Smithsonian Institution IT Specialist (Systems Administration) in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

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The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is part of what is arguably the largest and most diverse astrophysical institution in the world, where the staff carries out a broad program of research in astronomy, astrophysics and earth and space sciences. If you would like to join this exciting organization, apply today!


Provides network administration for a switched network supporting a mix of Windows and Linux computers, including the development and installation of systems and tools to improve network performance and enhance the network environment. Major areas of responsibility are (1) general network administration supporting Cisco switches and routers, firewalls, VPN and wireless; (2) Network system monitoring and alerting; (3) user support; (4) studies to determine and implement future needs, both long and short term; and (5) network security.

Relocation Authorized
  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Pre and Post appointment background check
  • May be required to serve a one-year probationary period
  • Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer required for salary payment
  • Employment is dependent upon the ability to obtain export license approval

For all positions 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.

In addition to the basic requirements listed above applicants must possess a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 12 in the normal line of progression for this occupation which should demonstrate skill in leading the organization of a large complex system of computers into a cohesive network; skill in leading network design and working with complex external interfaces; skill in developing procedures; skill in interfacing with external groups as a lead; and the accomplishment of independently completing computer project assignments requiring a wide range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques where the applicant analyzed a number of alternative approaches in the process of advising management concerning major aspects of system design that are most appropriate for a given project.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job opportunity announcement closing date. For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at

Security Clearance

Q - Sensitive

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You will receive an e-mail to acknowledge that your application has been received. Please be aware that the confirmation e-mail could reside in your "junk" or "bulk" mail folder depending on your filters. 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.


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Other Information

The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses but may pay a recruitment bonus.

The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Salary Range: $94,520.00 to $122,875.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: IS-2210-13/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: First consideration may be made 14 days after the opening date.

Control Number: 472342500

Job Announcement Number: 17-50