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Bonneville Power Administration IT Specialist (SYSADMIN) in Portland, Oregon

Summary This position is located in the Infrastructure Services (JND) group of the Enterprise Technology Operations Services (JN) organization of Information Technology (J), Internal Business Services (N), and Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). The purpose of this position is to serve as an IT specialist performing duties associated with one or more of the IT specialty areas, i.e. Data Center Management and Systems Administration. Responsibilities As an IT Specialist (SYSADMIN), you will: Plan and carry out difficult and complex assignments in the specialty area(s) identified below on a regular and recurring basis. Make decisions that involve major uncertainties with regard to the most effective approach or methodology to be applied. Evaluate the impact of technological change, and conceive of solutions to highly complex technical issues. Present, explain, and defend controversial issues; and persuade program managers and other decision-making officials with widely differing goals and interests to follow a recommended course of action consistent with established policies, objectives, and regulations. Data Center Management (45%): Manage data center design, layouts and capacity planning in direct relationship at the equipment/hardware at the rack level. Serve as technical expert of data center design and capacity planning at the data center level. Data center layout and capacity planning is a key function in this position. Knowledge of hardware power and cooling are a key function in this position. Perform a wide range of database administration functions. Run test queries, troubleshoot database problems, maintain version control of database entities, advise customers on new database features, and lead studies to evaluate the effectiveness of current database methods and procedures. Systems Administration (55%): Perform a variety of work involving planning and coordinating the installation, testing, operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of hardware and software systems. Plan and coordinate the installation of new products or equipment, e.g., servers. Work closely with customers to ensure seamless implementation. Resolve installation problems. Identify and mitigate security vulnerabilities and risks, and maintain server integrity and availability. Optimize the functionality of networks and systems. Optimize systems performance, reallocate resources as they become available, and recommend additional components to improve overall systems performance. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications BASIC REQUIREMENT: Experience must be IT related; the experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification), as appropriate. For all positions individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. The employing agency is responsible for identifying the specific level of proficiency required for each competency at each grade level based on the requirements of the position being filled. 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. To meet this requirement you must demonstrate proficiency in each of the four competencies listed above as follows: GS-13: Advanced - You can perform the actions associated with each of these competencies without assistance. You are recognized within your immediate organization as "a person to ask" when difficult questions arise regarding each of these competencies. Focus is on broad organizational/professional issues; You have consistently provided practical/relevant ideas and perspectives on process or practice improvements which may easily be implemented; You are capable of coaching others in the application of each of these competencies by translating complex nuances relating to each competency into easy to understand terms; You participate in senior level discussions regarding these competencies; You assist in the development of reference and resource materials in these competencies. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Experience applying IT principles, practices, and methods to (a) perform the installation, testing, operation, troubleshooting and maintenance of enterprise-wide hardware and software systems; (b) provide technical expertise on emerging technologies, industry trends, and proposed new systems development projects; and (c) ensure compliance with appropriate information technology security principles, practices, and procedures. "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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 all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Education There are no specific education requirements or substitution of education for experience for this position. Additional Information This announcement is also being advertised under Merit Promotion as announcement 22-BPA-27049-11256469-MP. If you are a status candidate or intend to apply under a Special Hiring Authority (e.g. Schedule A, VEOA, etc.), please apply under the Merit Promotion announcement as well. The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across DOE. For general information on government-wide Telework polices visit: All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government. Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year. Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation. When you apply you will be asked a series of questions to determine your eligibility for employment and your qualification for this position specifically. You must answer all of these questions completely and truthfully. A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check. EEO Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Veterans Information: Telework: Selective Service Registration: Hiring incentives may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate based on budget availability and in accordance with federal regulations. BPA strives to ensure a safe, positive, inclusive work environment, supported by Leadership Behaviors. For more information on Leadership Behaviors visit: We also understand the importance of work/life balance and offer a variety of programs and policies designed to create more flexible, responsive work environments supportive of commitments to community, home and family members. BPA also supports employees' overall wellness through its Be Well program, which helps employees adopt healthier lifestyles and feel better about their work/life balance. The program supports five key areas of life: career, community, financial, physical and social.