requirements (TIG) in accordance with 5 CFR 300.64. You must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the GS grade level or equivalent you are applying to. (MUST SUBMIT AN SF-50 THAT SHOWS TIME-IN-GRADE ELIGIBILITY AS SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION).


    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.

    Qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of the job announcement.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp

    CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter. Selectee is subject to financial Disclosure Requirements in accordance with 5 CFR, Part 2635, Sub part E regarding business or personal transactions with applicants, borrowers, or business contacts who have or who are seeking business with this Agency.

    SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER – Your Social Security Number is required under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your record from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from your employers, schools, banks, and other who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION – This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Management Division, Work/Life Programs, at 202-720-0966. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

    EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – The Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, political affiliation, union, or non-union affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, or any other non-merit factors.

    Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

    If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

    Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you may be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report inquiry.

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