Information Technology Specialist (NETWORK)

District of Columbia, D.C
Nov 25, 2020
Dec 01, 2020
Full Time


The Antitrust Division (ATR) has an opening for an IT Specialist (Network) to join its dedicated team and gain invaluable experience working in the public interest to protect the competitive process. The position is in the Engineering and Application Development Section of the Information Systems Support Group in the Executive Office of the Antitrust Division, and serves as a Sr. Network Engineer, reporting directly to the Chief Technology Officer, and ultimately the Chief Information Officer.
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As a Network Engineer in the Engineering and Application Development Section (EADS) of ISSG, responsibilities include:
  • Serving as technical authority; independently planning, designing, implementing, monitoring, and enhancing ATR's existing and/new network and maintaining a Cloud based infrastructure.
  • Identifying technology opportunities with significant ability to support the ATR personnel and mission.
  • Providing guidance and direction to staff members to maintain excellence in day-to-day operations across the division; developing improvements to implement new service approaches, and potential breakthroughs in identifying new methods and technologies that offer advances in how ATR provides services in support of customers.
  • Monitoring execution of baseline and enterprise services and putting appropriate structures and processes in place to ensure delivery of services across the enterprise.
  • Coordinating resolution of problems and incidents within established timelines; Identifying and resolving root causes of problems that degrade delivery of essential services.
  • Providing authoritative program related advice, information, and guidance regarding current and future information systems concepts, doctrine, methods, practices, operations and technologies.
  • Considering new technology, innovations, procedures, and applications and making recommendations as to the feasibility.
  • Advising staff and senior managers on proposed standard DOJ technical architectures, as well as establishment of data architecture management, setting information standards, and setting standards for software design and development, software and hardware configuration management, IT acquisition management, and testing and operation evaluation of DOJ and ATR IT network programs, applications, equipment, and telecommunications networks.
  • Performing the full range of project management functions from project planning through evaluation and reporting of project accomplishments; coordinating the work of other network specialists, technical specialists from other disciplines, and customer representatives.
  • Leading enterprise-level network projects, such as establishing connectivity for new mission requirements or new customer organizations or accommodating changes in legislation.
  • Directing the development of operational policies and strategies, techniques, and procedures for all enterprise capabilities.
  • Directing implementation of IT policies and related activities ATR-wide to facilitate planning for ATR's strategic, long-range, and annual planning programs in support of the mission, working cross-functionally with budget/financial management, software and hardware acquisitions, contract procurement, and personnel management; and to ensure appropriate coordination and compliance with cybersecurity, strategic, long-range, annual operations and management plans, objectives, and business strategy.
  • Ensuring implementation and operation of the ATR Network Operations Center (NOC).
  • Advocating for efficient improvements to the ATR IT NOC and work processes, allowing for the efficient execution, implementation, and integration of operations, and management of new IT projects and systems developed.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen, with federal competitive status, to be considered for this position.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • You may be required to take and successfully clear a drug test.
  • You must submit a complete application package by the closing date.
  • You must meet all qualification and time-in-grade requirements by the closing date.
  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
  • DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • This is a full-time, permanent appointment in the competitive service, eligible for inclusion in the bargaining unit.
  • This is a non-supervisory appointment, which may be subject to a one-year probationary period in accordance with 5 CFR 315.801.
  • The Antitrust Division participates in the E-Verify program.


To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must demonstrate the qualifications as identified below:

One year of qualifying specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 level leading implementation and management of an IT Network Operations Center. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position as described below, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. EXAMPLES of qualifying specialized experience include:
  • leading others in developing comprehensive network topology and creating high-level, detailed diagrams of network and other infrastructure systems;
  • leading evaluation, design, and implementation of wireless architecture;
  • leading implementation of Software Defined WAN (SD_WAN);
  • leading evaluation, design, and implementation of WAN Optimization;
  • leading evaluation and implementation of VoIP, Video Teleconferencing and Collaboration;
  • performing long-range planning (3-7 years) and leading implementation and configuration of
    cloud services (Azure or AWS) using Juniper vSRX, Cisco CSR, and Transit Gateway
**In addition, individuals must also 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 (any individual who uses or receives the services or products produced by your work unit, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies or organizations outside of the government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; is committed to providing quality products and services; knows about available products and services.
  • Oral Communication - Expresses information (i.e., examples, facts, ideas) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (i.e., 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.
Please Note: Experience MUST be IT related; the experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification), as appropriate.


Additional information

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category (80 or above) using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over candidates from other agencies for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority over other applicants who are not employees of the Department of Justice if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category (80 or above) using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at:

For eligible surplus/displaced employees, well qualified means an applicant must meet all minimum qualifications requirements and score at the midrange level points against the quality ranking factors stated in this vacancy announcement.

The Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) allows eligible veterans to apply and compete for positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the hiring agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must have separated from the military under honorable conditions and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three or more years of continuous active military service. If you wish to be considered under the VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty Record of Military Service), in addition to any other required documents listed on this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application will be evaluated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualifications for the position as listed in this announcement. Please note: Basic qualifications will be determined based on a comparison of your resume against the quality and extent of experience or related education as reflected in the position requirements.

If you are found to be basically qualified for this position, your resume and supporting documentation will be further assessed and compared to the responses of your occupational/assessment questionnaire. The rating you receive will be based on your responses to the questionnaire. The rating is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position, and will determine the quality category in which you place-Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.

Your application will be assessed based upon the following competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Cloud Computing Infrastructure, Infrastructure Design, Network Management, and Technology Awareness

If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully as errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Performance Appraisals and Awards
You will receive an additional point added to your final score for a fully successful or higher performance rating. An additional point will also be added to your final score for any one performance award received within the past three years that relates to the position for which you are applying. Please provide only one recent award. To receive credit, you must provide a copy of your performance rating and a copy of your performance award SF-50.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes:
  • Your Résumé (Cover Letter is optional) - Applicants will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of experience or related education as reflected in their resume. Applicants are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show the possession of knowledge of the subject matter pertinent to the position and the technical skills to successfully perform the duties of the position.
  • Completed Assessment Questionnaire.
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal service) which shows type of service appointment, tenure group, grade, and salary. If applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 form which shows the length of time you have been in your current or highest grade such as a promotion, within-in grade increases, or SF-50 over one year. If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof.
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal (if current federal employee, within the last 3 years).
  • To receive extra credit for a Performance Award received in the past 3 years, you must submit an SF-50, Notification of
    Personnel Action
    documenting proof.
  • Documentation of eligibility for special hiring authorities (if applicable) to prove appointment eligibility. Examples Include: Schedule A disability letter, Peace Corps volunteer letter, military spouse hiring authority documentation, etc.
  • Veterans Preference documentation (if applicable).
  • Applications mailed using government postage and/or internal federal government mailing systems are in violation of agency and postal regulations and will not be accepted.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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