<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This vacancy is for a <strong>It Specialist (Systems Analysis)</strong> position in the <strong>Application Development and Systems Division</strong> located at the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland.<br /><br />This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other <strong>It Specialist (Systems Analysis), GS-2210-14, FPL-14</strong> positions within the Census Bureau in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Leads task forces/project teams in advanced systems software/hardware project efforts.</li> <li>Apply available technologies and basic management principles to adapt computer methods to a variety of subject matter situations. </li> <li>Gather, analyze, and model requirements and perform impact analysis studies for proposed system changes.</li> <li>Provide functional and technical application support to customers.</li> <li>Provide training support and assist functional users with documentation and review of training materials. </li> </ul> <br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 14 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>U.S. citizen.</li> <li>Suitable for Federal employment.</li> <li>Registered for Selective Service, if applicable. (www.sss.gov)</li> <li>You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450).</li> <li>Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the announcement closing date.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><strong>Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.</strong><br /><br />A probationary period may be required.<br /><br />This position is <strong>ELIGIBLE</strong> for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).<br /><br />This is a <strong>BARGAINING</strong> unit position.<br /><br />Relocation expenses will not be paid.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>Minimum Education Requirement:</strong><br /><br /><strong>Specialized Experience:</strong> For the <strong>GS-14,</strong> you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the <strong>GS-13</strong> in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes: leading project teams in advanced systems software/hardware project efforts; functioning as a technical authority in all assignments; preparing business cases for application of IT solutions; developing overall systems and functional requirements and specifications; defining systems scope and objectives; developing cost estimates for new or modified systems; and, ensuring application of information security/information assurance policies, principles, and practices to the systems analysis process.<br /><br /><strong>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.</strong><br /><br />GS-5 through GS-15 (or equivalent): For all positions individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.<br /> <li><strong>Attention to Detail</strong> – Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.</li> <li><strong>Customer Service</strong> – 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.</li> <li><strong>Oral Communication</strong> – 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.</li> <li><strong>Problem Solving</strong> – Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.</li> <br /><strong>Education:</strong> Education cannot be substituted for specialized experience at this grade level. <br /><br />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.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.<br /> <ul> <li> VEOA </li> <li> 30% or more disabled </li> <li> Persons with Disabilities </li> <li> CTAP </li> <li> ICTAP </li> </ul> <br />The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.<br /><br />Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR § 335.103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager.<br /><br />The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:<br /> <ul> <li>Ability to direct and/or participate as a liaison for assigned programs in all activities associated with the planning, direction, and implementation.</li> <li>Ability to plan advanced systems projects or resolve critical problems in existing systems which require innovative solutions, etc. Ability to decide the methodologies to use in achieving work goals and objectives.</li> <li>Ability to analyze functional/ technical requirements to identify alternative approaches to improve business process functionality and/or system performance.</li> <li>Ability to respond to customer requests accurately and within established deadlines.</li> <li>Skilled in using an automated help desk trouble ticket tracking system(s) such as BMC Remedy Service Request Management and Knowledge Management functions.</li> </ul> <br /><strong>We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.</strong><br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />A complete application consists of the following:<br /> <ul> <li><strong>Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional.</strong> Your resume should list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s). Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire. Your resume should also indicate your citizenship and if you are registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male born after 12/31/59.</li> <li><strong>SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," supporting your eligibility, </strong>with the exception of current Census Bureau employees.</li> <li><strong>Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) documentation</strong>, if applicable. For more information, please go to https: www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx .</li> <li><strong>Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation,</strong> if applicable (see other information).</li> <li><strong>Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment,</strong> (Schedule A disability, 30 percent disabled veteran, certain military spouses, etc).</li> <li><strong><strong>(If applicable) Education Documentation: </strong></strong>If this position requires proof of higher education, or you are substituting education for experience, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. <strong>This also includes Census Bureau employees.</strong> Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to http: www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.</li> </ul> <br /><strong>You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.</strong><br /><br />Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website – http: www.ed.gov/international/usnei/us/workrecog.doc . You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.<br /><br /><strong>CTAP and ICTAP candidates:</strong><br /><br />CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http: www.opm.gov/ctap .<br /><br />CTAP applicants <strong>MUST</strong> submit the following documents:<br /> <ul> <li>A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).</li> <li>A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location;</li> <li>A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and,</li> <li>Any documentation from your bureau/operating unit that shows your current promotion potential.</li> </ul> <br />ICTAP applicants <strong>MUST</strong> submit the following documents:<br /><br />A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a work-related compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.<br /> <ul> <li>A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your position, grade/band level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;</li> <li>A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and</li> <li>Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.</li> </ul> <br /><strong>NOTE: You will not be considered if you fail to provide all required documents.</strong><br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.