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Office of the Secretary of the Interior IT SPECIALIST in Lakewood, Colorado


This position is part of the IBC HRD Payroll Operations Division, Office of the Secretary of Interior, Human Resources Directorate, Payroll Operations Division, Payroll Systems Management Branch. The Payroll Systems Management Branch is responsible for designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining specialized payroll-related automated processes.


Serves on a team that acts as a subject matter expert and has technical authority in data processing capabilities, configuration management, and data administration.

Performs work involved in planning, developing, implementing, maintaining, operating, enhancing, and evaluating hardware and other software programs.

Work with senior staff and Office of the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Interior on networking, server administration, and database administration.


Conditions of Employment


In addition to meeting specialized experience requirements, individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. 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. Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled.

For the GS-11:

A. Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level, or equivalent. Specialized experience includes implementing new or modified system or subsystem requirement's, providing training or work instructions to users; utilizing knowledge of software development cycle and IT concepts, principles, methods and practices to design, write, test, debug and maintain software applications. AND have IT-related experience which demonstrates the (four) required competencies - Attention to Detail, Customer Service, Oral Communication, and Problem Solving.


B. A Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or a 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. NOTE: You must submit a copy of transcripts. For the GS-12:

Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level, or equivalent. Specialized experience includes to independently developing and/or enhancing automated systems; experience providing leadership and guidance to junior staff; experience in data gathering techniques, applying the techniques, analyzing input from several users, and defining requirements in a way that will accommodate a variety of needs; experience in database management systems, query languages, table relationships sufficient to generate complex queries, reports and/or develop software programs AND have IT-related experience which demonstrates the (four) required competencies - Attention to Detail, Customer Service, Oral Communication, and Problem Solving. Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered. TIME-IN-GRADE: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b). A written test is not required. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


If qualifying based on EDUCATION you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement. Only education from institutions which are accredited or preaccredited/candidate for accreditation may be used to meet education requirements. FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional Information

Career Transition Assistance Programs: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including any selective placement factors; education, and experience requirements), score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP and ICTAP visit: Appointment Authorities: For more information on appointment authority eligibility requirements:

Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A

Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans

Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses

Other Special Appointment Authorities

OPM Interchange Agreement and Other Miscellaneous Authorities Telework Suitability:

The duties of this position are suitable for occasional telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act. Stipulations of Employment:

Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period. Work Schedule:

This position allows for a flexible work schedule. Miscellaneous:

This position is covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Applications: This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days. If selection is made below the full performance level, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed. Applicants who applied under vacancy announcement #IBC-21-MP-11018632AV must reapply under this announcement.