Information Technology Specialist

U.S. Federal Government - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)4.3


Duties
Summary
This position is located in Office of Administration and Resources Management, Office of Grants and Debarment, Resources Management Staff in Washington, DC. For more information on this office, visit their website: OARM

If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.

Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.

Responsibilities

At the entry level of this position, you will:
  • Serve as the project lead and technical expert over (Information Technology) IT projects for Office of Administrative and Resources Management (OARM), providing authoritative advice and guidance to senior level management officials related to application development. Plans, designs, and carries out policies and procedures impacting the Agency’s IT program.
  • Serve as lead technical authority over the following high level projects: integration of IT systems within the EPA and with other Federal Agencies; addressing security modifications; risk assessment issues; designing, developing and implementing training for new or revised IT systems to Agency employees, Field offices, and other personnel outside of the Agency.
  • Work with Agency customers and other federal Agencies in review of their current systems and provides guidance and direction to help them define business cases and written justifications for new or modified information technology solutions.
  • Respond and resolve hardware, software and computer related services to provide accurate integrated IT system presentations to senior level management officials with Office of Administration and Resources Management (OARM) Headquarters, field offices, and the Regions.
  • Serve as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) responsible for reviewing progress reports, reviewing and recommending suggestions on all deliverable products submitted by the contractor under the work assignment.
When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses.

Travel Required
Occasional travel - 1-5 days per month.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Who May Apply
This job is open to…
U.S. Citizens

NOTE: This announcement will remain open through 11:59 PM Eastern time on the day the 75th application is received (all applications received on that day will be considered), or 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date, whichever comes first.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)
2210 Information Technology Management

Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen.
If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
Position has educational/degree requirements (see Qualifications section).
You must submit a resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).
You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure form within 30 days of your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.

This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.

Qualifications
In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-14 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-13 level defined as participating on information technology (IT) Projects and Work Groups in developing policies, guidelines and information management systems to assess business processes and create software solutions to meet customer needs; provides guidance and advice to management officials on IT systems migration processes and procedures.

Experience must be IT related; the experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification), as appropriate.

Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

  • Skill in applying advanced IT principles, concepts, methods, standards and practices to provide technical expertise, and guidance to management and other IT specialists on IT projects.
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies and their application to migration of outdated systems converting them into new or modified IT systems to meet the demands of customers.
  • Skill in communicating effectively with Agency employees and outside contractors to assess their needs, provide information or assistance and resolve their problems.
  • Skill in problem solving by identifying problems of new and modified IT systems, determine steps are needed, and making recommendations which are generally accepted.
  • Ability to brief senior management officials within the Agency, and other Federal Agencies, EPA personnel, and private sector on status of IT projects, challenges and controversial matters, and provide recommendations for IT issues.
  • Knowledge of various types of contracts, techniques for contracting or procurement, and contract negotiation and administration.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education
For this position you must meet either the education requirement specified below -or- specified Information Technology (IT) related experience. Education: All academic degrees and coursework must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions Undergraduate or Graduate Education: Degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or 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- Experience: Have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below:

Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
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.
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.
Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

Additional information
Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents section and visit the EPA website for additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures

EPA participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .

This position is not in the bargaining unit.

If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .

Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager.

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the online assessment. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position and an applicable score assigned.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements. If you are referred for consideration, you may be subject to additional assessments.

NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

Required Documents

Documents to be submitted online:
  • Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties section and Qualifications section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.
  • Responses to the online assessment questionnaire.
  • College transcripts - required to submit either unofficial transcripts or a list of courses that includes school(s) attended, school address, course title, grades earned, completion dates, department, and quarter or semester hours earned.
  • Veterans' Preference Documents - DD-214 Member 4 copy (or other copy indicating character of service), VA letter stating overall/combined disability rating (percentage), and SF-15, if applicable; active duty service members: submit certification from the armed forces documenting active duty dates, expected discharge/release date, campaign medals/badges, and character of service (a certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged/released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after you submit the certification).
  • Displaced Federal employees under ICTAP/CTAP: copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.
Additional information can be found on our website: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Benefits

Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA .

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.