Baltimore, Maryland
Sep 18, 2021
Sep 25, 2021
Full Time


THIS IS A NATIONAL GUARD TITLE 32 EXCEPTED SERVICE POSITION. This is a career ladder position, GS-7/9/11. If selected at the GS-7 or GS-09 level, you may be promoted without further competition to the next level, up to the maximum promotion potential of GS-11, once all regulatory requirements have been met and upon management request

This National Guard position is for a IT SPECIALIST (NETWORK), Position Description Number D2181P01 and is part of the MD 175th ANG, National Guard.

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1. Administers the base Local Area Network (LAN). Implements new network operating
systems hardware and software. Analyzes LAN utilization statistics through data collection and
performance measures Coordinates LAN installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
Assists in the development, configuration, installation, and maintenance of network systems to include
the LAN/WAN. Receives network, communications, and related operating systems from
various sources. Installs, configures, and troubleshoots network and application server hardware.
Develops and maintains base wide procedures for
networks, system operations, backups, and product assembly and installation. Implements
network operating system and/or network application software, and maintain contact with
software suppliers to ensure that current releases of software products are in use.
Conducts testing of network systems to ensure current network software products are
compatible with system configurations and to ensure operability, efficiency, and compliance
with existing standards. Monitors operation of the LAN/WAN and ensures hardware and
network operating software are functioning properly. Function tests systems components to
identify and resolve technical problems. Performs system
backups to ensure expedient restoration of the database for the respective network
equipment. Assists customers on the use of office automation computers, local and wide
area networks, and other automated tools. Ensures backups of network equipment
configuration data are current. Resolves LAN related problems for the base. Recommends
and prepares operating policies and procedures for networks, system operations, and
product assembly and installation. Provides customer assistance and training for new
network systems.
2. Conducts problem analysis to identify trends, ineffective practices or procedures, and
equipment shortcomings. Identifies and documents network requirements for specific
needs of customers. Determines if the facility environment can provide for network system
requirements. Conducts in-depth analyses of network usage, user complaints, traffic interruptions,
hardware and software capabilities. Changes the components of existing equipment for
efficient operation or recommends major modifications to existing systems. Recommends
methods and procedures and coordinates corrective action to optimize utilization of present
equipment. Uses benchmarks, performance measurement, and evaluation data, in
conjunction with modeling and simulation techniques in planning for increased capacity and
to support additional workloads. Identifies potential performance or capacity problems and
plans for changes to avert problems. Works with technical support personnel in resolving
problems. When required, participates with design team on new initiatives, contributing
technical expertise on existing LANs. Ensures upgrades to the base infrastructure are
identified Cooperates and works with base communication agencies in planning and
developing new or additional network infrastructure capabilities. Provides cost analyses
for new and upgraded network infrastructure capabilities.
3. Plans for current and future technology integration and works issues for compatibility
and standardization. Analyzes LAN utilization statistics, performance measures, and system profiles
to ensure network robustness in serving the business needs of the installation. Forecasts future needs and
prepares recommendations, justifications, and specifications for LAN equipment.
Determines when improvements in networking capability are needed and makes
technical recommendations to the senior system specialist. Develops test procedures and
participates in progress reviews with operating officials, system programmers, computer
users, and others. Ensures applicable operation and maintenance policies and
standards are maintained. Reviews literature, assesses reports of state-of-the-art advances
in software/hardware, and assesses applicability and impact of introducing new
developments to current configurations. Ensures that inquiries and problems are
expeditiously resolved. Examines and evaluates alternative means of satisfying user
requirements and makes recommendations to users regarding the most effective and
efficient automation approaches. As deemed necessary for efficient operation, reconfigures
various peripheral equipment. Maintains and tests system software. Identifies and analyzes system
hardware or software failures. Installs and troubleshoots LAN data cables to transmission equipment to
ensure proper connectivity. Assists in determining the feasibility of proposed revisions or the development of new
program applications. Monitors and documents system performances before and after new
programs are loaded. Provides information and recommendations of improvements to
4. Maintains information assurance certification IAW DoD 8570.01-M.
5.Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

.NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED. If you are not sure you are eligible for military membership, please contact a National Guard recruiter prior to applying for this position. This is an excepted service position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the employing state's National Guard, required prior to the effective date of placement. Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform. Acceptance of an excepted service position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment. Applicants who are not currently a member of the National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the National Guard in the military grade listed in this announcement. Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered for Selective Service. Federal employment suitability as determined by a background investigation. May be required to successfully complete a probationary period. Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.

