IT Specialist (SYSADMIN)
Department of the Army - Lincoln, NE

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The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the nation's longest-enduring institutions. Since the earliest American colonial days, citizens have joined together for collective defense. We have a proud tradition of coming to the aid of our friends and neighbors in times of serious emergencies. Join our National Guard team and serve your nation, your States and your community!

Nebraska National Guard

THIS POSITION CLOSES AT 11:59 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME.

NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED: This is an excepted service position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the National Guard. Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform. Acceptance of an excepted position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment. Applicants who are not currently a member of the National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the National Guard in the military grade listed in this announcement.

FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING ELIGIBILITY TO JOIN THE MILITARY (NEBRASKA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD) PLEASE CONTACT THE LOCAL RECRUITING OFFICE AT 1-402-309-7151.

NOTE: MUST BE ABLE TO OBTAIN AND MAINTAIN THE LEVEL OF SECURITY CLEARANCE/BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIRED.

This position is located in an information management organization. The purpose of the position is to serve as a system administrator on one or more of the systems maintained/administered throughout the state. The systems administrator involves multiple computers that use multiple operating systems. The incumbent is responsible for installing and testing the system security configuration and monitoring, operating, troubleshooting and maintaining server hardware and software.

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION OF POSITION: G6, Lincoln, NE

PD# D1618000

APPOINTMENT FACTORS: This is a Permanent Dual Status (Excepted Service) Warrant Officer or Enlisted position only.

TRAINEE INFORMATION GOES HERE: INDIVIDUAL SELECTED AS A GS-11 TRAINEE MAY BE PROMOTED TO GS-12 UPON COMPLETION OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS: (1) COMPLETION OF AN INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN, (2) RECOGNITION BY THE NGB J6 FUNCTIONAL MANAGER AS A TECHNICAL EXPERT, AND (3) COMPLETION OF A CLASSIFICATION REVIEW. INDIVIDUAL MAY BE PROMOTED WITHOUT FURTHER COMPLETION WHEN QUALIFIED AND RECOMMENDED BY THE SELECTING OFFICIAL; HOWEVER PROMOTION IS NOT GUARANTEED. APPLICANT MUST INDICATE ON THEIR APPLICATION THE LOWEST GRADE FOR WHICH THEY WISH TO BE CONSIDERED.

FOR IT POSITIONS, NOTE: MUST HAVE A MINIMUM OF A SECRET SECURITY CLEARANCE TO BE CONSIDERED QUALIFIED BUT MUST BE ABLE TO OBTAIN AND KEEP A TOP SECRET CLEARANCE THROUGH OUT EMPLOYMENTS. YOU WILL NEED TO ADD TO REQUIRED DOCUMENTS MEMORANDUM FROM YOUR SECURITY MANAGER SHOWING PROOF OF CURRENT SECURITY CLEARANCE. SEE (AR-12-083).

FOR ARMY ONLY

In order to comply with United States Department of Defense (DoD) requirements and ensure the safety and security of the missions, programs, property and personnel of the Nebraska Military Department and Nebraska National Guard, employees must obtain the appropriate background investigation and maintain the level of security clearance assigned to their respective work.

Failure to obtain and maintain the designated type of security clearance/background check required for the respective work, may result in a job offer being rescinded, separation of employment, and/or other actions as may be deemed in the best interest of the agency.

Prior to appointment individuals must meet the security clearance requirements for the position or submit the required documents of the Nebraska National Guard, Personnel Security Manager for processing the appropriate investigation. Required forms - SF 86, PSIP Initiation Form, Birth Certificate (or other proof of citizenship), Fingerprints, OF 306 and Application/Resume.

Nebraska National Guard Personnel Security Manager - dennis.j.hartman.mil@mail.mil ; 402-309-8145.

Open Area of Consideration: 1, 2

DEFINITION OF AREA(S) OF CONSIDERATION:
Area 1 - Current permanent and indefinite bargaining unit Technicians of the Nebraska Army and Air National Guard and

Area 2 - All members of the Nebraska Army National Guard and personnel eligible to become members of the Nebraska Army National Guard.

Referral of Applicants: Qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official in the following order:

1. Fully qualified Area 1 applicants.

2. Fully qualified Area 2 applicants.

3. Trainee qualified.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Military membership in the Nebraska Army National Guard is mandatory.

Direct Deposit is mandatory.

