<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />The incumbent serves as the Agency's technical authority on the analysis of mainframe or distributed data base platforms in one or more of the following areas: the analysis of mainframe and database systems and software, related specialized interface software.<br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Analyzes problems and develop solutions to a wide range of problems concerning the operation and interaction of the SSA mainframe or distributed teleprocessing database systems software, and related specialized interface software.</li> <li>Keeps abreast of new technology in support of SSA mainframe or distributed systems and the systems software packages used to operate and maintain the Agency?s teleprocessing environment.</li> <li>Serves as the Agency?s technical authority on the analysis of mainframe or distributed teleprocessing monitor and database systems and related specialized software.</li> <li>Performs analysis of complex technical matters relative to systems software and assesses the impact on the user community.</li> <li>Performs installation, technical analysis, procurement, and acceptance testing.</li> <li>Performs configuration and maintenance of complex vendor systems software packages in support of the Agency?s mainframe or distributed teleprocessing software, database access software.</li> <li>Develops standards, guidelines and techniques related to the issues concerning mainframe or distributed teleprocessing software, database access software.</li> <li>Performs independent studies and projects of a highly technical nature to evaluate the most effective teleprocessing database design for matching mainframe and distributed resources to operational needs.</li> <li>Conducts technical meetings to discuss various systems software technical issues with Agency programming components pertaining to mainframe or distributed teleprocessing software and data base access.</li> <li>Conducts the implementation, maintenance and modification of all TP monitor, and database systems software, access, and interfaces for mainframe or distributed systems software to meet Agency needs.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> None <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>U.S. Citizenship required</li> <li>Selective Service Registration, if applicable (www.sss.gov)</li> <li>Background and/or security investigation required</li> <li>Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results</li> <li>Selectees may be required to serve a 1 year probationary period</li> <li>Relocation expenses will not be paid</li> <li>Complete the initial online assessment and USA Hire Assessment, if required</li> <li>All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />Applicants must qualify for the series, grade, and selective placement factor of the posted position. 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 resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, abilities, and proficiency of any required competencies to perform the specific position for which you are applying. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your experience, education, knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies as they relate to this position. Please submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.<br /><br /><strong>To qualify for the 2210 IT Specialist series</strong>, the applicant must demonstrate the following competencies: <ul> <b>Attention to Detail -</b> Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.</li> <b>Customer Service </b>- 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; know about available products and services; and is committed to providing quality products and services.</li> <b>Oral Communication</b> – 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> <b>Problem Solving </b>- Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.</li> </ul> <b>To qualify for the GS-13</b>, the applicant must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-12 level, or equivalent, which is in or related to the work of the position to be filled, that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience must include work that involves planning and coordinating the installation, testing, operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of hardware and software systems AND the planning, development, implementation, and administration of systems for the acquisition, storage, and retrieval of data. Experience must also include using Linux Operating Systems and maintaining Oracle databases. 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.<br /><br /><strong>In addition, to qualify for the position, the applicant must demonstrate the following Selective Placement Factors below.<br /> 1. Knowledge of Linux software in a distributed x86 environment. </strong>To meet this requirement, the applicant must demonstrate ALL of the following experiences. <ul> <li>Experience with storage allocation and storage migrations with a Linux Operating system.</li> <li>Experience with third party software installations and configurations upgrades on a Linux Operating System.</li> <li>Experience with Linux system administration that includes installing, configuring, upgrading and patching Linux Operating systems.</li> <li>Experience configuring x86 blade hardware for Linux installation that includes configuring SAN and network cabling, configuring integrated server management login information and booting the system for Linux OS installation.</li> </ul> 2. <strong>Ability to create programs, using LINUX Shell or SQL programming, for monitoring the Oracle databases on the Linux systems. </strong>To meet this requirement, the applicant must demonstrate ALL of the following experiences. <ul> <li>Experience creating programs, using LINUX Shell or SQL programming, for monitoring the Oracle databases on the LINUX systems.</li> <li>Experience debugging complex client -server problems as they relate to the Oracle database.</li> <li>Experience solving emergency problems with Oracle and/or LINUX O/S, including Postgres, Greenplum or Cloud Processing and any other third party software.</li> <li>Experience debugging complex client server problems, using either third party software or native Oracle systems tools, such as Oracle Enterprise Manager, RAC, EUS, OID.