1. Maintains required information assurance certification IAW DoD 8570.01-M, Federal
Information Security Management Act of 2002, Clinger Cohen Act of 1996, and current AF
2. Conducts travel to and from offsite worksite(s) from the normal work area to perform
assigned duties. This may include Operating Locations (OL) and GSUs. Due to distances
involved, travel may involve one or more overnight stays.
1. Must be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance of the position.
2. This position is covered by the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Amendment (30 Sep 96)
of the Gun Control Act (Lautenberg Amendment) of 1968. An individual convicted of a
qualifying crime of domestic violence may not perform the duties of this position.
3. Ability to establish effective professional working relationships with coworkers and
customers, contributing to a cooperative working environment and successful
accomplishment of the mission.
4. May occasionally be required to work other than normal duty hours; overtime may be
5. The duties and responsibilities of your job may significantly impact the environment. You
are responsible to maintain awareness of your environmental responsibilities as dictated by
legal and regulatory requirements, your organization, and its changing mission.



Military Grades
: Enlisted E6 and below

GENERAL EXPERIENCE : Experience, education or training that has provided a basic knowledge of data processing functions and general management principles that enabled the applicant to understand the stages required to automate a work process. Experience may have been gained in work such as computer operator or assistant, computer sales representative, program analyst, or other positions that required the use or adaptation of computer programs and systems.


GS-07 - Must have at least 12 months experience, education, or training in translating detailed logical steps developed by others into language codes that computers accept where this required understanding of procedures and limitations appropriate to use of a programming language. Experience interviewing subject-matter personnel to get facts regarding work processes, and synthesizing the resulting data into charts showing information flow.

GS-09 - Must have at least 24 months experience, education, or training in analysis of the interrelationship of pertinent components of the system. Experience planning the sequence of actions necessary to accomplish the assignment. Experience scheduling the sequence of programs to be processed by computers where alternatives had to be weighed with a view to production efficiency.

GS-11 and above - Must have at least 36 months experience, education, or training that approaches techniques and requirements appropriate to an assigned computer applications area or computer specialty area in an organization. Experience planning the sequence of actions necessary to accomplish the assignment where this entailed coordination with others outside the organizational unit and development of project controls. Experience that required adaptations of guidelines or precedents to meet the needs of the assignment. Experience preparing documentation on cost/benefit studies where is involved summarizing the material and organizing it in a logical fashion.

Length of time is not of itself qualifying. Candidates' experience should be evaluated on the basis of duties performed rather than strictly on the rank of the individual; however, established compatibility criteria/assignments must be followed. The applicant's record of experience, training, and education must show possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to fully perform the duties of the position to be filled.


If you are using Education to qualify for this position, Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience -At the GS-7 level, one full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement. At the GS-9 level, a masters or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree may be substituted. At the GS-11 level, a Ph.D. or equivalent, or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.
Undergraduate or Graduate Education: Degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.

You must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your Educational claims. To receive credit for Education, you must provide documentation of proof that you meet the Education requirements for this position.

Additional information

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency ( ).

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
-- Knowledge of IT network systems design principles, methodologies, and approaches
used in developing, testing, installing, operating, managing, and maintaining network
services that support functional requirements.
-- Knowledge of the organization's network architecture, topology, and protocols sufficient
to plan, design, develop, and integrate network systems and security plans and procedures
consistent with existing or planned network infrastructures.
-- Knowledge of methods, techniques, and processes for the integration and optimization of
LAN/WAN components, infrastructure requirements, and test and evaluation methods
sufficient to install and operate base wide programs and provide technical guidance to
others in designing, testing, operating, and maintaining network programs.
-- Knowledge of a wide variety of established commercial network design programs and
how they interrelate and function within various environments.
-- Skill in applying IT network development concepts and techniques to provide computer
applications which provide optimal functional support for users.
-- Ability to analyze functional IT network system requirements, translate findings into
functional requirements, develop supportable recommendations for enhancement, and
apply a wide range of methodologies and tools.
-- Ability to serve as a team leader or member of special projects and to coordinate and
document the work of the team.
-- Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
-- Ability to maintain an up-to-date awareness of technological advances and predict how
management can meet future requirements.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates (including Month and Year, e.g., 02/2017, Feb 2017, etc.) of employment and duties performed.

2. Other supporting documents:

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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