Information Technology Specialist

Washington, D.C
Feb 17, 2021
Feb 24, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the SCRUM and Development Operations Section, Software Engineering Division, IT Design and Development Directorate, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

The position description number for this position is 311647.

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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Works as lead administer for a managed Linux and cloud based environment using automation tools. Coordinates overall architecture of the development and testing environments from a systems perspective. Evaluates new systems engineering technologies and their effect on the operating environment. Defines the standard configuration of the web hosting and virtualized or containerized server environments. Installs and configures applications software and new or modified hardware and operating systems including Kubernetes, Python, Gitlab CI, and MySQL. Develops an application deployment strategy for the Library. Assists other team members in the deployment of applications and infrastructure components, as needed. Works with other team members to evaluate and promote best practices in the DevOps arena, proposing new tools and technologies benefiting the Library. Plans and analyzes the systems configuration and the need for changes to support the organization's program of work.

Works in coordination with other organizations to develop and maintain infrastructure standards and policies. Develops and coordinates lifecycle development processes and tools to facilitate agile development methodologies. Coordinates the work of other staff members. Provides not only day to day operational support, but also provides a roadmap and vision to continue to grow and adopt new technologies into the development environments. Works with team lead to help set priorities and technical direction of the development environment. Assists and promotes a loosely coupled service based approach to designing and implementing web delivery architecture, including areas such as virtualization and containerization, redundancy, fail-over, clustering and caching strategies.

Participates in application design sessions, creating system design documents. Creates re-usable, service based components promoting best practice application architectures and designs. Familiar with security aspects of web development.

Facilitates problem solving activities with development teams. Identifies areas where web infrastructure needs modifications or enhancements to enable the application development process. Provides guidance to other system administrators on best practices to maintain the development environments and support the rapid development and testing of web based solutions through the use of tools such as Python, Subversion, Git, Jenkins and Confluence. Supports large scale systems both in terms of data and usage.

Balances competing requirements to design, program, test, modify and integrate multiple applications and shared components. Coordinates with other specialists to ensure security, privacy, and interoperability of applications under development. Independently diagnoses and resolves trouble calls. Ability to work with customers, providing general support for web applications and technologies.

Identifies future-state objectives for the entire development environment. Conducts analysis and prototypes using new technologies to help move the overall environment forward. Assigns research tasks to other team members as required to do the analysis of these future objectives. Provides analysis and advice on program related information technology (IT) issues or problems where new analytical techniques must be developed to identify and evaluate findings.

Learns new technologies and applies this knowledge to future IT developments and applications. Identifies issues relevant to Library of Congress Web services based on Library web operations and changing program requirements. Makes recommendations directly related to improving the development and operational support of Library of Congress web properties.

Performs various other duties as assigned.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

No additional requirements to those listed above.


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 Linux administration and software development technologies.**

Knowledge of web infrastructure, related to security, scalability and performance.**

Ability to research and analyze technology problems and issues.

Ability to interact collaboratively with others.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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 The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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.

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.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

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

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