Quality Assurance Specialist (Computer Software)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jul 17, 2019
Closes
Jul 18, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The position description number for this position is 171279.

This position has no promotion potential.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

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Responsibilities

The Quality Assurance Specialist is responsible for the testing of Web applications, insuring project schedules and deadlines are met The Quality Assurance Specialist will create and execute Test Strategies and Test Plans to insure proper operation and absence of defects. Additional responsibilities include: manage the testing process; provide estimates of new projects, document all defects via an Issue tracking system; report on issues and testing progress to management/project team; run regression tests; recommend qualify improvements to current procedures; attend bug status meetings; and work directly with development teams to Insure all applications meet high standard of qualify.

As a technical authority, plans, develops, organizes, administers, evaluates, and coordinates a comprehensive computer software quality assurance program for all qualify assurance functional program areas. Serves as a technical authority on web site and application qualify assurance and qualify control related matters, advising web services management and staff on the principles and techniques of Web QA and QC. Performs manual and automated qualify control testing on Web sites and applications, testing functionality, markup/standards compliance, content qualify, and other aspects related to QA/QC. Logs and tracks defects and Issues. Recommends technical and non-technical solutions to issues and defects. Enforces web qualify assurance standards via testing and site reviews. Collaborates with project managers and developers to plan QA/QC procedures during the site planning and development phase. Modifies QA/QC testing procedures to comply with changing Institutional and "dot gov" standards and policies.

Develops qualify control and quality assurance programs and practices for sites and applications managed by OCIO. Program components will include addressing new technical issues, technical testing standards and procedures, quality review processes, web content review processes, and web standards guidance for Library of Congress internet, intranet, and applications.

Performs overall, In-depth review of critical phases of qualify plans In order to provide OSI's OCIO management with Information on overall qualify, web standards compliance, and suitability for deployment of web products and services. Monitor procedures, methods and techniques to ensure acceptable levels of qualify; identify manning requirements, skill levels, numbers assigned and training needs of OCIO. Coordinate plans for modifications, Installations, test and evaluations, and inspections. Quantitatively or qualitatively, evaluate the effectiveness of quality assurance programs or operations in meeting goals and objectives. Establish viable metrics for evaluating program effectiveness with the goals of the quality assurance program.

The position description number for this position is 171279.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a Compflex; or Flextime; or Maxiflex work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


No additional requirements to those listed above.

Qualifications

Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Knowledge of web development/computer software quality assurance (QA) principles, concepts, techniques and methods.**

Ability to perform file-based quality control inspections.**

Ability to monitor quality control operations.

Ability to interact collaboratively with a diverse group of people.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Education

Additional information

Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please email ADA@loc.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. Certification from health care providers are not accepted. For more information contact the Library's Office of EEO/Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.

The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. However, not all service units within the Library of Congress participates in the repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.

A "Not to Exceed" (NTE) status is used to identify an appointment with a specific ending date. However, the Library has the right to separate a NTE employee at any time due to either performance issues or budget constraints.

Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview. The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.

For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/msp010909.pdf .

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. The program does not accept certification from health care providers. For more information contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

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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