Lead IT Specialist

Company Name:
Department Of Commerce
US Citizens and Status Candidates Permanent Full Time
Science, Service, and Stewardship
The incumbent of this position serves as the Team Lead of a team of Senior Production Analysts (SPAs) in the Production Management Branch (PMB) of NCEP Central Operations (NCO). The incumbent is responsible for supporting the continuous, highly critical operations of the NWS Weather Climate Operational Supercomputing System, providing central guidance and forecast products 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You must be a U.S. citizen or national. Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for selective service. Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section). Required to pass background investigation and fingerprint check A one-year probationary/trial period may be required.
In this position, you will:
Troubleshoot large systems of computer applications being executed by complex UNIX scripts on a High Performance Computing environment.
Analyze, evaluate and implement planned, operational modifications in time-critical operational situations
Performs upgrades to the NCEP Production Suite using established software development principles.
Implement a suite of applications while maximizing the utilization and efficiency of memory, disk, and system resources.
Provide call back support during non-standard hours.
Utilize Configuration Management principles in the design and implementation of changes to the NCEP Production Suite.
Provide customer support concerning any operational issues and ensure that implementations and upgrades are properly coordinated and tested.
Work in a team environment to provide operational support
Prepare informational briefings for senior management on upcoming changes, as well as present root cause analysis and resolution briefings
Utilize Project Management principles in the planning and execution of upgrades to IT systems.
Basic Requirement:
You must have information technology related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.
1. Attention to Detail--Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
2. Customer Service--Works with clients and customers to assess their needs, provides information or assistance, resolves their problems or satisfies their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
3. Oral Communication--Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
4. Problem Solving--Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
Specialized Experience Requirement:
In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements, you must have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. This experience includes ALL of the following: using high level programming languages; conducting UNIX system administration; utilizing a knowledge of computer systems and their operation; programming in UNIX shell scripting and PERL programming language; troubleshooting complex systems of computer programs and providing problem resolution in a timely manner; and directing a team of technically-oriented individuals.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.
Only education/experience obtained by11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
Current and former career and career-conditional Federal employees must meet the time-in-grade/band requirement of 52 weeks at the next lower grade. Applicants must meet all the eligibility requirements (e.g.,time-in-grade and qualification requirements) by the closing date of the announcement.
Current career and career-conditional Federal employees must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, which shows competitive service appointment, tenure group, grade, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in the next lower grade level. (NOTE: Federal employee applicants must submit SF-50s, which demonstrate how they meet all announcement requirements. Examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases, and SF-50s one or more years old.) You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.
Applicants applying under Delegated Examining (all U.S. citizens) procedures will be rated under NOAA's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your score may be lowered and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Gold, Silver, or Bronze. Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager for further review and consideration. Applicants applying under merit promotion procedures will be rated in accordance with the Merit Staffing plan of NOAA. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational 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 If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. You will be rated based on the following knowledges, skills, abilities (KSAs) or competencies:
Ability to lead complex IT projects.
Ability to coordinate development of ADP standards, guidelines, or policy.
Ability to plan advanced systems projects or resolve critical problems in existing systems which require innovative solutions.
Knowledge of programming languages.
Ability to communicate complex, technical information to a variety of audiences.
In order to be rated as meeting the minimum qualifications, we must be able to determine from your application package that you have the education and/or specialized or general experience that is required. Applicants who have qualifying experience performed on less than a full-time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties.
You must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, December 23, 2014.
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.
Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete , log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application , log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by the closing date of this announcement, which includes:
1. Your R sum showing relevant experience; cover letter optional
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Transcripts (include your name, college name/address, type of degree, major, date degree conferred, courses, grades, semester/quarter hours, G.P.A. etc.), if qualifying based on education
4. Other supporting documents (submit if applicable to you):
CTAP/ICTAP documents
Veterans' documentation (DD-214 (Member 4 copy), dated VA Letter, SF-15)
SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action): If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a copy of their SF-50 which shows competitive service appointment, tenure group, grade, and salary. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form, which shows the length of time you have been in the next lower grade level. (Examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, within grade/range increases, and SF-50s one or more years old.)
Non-Competitive or Special Hiring Authority documentation
Note: _Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, employment information such as: Employer name and location; From and to dates (or from date to present for current position), which include the month and year for each description of experience, with grade level held, if applicable, education, training etc. Your description of experience and education must be able to support any claim for qualifying for this position._
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1274783
2. Fax your documents to .
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. You will receive notice via email once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).
NOAA offers 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. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees .
. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see
Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. (_you must submit a DD214-member copy 4_).
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see / ).
Career Transition Assistance Programs (CTAP/ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an CTAP/ICTAP eligible see #ictap. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.
Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:
Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A
Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
Other Special Appointment Authorities

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