IT Specialist

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This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals. Note: Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities may also apply to Job Announcement # 14A-DP-299701-MPA-NMAI .
Federal Full-Time, Permanent This position is located in the IT Applications Department of the National Museum of the American Indian, located at the Cultural Resources Center in Suitland, MD. The position serves as the CIS Applications Administrator/Analyst for the NMAI-Collections Information System (NMAI-CIS), KE EMu, specifically in regard to the technical development, monitoring, and maintenance of the NMAI-CIS and its interoperability with other systems. Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation May need to complete a Probationary Period Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
Serves as the Applications Administrator/Analyst for the NMAI-Collections Information System (NMAI-CIS) with responsibility for its technical development, monitoring, maintenance, and its interoperability with other systems. This responsibility includes budget planning and overseeing support contracts.
Uses relational and/or object-relational database applications in the UNIX and Windows operating system environments (SQL and TEXQL) to run reporting queries, communicate with the system Vendor and other technical administrators, and perform daily system monitoring (e.g., database growth, system usage, back-ups).
Analyzes emerging web-based technologies for future application as a means to ingest and extract collections data into and from the NMAI-CIS.
Develops procedures to secure and protect sensitive information and ensures these procedures are implemented with respect to access, authority to modify, and ability/authority to operate. Responsible for the ongoing technical implementation of CIS security procedures.
Advises and assists NMAI-CIS users, collaborates with OCIO staff, oversees project team efforts, interacts with contractor staff, etc.
Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date. Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below:
Ability to administer a museum and/or cultural institutions' collection information system/database.
Knowledge of UNIX and Windows operating system environments (SQL and TEXQL).
Ability to analyze web-based technologies to evaluate their applicability to a museum and/or cultural institutions' collections information system.
Knowledge of information systems security protocols.
Ability to communicate technical issues to personnel with varying degrees of IT literacy.
Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position. Important Note: The review of your resume will determine your final rating and should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
To preview questions please click here. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position specialized experience is defined as experience administering an information system/database for a museum or cultural organization, applying knowledge of UNIX and Windows operating systems, and using web-based technology to plan for future data needs.
Note: Your qualifying experience must also demonstrate each of the following as it relates to the position:
Attention to detail
Customer service
Oral communication
Problem solving
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the average number of hours per week spent in such
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You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; _ OR _ You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.
Your application package should include the following documents:
Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.
Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify. If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.
At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing @ ; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information:
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