Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology
$94,225.00 to $125,325.00
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$94,225 to $125,325 per year
Pay scale & grade
2 vacancies in the following locations:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
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ALL US CITIZENS
This position is located in the Data Center Section of the Network Operations Pillar, Infrastructure Operations (IO), Service Operations (SO), Information Technology Operations and Services (ITOPS), Office of Information and Technology (OI&T). The Data Center Section provides national leadership to ensure that the necessary policies, strategic plans, technology and associated facilities are available to promote the effective and efficient utilization of information technologies.
The purpose of this position is to provide support for applications that support VA-wide programs including payroll and financial systems, Veterans healthcare system, Veterans benefits systems and National Cemetery systems. These solutions include IT systems hosting services, server, network and database administration, application management, information assurance, IT service continuity management, and data conversion and interfaces with other IT systems. The nationwide mission of Infrastructure Operations impacts VA and other federal government agencies on a national level.
Serves as a subject matter expert and senior analyst within the Data Center Section of Infrastructure Operations.
Provides guidance and assistance to systems programmers, analysts, operators, communication technicians, IT support staff and vendor personnel with unusual and non-routine technical problems.
Writes and maintains system documentation for network infrastructure installed in the IO data centers as well as the other locations such as VBA Regional Offices.
Participates in, and may be required to independently accomplish cost benefit studies for the potential purchase of IT hardware and software.
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Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4: 30pm
Position Description Title/PD#: Information Technology Specialist (NETWORK)/GS-13: 06251-A
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: May be available upon successful completion of first year on the job.
Telework: May be available with supervisor approval.
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary.
Job family (Series)
2210 Information Technology Management
Analysts, Information Systems
Information Systems Analysts
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
May serve a probationary period.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Selective Placement Factor: This position includes a skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to -and essential for- satisfactory performance of the job. Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. Evidence of the Selective Placement Factor must be reflected in your resume.
The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: Extensive experience providing network infrastructure and *NETWORK* support for applications, working with firewalls, load balancing, LAN and WAN, and WAN acceleration. This requires in-depth knowledge of routing, and switching to support a highly available environment supporting enterprise class data centers.
Specialized Experience: GS-13 Grade Level. You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-12) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include mastery of, and knowledge of network and telecommunications design principles, methods and protocols. Experience utilizing basic network administration, security and maintenance techniques and routinely prepares management oriented analysis and recommendations. Expert knowledge and understanding of multi-purpose networks, their operating systems and software/ hard ware configurations. in applying knowledge of WAN, LAN, Network service oriented architecture, and network security techniques that lead the development of VA-level network policies. Ability to research, test and install patches and/or fixes to existing and newly acquired networking devices. act as technical consultant for network connectivity and security and to carry out studies to provide advice on the merits of a variety of proposed projects.
Experience: In addition to the specialized experience, you must have IT related experience; the experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT Certification), as appropriate.
You must 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 units produces, including 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 Communications - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, techical, 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 judgement to generate and evaluated alternatives, and to make recommendations.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
There is no educational substitution for the GS-13 level.
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; religions; 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.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Alternate Application: If you are unable to apply online view the following Alternate Application Information instructions at https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Applicants will be referred in alphabetical order.
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Public Trust - Background Investigation
Other Veterans Document
Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.
Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.
Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 03/30/2018 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
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Agency contact information
VHA Nationwide Recruitment VHA Nationwide Recruitment
DAS Information and Technology - 200
1615 Woodward St
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Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology