IT Specialist (Data Management)

District of Columbia, D.C
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 27, 2021
IT, Management
Full Time


The Division of Data (DOD) is headed by the Chief Data Officer and serves as the leading authority on the Commission's data strategies. The
Division is comprised of two branches, 1) Data Policy and Standards and 2) Data Operations. This position is located in the Data Engineering and Architecture Section within the Data Operations Branch.

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This position requires proactive engagement in several areas, including, but not limited to, data architecture, data management, information architecture, data standards, project management, requirements development and analysis, alternatives analyses, customer management, contract management, risk management, systems design, software testing, and systems documentation. If selected for this position, you will serve as an Information Technology Specialist in the Data Engineering and Architecture Section with the following assignments:
  • Development and oversight of data analytic and reporting capabilities by Commission staff.
  • Development and oversight of user communities of interest which enable Commission staff to gain maximum utility from data assets.
  • Solicitation and/or identification of data, analytic, and reporting related requirements from Commission staff.
  • Assists the development and oversight of the Commission's data architecture.
  • Managing and overseeing projects and tasks related to Data Engineering and Architecture either directly or through staff and/or contractors.
  • Managing and overseeing contractors who perform work under the Data Engineering and Architecture Section.
  • Works collaboratively with data/information architects, database administrators and project managers to support the development of data storage and virtualization.
  • Provides expert direction and guidance on all matters related to data modeling and data collection. Contributes or oversees contributions to the development of architectural components related to data storage, retrieval, optimization, and reporting.
  • Prepares, reviews, and/or evaluates training manuals and materials required for analysts and data scientists that access the data environment. Develops instructions and operating procedures for other areas, as needed, for the Data Engineering and Architecture programs.
  • Conducts analysis of data, data structures, physical and logical database entities. Recommends, or makes, improvements that will result in more effective use by commission staff. Improvements may include (but are not limited to) data architectures, data designs, data structures (including those received from external entities), data loading processes, data reports, business processes, support functions, and data requirements.
  • As needed, may develop and manage Project Plans related to data engineering and architecture efforts.
  • Advises senior Commission officers in DOD and other divisions on the approaches and potential issues and concerns related to Data Engineering and Architecture programs. Prepares and presents comprehensive reports and informs senior officials of relevant programs or critical issues and brief as necessary.
  • Initiates and directs comprehensive analytical and evaluative studies within a broad range of difficult topics related to Data Engineering and Architecture that are part of a much larger overall effort.
  • Manages projects and tasks, including all activities associated with project management: project planning, progress assessments, quality reviews, implementation strategies, regular user communication, regular staff communication, risk management, and benefits analysis.
  • Serves as a project manager to plan, direct, and coordinate work of project teams to ensure that objectives are met and a high degree of effectiveness is maintained. Provides technical and procedural guidance to project staff.
  • Supervises contract activities, including: serving as the technical representative for contracts, managing the financial aspects of the contract, managing contract scope, managing contract personnel issues, and ensuring quality and timely delivery of schedule deliverables.
  • Develops and implements measures for the assessment and improvement of existing management processes, policies, and systems.
  • Acquires and maintains knowledge of CFTC business so that incumbent may transform business needs into technical solutions, recognizing the relationships between business interests and technical solutions.
  • Communicates project activities and status to the project team, CFTC management, and project stakeholders. Incumbent identifies project risk, project successes, product quality, and product timelines.
  • Determines resources (staff and budget) required for successful execution of projects and makes resource recommendations, including cost benefit justifications.
  • Provides enterprise oversight and project consulting on efforts related to data collection, data modeling, data analytics and reporting.
  • Effectively conveys technical information for technical and non-technical audience alike. Articulates and documents technical changes to cloud and on-premises infrastructure to a desired state.
  • Trains and mentors less experienced staff by providing technical advice regarding highly complex regulatory policy issues and assistance using IT tools and methods to efficiently analyze, store, and otherwise manage data.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background/Security Investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Time In Grade

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills and abilities) in the following areas:

Information Technology Architecture - Knowledge of architectural methodologies used in the design and development of information systems, including the physical structure of a system's internal operations and interactions with other systems.

Information Technology Program Management - Knowledge of the principles, methods, and tools for the coordinated management of an IT program to include providing oversight of multiple IT projects, integrating dependent schedules and deliverables, and related activities (for example, benefits management, life cycle management, program governance).

Contracting - Knowledge of various types of contracts, techniques, or requirements (for example, Federal Acquisitions Regulations) for contracting or procurement, and contract negotiation and administration.

Data Management - Knowledge of the principles, procedures, and tools of data management, such as modeling techniques, data backup, data recovery, data dictionaries, data warehousing, data mining, data archiving, data disposal, and data standardization processes.



Specialized Experience - Specialized experience is defined as that through which one has gained mastery of, and skill in applying, database management concepts and techniques; project management principles and methods; data mining, storage, and warehousing methods; and the agency-level IT infrastructure sufficient to:
  • Lead a project to develop and implement new data management schema;
  • Plan and coordinate the development of data structures and access strategies in alignment with business and mission requirements;
  • Develop technical designs;
  • Identify systems requirements;
  • Validate data sources;
  • Establish testing, implementation, and post-implementation support procedures;
  • Develop user instructions; and
  • Coordinate the evaluation and selection of data management tools.

As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency (if later than November 22, 2021). The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.


Additional information

Relocation. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Time-in-Grade. You must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

Probationary Period. You may be required to serve a one year probationary period.

EEO Policy Statement. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA). VEOA allows eligible veterans to apply and compete for position announced under merit promotion procedures when the hiring agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce. To be eligible for a Veteran Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed (3) or more years of continuous active military service. If you are applying for a Merit Promotion announcement and wish to be considered under the VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, in addition to any other required documents listed on this vacancy announcement.

Reasonable Accommodation. Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The law prohibits public officials from appointing, promoting, or recommending their relatives. The law prohibits requesting, making, transmitting, accepting, or considering political recommendations for employment or other personnel actions for non-political positions. This includes recommendations from Members of Congress, Congressional employees, elected state or local officials, and political party officials and any recommendation based on party affiliation.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows career or career-conditional tenure. Failure to submit this form will result in your application not being considered.
  • Performance appraisal.
  • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities: Schedule A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).
  • If you wish to be considered under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, in addition to any other required documents listed on this vacancy announcement.

Other Special Hiring Authorities: If you are claiming eligibility under a Special Hiring Authority, you must submit supporting documents.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: candidates MUST submit:
  • A copy of their agency reduction-in-force notice;
  • A copy of your most recent Performance Rating;
  • A copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current or last position held, the grade level, and the duty location; and
  • A copy of your notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area or documentation showing you were separated as a result of RIF or declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area.

  • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP).Provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the CFTC with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If CFTC has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must rate equivalent to the Well Qualified or better category using established rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: .

    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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