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IT Specialist (Technical Lead) (Open to both U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees)

Wallops Island, Virginia
Closing date
Nov 26, 2023

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As a IT Specialist (Tech Lead), you will:
  • Manage and maintain software acquisition, integration, and modernization projects; develop work plans, work breakdown structures, and schedules in a matrix organization to accomplish the project requirements; utilize Agile software development methodologies, while integrating DevSecOps processes during project execution.
  • Monitor project performance, tracking and reporting trends, analyze performance issues and provide advice on corrective action plans regarding overall schedule, scope, cost, and quality.
  • Develop and communicate complex technical strategies and solutions, orally and in writing, to diverse audiences such as Chief Information Officer (CIO), system owner, program office stakeholders and external entities such as auto manufacturers.
  • Lead the design, development, or migration and modernization of on-premises legacy or advanced applications, and their deployment in Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or other cloud hosted environments.
  • Perform as Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) on information technology services and product contracts; manage contractor staff to include adherence to cost and schedule; monitor and evaluate contactor deliverables and performance.

Duties of each organization's code:

The core duties of NIO 100 is to provide Technology Operations & Support including desktop and mobile support, lead and streamline Enterprise Architecture, oversee Emerging Technologies, and working as the NHTSA IT liaison to the Department.

The core duties of the NIO 200, Office of Information Management, include effectively implementing IT solutions aligned with business goals, adhering to best practices, utilizing Agile methodology, and abiding by a cloud smart philosophy. Responsible for developing and enforcing data governance policies to maintain the accuracy, integrity, and accessibility of organizational data, designing organizational data architectures, including data models, data flows, and integration strategies, implementing and maintaining data analytics platforms, tools, and processes, researching, evaluating, and recommending new technologies and platforms to support information management initiatives. Also act as a liaison between IT, business units, and executive management to ensure that information management initiatives are aligned with Agency goals.

The core duties of the NIO-300 Office of IT Compliance is managing NHTSA's Cybersecurity Program to ensure the Agency complies with Federal laws, regulations, and standards established by the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) of 2014, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and DOT.

The core duties for NIO-400, Project Management Office, is to manage and lead software acquisition and software integration projects; develop work plans, work breakdown structures, and schedules in a matrix organization to accomplish the project requirements. Utilize Agile software development methodologies and tools, while integrating Dev Sec Ops processes during project execution. Monitor project performance, tracking and reporting trends, analyze performance issues and provide corrective action plans. Balance competing project constraints regarding overall scope, schedule, cost, quality, resources and risk. Develop and communicate complex technical strategies and solutions, orally and in writing, to diverse audiences such as Chief Technology Officer, program office stakeholders and external entities. Perform as Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) on information technology contracts.

PLEASE NOTE: This announcement establishes an open continuous (1 year) vacancy announcement. Given our continuing need for top professionals in this field, we will review applications after the first 21 days of the vacancy opening for early consideration. Then after, applications will be reviewed on an as needed basis.


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).
  • REMOTE WORK: This position is eligible for remote work, which does not require reporting to the agency worksite location on a regular basis. If selected for a remote work location, you will be required to sign a remote work agreement detailing agency remote work policy requirements, working conditions, and expectations for the position.
  • NOTICE: Individuals considering employment with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration need to be aware of certain ethics requirements that apply to Federal employees. There is a one-year "cooling off" period during which a new Federal employee may not work on a matter that involves the employee's previous employer. In addition, depending on the job, you may be required to sell certain assets you hold (such as stocks) that would present a conflict of interest with the work you would perform if hired. For details about these restrictions, click on this link: Working at NHTSA | NHTSA


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience qualifications.

To qualify for the Grade 14, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-13, it must include:
  • Experience leading IT modernization projects, migration of systems or deployment of newly developed systems into a cloud hosted environment such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Salesforce SaaS platform etc.
  • Experience independently planning and executing 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.
  • Experience managing concurrent IT projects utilizing agile software development methodologies such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, etc.
  • Experience developing and communicating technical recommendations, strategies, and solutions, orally and in writing, to management and executives within an organization.

In addition to meeting the above described specialized experience requirements, your IT experience will be evaluated and be expected to include described experience in the following competencies:
  • Attention to Detail: Work is thorough and conscientious about attending to detail.
  • Customer Service: Working with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, providing information or assistance, assigning staff to resolve their problems, or satisfying their expectations; knowing about available products and services; committed to providing quality products and services.
  • Oral Communication: Expressing 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); making clear and convincing oral presentations; listening to others, attending to nonverbal cues, and responding appropriately.
  • Problem Solving: Identifying problems; determining accuracy and relevance of information; using sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives and making recommendations based on technical requirements.

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

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