Individuals with military incentive bonuses may be subject to recoupment.

Permanent Change of Station Benefits will not be paid.

DUTIES:
(1) Develops, modifies, and tests overall system backup and recovery strategies for assigned systems.

(2) Serves as a technical focal point for the installation and configuration of hardware and software for assigned systems.

(3) Serves as a systems administrator responsible for planning, coordinating, modifying, implementing, and troubleshooting in order to meet customer needs. Work pertains to the administration of all systems, including a myriad of associated hardware platforms, software applications and numerous interfaces included in the Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN).

(4) Serves as a technical focal point on multiple operating systems and computer platforms. Provides technical assistance and advice to personnel involved in system design, programming, database design, and modifying commercially developed software. Determines equipment and communications requirements and interfaces with other systems. Evaluates machine usage and develops plans for the necessary acquisition to support future automation (hardware and software) requirements.

(5) Analyzes, evaluates, and recommends hardware/software changes to various computer systems. Considers factors such as compatibility with standard systems, conversion or implementation costs, and impact on existing equipment. Installs, configures and tests products and equipment being reviewed.

(6) Develops guidelines, standard operating procedures (SOPs), bulletins and flyers regarding the operation/use of assigned C4 systems, services, and activities. Analyzes policies, regulations, and system provisions governing standard operating systems and provides assistance and advisory services to users.

(7) Implements systems software changes, operating system releases and maintains the operational status of systems. Coordinates with system developers to resolve solution to hardware and/or software malfunctions.

(8) Performs security management in accordance with National Guard Bureau (NGB) regulations and state policies. Reviews and implements local policies regarding system access, network rights, and physical access to systems and equipment.

(9) Implements state policy relating to systems storage requirements. Designs and modifies the storage structure and correlation between systems. Modifies system parameters on multiple operating systems, integrating the use of Storage Area Networks (SAN), to achieve maximum system efficiency. Analyzes system operating to identify inefficiencies and takes action to resolve problems and ensure optimal performance and consistency.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To be qualifying, experience must have been progressively responsible with increasingly difficult and complex duties. Experience must have been at the next lower or second lower grade or its non-federal equivalent.

  • CREDITING EXPERIENCE: NATIONAL GUARD SERVICE MAY BE CREDITED AS FULL-TIME EXPERIENCE WHEN EVALUATED AGAINST THE QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR A MILITARY TECHNICIAN POSITION. EXPERIENCE MUST BE DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE POSITION AND MUST BE DESCRIBED IN THE WORK EXPERIENCE SECTION OF THE APPLICATION AND/OR RESUME. THE LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE IS DETERMINED BY THE ACTUAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES PERFORMED. BE DESCRIPTIVE, A SIMPLE LIST OF JOB TITLES AND DATES WILL NOT SUFFICE.
GENERAL EXPERIENCE: Experience, education or training that has provided a basic knowledge of data processing functions and general management principles that enabled understanding of the stages required to automate a work process. Experience may have been gained in work such as computer operator or assistance, computer sales representative, program analyst, or other position that required the use of adaption of computer programs and systems; technical, analytical, supervisory or administrative experience which has demonstrates the candidate's ability to analyze problems of organization, workforce, information requirements, etc. and provide systematic solutions; and the ability to deal satisfactorily with others.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
GS-12 must have at least 36 months of specialized experience, education, or training that approaches techniques and requirements appropriate to an assigned computer applications area or computer specialty area in an organization. Experience planning the sequence of actions necessary to accomplish the assignment where this entailed coordination with others outside the organizational unit and developmental unit and development of project control. Experience that required adaption of guidelines or precedents to meet the needs of the assignment. Experience preparing documentation on cost/benefit studies where it involved summarizing the material and organizing it in a logical fashion. Experience in analyzing problems, gathering information, and recognizing solutions. Experience which demonstrates an applicant's ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner. Experience in analyzing the organizing work process into plans for computer solutions. Experience in a computer related field performing such tasks as translating logical steps into language codes, computer console operations, and scheduling the sequence of problems to be processed. Experience which demonstrates the accomplishment of computer project assignments that required a range of knowledge's of computer requirements and techniques. Qualifying accomplishments involve the following: knowledge of the customary approaches, techniques, and requirements appropriate to an assigned computer applications area; planning the sequence of actions necessary to accomplish the assignment; and adaption of guidelines or precedents to the needs of the assignment. To qualify at the GS-12, selectee must currently be recognized by the NGB J6 Functional Manager or the ARNG OPR as the NGB recognized technical expert upon which they are regularly (minimum of 25% of the average work year) relied on to provide recommendations relating to state of the art technology changes that impact the C4 program throughout the National Guard.

