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Announcement Number:
12-CFPB-394X
Hiring Agency:
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Position Title:
IT Specialist (Internet)
Open Period:
04/11/2012 - 04/30/2012
Series/Grade:
CN - 2210 40/51/52/53
Salary:
$53500.00 - $149036.00
Promotion Potential:
CN-53
Duty Location(s):
Few in
  • Washington, DC, US
For More Info:
Applicant Call Center
304-480-7300
cfpbinquiries@bpd.treas.gov

Overview

Who May Apply:

Applications will be accepted from U.S. citizens. 

Duration Appointment:
not-to-exceed 18 months; May be extended or may be made permanent.
Marketing Statement:
Do you want to be a leader in your field at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – a groundbreaking organization solely devoted to the economic strength and vitality of American Families? Do you want to challenge yourself and others? If you answer "Yes", then we have a career for you! CFPB professionals have unparalleled opportunities to expand horizons for themselves and for the nation. Be one of the founding members of an agency that will make a difference in the lives of everyday American families!
Summary:

This position is located in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s office of the Chief Operations Officer, Chief Information Officer (CIO).  You will serve as a front-end web developer responsible for contributing to the development and evolution of CFPB technology solutions that support consumer education and banking regulatory requirements by developing, implementing and maintaining quality web sites and applications using dynamic and standards compliant front end code. 



  • This position is being filled under CFPB's excepted service authority.

  • Appointments under this authority will be made in the excepted service and do not convey competitive status.

  • This appointment may be extended to July 20, 2015.

  • This appointment may be eligible for conversion to a permanent position; If made permanent, this position would remain in the excepted service.

  • Employee may be subject to a trial period that will cover the full period of the appointment, including extensions up to two years.

Supervisory Position:
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Key Requirements:

Background investigation U.S. Citizenship May be required to serve a trial period.

Duties

The following are the duties at the CN-53 level. (Equivalent to the GS-13).  If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position. 



  • Lead or support project planning efforts by providing resource and schedule estimations, measuring progress and productivity and providing the project plan, workflow diagrams and other necessary documentation and presentations.

  • Lead and support a program of technical knowledge sharing within the team and mentorship of junior staff.

  • Develop and maintain HTML, CSS, and Javascript for CFPB’s internal and external websites and applications using current design practices, technologies, and AJAX frameworks.

  • Convert wireframes, prototypes and Illustrator- and/or Photoshop-based mockups into valid web pages that are equally compatible in major web browsers.  Develop stylesheets for mobile and tablet browsers.

  • Lead or participate in product reviews and design sessions with stakeholders at all levels throughout CPB.

  • Turn large data sets into intuitive, well-designed web-based visualizations and interactive tools, in conformance with CFPB’s style guide and modern web design standards.

  • Solve complex development problems and work with designer and developers to implement A/B tests for the purpose of optimizing web designs and content.

  • Work in a Macintosh environment with development and design teams to ensure that web assets conform to CFPB’s style, brand and usability standards.

  • Coordinate with designers, server-side developers and other front-end developers and resolve conflicts using source control management and bug tracking software.

  • Maintain expertise on emerging technologies that have potential value and current web development best practices.  Recommend effective and creative uses of technology to enhance agency operations and user experience.

  • Prepare web content for accessibility and compliance to Section 508 of the Americans with Disability Act.

  • Function as a team leader, planning work, establishing and adjusting priorities and completion dates and evaluating performance.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Education:

Education may be substituted for experience as described in “Qualifications.”

Requirements:

Specialized Experience:  To qualify at CN-40, you must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the CN-30 level in the Federal service.  (For qualification purposes, the CN-30 level is broadly equivalent to the GS-7 level.)  For this position specialized experience may be defined as:


Experience using or extensive training in CSS, HTML, and Javascript; experience using those languages to create browser-compliant websites; knowledge of modern programming and scripting languages.


OR


You must have a master’s or equivalent level graduate degree, or two academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such degree, from an accredited college or university.  To be qualifying, graduate education must be in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics or technology management, or in a related a field of study that provided at least 24 semester hours in one or more of the listed subjects and required development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.


Specialized Experience:  To qualify at CN-51, you must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the CN-40 level in the Federal service.(For qualification purposes, the CN-40 level is broadly equivalent to the GS-9 level.)  For this position specialized experience may be defined as:


Experience using CSS, HTML, and Javascript; experience using those languages to convert high-fidelity mockups and wireframes into fully functional, browser-compliant websites; knowledge of accessibility and Section 508 compliance; knowledge of modern programming and scripting languages.


OR


You must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or three academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such degree, from an accredited college or university.  To be qualifying, graduate education must be in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics or technology management, or in a related a field of study that provided at least 24 semester hours in one or more of the listed subjects and required development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.


