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"VAR000836" Vacancy Details

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Announcement Number:
VAR000836
Hiring Agency:
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Position Title:
Information Technology Specialist (Systems Analysis)
Open Period:
08/26/2019 - 09/11/2019

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 2210 14
Salary:
USD $117,191 - USD $152,352
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Flexitime.
Promotion Potential:
GS-14
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Washington, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Job Help Desk
202-707-5620
JobHelp@loc.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Internal to an agency (searchable on USAJOBS)
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
INTERNAL EMPLOYEES - CONSIDERATION UNDER THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT IS LIMITED TO THE PERMANENT AND INDEFINITE STAFF OF THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER, DUE TO BUDGETARY CONSTRAINTS. TEMPORARY NOT-TO-EXCEED (NTE) AND INDEFINITE NOT-TO-EXCEED (NTE) EMPLOYEES ARE INELIGIBLE TO APPLY. (EMPLOYEES MUST MAINTAIN ELIGIBILITY AT THE TIME OF SELECTION.)
Security Clearance Required:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Position
Marketing Statement:
The Library of Congress serves the Congress in fulfilling its duties and preserves and promotes knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people. It is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the world's largest library, with more than 158 million items in its physical collections (including books, manuscripts, prints, photos, film, video, and sound recordings) and over 37 million items online. Located primarily on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the Library is the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Law Library of Congress, and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Summary:

This position is located in the Customer Liaison Services Division, IT Partner Engagement Directorate, Office of the chief Information Officer.


The position description number for this position is 14150.


The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.


This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.


Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Not Required

Duties

Serves as a recognized technical authority for applying Information Technology analytical processes to the planning, design and implementation of new and improved information systems to meet the business requirements of the Library’s Service Units.


Provides expert analysis and advice on automating business processes and complex program related information technology (IT) issues or problems where new analytical techniques must be developed to identify and evaluate findings. Based on operations and changing program requirements, identifies relevant issues. Collects relevant information from many varied sources, some of which are difficult to access. Makes authoritative recommendations.


Exercises considerable judgment and ingenuity in advocating the benefits of implementing improvements. Participates in the development of operational plans. Assists in planning, directing and coordinating the implementation and execution of approved policies, programs, and services related to information technology (IT) systems. Reviews and evaluates operations to appraise the effectiveness of policies and programs. Identifies deficiencies and takes/recommends appropriate action.


Oversees or coordinates the preparation of testing and implementation plans. Prepares programming specifications for implementation by computer programmers. Develops test plans and scripts, and oversees testing by others. Sets up a problem reporting mechanism for the application team involved in testing. Oversees the migration of systems to the production environment and monitors systems for stability, accuracy, and performance. Meets with programmers and functional area specialists to coordinate work and resolve problems. Meets with vendor technical representatives to resolve technical issues, and to implement and coordinate new software releases. Evaluates test results, and initiates corrective actions. Develops and executes procedures to periodically monitor the logical/physical integrity of data and physical space utilization. Reviews proposed policy, regulations, and procedural changes to determine their impact on areas of responsibility.


Coordinates the common use of core software across multiple platforms and troubleshooting procedures for related applications. Prepares strategies for recovery in the event of systems failure. Develops recovery methodology for the systems in coordination with the overall Library of Congress or department disaster recovery plan. Develops systems modifications to aid in recovery, which includes determining the cause of failure, documenting methods for preventing future problems, fixing software, and restoring files.


Performs feasibility studies including original research in order to develop information systems that meet customer requirements. Evaluates the feasibility of new systems design methodologies in terms of meeting Library of Congress systems design requirements and recommending the adoption of the most promising new methodologies. Suggests technically feasible approaches and demonstrates viability through the development of working prototypes. Recommends automation approaches that lead to improvements in the Library of Congress's systems design and development process and the delivery of high quality information systems that support achievement of core Library of Congress mission requirements. Acts as an expert on information technology (IT) projects, advising top management on major IT product and/or service issues. Leads, conducts, or participates in complex management studies and reviews, particularly those with wide or significant effect on Library-wide or department-wide IT products and services.


Organizes assigned projects. Prepares for and conducts requirements analysis sessions involving end users. Formulates IT analysis to determine resource needs. Advises management of feasibility, risk, cost and dependencies of proposed projects. Identifies and collects necessary data including IT trends, legislative and program data and interviews with senior management, program officials, employees and supervisors; assembles and assesses information gathered. Prepares project plans for approved projects with appropriate level of detail, such as work breakdown structures, resource allocations and project milestones. Formulates findings, conclusions, and recommendations; presents results in written and/or oral form, which are well-organized, supportable and clearly expressed.


Demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of the Library of Congress's IT environment including; IT operating model, infrastructure components including how various IT services are provided, and the evolving Library of Congress IT architecture framework. Demonstrates mastery of advanced concepts, principles, and practices of computer science in the investigation and delivery of expert advice to management regarding computer hardware and software systems and techniques. 

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
No additional requirements to those listed above.
Education Requirements:
Evaluations:

The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview. The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.


For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/msp010909.pdf.

Qualifications:

Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.


Ability to conduct business analyses. ** 


Ability to focus on the customer. **


Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and develop solutions. **


Ability to work in a structured project process. **


Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing. 


 

Benefits and Other Info

Benefits URL:
Review our Benefits
Other Information:

Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please email ADA@loc.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant’s college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application.  Certification from health care providers are not accepted. For more information contact the Library's Office of EEO/Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.
 
The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period. 


The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. However, not all service units within the Library of Congress participates in the repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.

A “Not to Exceed“ (NTE) status is used to identify an appointment with a specific ending date. However, the Library has the right to separate a NTE employee at any time due to either performance issues or budget constraints.

Are you a veteran?  Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim.  Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214.  Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form.  If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.
 


 

How to Apply

How to Apply:
Please carefully follow all instructions under the How to Apply tab to ensure you are considered for the position.
You are required to apply online for this announcement. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed documents. You must complete the entire application process, including submission of all documents BEFORE this announcement closes. To do so, complete the following steps.
Step 1: If you do not already have one, create a resume on USAJOBS. Although you must enter your Social Security Number for USAJOBS, this information will not be provided to the Library of Congress.
Step 2: Review the Job Announcement. We recommend you go to the end of the Qualification and Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 4. You may wish to customize your USAJOBS resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions.
Step 3: Click on the "APPLY ONLINE" button to the right of this announcement. Follow USAJOBS' instructions to access your account and submit your resume. You will be redirected to the Hiring Management website to complete the application process. If this is your first time in Hiring Management, you will be asked to answer questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. You will be able to update this information and save it to our account for future announcements.
Step 4: Once you have completed the eligibility questions, you will be taken directly to the vacancy application questions. Answer all questions honestly and thoroughly. Step 5: Hiring Management offers three options that will electronically attach your documentation to your online application once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement.
(1) You may select a document that you have already uploaded to USAJOBS for a previous announcement.
(2) You may electronically upload a document directly from your computer to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation of the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.
(3) You may follow the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions within the online application, which will provide the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted. The fax number will be available on the cover sheet.
Please note that each cover sheet and corresponding document must be faxed separately. Be certain to review your complete fax transmittal confirmation to ensure that all pages have been received.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have multiple documents of the same kind, e.g. 2 undergraduate transcripts from different schools or 2 SF-50s, etc., be sure that they are all in the same file on your computer or in your USAJOBS profile before uploading them. If you try uploading them individually, only the last one sent will be visible in our system. Likewise, if sending them by fax, be sure and include both of them behind the respective fax cover sheet and send them as one fax. If you send them individually with the same cover sheet, the last one sent will overwrite the first one. Finally, if you upload a document, e.g. your undergraduate transcript, do not also fax that same document (or fax another undergraduate transcript), because whichever one you send last will be the only one that is visible in our system. If you have any questions about this information, please contact the person on this announcement BEFORE the closing date.
Step 6: Click on "Finish" after you have completed your application. Once you have submitted your application, you can check your status online through your Hiring Management or MY USAJOBS account. Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g., SF-50, etc.) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents are received on time and that the materials are readable. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from consideration for this announcement.
If you are experiencing any technical difficulty with the online process, you MUST CONTACT THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE. For all technical issues please contact jobhelp@loc.gov , no later than 4:30pm EST of the Closing Date. REQUESTS FOR EXTENSIONS WILL NOT BE GRANTED.
Required Documents:

Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).


Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant’s college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application.  The program does not accept certification from health care providers. For more information contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.



 

Next Steps:
Please review our evaluation process under Evaluation. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My USAJOBS" tab and clicking on "My Applications." You will receive final notification via e-mail when the vacancy has been filled.