<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Information Technology Program Services (ITPS), Investment and Acquisition Management Branch (IAMB). IAMB is responsible for developing and implementing strategies and programs designed to support the Department's IT Investment Management program.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />We encourage you to read this entire vacancy announcement prior to submitting your application.<br /><br />As an Information Technology Specialist, GS-2210-13, you will perform the following major duties. <br />• Support the Department's IT Investment Management Program.<br />• Serve as a Contracting Officer's representative managing Information Technology contracts.<br />• Manage resources by planning, formulating and executing a budget. <br />• Works in conjunction with others to analyze and resolve complex problems while effectively communicating technical information to stakeholders at all levels. <br /><br /><strong>APPLICATION LIMIT: This vacancy announcement is limited to the first 50 applications received and will close at 11:59PM Eastern Time on the day that we receive the 50th application, or at 11:59PM Eastern Time on the listed closing date, whichever occurs first.</strong><br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Occasional Travel<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 13 – This position is at the full performance level. <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Relocation will not be paid.</li> <li>Males 18 and over must be registered with the Selective Service.</li> <li>Must be a US Citizen</li> <li>Must complete a Background Investigation and fingerprint check.</li> <li>You may be required to complete a one-year Probationary Period.</li> </ul> <br /><br />You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.<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. We will consider all qualifying experience, including any volunteer experience.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>Basic Requirement:</strong><br /> You must possess IT related experience (paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (e.g., IT certification), as appropriate) demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.<br /><br /><strong>1. Attention to Detail</strong> – Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.<br /> <strong>2. Customer Service</strong> – Works with clients and customers (i.e., 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.<br /> <strong>3. Oral Communication</strong> – Expresses information (e.g., ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (e.g., technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.<br /> <strong>4. Problem Solving</strong> – Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.<br /><br /><strong>AND<br /><br /></strong> <strong>Minimum Qualification Requirements:</strong> <br /> One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position (see description below).<br /><br /><strong>Specialized Experience for the GS-13:<br /></strong>One year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 performing all three (3) the following duties or work assignments.<br /> <li>Experience identifying and solving IT related issues utilizing research techniques; recognizing and taking action to address non-routine problems.</li> <li>Experience presenting IT information to individuals or groups with different technical knowledge and backgrounds.</li> <li>Experience providing expert technical advice, guidance, and recommendations to management and other technical specialists on critical IT issues.</li> <br /><strong>Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)<br /></strong>The quality of your experience will be measured by the extent to which you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You do not need to provide separate narrative responses to these KSAs, as they will be measured by your responses to the occupational questionnaire (you may preview the occupational questionnaire by clicking the link at the end of the Evaluations section of this vacancy announcement).<br /> <ul> <li>Ability to support the Department's IT Investment Management Program.</li> <li>Ability to serve as a certified Contracting Officer's representative managing Information Technology contracts.</li> <li>Knowledge of budget administration activities pertaining to planning, formulating and executing a budget.</li> <li>Ability to work effectively in teams communicating technical and analytical information.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />Substitution of education for specialized experience is not applicable to this vacancy.<br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />Veterans' Career Counseling: If you are a veteran interested in receiving tips on preparing a Federal resume and/or how to prepare for an interview, you may email Iworked.gov to schedule a session with a career counselor ("Veterans Counseling Session" should be placed in the subject line of the email). <br /><br />Student Loan Default: If selected for this position, we will verify that you have not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are found to be in default, we will contact you to make arrangements for repayment prior to making an official offer of employment. <br /><br />Suitability and Investigation: If selected for this position, you will be required to complete the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and successfully complete a pre-appointment investigation/background check.<br /><br />Telework: This position is telework eligible.<br /><br />Selections: Agencies have broad authority under law to hire from any appropriate source of eligibles and may fill a vacancy in the competitive service by any method authorized. We may make additional selections from this vacancy announcement within 90 days from the date the selection certificates are issued, should vacancies occur. We may also share selection certificates amongst program offices across the agency. <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 />We use a multi-step process to review and evaluate applicants:<br /><br />1. Eligibility and Minimum Qualifications<br />Once the vacancy announcement closes, we will review your submitted resume and documents to determine if you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, including any required education, experience, and/or selective placement factors. You will be rated as ineligible if you do not meet U.S. Citizenship requirements or your application is missing any required documents. You will be rated as not qualified if you do not possess the minimum qualification requirements.<br /><br />2. Rating and Ranking<br />If you are found to meet both the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, we will assess the quality of your experience and the extent to which you possess the required KSAs by comparing your submitted resume and documents against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. (The occupational questionnaire is the list of questions in the automated system that you will have an opportunity to answer once you apply for the position). <br /><br />Based on the outcome of this evaluation, you will be placed into one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified.<br /><br />If your responses to the occupational questionnaire are not substantiated by your submitted resume, you may be eliminated from receiving further consideration.<br /><br />Veterans' Preference: Veterans' preference eligibles will be ranked ahead of qualified non-preference eligibles within each category for which they are qualified. Qualified veterans' preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (CPS and CP) will be placed at the top of the Best Qualified category, except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 grade level or higher. <br /><br />3. Referral and Selection<br />If you are found to be amongst the most highly qualified applicants, you will be referred to the selecting official. As part of the assessment and selection process, the selecting official may invite you to participate in a structured interview, check your references, and/or request that you submit a writing sample or complete a written assessment or exercise to further evaluate your qualifications for this position. <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 />You must submit (REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS):<br />• A resume demonstrating your education, experience, training, and accomplishments as it relates to the qualifications for this position and substantiating your responses to the occupational questionnaire. <br /><br />If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, you must submit:<br />• A copy of your DD-214 that shows active service and character of discharge, member copy 4 (Separated Members only); OR<br />• A certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions within 120 days from the date of application (Current Active Duty Members only); AND/OR<br />• The Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) AND all documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference; AND/OR<br />• Proof of Sole Survivorship Preference (e.g., certificate of death or 100% disability as a result of serving in the armed forces). <br /><br />If you are claiming selection priority under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), please visit:<br />CTAP: http: www2.ed.gov/about/jobs/open/edhires/ctap.html <br />ICTAP: http: www2.ed.gov/about/jobs/open/edhires/ictap.html <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.