Information Technology Specialist, GS-2210-14 NF (Temporary Promotion or Detail Only) job with USAJobs



This position is located in the Office of Information and Resource Management (OIRM), Division of Human Resource Management (HRM), National Science Foundation (NSF). The incumbent provides expert advice and assistance involving high level/priority Agency-wide issues. Serves as senior level HC IT expert working in close coordination with members of NSF HC staff, staff in other administrative and research organizations (budget, information technology, etc.) and NSF management.

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The incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Serves as an advisor and technical authority on HC systems-related projects for the Agency. In this role the incumbent supports the goals and objectives of the front office and the mission of NSF. As the main HC technical liaison within HRM, this position is responsible for cooperation with and daily relationship management with the ORIM Division of Information Systems (DIS), HRM administrators and HRM external systems representatives (for Shared Service Providers and vendors), agency business/functional areas (budget/finance, program, etc.).
  • Manages the development and administration of an HC data warehouse as part of an overall NSF enterprise data warehouse. Responsible for managing and refining the project strategic roadmap and overall integration of data warehouse development into HC strategic plans and business processes. Responsible for managing integration of human resource segments of the data warehouse with business systems (financial, programmatic, etc.) within the enterprise warehouse.
  • Formulates requirements needs assessments, requirements development, and oversight, leadership, and management of essential elements of NSF’s HC information environment. Coordinates with other Agencies, various NSF organizational units, and external organizations, as needed, throughout the life cycle of each program/ project.
  • Manages and advises on using a project management framework for efficiency, effectiveness, and desired results. Formulates and recommends plans to improve projects by ensuring appropriate metrics and measurements are incorporated into project evaluation.
  • Establishes content management, data/reporting quality control, reporting/dashboarding, access and security processes/controls. Integrates the full range of change management and communications across stakeholder groups in collaboration with other cross-functional project leads and managers.
  • Expert knowledge of project management techniques and ability to plan, lead, and evaluate the work of project teams assigned.
  • Develops life cycle cost analyses of projects, cost benefit analyses or economic evaluations of current or projected programs to determine economic feasibility of program operations and recommends alternative solutions to problems and issues in program areas.
  • Serves as an advisor and technical authority on HC systems-related projects for the Agency. Plans, and manages programs and projects for broad, emerging, or critical large-scale agency HC information systems and services to include the overall integration of agency HC functional processes (e.g. performance management, staffing, classification, etc.) with other agency programs (e.g., finance, security, etc.).
  • Coordinates and establishes HRM processes to support the alignment of process and strategy across all NSF internal and external Federal stakeholder groups.
  • Provides IT project management expertise to other HR IT POCs in HRM on especially complex or broad issues/studies. Leads/facilitates cross-functional groups on issues related to HC IT systems including requirements development, maintenance, change requests, etc.
  • Communicates with HRM and DIS management as appropriate regarding resources needs/changes. Also communicates with HRM IT project leads and DIS project leads and contract resources. Ensures projects are staffed with an appropriate mix of internal, external and contractor personnel, who bring the right competency mix to the project.
  • Provides HRM IT project leads with guidance and or processes to monitor IT project performance, ensuring-alignment between project scope, technical requirements, supporting resources, and project budget.


  • Attention to Detail
  • Customer Service
  • Problem Solving
  • Oral Communication
  • Integrity/honesty
  • Information Technology Program Management
  • Project Management

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US citizenship.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • Background investigation.

It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs. Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General. Foreign Talent Definitions

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

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent.

You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.


Applicants must have ITrelated 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:

1. Attention to Detail ‐ Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Problem Solving‐ Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

In addition to the competencies, applicants must
meet the specialized experience listed below:

To qualify at the GS-14 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Examples include the ability to: Develop and interpret policies and procedures for delivery of IT services; provide expert technical advice, guidance, and recommendations to management on critical IT issues; apply new solutions to previously unsolvable problems; develop solutions to integration/interoperability issues; manage IT systems that meet current/future business requirements; and/or manage projects.



Education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at this level.

Additional information

* Applicants must obtain their supervisor’s approval to apply for any detail opportunity.

* Candidates selected for a detail will remain at his/her current grade and rate of pay.

* This detail/temporary promotion is for a period of 120 days and may be extended up to one year.

* This detail/temporary may be terminated at any time during this period.

* Only those eligible for temporary promotion may be made permanent.

* Upon conclusion of the detail/temporary promotion, you will be returned to your former office and position/grade.

Relocation Expenses will not be paid.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):
ICTAP and CTAP provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least “Very Good” on the questionnaire. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
Additional information regarding ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is available from OPM’s Career Transition Resources

Veteran’s Preference:
If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans’ preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans’ preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

NSF has determined that all of its positions are eligible for telework. Work suitable for telework depends on job duties; therefore, employees must receive approval from their supervisor for telework and have a telework agreement in place. Entering into a telework agreement is voluntary.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide .

This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

The Selected Candidate(s) may be subject to a background investigation.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Ratings will be assigned based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire. In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used.

Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score. A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of “well qualified.” At NSF, this means a score of 90.0 or higher.

In the merit promotion selection process, formal performance appraisals may be considered if voluntarily submitted by the applicant.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

If you are an NSF employee on or eligible for a permanent, competitive service position or you are an NSF employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior Federal permanent, competitive service, you need not submit documents to confirm status. All applicants are required to provide a resume, in any format they choose. Cover letters are optional.

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.