GS-11 must have at least 36 months of specialized experience, education, or training that approached techniques and requirements appropriate to an assigned computer applications area or computer specialty in an organization. Experience planning the sequence of actions necessary to accomplish the assignment where this entailed coordination with others outside the organizational unit and development of project controls. Experience that required adaptions of guidelines or precedents to meet the needs of the assignment. Experience preparing documentation on cost/benefit studies where it involves summarizing the material and organizing it in a logical fashion. Experience analyzing problems, gathering information, and recognizing solutions. Experience which demonstrates the applicant's ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner. Experience in analyzing and organizing work processes into plans for computer solutions. Experience in a computer related field performing such tasks as translating logical steps into language codes, computer console operations, and scheduling the sequence of programs to be processed. Experience which demonstrates the accomplishment of computer project assignments that required a range of knowledge's of computer requirements and techniques. Qualifying accomplishments involve the following: knowledge of the customary approaches, techniques, and requirements appropriate to the assigned computer application area; planning the sequence of actions necessary to accomplish the assignment; and adaption of guidelines or precedents to the needs of the assignment.

KSA'S:
1. Knowledge and experience with a variety of operating systems and platforms.

2. Knowledge and skills of overall systems architecture to capably integrate software and hardware components.

3. Ability and skill to lead and instruct team members who are assigned IT responsibility throughout the state.

4. Knowledge and skill with various system diagnostic or performance tools that aid in the recovery of failed or low performance systems.

5. Knowledge of agency security principles and methods.

6. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to all levels within the agency and with contacts outside the organization.

NOTE: REGARDING QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE: Length of time is not of itself qualifying. Candidates' experience should be evaluated on the basis of duties performed rather than strictly on the rank of the individual; however, established compatibility criteria/assignment must be followed. The applicant's record of experience, training, and education must show possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to fully perform the duties of the position to be filled.

Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience: For the GS-5 level, a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree may be substituted for the experience requirements. At the GS-7 level, one full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement. At the GS-9 level, a masters or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree may be substituted. At the GS-11 level, a Ph.D. or equivalent, or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. Major study-computer science, information science, information systems management, mathematics, statistics, operation research, or engineering, or course work that required the development or adaption of computer programs and systems and provided knowledge equivalent to a major in the computer field. College transcripts MUST be submitted for professional positions or when substituting education for experience. NOTE: If you are using education as a substitution of experience OR education is a mandatory requirement to meet qualification, YOU MUST SUBMIT copies of college transcripts when required. Failure to provide college transcripts when required will result in an ineligible rating. NOTE: The Nebraska National Guard HRO has a document entitled "Secrets to Getting a Technician Job"; you are encouraged to follow the link provided if you are interested. http://ne.ng.mil/ArmyGuard/Tech%20Branch%20Documents/SecretstoGettingaTechnicianJob1.pdf

REMEMBER: Military training directly related to the type of work of the position may be substituted on a day for day basis.

To submit the documents requested follow the instructions below: Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications. Your document(s) can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or by fax. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number.

Note: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of612.pdf

MILITARY REQUIREMENTS: Selected candidates will be required to be in a compatible military grade and assignment prior to the effective date of placement.

MILITARY GRADES: Maximum Military Grade W4/E8; Minimum Military Grade W1/E6 ; Military grade inversion within the full time work force is not permitted. The military grade of the full time supervisor must equal or exceed the military grade of the personnel supervised.

Compatible Military Assignments: WO - 255A, 255N, 255S; Enlisted - 25B, 25U, 25Z

Individual does not have to be currently assigned to one of these career fields to be considered for this position; however compatibility requirements must be met prior to appointment to the position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and supporting documents. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating .

BENEFITS:
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Main New Employee Website - http://www.opm.gov/insure/new_employ/index.asp

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp
Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit: http://www.ltcfeds.com/

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, and Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp

OTHER INFORMATION:
1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

2. Please do not send/fax/courier/email any applications or resumes to the National Guard Human Resources Office, you must apply on-line or fax your application to the fax number listed on this announcement with the prescribed Cover Letter. The Human Resources Office can only process materials received through USA Jobs.

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