IT Specialist (Applications Software), GG-2210-7/9/11/12, Census-DOC-TW

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Suitland, Maryland
Posted
May 31, 2019
Closes
Jun 07, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This vacancy is for multiple IT Specialist (APPSW) positions in the Associate Director for Decennial Census Programs (ADDC) area, located at the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland.

This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other IT Specialist (APPSW), GG-2210-7/9/11/12 positions within the Census Bureau in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.

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Responsibilities

The individual selected for this position will:
  • Plan and designs systems and software application architecture. Designs user interfaces.
  • Integrate several hardware, software, and/or computer related services to provide integrated information system.
  • Analyze and translate system requirements into application prototypes.
  • Write, tests, debug, maintain complex programs and applications.
  • Monitor and track progress of software development projects.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the announcement closing date.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable. (www.sss.gov)
  • You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450).


Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

This vacancy is advertised under 2 different announcements. Read the 'Who May Apply' section carefully to determine your eligibility. If you are not eligible under this announcement, please see ADDC-2019-0013, IT Specialist (Applications Software), GG-2210-7/9/11/12, Census-DE-TW.

Current Career/Career Conditional U.S. Census Bureau Employee: This is a competitive temporary promotion opportunity not to exceed 1 year or 09/26/2020, whichever comes first with the possibility for extension at management's discretion.

Non-Current Career/Career Conditional U.S. Census Bureau Employee: This position may be filled as a Temporary Appointment not to exceed 1 year or 09/26/2020, whichever comes first with the possibility for extension at management's discretion.

A trial period may be required.

This position is ELIGIBLE for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

This a BARGAINING unit position.

Relocation expenses may be paid.

This is an open continuous announcement. The initial cutoff date for referral is December 6, 2018. After this date additional referral list will be created as vacancies are available. This announcement covers multiple positions within various Directorates of the U.S. Census Bureau through June 28, 2019.

Qualifications

You must have your resume must detail how you meet the specialized experience AND information technology-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies described below:
  • Attention to Detail - Meticulous; thoroughly reviews and proofreads various IT related data/information; dedicates focus to accomplish tasks that are complete, precise, and accurate to a given IT situation.
  • Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive IT services or IT 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 IT needs, provide expert technical information or assistance, resolve fairly complex or non-routine problems, or satisfy expectations; knowledge of available products and services; committed to providing quality IT products and services.
  • Oral Communication - Expresses technical 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, recognizes potential miscommunication, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies IT related problems using a variety of materials or sources; gathers and applies technical information to determine accuracy and relevance to moderately complex problems; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives; makes decisions or recommendations that influence IT policies or programs and applies new developments to previously unresolved problems.

  • Specialized Experience:

    For GG-7 you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal services. Such experience included assisting with designing, developing, maintaining software applications, debugging and/or troubleshooting problems related to computer systems. Experience assisting with customizing and developing or acquiring software applications using languages such as SAS, Java, C++ or others, Linux, and Shell Script.

    OR

    Education: 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.

    For GG-9, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal services. Such experience consisted of work that involves the design, documentation, development, modification, testing, installation, implementation and support of new and existing applications software. Experience communicating technical information in person and in writing to a variety of audiences; experience customizing and developing/or acquiring software applications using languages such as SAS, Java, C++ or others, Linux, and Shell Script.

    OR

    Education: Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.

    For GG-11, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal services. Experience with SAS scripting in a UNIX/Linux environment. Experience developing methodologies application and creating requirements for software development for new applications and enhancements to existing applications; Experience in developing complex and detailed sequences of internal program logic with various programming languages and database platforms and analyze data to meet software development requirements; and experience reflects attention to detail, customer service, oral communication, and problem solving. Experience customizing and developing or acquiring software applications using languages such as SAS, Java, C++ or others, Linux, and Shell Script.

    OR

    Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

    For GG-12, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal services. Experience in planning, analyzing, designing, developing, implementing, configuration, integrating, maintenance testing, operational integrity, and/or management of software systems. Extensive experience with various programming languages and database platforms. Experience with SAS scripting in a UNIX/Linux environment. Experience in developing complex and detailed sequences of internal program logic and analyzing the feasibility of the software development for new applications and enhancements to existing applications; extensive experience developing prototypes or pilot programs and eliciting and documenting system requirements. Experience providing information technology analytical and developmental support for software applications using languages such as SAS, Java, C++ or others, Linux, and Shell Script.

    Education cannot be substituted for experience at this grade level.

    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

    Additional information

    The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.
    • 30% or more disabled
    • VRA
    • Persons with Disabilities
    • CTAP
    • ICTAP

    The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR § 335.103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager.

    The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
    • Knowledge of software system design and development, programing concepts and languages.
    • Skill to develop integrated software systems to perform specified functions.
    • Ability to develop prototypes or pilot programs.
    • Knowledge of programming languages (SAS, Java, C++ or others), Shell Scripting, and tools to develop applications software systems.
    • Ability to monitor and track the status of tasks and projects.

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    A complete application consists of the following:
    • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume should list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s). Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire. Your resume should also indicate your citizenship and if you are registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male born after 12/31/59.
    • SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," supporting your eligibility, with the exception of current Census Bureau employees.
    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
    • Education Documentation: If this position requires proof of higher education, or you are substituting education for experience, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. This also applies to Census Bureau employees. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.
    • Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment, (Schedule A disability, 30 percent disabled veteran, certain military spouses, etc).

    You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

    Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - http://www.ed.gov/international/usnei/us/workrecog.doc You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

    CTAP and ICTAP Eligibles

    CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctap_guideline.pdf

    CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice);
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your bureau/operating unit that shows your current promotion potential.

  • ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a work-related compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your position, grade/band level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

  • NOTE: You will not be considered if you fail to provide all required documents.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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