Information Technology Specialist (SYSANALYSIS)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 12, 2020
Closes
Oct 19, 2020
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the IT Design and Development Directorate, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

The position description number for this position is 063910.

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

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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Responsibilities

This is an open continuous vacancy announcement. Applicants may submit or update their application before the closing date. Applicants will be referred after the first cutoff date, and subsequent referrals will be made at the manager's request. The announcement may close earlier or at the request of the selecting official or after the job is filled.

The first cutoff for receipt of applications under this announcement will be 11:59 p.m. EST on February 7, 2020.

There are multiple positions, across multiple skill sets as follows: senior software developer, QA/tester or Agile Scrum Master. Serves as a recognized technical authority for new or enhanced information systems software. Exercises considerable judgment and ingenuity in advocating the benefits of implementing business-driven quality and process improvements. Participates in the development of operational plans. Assists in planning, directing and coordinating the implementation and execution of approved policies, programs, and services related to Information technology (IT) systems. Reviews and evaluates operations to appraise the effectiveness of policies and programs. Identifies deficiencies and takes/recommends appropriate actions.

Serves as an experienced Agile Scrum Master to support dev teams in the execution of projects using the Scrum methodology, act as change agents to improve our agile processes, and coach programs and teams on procedures for various agile methodologies (Scrum, KanBan, XP, Safe). This role will also champion adoption and improvement of agile, software engineering and DevOps practices across the Library. Supports the SCRUM team in development and maintenance of Product and Sprint backlogs. Facilitates Agile ceremonies, including: planning meetings, retrospectives, demos and daily stand-ups. Proactively identifies and addresses impediments. Partners with the Project Manager and the Product Owner to lead development for the product.

Oversees and/or coordinates the preparation of testing and implementation plans. Prepares programming specifications for implementation by computer programmers. Develops test plans and scripts, and oversees testing by others. Sets up a problem reporting mechanism for the application team involved in testing.

Oversees the migration of systems to the production environment and monitors systems for stability, accuracy, and performance. Meets with programmers and functional area specialists to coordinate work and resolve problems. Meets with vendor technical representatives to resolve technical issues, and to implement and coordinate new software releases. Evaluates test results, and initiates corrective actions. Develops and executes procedures to periodically monitor the logical/physical integrity of data and physical space utilization. Reviews proposed policies, regulations, and procedural changes to determine their impact on areas of responsibility. Familiar with Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment Techniques. Familiar with Infrastructure as Code. Has used code repository (ie Git, Subversion).

Provides expert guidance in the design, documentation, development, modification, testing, installation, implementation, and support of new and existing applications software. Evaluates the feasibility of adopting new software design technologies in the current systems environment. Recommends adoption of new methodologies based on favorable feasibility analyses.

Ensures the rigorous application of information security/information assurance policies, principles, and practices to the delivery of application software services. Optimizes applications for state-of-the-art technology and functionality. Manages the technical direction of short- and long-range systems. Reviews and approves technical requirements for projects; develops project plans; and provides technical guidance to team members. Serves as a primary liaison between customers and vendors and information technology (IT) management throughout the development process.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

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.


Ability to lead phases of the software development lifecycle.**

Ability to build applications using the Python or Java programming languages.**

Knowledge of library and information science or digital content management.

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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