United States Court of Federal Claims - Programmer Analyst

Washington D.C.
Jan 09, 2017
Aug 14, 2017
Full Time

The Programmer/Analyst is a member of the court’s IT/Systems Office located in the National Courts Building, 717 Madison Place, NW, Washington, D.C. The incumbent is responsible for the design, development, and support of web based applications, and takes a lead role involving software development with multiple programming languages such as Java, Python, PHP, and others as needed at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (USCFC) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Office of Special Masters (USCFC-OSM). Much of this work involves the courts case management database and application. The candidate will also assist with the development and maintenance of the court’s internal and external websites. This is a professional and highly visible position that will provide support to approximately 150 end users in two locations within the DC metro area. The incumbent will also collaborate with other on-site IT staff, as well as development staff at other courts and other Federal Judiciary organizations. This position will report to the Director of the IT/Systems Office.

No relocation expenses will be paid.

This position will remain open until filled, which may occur at any time after opening.

  • Not Required

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To qualify at the CL 27 level: Two years of specialized experience, including at least one year equivalent to work at CL-25.
To qualify at the CL 28 level: Two years of specialized experience equivalent to work at CL-27.
To qualify at the CL 29 level: Two years of specialized experience equivalent to work at CL-28.

Preferred Qualifications:
The court requires the candidate to have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related field. Five (5) years of specialized experience which demonstrates working knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the Programmer/Analyst may be substituted for the degree requirement.

  • The candidate must have application development experience and troubleshooting skills.
  • The candidate will be responsible for adapting software in support of CM/ECF system.
  • The candidate will responsible for the maintenance to the CM/ECF system.
  • Experience with application development and maintenance programming with any of the following languages: JAVA, PHP, Python, Ruby, and Perl.

Public Trust - Background Investigation


The candidate must have application development experience and a performance history that demonstrates outstanding application development, and troubleshooting skills. The candidate will be responsible for designing, developing, and adapting software in support of the court’s CM/ECF system. The candidate will also be responsible for the design, development and maintenance of local court modifications to the CM/ECF system. The ideal candidate will have appropriate tact to interact directly with the court’s judges and special masters, their chambers personnel, and court staff in order to gather requirements, troubleshoot software errors, and provide support for their technical needs. The candidate should also have an innate sense of follow-through, team spirit, and professional responsibility for the quality of one’s work.

  • Directs and provides systems and software development services using multiple programming languages including, but not limited to Java, Python and PHP.
  • Recommends strategies to judges, court management, and the user community to determine requirements for systems which support the mission of the court. Recommends and directs the development of software and hardware solutions to enhance both existing and new systems.
  • Maintains contact with other automation court personnel at different locations and levels for the purpose of remaining knowledgeable of developments, techniques, and user programs.
  • Provides technical expertise for hardware and software for SQL Server, MySQL, Informix, Drupal, Apache Web server, and Linux shell scripting.
  • Designs, modifies, and implements short and long-range automation improvement plans for the court, ensuring that changes can be implemented with minimal disruption to the work of the court.
  • Manages execution of automation plans for major automated systems and establish training in system use and capabilities. Performs testing, establish procedures, and devise security systems for hardware, software, and data.
  • Researches current and future technologies and trends and analyze alternatives, including commercial off-the-shelf software. Develops prototype applications and coordinates with judges, senior managers, and staff to ensure that development efforts are meeting the needs of the court.
  • Develops, implements, and manages large and small scale projects from inception to delivery, including developing complex project plans, thorough design plans, and detailed time lines. Ensure adequate resources are available, coordinate and lead project meetings, and ensure projects are delivered on time and within the confines of the project budget.
  • Performs cost benefit analysis on all development projects.
  • Provides guidance to other programmers and server administrators in day-to-day responsibilities and with non-routine questions.
  • Assists with the design, development and maintenance of court websites utilizing content management systems, databases, and traditional web programming languages.
  • Consults with and provides advice and guidance to judges, senior managers, and staff of the courts throughout the district and the circuit on current and future technologies and the automation of manual court processes. Provides advice and guidance on technology purchases.
  • Represents the court in judiciary-wide initiatives, meetings, conferences, etc.
  • Develops long term plans for the automation of manual processes, implementing state of the art technologies.
  • Monitors, reviews, and analyzes internal controls to ensure development projects meet or exceed established controls and separation of duties.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience working with relational database systems is required. Informix, MS SQL, and MySQL database experience is strongly preferred, as is direct experience with the Federal Judiciary’s CM/ECF system and the Drupal content management system. Experience with Perl is a plus.

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