IT Specialist

Washington, D.C
Sep 12, 2019
Sep 18, 2019
Full Time


As an IT Specialist, you will be a recognized expertise as a technical project expert functioning as an Agile Software Developer, responsible for developing internal- and external-facing software components.

Location of position: GSA, Office of GSA IT, 1800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC

The Office of Acquisition Information Technology Services provides development, operational and management services for GSA Acquisition IT applications.

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Actively engages in Agile planning and contributes to strategic and tactical planning sessions; develops prototypes and minimally viable products (MVPs) from brainstorming sessions. Responsible for developing server-side code, application, and data logic and integration of user-facing elements developed by front-end developers. Writes APIs based on standard contemporary industry formats to be used by front-end developers; and maintains, develops, tests, deploys and operates applications and back-end databases which may use Unisys ClearPath software. Works closely with the customers and team, developing new services or existing services to expand the project's software and data capabilities. Designs and develops back-end databases, applications and APIs with state of the art software. Serves as a coordinator and representative for GSA for major project issues and meetings involving other internal and external organizations, and provides advice, comments, and recommendations as appropriate.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be necessary for meetings/training.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizens and National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
  • Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
  • Register with Selective Service, if you are a male born after 12/31/1959
  • Direct Deposit of salary check to financial organization required.

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
  • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level).
  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.


For each job on your resume, provide:
  • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here .

The GS-13 salary range starts at $99,172.00 per year.

If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.

To qualify, you must have IT-related experience demonstrating EACH of the four competencies AND one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service as described below:

  • Attention to Detail - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant investigates and evaluates "state of the art" technology of the industry.
  • Customer Service - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant confers with users to evaluate the effectiveness of, or identify the need for, computer programs or management systems.
  • Oral Communication - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant persuades others to take a particular course of action or to accept findings, recommendations, changes, or alternative viewpoints.
  • Problem Solving - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant identifies and accommodates technology and resource constraints.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Specialized experience is defined as experience as an Information Technology Project Manager and Software Developer that demonstrates experience using mainframe technology and software. Experience must include modernization and transformation of mainframe applications to modern commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and/or open source solutions; leading software development using Agile methodologies including Scrum, XP, or Scaled Agile; and implementing innovative cloud and/or emerging technology solutions.


Additional information

Bargaining Unit status: NFFE

Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.

Travel expenses associated with interviews may be approved. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

On a case-by-case basis, the following incentives may be approved:
  • Recruitment incentive if you are new to the federal government
  • Credit toward vacation leave if you are new to the federal government

Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual based on prior non-Federal work experience or uniformed service experience.

We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement in this or other GSA organizations within the same commuting area, as needed; through other means; or not at all.

This not a full time telework position. The selectee will be expected to report to the location in this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will use a method called Category Rating to assess your application. Here's how it will work:
  • You will be scored on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Skill in applying advanced IT principles, concepts, methods, standards, and practices

    1a. Skill in agile principles and scrum methodologies
  • Skill in using Unisys ClearPath software (i.e. MCP Operating System (MCP OS), DMSII database, Work Flow Language (WFL), COBOL, CANDE, Workbench; and more WEB-centric software such as WEBPCM, MGSWEB, ODBC and JDBC, WSDL, HTML, CSS, Dynamic HTML, Javacript, and Java.)
  • Skill in using Java, JBoss, Hibernate, Springboot, Node JS, Angular 5, Squirrel, Fiddler2, MySQL, SOAP based Web Services, Restful API, Apache Tomcat, XML, etc
    3a. Skill in cloud storage and utilization (e.g., AWS, Azure, etc.)
  • Skill in project management techniques
    4a. Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships at various levels across GSA and Federal Agencies.
    • Your answers to the questions will be used to place you in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified [If the use of 4 categories is justified, adjust verbiage].
    • We will verify your answers to the questions in your resume. If your resume doesn't support your answers, we may lower your score, which could place you in a lower category.
    • Within each category, veterans will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

    Additional assessments may be used, and, if so, you will be provided with further instructions.

    If you are eligible under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan or GSA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP/CTAP) , you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

    If you are claiming veterans' preference:
  • Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.
  • If you are claiming 10-point preference or derived preference (a spouse, widow or widower, or parent of a deceased or disabled veteran), submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214: (a) completed SF-15 form; and (b) proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list).

  • If you are active duty military - Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).

    If you are ICTAP / CTAP eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.

    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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