IT Specialist (Network)

McLean, Virginia
Jan 25, 2021
Jan 28, 2021
Full Time


As an IT Specialist (Network), you will be responsible for providing technical hardware and software expertise in areas related to the evaluation, design, integration, and maintenance of voice, video and network infrastructure and associated computer systems. This position is located in the Office of Information Technology, Technology Division, Infrastructure Team located in McLean, VA.
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Under the direction of the IT Program Manager, specific duties include:
  • Analyzing network architecture, proposing enhancements, and performing modifications to meet Agency business needs and assure optimized, secure, and continuous function of the FCA network.
  • Coordinating with the Associate Director and the Program Manager to assure that all network services function in compatibility with FCA's computer systems hardware and software.
  • Participating in all computer systems planning and administration, providing technical guidance and recommendations in the area of computer systems networking.
  • Assisting Agency users and supporting the Network Manager in overall administration of the network services.
  • Researching design alternatives and providing recommendations to the Network Manager and Program Manager ensuring alternatives are compatible with the FCA IT infrastructure.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position to perform job responsibilities or attend meetings and training.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • One year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Suitability for Federal employment, as determined by a background investigation.
  • Submission of a financial disclosure report may be required.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.


You may qualify at the VH-39 (GS-13) band level if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the VH-38 (GS-12) band in the Federal service. Specialized experience examples include:
  • Experience designing network architecture's with routers, switches, and wireless devices including wireless controllers and access points.
  • Experience designing network architecture's with security devices including firewalls and network access control.
  • Experience implementing, administering, securing, and troubleshooting an organization's routers, switches, and wireless devices including wireless controllers and access points.
  • Experience implementing, administering, securing, and troubleshooting an organization's security devices including firewalls and network access control.
  • Experience implementing, administering, securing, and troubleshooting an organization's VoIP phone system.

In addition to meeting specialized experience, individuals 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.

  • 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.

    You must meet all qualification requirements and submit all required supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement. If you are found to be among the most highly qualified candidates you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

    Time-In-Grade Requirements: Current and former Federal employees (including VEOA eligibles) must have served one-year (52 weeks) at the next lower grade in the Federal service to meet time-in-grade restrictions per 5 CFR 300, Subpart F, by the closing date of the announcement.

    Ideal Candidate Statement
    The ideal candidate has 8+ years of relevant experience as a Network Specialist with a least 3 years of experience successfully leading and delivering IT infrastructure projects. IT infrastructure projects of high interest include LAN/WAN, WLAN, VoIP, VPN, FW and NAC implementations and troubleshooting. They will have a proven track record of success in resolving complex issues on their own or with a team. Relevant and up to date Cisco certifications are highly preferred.


    There is no education substitution at the VH-39 band level.

    Additional information

    Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
    • All FCA employees are subject to the conflict of interest laws and Standards of Ethical Conduct imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report.
    • FCA's supplemental ethics regulations restrict certain FCA employees concerning their direct or indirect interests in, or connections with, Farm Credit System institutions. These rules also require all employees to obtain approval for outside employment or business activities. Please contact the HR Division for additional information on these rules.
    • FCA uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.
    • This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if openings in the same series and grade occur.

    This position is also advertised for all U.S. citizens under job opportunity announcement VA-21-0114-DE-VMD. If you would like to be considered under both merit promotion (MP) and delegated examining (DE) procedures, you must apply to both announcements.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your resume serves as the basis for the determination of your qualifications and should highlight relevant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this position. Your resume must include the following information:
    • Paid and non-paid work experience including your position title, start and end dates (month/year) of employment, average number of hours worked per week and salary;
    • Position series and grade for Federal positions;
    • Indication of the knowledge, skills and education you have that are pertinent to this position;
    • Specific duties you have performed as a regular part of your job with indications of the level of responsibility and complexity of work;
    • Names and contact information for your current and/or previous supervisor(s).

    You must provide the information specified above in your resume to be considered for this position. Your resume must include enough detail to permit a valid determination that you meet eligibility and specialized experience requirements for each grade for which you are applying. Take a look at this online video for ideas on how to communicate your qualifications . If review of your resume and your responses to the self-assessment questions demonstrate that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lower score which may eliminate you from consideration for this position.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics relevant to the duties of this position:
    • Infrastructure Design
    • Network Management
    • Network Security
    • Written/Oral Communication

    Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" (score of 85 or higher) for the position to receive priority consideration.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    You must provide a complete Application Package through USAJOBS that includes your resume, responses to the Applicant Questionnaire and supporting documentation:
  • Current Resume: All applicants must submit a current resume. See the Qualifications and Evaluation section of the announcement for details on the information required. You can use USAJOBS resume builder or upload your own resume. Need help? Get some tips from this online video on Federal resume-writing .
  • SF-50: Current Federal employees must submit a copy of a recent SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action that shows: a) career or career-conditional tenure; b) competitive status; c) position title, series, grade and step; d) full performance level of your position; and e) proof of time in grade. You may need to submit more than one SF-50.
  • CTAP/ICTAP applicants only: If you are claiming priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit a) A copy of your RIF Separation Notice or Certification of Expected Separation or other documentation indicating that you are a surplus employee; b) Evidence of full performance level of current position; c) A copy of your most recent performance appraisal; and d) A copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
  • Veterans' Preference eligibles: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release of Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member Copy 2 or 4), or other official documentation from a Branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veteran's Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. If you are currently on active duty, you must provide an official statement of service from your command/unit which states the date you entered active duty, expected discharge type and date, and campaign medals you have received OR other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm your discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service.
  • 10-point Preference Eligible Veterans: If you are claiming Veterans' Preference based upon a Compensable Disability, Widow or Spouse Entitlement, or as a Purple Heart recipient, you must submit your DD-214 (Member Copy 2 or 4) AND documentation to support your status, e.g., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later, marriage license, death certificate, etc. If you do not submit appropriate or adequate information to confirm your eligibility you may not receive the credit claimed.

  • 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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