Information Technology Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Beltsville, Maryland
Posted
Sep 18, 2021
Closes
Sep 21, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This vacancy is located in the Technical Support Division.
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Responsibilities

The following are the duties of this position at the GS-11. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

As an Information Technology Specialist, you will:
  • Provide user network account support to include setup and configuration (e.g., user profile, e-mail, peripheral access), and troubleshoot user account problems and daily user support issues. Coordinate with customers to ensure they request the appropriate permissions through their security staff.
  • Work with CEC staff in selecting, piloting, testing, and implementation of certified hardware and software based on user requirements and CEC policy.
  • Serve as an Information Technology Specialist who provides support, assistance, liaison services and limited end-user getting started training to customer agency personnel.
  • Analyze and resolve operational problems and monitors overall customer satisfaction rates, maintains operational standards set at management levels and is accountable for delivery of customer satisfaction.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
11

Requirements

Conditions of Employment



The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.
Key Requirements:
  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National


  • Qualifications

    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    For the GS-11, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:

    - Completing computer project assignments that required a wide range of knowledge of IT support; AND
    - Deployment and customer service requirements; AND
    - Techniques pertinent to providing IT customer support.


    This knowledge is generally demonstrated by assignments where you analyze a number of alternative approaches and suggested responses to IT issues, problems and concerns, experience independently providing various information technology customer services and support. Examples include:- Images, manages and deploys customer workstations and peripherals through the entire life cycle.- Provides workstation user network account support to include setup and configuration (e.g., user profile, email, peripheral access), and troubleshoot user account problems on a daily basis.- Installs, troubleshoots and updates certified Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS) and customized software on workstations. Resolves workstation security issues.- Identifies administrative and technical requirements associated with personnel, changes in office functions, office closures, etc. Works with management to ensure requirements can be met when needed by the customer.

    OR

    You may qualify with a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three (3) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. (In order to be creditable, education must be related to the position being filled with a major study of computer science, information science, information systems management, mathematics, statistics, operations research, or engineering, or course work that required the development or adaptation of computer programs and systems and provided knowledge equivalent to a major in the computer field.) Attach a copy of transcript or list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit.

    To be qualifying, degree must be 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.

    For the GS-09 level, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 level. Specialized experience includes:

    - Completing the delivery of computer task assignments related to IT support; AND
    - Deployment and customer service requirements; AND
    - Techniques pertinent to providing assistance in IT computer projects.


    Many tasks will be related to a project that is managed by the Project Manager. This experience is generally demonstrated by assignments where you analyze a number of alternative approaches, leverage suggestions and directions from others, and suggested responses to IT issues, problems and concerns. Computer task assignments may include:- Images, manages and deploys customer workstations and peripherals through the entire life cycle.- Provides workstation user network account support to include setup and configuration (e.g., user profile, e-mail, peripheral access), and troubleshoot user account problems on a daily basis.- Installs, troubleshoots and updates certified Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS) and customized software on workstations. Resolves workstation security issues.- Identifies administrative and technical requirements associated with personnel, changes in office functions, office closures, etc. Works with management to ensure requirements can be met when needed by the customer.

    OR

    You may qualify with a masters or equivalent degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. (In order to be creditable, education must be related to the position being filled with a major study of computer science, information science, information systems management, mathematics, statistics, operations research, or engineering, or course work that required the development or adaptation of computer programs and systems and provided knowledge equivalent to a major in the computer field.) Attach a copy of transcript or list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit.

    To be qualifying, degree must be 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.

    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.

  • Time-in-Grade:
    In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following time-in-grade requirement, if applicable:
    For the GS-11, you must have been at the GS-09 level for 52 weeks.
    For the GS-09, you must have been at the GS-07 level for 52 weeks.

    Time After Competitive Appointment:
    Candidates who are current Federal employees serving on a non-temporary competitive appointment must have served at least three months in that appointment.

    Education

    The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions .

    Additional information

    OTHER INFORMATION:
    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • CEC offers alternative/flexible/telework schedules for eligible positions.
    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
    • A one year probationary period may be required.
    • Must successfully complete a background investigation.
    • Pass a pre-employment security investigation
    • Public Trust - Background Investigation will be required.
    • Obtain and maintain a Public Trust - Background Investigation clearance
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System
      or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form i-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
    • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
    • Must obtain a valid state driver's license and maintain a valid license while you occupy the position.
    • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.

    Our comprehensive benefits are very generous. Our benefits package includes:
    - Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards.
    - Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year.
    - Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire.
    -A wide choice of health insurance plans, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and no waiting periods. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums.
    - A retirement program which includes employer-matching contributions.

    - Learn more about Federal benefits programs at: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your résumé may result in a "not qualified" determination.

    Rating : Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:

    - Customer Service
    - Technical

    Your application will be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.
    Referral : If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.

    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) ) you must be receive a score of 85 or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    A complete application includes 1. A résumé, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    Please ensure all required documents, including any required work samples, narratives, or other materials as stated in this announcement, are attached to your application package.

    It is anticipated that there will be significant interest in the announcement. As a result, the announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on the date of receipt of the 75 application or at 11:59 p.m. ET on 09/09/2021; whichever occurs first. Any required documents should be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted after the vacancy closes.

    All applicants are required to submit a résumé either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your résumé. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé tips .
    CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES -- Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment:- Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)
    Note: If you are applying under Schedule A your SF-50 must be the SF-50 showing the original appointing authority when you were selected for the Schedule A position.
    - Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing this grade.

    PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL: Submit a copy of your most recent completed ANNUAL performance appraisal, which includes 1) all associated pages, 2) the final rating, and 3) supervisory signature. The performance appraisal must be signed and dated within the past 18 months. If you do not have a performance appraisal that meets all of the requirements above or if you have not received an annual performance appraisal for any reason (not employed, current employer does not give a performance appraisal, etc), you MUST explain why when asked in the vacancy questionnaire. A performance plan is NOT an acceptable substitute.

    CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.

    REINSTATEMENT: If you are a former federal employee and wish to be non-competitively reinstated for a higher grade or full performance level than which you left federal employment, you MUST provide a copy of your separation SF50 (the "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2") AND the last performance appraisal you received from your federal employment which shows at least a fully successful rating.

    If you are applying under a special hiring authority (e.g. Military Spouses, Interchange Agreement, VEOA, VRA, Schedule A Disability, etc.), please see applicant guide for required documentation . In order to be eligible under one of these authorities, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.
    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page . If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions .
    .

    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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