IRS Pathways Recent Graduate Program (Computer Scientist)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
May 16, 2021
Closes
May 21, 2021
Function
Program Manager
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The IRS Internal Recent Graduates Program affords a developmental opportunity to IRS employees, who have graduated within the previous 2 years from a qualifying educational institution or program.

More information about the Recent Graduates Program can be found here: Students & Recent Graduates .

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Responsibilities

If selected into Recent Graduates Program , you will be placed in a position as Computer Scientist, GS-1550, Career Ladder 9/11 with full working level to a GS-12 in the RAASdivision.

WHAT IS THE Research, Applied Analytics and Statistics DIVISION? Research, Applied Analytics, and Statistics (RAAS) anticipates and meets customers' needs by providing leading research, analytical, statistical, and technology services. RAAS provides an intellectually challenging and supportive environment for our employees.

WHAT DOES A COMPUTER SCIENTIST DO? Computer Scientists provide engineering and architecture support to major complex projects that support the IRS business mission and IT infrastructure modernization objectives. You will be responsible for a broad range of scientific computer studies and projects to develop new concepts, methods, and techniques to modernize the IRS information technology infrastructure. The work includes application of theoretical foundations of computer science, Open Systems Environment (OSE)Standards, information technology systems architecture, and theoretical models for transformation of information.

The following are the duties of a Computer Scientist. You will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and will receive training to help you grow in this position.
  • Identify and analyze highly complex, evolving information technology emerging from Open Systems Environment standards (OSE) to design the IRS Standards Architecture. Develop complex IT studies that include OSE standards to enhance the IRS infrastructure.
  • Identify new complex projects and designs a transition path for projects to migrate into the IRS Standards Architecture and the Systems Architecture. Serve as the computer science expert on project teams conducting solicitation evaluations, complex systems testing, and benchmarking.
  • Formulate models and simulations for the verification and validation of proposed IT systems.
  • Consult on complex problems relating to design and development of integrated systems using emerging and enhanced technologies and standards.
  • Maintain thorough knowledge of all aspects of configuration management to ensure the validity and orderly migration paths of all IT systems.


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Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • IRS Employees with Career or Career Conditional Appointments


In order to successfully complete the Recent Graduates Program, you must complete 1 year in the position, a minimum of at least 40 hours of interactive training, and demonstration of successful job performance. If for any reason you do not successfully complete the program you will be returned to the previous grade of the same or similar position you previously held within IRS prior to being selected for the Recent Graduates Program.



Qualifications

In the Recent Graduates Program you may qualify based solely on education, experience or a combination of both. You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: (All grade levels)
You must have a Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

Applicants should have sufficient knowledge to understand the fundamental concepts and techniques of computer science. Courses designed to provide an introduction to computer science techniques and methodologies, to problems of system design, and to other specialized fields are acceptable. Courses or experience in teaching elementary, business, or shop mathematics are not acceptable.

In addition to the above, you must meet the requirements described below:

GS-09 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes basic knowledge and ability applying methods, and techniques of computer science, the theoretical foundations of computer science, computer systems architecture, database management, numerical analysis, software engineering, operating systems, and algorithmic analysis to analyze diverse modernized IT systems and develop detailed functional requirements and contract specifications for IT systems; Basic knowledge of information systems concepts and practices in several of the following areas: applications development, systems integration, telecommunications, and security; and basic technical knowledge of the discipline and principles of IS configuration management. OR
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows a Master's or equivalent graduate degree in computer science or in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. OR
Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree in computer science or in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science.

GS-11 LEVEL: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes knowledge and ability applying methods, and techniques of computer science, the theoretical foundations of computer science, computer systems architecture, database management, numerical analysis, software engineering, operating systems, and algorithmic analysis to analyze diverse modernized IT systems and develop detailed functional requirements and contract specifications for IT systems; Ability to adapt technical precedents and techniques to design appropriate modifications; Knowledge of information systems concepts and practices in several of the following areas: applications development, systems integration, telecommunications, and security; and technical knowledge of the discipline and principles of IS configuration management. To be qualifying your experience must be sufficient to demonstrate the ability to assist in carrying out research and development activities involving artificial intelligence, emerging technologies or scientific phenomena; design, develop, program, debug, document, maintain, and reengineer software programs; and apply artificial intelligence and other technologies to solve IT systems problems for business operations. OR
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in computer science or in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. OR
Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in computer science or in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science.

For Grades 5 through 11: You may qualify with a combination of qualifying education and experience. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

In addition to the above you must have, within the previous 2 years, completed all educational requirements for a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying institution; or intended graduation is no more than 9 months from date of application.

*Veterans (as defined in 5 U.S.C. 2108 ) who, due to a military service obligation, were precluded from applying to a Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2 year eligibility period may have their eligibility period extended so that they receive the full 2 years of eligibility. The remaining 2-year eligibility period will begin upon his or her release or discharge from active duty. The veteran's eligibility period may not extend beyond 6 years from the date of completion of all requirements of an academic course of study.

- The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-timework is considered on a prorated basis.
- To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable:

You must have been at the next lower grade level of the grade you are applying to for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).

Education

Additional information

Positions are located in Washington, DC; Ogden, UT and Cincinnati, OH

POSITION DESCRIPTIONS 96094, 96095
A PM/C SharePoint site is available for IRS Employees at: https://organization.ds.irsnet.gov/sites/HCOETS/PMC/SPDLibrary/SitePages/Home.aspx

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
  • All selectees must sign a Participant Agreement.
  • An official transcript will be required if you are selected.
  • Pay retention may be offered based on applicable laws and regulations.
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • This is a bargaining unit position.
  • Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
  • Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • The employment of any candidate, including a current employee, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns.
  • Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements
  • Subject to a 1-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation, including an FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that will require two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • Undergo an income tax verification.
  • If you are an IRS/Treasury employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date of this announcement. If you have any questions concerning your eligibility please refer back to the CTAP Documentation link in the vacancy under How You Will Be Evaluated.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

Rating: Your application will be ranked in accordance with the Service's Merit Promotion Plan (i.e., National Agreement or Internal Revenue Manual). Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. IRS employees may obtain most recent awards listing at https://persinfo.web.irs.gov/ . Your rating may be lowered, if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

Referral:
If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee eligible for Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) , you must receive a score of 80 or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, 3. Provide proof of enrollment or education (see education documentation required) and 4. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. ( Cover letters are optional). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view Resume Tips

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION:
You must submit dated documentation showing completion or intended completion (if graduation is no more than 9 months from the date of application) of all educational requirements (e.g. letter from the registrar, unofficial transcripts). An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page . If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) DOCUMENTATION: IRS Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligibles can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area.

IRS REASSIGNMENT PREFERENCE PROGRAM (RPP):
You must meet the requirements in your RPP notice. Submit a copy of your RPP Notice along with a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. Your performance appraisal must have a fully successful or higher overall rating.

PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL/AWARDS:
Submit a copy of your most recent completed performance appraisal. If a revalidated appraisal is used for merit promotion, the supervisor must prepare a narrative for each critical job element that does not have a narrative describing the performance in the appraisal period covered by the rating. Note: If you are a manager or management official, your most recent annual performance appraisal must be used for the overall rating identified.

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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