Supervisory IT Specialist

Washington D.C.
Feb 21, 2018
Feb 21, 2018
IT, Management
Full Time

Occasional travel - Overnight travel may be required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No


  • U. S. Citizenship Required.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • You must be able to obtain a Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance.
  • You must submit to a pre-employment and random drug test.
  • You must submit a Financial Disclosure Form.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for TOP SECRET/SCI SECURITY LEVEL clearance as a condition of placement in this SPECIAL SENSITIVE SENSITIVITY LEVEL position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

Pursuant to Executive Order 12654 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.

Specialized Experience:
To qualify for the GS-15, the candidate must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. For this position, specialized experience is defined as performing duties and responsibilities involving the delivery of data management capabilities in the Federal arena (to include systems that process classified national security information) and demonstrating the ability to lead project teams of subject matter experts in managing complex data sharing and analytical approaches, developing IT solutions, and providing proper governance over data accesses within the Federal enterprise.

In addition to the specialized experience described above, the candidate must have IT-related experience in each of the following four competencies listed below which must be supported by the information contained in your resume and other application materials:

1. ATTENTION TO DETAIL: Review complex data from multiple sources and determine relevant information to a given situation. Draft, edit, and disseminate written reports and status updates that are factual, timely and relatively error free.

2. CUSTOMER SERVICE: Maintain relationships with customers with diverse needs. Provide moderately technical or complex information about products and services. Assess customer's needs and identify products and/or services to meet their needs. Resolve fairly complex or non-routine problems, questions, or complaints; direct the most complex problems, questions, or complaints to the appropriate person.

3. ORAL COMMUNICATION: Communicate, explain or defend complex information technology ideas and information clearly and adapt to the audiences level of knowledge. Thoughts are well organized. Listen to others, and recognize potential miscommunications.

4. PROBLEM SOLVING: Use logic to identify alternatives to solve complex or sensitive technological problems; anticipate problems and identify and evaluate potential sources of information and generate alternatives to solve problems where precedents do not exist.

Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.

Note: Current Federal employees on a developmental career ladder position under the same series as this announcement: If selected and you advance to the next higher grade level prior to establishment of an entry on duty date, you may be hired at the higher grade level and continue the career ladder progression identified in this announcement.

All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
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.

Not Applicable

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Employee Benefits."

This position may be filled at the GS-15 level.

Selectee may be required to serve a two-year probationary period
Selectee may be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.
Selectee will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form.
Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of
employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

This position is designated as Emergency Essential. Emergency Essential personnel must be able to serve during a continuity of operation event without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, and acts of terrorism or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5 U.S.C. 7501-7533 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable).

Current or Former Political Appointees: 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 or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.

This position does not confer non-competitive conversion to the competitive service. Acceptance of an excepted service appointment from applicants in the competitive service will require a written statement of understanding when voluntarily leaving the competitive service.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 90 calendar days of the initial issue date of the referral list. Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

By applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for other similar positions.

You may be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and is subject to random drug testing for the duration of service with DHS.

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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using a job questionnaire to assign numerical scores on a scale of 100. Applicants who meet the qualification requirements for the position are assigned a rating of 70 or more and are eligible for appointment. The competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job are:

  1. Knowledge and experience in helping lead teams that develop IT solutions following formal methodologies and best practices, particularly using Agile or Continuous Delivery (DevOpsSec) within the Federal arena. Skills in interacting with customers, including senior level decision makers, and managing expectations with stakeholders, overseeing project progress, and providing leadership with status briefs and options for implementing the mission objectives. Demonstrated leadership/team-building skills.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge in information technology management as it relates to a mastery of IT technologies, particularly related to big data processing, information sharing, data management, analysis, and governance principles and best practices that enable you to serve as a senior expert or technical lead and provide advice and consultation to senior leadership. Demonstrated knowledge of information assurance concerns and privacy, civil liberties/civil rights, and intelligence oversight policies. Demonstrated proficiency in key areas by holding one or more valid, widely recognized, professional certifications related to information technology, information security, project management, and/or Federal acquisitions.
  3. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with senior officials, managers, technologists, and other representatives across the Department, the Federal Government, and the Intelligence Community.

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