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IT Specialist (Os)

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National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration Tuscaloosa , AL 35401

Posted 2 months ago



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This position is also announced under vacancy number NWS-2018-0239, which is open to all Status Candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.


This position is at the National Water Center (NWC), located on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL.
About the National Water Center

Officially opened in 2015, The National Water Center (NWC) is a world-class, 65,000-square- foot green facility designed to be the nations research, development, and operations hub for hydrologic modeling, water prediction, and related decision support services. The NWC is a component of the National Weather Services Office of Water Prediction, whose mission is to collaboratively research, develop, and deliver state-of-the-science water information, services, and guidance to support and inform essential emergency services and water management decisions. The NWC facilitates collaboration across the water resources enterprise, including federal water science and management agencies and the academic community, to achieve a shared vision of improving water-related forecasting, preparedness, response, and planning activities.
About Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa is a great place to live, work and play! It made Best College Towns in America (49th by the website Best College Reviews), Best Cities for Work-Life Balance (5th by personal finance site NerdWallet), Most Affordable Mid-Size Cities in the U.S. (9th according to The Simple Dollar, a website that focuses on personal finance). Downtown Tuscaloosa is in the midst of unprecedented amounts of growth in both the private and public sectors, Tuscaloosa's Riverfront is experiencing its own renewal with recreation trails, businesses, restaurants and the addition of the Tuscaloosa River Market, which functions as both an event space and seasonal local farmers market. In the spring of 2011, a 7,470-seat amphitheater was opened along the riverfront. This state-of-the-art facility hosts many major performances and community-wide events.
As an IT Specialist (OS), you will perform the following duties:
Provide applications and program support to users by performing installation, configuration and software maintenance of existing applications programs, and develop programs and scripts as needed in both UNIX/LINUX.
Provide support for projects that use National Water Centers Advanced Weather Interactive Processing Systems (AWIPS).
Provide quality assessment and assurance for operation of Information Technology services and programs.
Provide guidance for security policies and best practices for maintaining the operational integrity of systems.
Develop plans and proposals for IT projects and programs within the Office of Water Prediction (OWP), determining factors such as project scope, specifications, costs, work plans, and materials.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Up to 5% Domestic travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

  • A one year probationary period may be required.

  • Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

  • This position is in the bargaining unit
    This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other IT Specialist (OS), GS-2210-13 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band and requires the same qualifications and specialized experience as indicated in this vacancy announcement).
    Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.


Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: .
Individuals must have IT-related experience (which may be may be obtained by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification), as appropriate) demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below, in addition to at least one year of the specialized experience.
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 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.
    Oral Communication

  • 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.
    Problem Solving

  • Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

  • AND-


Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

This experience need not have been in the federal government. 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.

To qualify at GS-13 level:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the IT Competencies above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:
Coordinating the implementation of projects relating to software, hardware, networks, or other IT systems;
Performing the installation, configuration and software maintenance of applications programs in UNIX or LINUX; and
Testing, debugging and maintaining IT systems.


Substitution of education for specialized experience is not applicable to this vacancy.

Additional information

CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of Silver (Well Qualified). Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Managements Career Transition Resources website at:

CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; 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 eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
A copy of your SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action , noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;
A copy of your SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc;
A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
NOAA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy 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) and place you in one of the three pre-defined categories.

The categories are gold , silver and bronze . However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the gold category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.

Preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. For more information on Category Rating, please go to .

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
Skill in performing installation, configuration, develop scripts and software maintenance of existing applications programs to include UNIX, LINUX
Knowledge in Advanced Weather Interactive Processing Systems (AWIPS)
Ability to perform quality control and operational assessments to determine service improvement initiatives and that security requirements are met in support of systems
Knowledge of implementing security policies and procedures to maintain the operational integrity of systems
Knowledge of developing plans and proposals for IT projects, while accounting for factors such as the project scope and specifications, costs, work plans, and materials
To preview questions please .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required


Required Documents

Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume must include information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including: job title, duration of employment (mm/dd/yy mm/dd/yy), hours per week, duties and accomplishments, salary, and your education. 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.
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 stating disposition of discharge or character of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.e., statement of service that shows service dates AND character of service). 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 .
Active Duty Service Members-- You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation if applicable (see additional information).

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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 .
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.

This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

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IT Specialist (Os)

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National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration