Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Information Technologist Specialist (Customer Support) in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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Summary

As an IT Specialist (Customer Support), you will provide a variety of Information Technology (IT) customer support services essential to the effective performance of Veterans Administration (VA) Systems. The work involves the planning and delivery of technical support services, including troubleshooting, installation, removals, moves, systems knowledge and assistance in response to customer requirements. Duties include, but are not limited to:

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Responsibilities
  • Ensuring Help Desk tracking and asset Information is accurate
  • Ensuring organized data closets when adding or removing patch cabling
  • Supporting telecommunications systems configurations related to Moves, Adds, and Changes (MAC)
  • Diagnosing and resolving problems in response to customer reported incidents
  • Investigating and recommending purchase of tools and technologies to improve responsiveness to customer requirements
  • Managing moves and/installations of IT equipment to assure coordination of IT support and customer service
  • Providing feedback on problematic trends and patterns in technical support to team leads and/or supervisor
  • Developing and maintaining problem tracking and resolution databases ensuring accurate records are filed
  • Installing and configuring VA approved software applications
Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel required up to 10% of the time.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

11

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2210 Information Technology Management

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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/24/2018. To qualify for this position:

For GS-7: Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-5) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, working knowledge of office automation software, e-mail configuration, terminal emulation packages and network printer configuration. For GS-9: Possess at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level GS-07). Examples of specialized experience would include: * Possessing in depth knowledge of the organization's Information Technology infrastructure; * Applying customer support concepts and methods sufficient to installing, configuring, and testing software on customer workstations; * Applying Information Technology methods and procedures for documenting resolutions, maintaining problem resolution databases, * Troubleshooting and data analysis techniques and coordinating customer support activities sufficient to receive, responding to and ensuring complete resolution of the more complex Help Desk call; * Providing comprehensive software, Information Technology systems or equipment guidance and/or training to enhance customer knowledge, as well as to prevent problematic recurrences of Help Desk Inquiries. OR A master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management -OR- a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks. A transcript (official or unofficial) or course listing must be submitted with your application package.

For GS-11: Possess at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-09). Examples of specialized experience would include: * applying customer support concepts and methods; * installing operating systems, network systems, applications, protocols, and equipment; and the Information Technology infrastructure sufficient to serve as senior customer technical analyst responsible for resolving the most complex customer problems; * applying customer support concepts and practices and new customer support technologies sufficient to evaluating and reporting on new information technology tools and trends related to customer support services; * recommending purchase of new tools to enhance the delivery of customer support services; * applying customer support concepts and methods; procedures for troubleshooting and recovering systems and files; and customer organizations Information Technology infrastructures sufficient to review, validate, and standardize problem resolutions for inclusion in the problem resolution database; * possessing in depth knowledge of the organization's Information Technology infrastructure; Information Technology security principles and skill in applying customer support concepts and methods sufficient to install, configure, and test software on customer workstations and peripheral devices; * applying Information Technology methods and procedures for documenting problem resolution, troubleshooting and data analysis techniques as well as coordinating customer support activities sufficient to receive, responding to and ensuring complete resolution of complex Issues beyond what a Help Desk can resolve. * OR Possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management-OR-Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 fully years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development and adaptation of applications, systems or networks. A transcript (official or unofficial) or course listing must be submitted with your application package. AND In addition to the specialized experience described above, you must have IT-related experience in each of the following four competencies listed below which must be supported by the information contained in your resume and other application materials. 1. ATTENTION TO DETAIL: Reviews moderately complex data from multiple sources and determine relevant information to a given situation. Drafts, edits, and disseminates written reports and status updates that are factual, timely and relatively error free. 2. CUSTOMER SERVICE: Maintains relationships with customers with diverse needs. Provides moderately technical or complex information about products and services. Assesses customers' needs and identifies products and/or services to meet their needs. Resolves fairly complex or non-routine problems, questions, or complaints; directs the most complex problems, questions, or complaints to the appropriate person. 3. ORAL COMMUNICATION: Communicates, explains or defends complex information technology ideas and information clearly and adapts to the audiences level of knowledge. Thoughts are well organized. Listens to others, and recognizes potential miscommunications. 4. PROBLEM SOLVING: Uses logic to identify alternatives to solve complex or sensitive technological problems; anticipates problems and identifies and evaluates potential sources of information and generates alternatives to solve problems where precedents do not exist.Experience. Experience: Experience must be IT related; the experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training, as appropriate.

Preferred Certification: Applicant should have ITIL Foundations (v3 or 2011), CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security + certifications. Please provide a copy of each certification.

Physical Requirements: The work of the IT Specialist (Customer Support) is both sedentary and active, requiring walking through out the medical center. Duties may require lifting, carting and carrying computer equipment such as monitors and printers weighing 20-40 pounds. Asking assistance from other specialist to help with lifting is encouraged. There may be limited crawling under desks and behind areas to gain access to equipment. The work is performed in the facility's computer repair workroom and in various business and/or clinical settings. There will be instances where the employee will need to crawl under/over/behind desks, through various types of furniture to get to the device in need of repair. There is some exposure to circuitry of electronic equipment during bench-top or on-site analysis of problems or testing. In the latter situation, the employee must apply knowledge and reasonable precautions to and personal injury or damage to the equipment. Occasional travel may be required on short notice.

WHEN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Education

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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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.

Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: FAILURE TO SUBMIT ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS WILL RESULT IN A LOSS FOR CONSIDERATION:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: Current VA and Federal Employees: * Resume * Questionnaire * SF 50 (notification of personnel action) which shows your grade and tenure. If you checked you meet the time in grade restriction in th assessment and it does not reflect your current grade you must submit the SF 50s indicating when you met the time in grade restriction, i.e., your beginning SF 50 and your ending SF 50.

Reinstatement Eligible: *Resume *Questionnaire *SF 50 (notification of personnel action) which shows your grade and tenure and reason for separation.

Veterans: * Resume * Questionnaire * DD214 indicating your character of service

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

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Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference.For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

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 schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 05/24/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10193313.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package. NOTE: 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 USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Allen Edwards
Phone

570-824-3521 X4823

Email

ALLEN.EDWARDS@VA.GOV

Address

Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center 1111 East End Boulevard Wilkes-Barre, PA US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/498725300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/04/2018 to 05/24/2018

Salary: $47,686 to $81,400 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 7 - 11

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent