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Vacancy Details

Grade: 13

Applicants must meet the following basic qualification requirements to qualify for this position:

Have IT-related experience demonstrating EACH of the following four competencies and one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service as described below:

IT SPECIALIST COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Attention to Detail - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant keeps abreast of latest technology, information, research, etc., to maintain knowledge in field of expertise (for example, reads trade journals, participates in professional/technical associations, maintains credentials).
  • Customer Service - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant promotes or develops and maintains good working relationships with key individuals or groups.
  • Oral Communication - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant serves on panels, committees, or task forces as a representative for the organization on technical or professional issues.
  • Problem Solving - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant monitors current trends or events (for example, technological, economic, political, social, educational, or employment trends or events) and applies the information as appropriate.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Specialized experience is experience managing information technology (IT) projects that include the following: identifying customer needs/requirements and translating into technical IT solution requirements; analyzing, planning, reviewing and developing information technology systems and major changes to existing systems and databases; developing and managing major IT project plans/proposals to completion; and troubleshooting and problem solving to find workable solutions to unique IT related issues.
1 I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service and meet the IT Specialist competency requirements as described above. Answer to this question is required
  • True
  • False

Grade: All Grades

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Please Note: Effective January 1, 2010, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES (Political) employees in the Executive Branch. So, if you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.
1 Are you currently, or have you been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    1.1 Please provide the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
    1. Position Title;
    2. Type of Appointment (i.e., Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non Career SES);
    3. Agency;
    4. Dates held (beginning and ending dates)
    Maximum length of 1000 characters.
  • No
2 Please select the statement below that best describes your experience in applying information technology solutions to improve or facilitate organizational programs and operations Answer to this question is required
  • I have been the lead on more than one project responsible for conducting research on current and emerging information technology, designing solutions, and implementing significant information technology innovations to meet the critical program and operational needs of client agencies or corporations.
  • I have been the lead on a project responsible for conducting research on current and emerging information technology, designing solutions, and implementing significant information technology innovations to meet the critical program and operational needs of an agency or corporation.
  • I have managed a project updating information technology for a significant program operation
  • I have experience leading the modification and enhancement to production systems.
  • I have experience leading the operation and maintenance of information technology systems.
  • None of the above.
3 Select the choice(s) below that describe your experience with an information technology tool (software, hardware) roll out to an organization. Answer to this question is required
  • I participated as a representative for my work group (less than 25 people). I served as a conduit of information between the project team and my work group and assisted in coordinating roll out and training logistics for my work group.
  • I participated as a representative for my Division (more than 25 people). I served as a conduit of information between the project team and my work group and assisted in coordinating roll out and training logistics for my Division.
  • I participated as a member of the Project Team. I assisted in developing, monitoring, and implementing project schedules, communication and training plans, install schedules, and/or beta testing.
  • I was the Project Manager for the roll out. I was responsible and accountable for the success of the roll out. I developed, monitored, and implemented project schedules, communication and training plans, install schedules, and/or beta testing. I served as the primary point of contact for the vendor and the organization�s leadership.
  • I do not have this experience.
4 I have performed the following functions while managing Information Technology/professional services projects or program initiatives? Answer to this question is required
  • I have been assigned to carry out components of projects but have not been assigned formal leadership, supervisory, or management responsibilities.
  • I have been a project or team leader with responsibility for carrying out one or more projects or initiatives. These projects required me to plan and direct the work, maintain the schedule, report progress, and assure the quality of the work performed.
  • I have been a project manager with responsibility for carrying out one or more long term (one year or longer) projects or program initiatives. I have been responsible for negotiating the project scope, establishing multi-year budgets, and tracking and reporting on expenditures, costs, and progress through key milestones.
  • I have been responsible for managing and directing multiple projects and/or initiatives that are/were in progress concurrently.  I have been responsible for negotiating adjustments in the projects’ timetables, budgets, scope, and coverage.
  • None of the above.
5 Select the choice that best reflects your experience using project management principles and practices to manage comprehensive data management, research, and/or technology projects.  Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience managing IT projects using various project management methodologies where I effectively managed the schedule, cost and performance requirements, established metrics; assigned tasks to members, utilized agile project management software tools, to ensure projects/development were kept on schedule and within budget.
  • I have experience managing IT projects in a large organization using various project management methodologies and utilizing project management software tools, to ensure projects/development were kept on schedule and within budget.
  • I have experience as a member of a project team independently performing functions using various project management methodologies and utilizing project management software tools, to ensure projects/development were kept on schedule and within budget.
  • None of the above.