</li> <li>Experience communicating technical information orally and in writing. </li> </ul> <strong>NOTE: Your resume must specifically address the experiences needed for both of the selective placement factors. This information is instrumental in determining the highest quality candidates to be referred to the Selecting Official.</strong><br /><br />Qualification standards and additional information for this position can be found here: https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/2200/information-technology-it-management-series-2210-alternative-a/ <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />This job does not have an education qualification requirement. <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>Position may require irregular work hours and employee may be required to carry a pager. Interviews may be conducted and references may be checked.<br /><br />Note: </strong>This vacancy can be filled in either Woodlawn, MD, or Durham, NC. Salary will be set in accordance with locality pay provisions. The incumbent will be required to carry a paging device and may be required to work irregular hours.<br /><br /><strong>Selective Service:</strong> 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 www.sss.gov .<br /><br />Additional selections may be made for this vacancy six months from the closing date of this announcement.<br /><br /><strong>Reasonable Accommodation Requests: </strong> If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here: https: help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire <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 />The evaluation you receive is based on your responses to the online assessments completed during the application process. You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics): <ul> <li>Accountability</li> <li>Attention to Detail</li> <li>Customer Service</li> <li>Decision Making</li> <li>Flexibility</li> <li>Influencing/Negotiating</li> <li>Integrity/Honesty</li> <li>Interpersonal Skills</li> <li>Learning</li> <li>Reading</li> <li>Reasoning</li> <li>Self-Management</li> <li>Stress Tolerance</li> <li>Teamwork</li> <li>Knowledge of Linux software in a distributed x86 environment.</li> <li>Ability to create programs, using LINUX Shell or SQL programming, for monitoring the Oracle databases on the Linux systems.</li> <li>Ability to solve emergency problems with Oracle and/or Linux O/S, including Postgres, Greenplum or Cloud Processing and any other third party software.</li> </ul> <strong>The assessment includes a cut score based on the minimum level of required proficiency in these critical general competencies. You must meet or exceed the cut score to be considered. You will not be considered for the position if you score below the cut score or fail to complete the assessment.</strong><br /><br />Please make sure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation.<br /><br />Your application will be evaluated under the <strong>Category Rating</strong> method, based on your responses to the Assessment Questions. If you meet the basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories:<br /><br />1 – Qualified Category – Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements.<br /> 2 – Well Qualified Category – Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a satisfactory level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.<br /> 3 – Best Qualified Category – Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a high level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.<br /><br />Candidates eligible for veterans' preference will be placed ahead of other candidates in the appropriate category for which they have been rated. Additionally, preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements will automatically be placed in the Best Qualified Category. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Not Required <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> Suitability/Fitness <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes: <li>Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.</li> <li>Other supporting documents detailed below, as applicable.</li> If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here: https: help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire <br /><br />You must also submit ALL supporting documentation by the closing date of the vacancy announcement to claim certain types of preference.<br /><br /><strong>INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP):</strong> ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority for competitive service vacancies. To receive selection priority, candidates must meet the requirements for the Well Qualified category as described in the vacancy announcement. Candidates must also provide: <ul> <li>proof of eligibility with your application. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation Notice of Personnel Action, (SF-50); <strong>and</strong></li> <li>proof of your most recent performance rating of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or equivalent.</li> </ul> For more information visit http: www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp .<br /><br /><strong>VETERANS' PREFERENCE:</strong> If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your military discharge certificate (DD 214 member 4 copy) or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty. To be acceptable, the document must show Character of Service. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference based on a service-connected disability, you must also submit the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF 15) . Applicants claiming derived preference must submit the SF-15 <strong>and</strong> the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF 15. Preference will be granted based on the documents received. For more information visit the Vet Guide .<br /><br /><strong> IMPORTANT NOTICE TO VETERANS </strong><strong>:</strong> The Office of Personnel Management has published the end date for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as August 31, 2010. To receive veterans' preference for service during the Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom era, you must have served for more than 180 days between September 11, 2001 and August 31, 2010 OR be in receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. The updated CFR language is available here . Other qualifying eligibility for preference (e.g., disability) remains unchanged.