IT Specialist (PLCYPLN)
Department Of Agriculture - New Orleans, LA

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The mission of the National Finance Center: To design, develop, implement and operate, cost-effective, financial, administrative, and management information systems and services supporting missions of the USDA and its customers.

This position is located in the Office of Chief Financial Officer, National Finance Center (OCFO/NFC), Information Technology Services Division (ITSD).

This vacancy may be used to fill additional similar positions in ITSD.

Please note that this position is only being recruited for at the GS 11 level. Full performance is at the GS 12 level.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship or Naturalized U.S. Citizen

Background and/or Security Investigation required

Current & Former Federal employees separated in last 12mos. must meet TIG

Resume' and supporting documents (See How to Apply)

DUTIES:
The incumbent of this position functions as a technical specialist serving as a senior member of a staff of Information Technology (IT) specialists supporting IT capacity planning, resource utilization/ performance reporting, enterprise analysis, strategic planning, procurement acquisition planning, budget planning and execution, financial management and execution for the OCFO.

As a IT Specialist (PLYCPLN), you will be responsible for the following:

Manages senior level management activities in support of major IT projects and initiatives. Plans, executes, documents tracks and reports.

Controls formal definition and tracking of IT projects including budget, schedule and performance.

Drafts documentation and analyzes IT policy and procedures. Supports the planning and execution of Project Management, Budget Management, Financial Management, Data Calls, Acquisition Management, Asset Management, Change and Configuration Management, etc.

Performs and develops analyses of alternatives including cost/benefit and budget/financial management.

Performs project management duties in accomplishment of branch level projects in support of IT resource and process administration.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience that must have been at least equivalent to the (GS-9) level in the Federal service. For this position specialized experience is administration and attendance of technical meetings including organization of technical and non technical documents, and development, coordination and publishing of agendas; working with senior staff to develop and maintain documents for large data centers; skill in PowerPoint and SharePoint, knowledge of Microsoft Visio and expert level skills in Microsoft Office.

FAILURE TO DIRECTLY ADDRESS THE ABOVE SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE STATEMENT IN YOUR RESUME WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION FOR THIS POSITION.

Applicants must also have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below:

1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

Additionally, you will be evaluated on the following KSAs but do not need to address these directly in your resume:

  • Skill in conducting technical meetings.
  • Skill in the collaboration with technical and nontechnical staff in the development of formal work products
  • Knowledge of IT operations in a large datacenter environment.
  • Ability to use SharePoint and PowerPoint.
  • Skill in using MS Office at an expert level.
  • Skill in communicating complex technical concepts to a variety of audiences.
At the GS-11 level: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral
degree or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a
Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree may be substituted for the experience
requirements.

Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of
successfully completed graduate education in excess of one year and experience
may be used to meet total qualification requirements and may be computed by
first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage
of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the
applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level;
and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least
100 percent to qualify.

Foreign Education: If you are using education
completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification
requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated
by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign
education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained
in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the
courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information,
click here .

Approximate percentages of time must be identified when positions held
involved the performance of more than one type of work (e.g., secretarial and
accounting, truck driver and warehousing, clerical, etc.). (Required for All
Candidates)

Candidates
must meet time-in-grade and qualification requirements within 30 days of the
closing date of the announcement. All candidates' eligibility must remain
active to receive further consideration throughout the employment process.
Qualification standards are found in the Operating Manual of Qualifications
Standards for General Schedule Positions or the X-118C, Federal Wage System,
which is published by the Office of Personnel Management. You may review these
operating manuals in their entirety by clicking
here and at all Federal personnel offices.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review
of resume and supporting
documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the
assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet basic qualifications and your
application demonstrates you possess the particular competencies for this
position. Your ranking is based on your responses to the assessment
questionnaire and the documents you submitted. You must receive a rating of 90
or above to be initially referred for employment. If, after reviewing your
resume and or supporting
documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your
qualifications and or experience, your rating may be adjusted and/or you may
lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully.
Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

BENEFITS:
This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.gov/resourcecenter/index/interactive/benefits

OTHER INFORMATION:
OTHER INFORMATION:
CTAP/ICTAP: Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program. To be eligible to exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at least Well-Qualified, based upon the rating criteria for this position. Submit copy of RIF separation notice and/or SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action. For information on how to apply as a CTAP/ICTAP eligible see: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#intro

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/ .

Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 Member-4 copy(Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., copy of military orders, campaign documents as: or expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15 , Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.

Assessed applicants will be placed in the appropriate quality category and ranked according to veterans’ preference eligibility and non-preference eligibility. Within each category, all qualified preference eligibles are placed ahead of non-preference eligibles. Preference eligibles do not receive additional points under category rating procedures. For positions other than professional and scientific at the GS-09 level or higher, qualified CPS and CP preference eligibles are placed at the top of the highest quality category. For professional and scientific positions at the GS-9 level or higher, qualified CPS and CP preference eligibles are placed at the top of the appropriate quality category for which rated.

Survey: In order to determine if the recruitment efforts of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer are reaching the broadest possible spectrum of America's population, we request that you complete the Demographic Information on Applicants form available at the following link, http://www.nga.gov/pdf/app_bg_survey.pdf , and then print and submit the form along with their application. Submission of this form is entirely voluntary and your replies on it are highly confidential. Your completion of the form will not impact your chances of selection but will; instead, assist us in improving our recruitment efforts in the future.

Some positions within this series may require the selectee to obtain/maintain a high-level background investigation and/or security clearance. Failure to obtain/maintain the appropriate background investigation and/or security clearance may serve as the basis for termination of employment.

This position maybe eligible for Alternate Work Schedule, Flexible Work Schedule, and/or Telework assignments.

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