Information Technology Specialist (Cloud Architecture)

Washington, D.C
Sep 15, 2021
Sep 18, 2021
IT, IT Architect
Full Time


This position is located in the Enterprise Architecture Division, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Federal Election Commission (FEC) and will serve as a Senior Information Technology (IT) Specialist, responsible for designing and implementing solution-specific cloud-based technologies.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

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  • Serves as Technical Lead to design, develop, and deploy software at scale and adheres to the FEC Enterprise Architecture blueprint, latest IT industry best practices, and security guidelines.
  • Provides technical advisory to Deputy CIO and Branch Managers in establishing an overall approach to the development and implementation of cloud architecture and adapting Development Security Operations (DevSecOps) best practices at the FEC.
  • Supports mission-essential systems that are available 24/7.
  • Participates in working groups for the development of program plans; provides technical expertise and guidance to staff and contractors engaged in systems architecture design, testing, and quality assurance activities.
  • Serves as a Project Leader, when required, providing direction for assigned team members.
  • Provides technical consultation on procurement planning, solicitation, and administration of contracts and purchase orders.
  • Serves as Contracting Officer?s Representative (COR) to work closely with the Project and/or Program Managers to oversee the performance of the contract.
  • Stays abreast of state-of-the-art technologies through continued learning and research.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • You must be able to pass a background investigation.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see Legal and regulatory guidance below).
  • You may be required to serve a 2 year probationary period.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
  • Candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade).


In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. If qualifying based on education, a copy of your unofficial transcripts must be provided with your application.

Basic Requirement for the Information Technology Specialist, GS-2210 occupation:
You must have Information Technology (IT) related experience demonstrating each of the following competencies:

1) Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail;
2) Customer Service - Works with clients and customers to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services;
3) Oral Communication - Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately; and
4) Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience.

Additional Requirements to qualify for the grade GS-14:
To qualify for the grade GS-14, you must have one full year of specialized experience serving as a senior information technology (IT) specialist in critical cloud architecture and DevSecOps adaption. This experience must be comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service (obtained either in private or public sectors) and include activities such as:
(1) Providing expert technical advice, guidance, and recommendations to management and other IT specialists on critical cloud architecture and DevSecOps adaption.
(2) Providing authoritative advice on implementation requirements to reduce costs and simplify maintenance, and to develop scalable cloud architecture to meet changing business requirements.
(3) Analyzing public cloud providers (such as AWS, Azure or other major vendors) to determine nature of requirements, logical work and information flows, and whether advancements in IT are feasible and should be incorporated.
(4) Designing, developing, and managing systems that meet current and future business requirements, taking into account varied applications, systems, communications and/or information assurance requirements.

In addition, you must provide a cover letter describing your experience with the competencies identified below:

Cloud Technical Credibility - Knowledge of cloud technologies and architecture, understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to cloud technologies.

DevSecOps Technical Credibility - Knowledge of DevSecOps methodologies. understands and appropriately applies DevSecOps best practice, procedures, and policies.

Project Planning, Evaluating and Management - Sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.

Leadership - Influences, motivates, and challenges others; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations.

Communication - Presents information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website .

Part-time or unpaid experience: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

Volunteer work experience: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Education cannot be substituted for the required specialized experience at this grade level.

Additional information

FEC offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; or transportation subsidies.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the announcement closes, we will conduct a review of your application package to verify your eligibility and qualifications. If you are found qualified, your application will move forward to additional phases of the review process which will determine the best qualified candidates. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your Resume listing hours worked per week, dates of employment (month/year) and duties performed for each position held.
  • Cover Letter which addresses the competencies identified in the Qualifications section above. Please limit your cover letter to 2 pages.
  • Performance Appraisal of your most recent, signed, completed annual performance appraisal which includes the final rating.
  • SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action showing you hold a career/career-conditional appointment at FEC and the highest grade or promotion potential held.
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