6 Select the response that describes your experience in leading government/contractor Information Technology (IT) Specialists in getting ideas accepted by management, customers or other IT Specialists to accomplish a desired industry information technology outcome. Answer to this question is required
  • I introduce new IT solutions and develop IT concepts to sell ideas and negotiate effectively. I involve other IT Specialists in participation and discussion of new IT policies and best practices. I listen to concerns of the IT Specialists before stating final direction. I take risks which may involve criticism or failure and adapt to new situations.
  • I give advice and guidance to IT Specialists and Supervisory IT Specialists. I lead subordinate IT specialists through adversity or change by effectively communicating decisions and reason. I utilize resources to accomplish IT goals and delegate responsibility for IT assignments and follow up on progress.
  • I delegate IT assignments according to IT skills and defend and support IT Specialists. Establish controls to accomplish goals.
  • My accomplishments are discussion oriented with focus on completion of the immediate IT task and provide input and some direction concerning information technology areas.
  • None of the above
7 From the choices listed below, please select the answer(s) that best describe your experience identifying problems and specific information technology issues in an assigned area. Answer to this question is required
  • Analyze the systems to determine the nature of the problem.
  • Analyze the systems to determine requirements.
  • Analyze the logical work and information flow.
  • Analyze the feasibility of advancements in information technology and its incorporation.
  • None of the above.
8 Do you have demonstrated experience where you used comprehensive knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and information technology (IT)/professional services acquisition to develop and implement acquisition strategies in order to solve a wide range of government-wide and agency specific IT issues and challenges? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
9 Please select the response that best describes your experience in information technology-related work. Answer to this question is required
  • I am considered an expert in identifying alternatives to address unique, highly complex, or sensitive information technology-related issues by identifying and evaluating potential sources of information to generate alternative solutions. I perform this task independently and am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist or train them in doing this task because of my expertise.
  • I have identified alternatives to address complex information technology-related issues by gathering and applying information from a variety of sources that provide a number of potential solutions.
  • I have selected from a number of alternatives to address routine information technology-related issues by gathering and applying information from standard sources that provide a limited number of solutions.
  • I have not had experience identifying alternatives for or addressing information technology-related issues or problems.
10 Which of the following best describes the IT analytic infrastructure functions you have performed in support of your organization? Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in the design and implementation of large-scale, data analytic infrastructure supporting researchers and analysts. This includes the development and implementation of the overarching technical design, as well as the establishment of key business processes, applications and standards.
  • I have experience in implementing data warehouse infrastructure and platforms in a research community but have not served in a design and/or engineering capacity.
  • I have experience developing the architecture and/ or design for large scale data analytic platforms, but I have not had responsibility for implementing the design.
  • None of the above.
11 With regard to operational Oracle database performance issues, I have identified shortfalls of current databases or applications by studying the information technology infrastructure, including networks, hardware, and software. Answer to this question is required
  • True
  • False
12 Select from the following, the choice(s) which best describe your experience serving as a senior information technology specialist: Answer to this question is required
  • Experience developing, recommending, and implementing organization-wide technical and operational policies and procedures designed to insure the consistency, compatibility, effectiveness, and efficiency of technology used throughout an organization.
  • Experience providing advice and consultation to an organization's top level officials on technical and operational policies and on emerging technological innovations, implications, and other issues related to the organization's information systems technology and computer science.
  • Experience serving as an expert and technical advisor to top level officials and spokespersons within an organization for advanced technical matters relating to the development, testing, evaluation, and utilization of all new organization system architectures and computing technologies.
  • Experience as the technical interface with other professionals engaged in research and development of advanced computing technology in federal agencies, international agencies, private information technology firms, and commercial vending groups.
  • My experience does not match any of the choices listed above.
13 Please select the choice that best describes your background and knowledge of enterprise information services designs, infrastructure, advanced information systems concepts, information technology interfaces and protocols. Answer to this question is required
  • I served as Program Manager having overall responsibility for the development, implementation, and maintenance of an Enterprise Information Services; served as the technical information management consultant which included planning IT infrastructure requirements, analyzing alternatives, recommending solutions to top management; and establishing/revising policy.
  • I served as the senior Project Leader/Facilitator assisting in the development, implementation and maintenance of an Enterprise Information Services program or modification of existing policy; provided IT infrastructure advice, guidance and recommendations to Program Manager and team members; and assisted in developing operating procedures/standards.
  • I served as a team member working under the leadership of a senior Project Leader on projects associated with the use and maintenance of Enterprise Information Services systems; assisted in developing architectural approaches; and structured technology application in the business process.
  • None of the above.
14 I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001), my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 CFR, Part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that responding 'No' to this item will result in my not being considered for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes, I certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith, and I understand the information provided above.
  • No, I do not certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith and/or understand the information provided above.