IT Specialist (Enterprise Architect) (Open to both U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees)

Washington, D.C
May 17, 2022
May 20, 2022
IT, IT Architect
Full Time

As an Information Technology Specialist (Enterprise Architect) with NHTSA you will:
  • Independently plan and execute a holistic approach to formulate and align cross-functional, cross-disciplinary business views of the enterprise, ensure alignment to governance principles, and standardize business methods and value streams. Assist in design and development of data model prototypes. Develop software products using state-of-the-art development tools.
  • Seek out process improvements through structured business process re-engineering methodologies. Plan and lead effort to develop new concepts, software designs, theories, programs and products.
  • Responsible for programmatic analyses, evaluation, and performance through review of customer feedback and subordinate command progress reports. Lead the development of Level of Effort (LOE) estimates for requirements analysis work, participating in the planning for systems requirements development and artifacts completion often as a project technical authority.
  • Develop detail Business or Systems requirements for approved complex projects and enhancements to existing large-scale projects.
  • Serve as an Enterprise Architect leading a wide range of tasks developing the enterprise business architecture. Make decisions or recommendations that significantly influence important agency Enterprise Architecture policies or programs. Serve as an expert resource providing options and alternatives for defining requirements and applying established and emerging technology and methods.
  • Provide a range of information technology issues including application design and development activities at the presentation, application, and database tiers; duties include all phases of the software development life cycle.
  • Maintain knowledge of Federal Cybersecurity framework, zero trust architecture/security model, and the federal cloud computing standards roadmap and their applicability to secure the cloud architectures. Collaborate and provide leadership for OCIO in the secure architecture, design, and deployment of applications withing FedRAMP-certified environments. Ensures that solutions/systems are properly instrumented and orchestrated to meet Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA).

The ideal candidate must have strong communication and organizational skills and is comfortable presenting project information to managers and executives in the Department. Must have expert level of understanding on analysis and design, developing/building IT architecture frameworks, modeling and graphical representations and abstractions. Knowledge and experience with IT systems serving in a senior or lead role designing and planning IT systems and secure Cloud technologies including certifications, best practices in government and private industry would be a critical for the success of this role. Expert on secure cloud deployments, data standardization, resource planning, business case development, architecture, FISMA, and FedRAMP cloud requirements, zero-tolerance architecture, and implementation.

REMOTE WORK: This position may be eligible for Remote Work. Remote work is an arrangement in which an employee works at an approved alternative worksite (e.g., from home) that is at a location away from the agency worksite. Remote work location will be determined upon/after selection and may affect locality pay. The difference in salary is determined by the locality pay in each location. Salaries for all areas are available on the OPM website at:


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S.Citizen and eligible for consideration.
  • You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the competitive or excepted service in the executive branch to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

To qualify for the Grade 14, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-13, it must include:

  • Experience in coordinating efforts in solving enterprise architecture and problems for a wide range of strategic, business, systems, applications, networks, and security stakeholders and customers.
  • Experience applying Agile development principles, concepts, and practices to develop and interpret Agile IT project management policies. Also experience in developing and maintaining business, systems, and information processes to support enterprise mission needs, and developing IT rules and requirements that describe baseline and target architectures.
  • Experience integrating new technologies and methodologies, participate in the creation and maintenance of the enterprise architecture, strategic policy and operational guidance, modernization to various cloud infrastructure.
  • Experience leading IT modernization projects or initiatives including analyzing current legacy IT systems and infrastructure; designing future state solutions using innovative technology and approaches, zero trust architecture (ZTA) and leading the migration or deployment of legacy IT solutions to new IT systems or infrastructure (including cloud or similar environments).
  • Experience using IT systems, tools, Programs, and Standards (e.g. CDM, Trusted Internet Connection, FISMA, or similar etc.)

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • 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.

For all types of consideration, 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.

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All applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Additional information

  • This is not a Bargaining unit position.

COVID VACCINATION: If selected, you will be required to provide information regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if similar vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.