Information Technology Specialist

Wallops Island, Virginia
Feb 02, 2023
Feb 10, 2023
Full Time

Key facts about this DHA notice:
  • TTS is seeking to fill multiple TERM appointment at the GS-15 level.
  • This is a virtual/remote position.
  • Duty station to be determined upon selection.
  • Salary to be determined upon selection, depending on duty location.
  • Current civil service employees will receive new appointments if selected under this Direct Hire Authority.
  • Any selections made will be contacted by Human Resources. No additional status notifications will be sent.
  • Your application status will not change from "application received/in review" even after the public notice has closed.

You must perform the following Major Duties utilizing expert level skill, mastery knowledge and significant IT experience:


Senior IT Expert:
  • Engages with customer agencies to perform needs analyses to define opportunities for new or improved business processes, solutions, practices, products, services or strategies based on user needs.
  • Consults with agency partners to refine functional requirements and translate functional requirements into user stories and technical specifications.
  • Develops user-centered requirements, specifications, and/or user stories for systems that meet business requirements and advises on the merits of proposed IT systems development projects.
  • Serves as a recognized and respected authority on a diverse range of highly technical software issues.

Expert IT Project Leadership and Delivery:
  • Reviews projects for technical feasibility and adherence with the organization's mission objectives and provides recommendations to management prior to commencement of IT projects.
  • Determines project objectives and sets priorities; anticipates potential threats or opportunities.
  • Applies human-centered design techniques to drive IT project decisions to ensure the right IT product is being developed.

Provides Leadership to Teams:
  • Leads cross functional teams to develop innovative IT services.
  • Plans, develops, and executes highly complex and intricate IT projects that transform the manner in which government leverages technology to serve the public.
  • Determines the size, skills, and roles necessary for a project team to deliver a product and identifies appropriate team members.
  • Engages leadership in the design, development and deployment of IT solutions leveraging current and emergent IT technologies and best practices.
  • Implements and/or introduces the use of new IT technologies or tools within government agencies.

Relationship Management:
  • Works closely with customer agencies in a leadership role and navigates and works through conflicting priorities from stakeholders.
  • Provides agency partners accurate, expert, and authoritative technical IT advice.
  • Utilizes interpersonal skills to develop cooperative relationships.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
  • Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
  • Register with the Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959
  • Direct Deposit of salary check to financial organization required.

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
  • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
  • Serve a one year supervisory probationary period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 4 investigation level).
  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
  • Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position.
  • Participate in the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), which includes attending meetings and planning activities; and carrying out mission-critical work at a designated location other than your primary work site (which may be outside of your commuting area).


For each job on your resume, provide:
  • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

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The GS 15 step 1 salary range starts at $136,908 per year. The total salary will be determined upon selection and based on the associated GS locality pay table for your assigned duty location.

If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.


BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Have IT-related experience demonstrating EACH of the four competencies listed below:

Attention to Detail - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant keeps abreast of latest technology, information, research, etc., to maintain knowledge in field of expertise (for example, reads trade journals, participates in professional/technical associations, maintains credentials).

Customer Service - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant promotes or develops and maintains good working relationships with key individuals or groups.

Oral Communication - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant serves on panels, committees, or task forces as a representative for the organization on technical or professional issues.

Problem Solving - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant monitors current trends or events (for example, technological, economic, political, social, educational, or employment trends or events) and applies the information as appropriate.

GS-15 LEVEL SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above, you must have one year of specialized experience. Specialized experience for this role is defined as:
  • Experience leading the design, roadmap, vision, technical direction, or identification of user needs for a project, product, platform, or services.
  • Experience providing project or product leadership.
  • Experience with iterative or agile methodologies.
  • Experience leading cross-functional teams.
  • Experience collaborating with senior or executive stakeholders.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

GSA is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility that goes beyond our compliance with EEO regulations including:
  • Valuing and embracing diversity, promoting equity, inclusion and accessibility, and expecting cultural competence; and
  • Fostering a work environment where all employees, customers and stakeholders feel respected and valued.

Our commitment is:
  • Reflected in our policies, procedures and work environment;
  • Recognized by our employees, customers and stakeholders; and
  • Drives our efforts to recruit, attract, retain and engage the diverse workforce needed to achieve our mission.

Bargaining Unit status: This position is ineligible for the bargaining unit

On a case-by-case basis, the following incentives may be approved:
  • Recruitment incentive if you are new to the federal government
  • Relocation incentive if you are a current federal employee
  • Credit toward vacation leave if you are new to the federal government

Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed; in this or other GSA organizations within the same commuting area, through other means; or not at all.