Information Technology Specialist (Data Management)

Washington D.C.
Jul 11, 2017
Jul 18, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

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This position will support the Grants Management Modernization Office with analyzing and assessing the current FEMA grants data architecture, establish a new target data architecture and develop requirements. This position will also support acquisition management and oversee contract services to migrate the legacy data to the new GMM target platform. This position starts at a salary of $112,021 (GS-14). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Grants Management Modernization team within FEMA.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

  • Occasional Travel
  • This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.

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  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to be considered for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
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  • The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

    NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.

    Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment. Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    You qualify for this position at the GS-14 level (starting salary $112,021) if you possess the following: One full year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 level, that demonstrates experience evaluating data reference models and architecture to satisfy automation needs and contract management.

    In addition to the specialized experience above, individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.

    1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
    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 provides valuable training and experience, including volunteer experience.

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    In this position, you will serve as one of the primary technical solution architects in design, development and maintenance of agency-wide data management
    Typical assignments include:

    • Leading projects to create enterprise level information and data services architecture using the Department of Homeland Security Segment Architecture Methodology including to develop and implement new data management, develop multi-level data models (decision flow models, key data business models, conceptual, physical, logical data models), design workable physical schema designs, and implement standardized database scripts that are capable of accommodating new and unanticipated business requirements and processes.
    • Creating and maintaining enterprise level Data Reference Model and other data architecture artifacts per Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF) and DHS System Engineering Life Cycle (SELC) that support agency-level IT solutions.
    • Coordinating and working directly with all grants programs (FEMA, DHS, and other government agencies) and analysis/assessment groups to qualify and quantify the issues resulting from disaster-specific grants programs.
    • Supporting acquisition oversight and management which requires acquisition and analytical skills to assist in assessing current and future data standards and requirements for grants-related information flows across the nation.
    • Supporting and collaborating with team members and/or program office directors to develop procurement plans and strategies for individual programs, and provides advice and recommendations regarding procurement.

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