Information Technology Specialist (Applications Software and Enterprise Architecture)
The Federal Election Commission is an independent agency with exclusive jurisdiction over the administration, interpretation, and civil enforcement of the Federal Election Campaign Act, which requires disclosure of campaign contributions and expenditures by candidates for Federal office and committees supporting those candidates, and imposes limitations on the amount and sources of such contributions. The FEC also administers the federal programs that provide public funding to qualified candidates for President and Vice President. By ensuring that the campaign finance process is fully disclosed and the rules are effectively and fairly enforced, the Commission seeks to foster the electorate's confidence in the integrity of the nation's political process. Legal work regularly involves important and complex issues implicating the First Amendment. The FEC is headed by six Commissioners, no more than three of whom may represent the same political party, who are appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.
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In addition, all qualified applicants must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.
Applicants must demonstrate possession of these competencies within the body of the resume. No separate statements addressing them are required.
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 (e.g. ideas, facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (e.g. 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 above competencies your resume must reflect your experience in the below knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA):
1. Knowledge of technology essential to web application development, preferable in Python programming language.
2. Knowledge of IT system lifecycle management, to include transition to operations, release management and installation and patching.
3. Knowledge of essential information systems security principles and concepts, including Federal government solutions.
4. Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, in order to design, document, install and maintain complex IT systems; provide guidance and exchange of information with technical and non-technical people.
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.
Education cannot be substituted for experience at this Grade level.
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As an IT specialist the you will provide cross-discipline technical guidance for technologies and infrastructure used, guiding development and administration processes, and helping stakeholders understand potential solutions, risks, and costs from the perspective of the ever-changing technology landscape.
Typical duties assignments includes:
- Designs, documents, develops, modifies, tests, installs, implements, and supports new or existing applications software analyzing and refining systems requirements; translating systems requirements into applications prototypes.
- Plans and designs systems architecture; writes, debugs, and maintains code. Determines and designs applications architecture; output media/formats; and user interfaces.
- Works with customers to test applications assuring software and systems quality and functionality and integrating hardware and software components.
- Writes and maintains program documentation, evaluating new applications software technologies; and/or ensuring the rigorous application of information security/ information assurance policies, principles, and practices to the delivery of application software services.
- Serves as an Enterprise Architect for the FEC sufficient to develop and interpret strategies and policies governing the planning and delivery of services throughout the agency. Provides technical advice, guidance, and recommendations to management and other technical specialists on critical issues.
- Develop plans and schedules, estimate resource requirements, define milestones and deliverables, monitor activities, and evaluate and report on accomplishments. Works with FEC staff to communicate technical requirements across organizational lines.
- Works on developing the policies and principles to guide decisions for the FEC enterprise architecture. Conducts governance management activities associated with ensuring compliance with the enterprise architecture; and ensures the rigorous application of information security/ information assurance policies.
- Identifies opportunities to improve enterprise-level systems to support business processes and utilize emerging technologies. Evaluates the effectiveness of the enterprise architecture efforts by participating in test planning, validation, and reviews.