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Bureau of the Census
Job Title: IT Specialist
Type: Full Time
Category: Computers
Location: Suitland, MD (US)
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IT Specialist
Suitland, MD (US)
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About the Job

The Census Bureau produces quality data that help Americans better understand our country - its population, resources, economy, society and culture. We offer competitive salaries, flexible hours and work arrangements, developmental opportunities, recognition, a variety of benefits and health insurance plans, and a host of other employment incentives. If working in an environment that values your individuality and diversity and allows you to innovate, engage in problem solving, and achieve your professional goals appeals to you, then the Census Bureau is the place for you. Come join the Census Team and be responsible for contributing to the fabric of our nation - where everyone counts.

This announcement will be used to establish a standing inventory of applicants interested in the above mentioned position. As Census Bureau fills positions for this series, applicant referral lists willbe pulled from the inventory.

Qualified candidates will continue to receive consideration for vacancies as positions becomes available at the Census Bureau until May 1, 2015. Qualified candidates will receive consideration for vacancies until their eligibility expires.For information concerning the period of eligibility, please see the "What To Expect Next" section of this announcement.

In addition to the competitive hiring (open to all US Citizens), the U.S. Census Bureau has Direct-Hire Authority (DHA) to recruit and appoint qualified Information Technology Specialists (Information Security), GS-9 and above. Positions may be filled through either the DHA or competitive hiring. DHA will only be used for the Security specialty. Please see “How You Will Be Evaluated” section for more information.

TRAVEL REQUIRED
  • Not Required
RELOCATION AUTHORIZED
  • No
KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Resume and supporting documents (see How To Apply section)
  • Registration for Selective Service
DUTIES:Back to top

The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking persons to fill Information Technology (IT) Specialist positions at the GS-5, GS-7, and GS-9 grade levels. The selectees will perform the following duties:

  • draws flow charts and write operating procedures;
  • make minor changes to existing software systems;
  • assist in resloving software/harware interface and interoperability problems;
  • help manage accounts, metwork rights, and access to systems and equipment;
  • Other duties to be assigned.

Selectees will serve under one of the following specialties with the additional listed duties:

Systems Administration Specialization, GS-5 through GS-9
Duties include system administration in a Windows or UNIX environment, writing shell scripts, user account creation, backup/restoring data, and providing general support to system users.

Network Services Specialization, GS-5 through GS-9
Duties include LAN support in a Windows orLinux/UNIX environment, assisting users with network, hardware and software issues, and configuring, installing, and troubleshooting applications on a server.

Security Specialization, GS-5 through GS-9
Duties include applying IT security principles, methods, and tools, evaluating and defining IT security requirements and maintaining IT systems security documentation.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top

All applicants applying for the GS-05 grade level or above must meet one of the following basic requirements:

A. You have (or within 9 months will have) a bachelor’s or higher degree with a major in: computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management, OR you have a bachelor’s or higher 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; OR
B. You have IT-related experience reviewing routine IT data; editing and disseminating written reports; providing standard IT products and services to customers; demonstrating attention to detail when performing work; working with clients and customers to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; orally expressing information to individuals or groups effectively; listening to others and responding appropriately; and identifying and evaluating problems and making recommendations to solve them.

Applicants applying for the GS-07 grade level must meet one of the following requirements (in addition to the basic requirements for all applicants described above):

A. You have (or within 9 months will have) a bachelor’s degree in one of the majors listed above and superior academic achievement. Superior academic achievement is generally defined by an earned grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0. For information on additional ways to meet the superior academic achievement provision, see http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e5.asp#e4f OR
B. You have (or within 9 months will have) completed at least one year of graduate education in one of the majors listed above; OR
C.
You have at least one year of specialized experience performing duties related to the specialty for which you are applying:

    Systems Administration: one year of systems administration experience in a Windows or Linux/UNIX environment providing technical support to users. For further details, see http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/jobs/spec_sys.html Network Services: one year of LAN support work in a Windows orLinux/UNIX environment installing, troubleshooting and configuring PCs and peripherals. For further details, see http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/jobs/spec_network.html Security: one year applying IT security principles, methods and tools and participating in defining IT security requirements and maintaining system documentation. For further details, see http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/jobs/spec_sec.html

Applicants applying for the GS-09 grade level must meet one of the following requirements (in addition to the basic requirements for all applicants described above):

A. You have (or within 9 months will have) a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree, or completed two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree, in one of the majors listed above; OR
B. You have at least one year of specialized experience performing duties related to the specialty for which you are applying:

      Systems Administration: one year of systems administration experience in a Windows or Linux/UNIX environment; a working knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of the above operating systems; some experience writing shell scripts and providing technical support. For further details, see http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/jobs/spec_sys.html. Network Services: one year of LAN support or management experience in a Windows or Linux/UNIX environment installing, troubleshooting and configuring PCs and peripherals; responding to service requests and trouble tickets; server administration for a 200+ user network; and administering systems to track IT assets in excess of 5,000. For further details, see http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/jobs/spec_network.html. Security: one year applying IT security principles, methods and tools, preparing and updating IT security manuals, instructions and operating procedures. For further details, see http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/jobs/spec_sec.html.


    SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show proof that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made to verify that minimum qualification requirements are met. After this review is complete, you will receive a notice indicating your eligibility for the grade level(s) to which you applied. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics): customer service; problem solving; oral communication; attention to detail; help desk administration; UNIX/Linux systems administration; platforms supported; IT security; and telecommunications and network support.

    Once the hiring agency submits a request to fill a position, you will be placed in one of three pre-defined quality categories. The three categories are:

    Gold - Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of possession of all evaluation criteria.

    Silver - Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of possession of the evaluation criteria.

    Bronze - Applicants possessing the specialized experience described above.

    Application of Veterans’ Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans’ preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category

    Direct-Hire Authority (IT-Security ONLY)
    Candidates that meet the qualifications as described in this vacancy announcement and are determined as Best Qualified will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. Traditional rating and ranking of applicants and veteran’s preference do not apply.

    BENEFITS:Back to topThe Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.


    OTHER INFORMATION:Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/).

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To be well-qualified and excercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be placed at the Silver category or above for this position.Information onCTAP/ICTAP eligibility can be found at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp. CTAP/ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

    1. A copy of your specific Reduction In Force (RIF) notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status;
    2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
    3. A copy of your last performance appraisal including your rating; and
    4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential

    Relcoation expenses may be paid on a case by case basis.


    HOW TO APPLY:Back to top

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete Application Package must be submitted byWednesday, April 15, 2015.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdfusing the following 1078508. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot apply online:
    1.Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire, and
    2.Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnairehttp://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf and
    3.Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your Resume

    2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

    3. Other supporting documents:
    - College transcripts (must be submitted if qualifying based on education)
    - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15 (revised December 2004 or later), Armed Forces certification letter specifying discharge or release from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements please visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:Washington Services Branch
    Phone: (202)606-2575
    Email: WASHINGTON@OPM.GOV Agency Information:
    COMMERCE Bureau of Census
    Please do not send mail
    Washington, DC
    00000WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.A review of your complete applicationwill bemade within two weeks of your submission. Once your complete application is reviewed you will be notified of your eligibility and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

    PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION: Qualified applicants will receive employment consideration for a period of three months from the date their name is entered on the inventory. Applicants may request an extension of their eligibility by submitting a written request within two weeks of their expiration date to OPM’s email address: washington@opm.gov. Only ONE extension will be granted. Applicants who would like consideration beyond the six months period MUST reapply.


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