Information Technology Specialist (Enterprise Architecture)

Washington, D.C
Feb 18, 2021
Feb 27, 2021
IT, IT Architect
Full Time


This position is located in the Technology Solutions Office in the Department of Technology Services. The incumbent participates in the development and implementation of enterprise architecture standards and assuring compliance with technical standards for development for the Judiciary's national systems.
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Working independently in the Enterprise Architecture (EA) program, the incumbent is responsible for developing the judiciary's enterprise application development architecture. Supervising a team of contractors, the incumbent manages a multi-million-dollar portfolio of research initiatives and operational pilots (e.g., a national API gateway) to develop services and enterprise solutions that align with the Judiciary's strategic direction, business objectives, and IT practices. The incumbent is the national authority for enterprise-wide reference architectures and guidance to national program offices supporting the Judiciary's mission. The incumbent determines the direction, policy, guidance, and compliance of the Judiciary's enterprise application architecture in coordination with other EA principles, policies, concepts, and practices.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Leading a new segment of IT enterprise architecture with responsibility for stand-up and effective integration of legacy software and hardware solutions and identifying new technologies for enterprise-level business solutions;
  • Leading and overseeing major IT efforts with high-dollar value IT enterprise application initiatives. This includes leading assessments on emerging technologies for applicability to existing and future Judiciary systems;
  • Leading research initiatives and operational pilots to identify opportunities to create or enhance enterprise level capabilities to support Judiciary business processes;
  • Leading development and publication of comprehensive architectures, reference models, and standards to guide national development efforts and ensuring alignment of the IT architecture and planning with the Judiciary business goals;
  • Developing an architectural strategy and providing subject matter expert guidance in DevOps, continuous integration, containerization, and middleware technologies;
  • Monitoring and providing input into state-of-the-art IT developments and applications while staying abreast of key market indicators; and leading or overseeing the implementation of new business strategies (e.g., Gateway, cloud ready, and other enterprise application frameworks);
  • Modifying and developing IT plans and policies in response to new legislation, regulations, directives, and other guidance affecting the program;
  • Providing oversight and management of the layout of technical standards for inter-related agency program offices and court developers with responsibility for evaluating the impact of policy and development of new guidance to ensure impacts are addressed and IT technical standards, plans, and policies are in compliance with local and national application development standards. This includes working with all levels of management and staff and court and external customers in local and national program offices to determine gaps between the current and target application architecture. Developing plans for transition to target architecture;
  • Developing judiciary-wide strategic initiatives and working with diverse stakeholder groups to ensure proper implementation of technical standards and best practices; and
  • Preparing and providing input into reports and other high-level IT documents delineating implications, impediments, making recommendations, and presenting solutions to eliminate redundancy and support management strategies.

  • Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the Administrative Office of the US Courts. In instances where non-citizens are considered for hire into temporary or any other position with non competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO's Human Resources Office that there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification .
  • All new AO employees will be required to complete a FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
  • All new AO employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  • You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  • If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.
  • Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if authorized by the Director of the AO.

  • Qualifications

    Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

    Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience must demonstrate ALL areas defined below:
  • Using agile development methodologies as part of a software development lifecycle;
  • Developing IT architecture and standards, IT governance, and systems engineering;
  • Working with other teams to incorporate IT architecture and standards in organizations where none may exist; and
  • Coordinating and managing teams across multiple geographic areas.
  • Desired but not required experience:
    • Expertise in architecting and implementing continuous delivery software pipelines.
    • Demonstrated ability to implement Service Oriented Architecture patterns and guide API design.
    • Strong knowledge of Gateway and Proxy concepts.


    This position does not require education to qualify.

    Additional information

    The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

    You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:
    • Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
    • Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.
    • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) - All applicants outside of the AO must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.
    • Veterans Preference documentation - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.

    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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