IT Specialist - Project Manager

Washington D.C.
May 22, 2019
May 22, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position as required per program area.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust security clearance. If selected you may be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI).
  • Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

    Time in grade: Applicants must have one year at the GS-12 grade level to be considered for the GS-13 grade level.

    Specialized Experience: In order to meet the specialized experience requirement, you will need to have completed 52 weeks of progressively responsible specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. This experience may be gained under GS, PHHRS, another pay band system, or any combination of GS, pay band, or other experience.

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    The specialized experience for this position includes:

    - Direct experience and background expertise in managing execution of multiple projects of varying sizes, including major and large- scale enterprise IT projects, through application of professional project management concepts and techniques. Direct experience in developing and documenting system development life cycle and project management life cycle documentation, artifacts, and models and project plans for major and large scale enterprise projects.

    - Experience and a working knowledge of the Microsoft (MS) Office Suite (to include MS Project) for project management,contract cost analysis, and schedule status, and weekly status reporting. This also includes using Microsoft Project to develop schedules and plan tasks that involve establishing objectives, justifications, schedules, milestones, and resource requirements, as well as, a detailed work breakdown structure that identifies development and procurement tasks, estimated duration necessary to accomplish the tasks. This also includes demonstrating experience in assessing the size or scope of a project and making informed decisions to make considerations for schedule compression, fast-tracking tasks within the project schedule, identifying dependencies, critical paths, or project schedule risks or the critical aspect of a project being a part of project management.

    - Planning tasks that involve establishing objectives, justifications, schedules, milestones, and resource requirements and include a detailed work breakdown structure that identifies development and procurement tasks, estimated duration, cost, and necessary resources to accomplish the tasks.

    - Direct experience with key technical issues in agile development life cycle management, project management and leading IT change. This includes agile development life cycle (ADLC) and support on inter/intra-agency wide level, as well as, preparing associated documents and artifacts for major and large-scale enterprise projects. This also includes experience using the ADLC processes to ensure that high quality systems are delivered, the ability to provide strong management controls over the projects, and the ability to maximize the productivity of technical and programmatic support staff. This also includes experience using the ADLC as a critical guide to the project and provides a flexible and consistent medium to accommodate changes and perform the project to meet the Project Sponsor's objectives. An in-depth understanding and practical application of the ADLC phases define key schedule and delivery points, which ensure timely and correct delivery to the client within budget and other constraints and project requirements. The ADLC co-operates project control and management activities, as each must be introduced within each phase of the ADLC. This office, Office of Chief Information Officer, Portfolio Governance Center (PGC), Program & Project Management Branch (PPMB) leverages the PM's practical and hands-on understanding of software development and applications.

    - Direct experience conducting risks analyses, developing mitigating strategies and plans while implementing a systematic approach to developing and implementing plan to release products, systems or required acquisition/SDLC phase gate documentation. This also includes experience in identifying operational and technical risks and using the risk management framework to effectively mitigate them.

    - Direct experience in solving a problem without having all of the required information, understanding the context of a problem, diagnosing a problem, exploring alternatives and identifying gaps in the information to solve the problem and carve out next steps. This also includes the ability to independently think, improve and develop effective work processes through self-directed expertise, innovation, and problem solving.

    - Having a current Project Management Professional certification is highly desired. Being a certified Scrum Master is highly desired. Experience in serving as a contract task manager or Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) and FAC-COR and FAC-P/PM level 3 certification or DAU equivalent is highly desired; FAC-COR and FAC-P/PM level 2 or DAU equivalent is acceptable.

    For more information on the qualifications for this position, click Information Technology (IT) Management Series, 2210.

    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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    • *Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible see Career Transition. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
    • *Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
    • *This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.
    • *This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor.
    • *Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
    • *It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. To see more information visit CHCO Council.
    • *If you are selected, you may need to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on a resume or application can jeopardize employment and may be grounds for disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service
    • *CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter in accordance with 5 CFR, Part 2635, Sub part E regarding business or personal transactions with applicants, borrowers, or business contacts who have or who are seeking business with this Agency.
    • *Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).
    • *Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period.
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    • *Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Refer to PUBLIC LAW 114-47 for more information.

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

    You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

    • Problem Solving: Providing oversight of work methods, practices, and procedures; including theselection and application of appropriate problem solving methods and techniques. Demonstrating independent thinking abilities.
    • Oral Communication: Ensuring that an IT organizations strategic plan, mission, vision and values are communicated to subordinates and are integrated into the team's strategies, goals, objectives, work plans and work products and services.
    • Customer Service: Exercising significant authority in dealing with officials of other units/organizations and advising management officials of higher rank on operational issues while marketing an IT organization as a trusted partner for mission/technology convergence.
    • Attention to Detail: Directing, coordinating and overseeing work through subordinate supervisors or team leaders.
    Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need only meet minimum qualifications to be referred.

    Note: If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

    Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.

    The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

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