Specialized Experience:  To qualify at CN-52, you must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the CN-51 level in the Federal service.  (For qualification purposes, the CN-51 level is broadly equivalent to GS-11.)  For this position specialized experience may be defined as:


Experience using CSS, HTML, and Javascript, as well as experience with jQuery; experience using those languages to convert high-fidelity mockups and wireframes into fully functional, fully browser- and mobile-compliant websites; experience ensuring accessibility and Section 508 compliance; and broad demonstrated experience with modern programming and scripting languages.


Specialized Experience:  To qualify at CN-53, you must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the CN-52 level in the Federal service.  (For qualification purposes, the CN-52 level is broadly equivalent to GS-12.)  For this position specialized experience may be defined as:


Extensive experience using CSS, HTML, and Javascript, as well as experience with jQuery; experience using those languages to convert high-fidelity mockups and wireframes into fully functional, fully browser- and mobile-compliant websites; experience ensuring accessibility and Section 508 compliance; and broad demonstrated experience with modern programming and scripting languages.


The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector.  One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.


For all positions individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. The employing agency is responsible for identifying the specific level of proficiency required for each competency at each grade level based on the requirements of the position being filled.



  1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

  2. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) 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 (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.

  4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

Evaluations:

Your application includes your:


1. Resume,


2. Responses to the online questions,


3. Required supporting documents;


4. Cover letter (optional).


Note: If a cover letter is submitted, it may be used to assess your qualifications.


We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:


1.  Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position.  You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position.  If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.


2.  Rating: Your application will be evaluated against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  You may also be further evaluated using additional assessment processes. 


Category rating procedures will be used to rank and refer eligibles.  Based on your responses to the online questionnaire, you will be assigned a score.  Your score will determine in which of the three categories you will be placed: Categories A, B, or C. Under this process, veterans will be assigned to the appropriate category (without additional preference points) and then placed at the top of their category. 


Review your resume and responses carefully.  Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score.  A human resources representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.  Your resume will be among the factors used in setting your pay, should you be made an offer of employment.  Please ensure that it fully describes your experience as it relates to the position for which you are applying.


3.  Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. 


We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

Qualifications:

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.


You must answer all job-related questions in the job questionnaire. 

Benefits and Other Info

Benefits:

Our comprehensive benefits are among the most generous in the federal government. They include:


• Challenging and rewarding work benefiting American consumers


• Opportunities for development and advancement


• Extremely competitive salaries


• Access to comprehensive Federal health, vision, dental, life, and long-term care insurance programs


• Additional access to CFPB-specific vision, dental, short- and long-term disability, and insurance programs while you work at CFPB


• Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13-26 days of vacation time each year


• Public Transit Incentive Program (PTIP)


• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)


• Emergency Child Care Access (Contracted Service)


• Alternative Work Schedule and Telework access


• The CFPB offers its own FSA Program. As a result CFPB employees are not eligible to participate in FSAFEDS. If you are currently participating in FSAFEDS and you accept a position with CFPB, in order to continue participation in a FSA for the year you must enroll in the CFPB FSA program. You are eligible to incur expenses against your FSAFEDS account(s), up to your separation date from your current agency. In addition you will have until April 30th of the year following your separation from your current agency to get the expenses that were incurred, reimbursed through FSAFEDS. Any balance that remains in your FSAFEDS account after all eligible expenses have been incurred and reimbursed will be forfeited. Due to IRS regulations, you are not able to transfer your FSAFEDS contributions into a CFPB FSA Account. If you have questions please contact FSAFEDS at 1-877-FSAFEDS.

Other Information:

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

  • This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us as soon as possible.


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.


 


Step 1 - Create or Upload a Resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov)


We suggest you go to the end of the “Qualifications & Evaluations” section of the job announcement to preview the online questions. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Resume Tips


Step 2 - Apply Online


Click the “Apply Online” link on this page. You will then be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. After selecting a resume, click on the "Apply for this position now!" link, and follow the prompts to register (if you have not already done so). You will then be required to answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.


Step 3 – Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application


If this is your first time on CFPB’s CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select “Take me to the assessment” and click on the “Continue” button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the “Finished” button.


Step 4 – Review and Confirm Your Submission


You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents. (See Step 5 for details.) Once you click “Done,” you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click “Finished” at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted. You may also track your application status from your USAJOBS account.


Step 5 – Submit Required Documents


You can submit any required or optional documents (described below) by document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your social security number from anything you submit.


Document Upload: You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways:


1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you have already loaded on USAJOBS. OR


2. You may upload a document to an existing application by logging in to your USAJOBS account. Click on “My Applications” and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on it and select “Apply Online.” Move through your existing application until you reach the “Documents” page and select “Upload” to add a document to your application. Be sure to review your complete application to confirm that the document(s) uploaded properly.


In the “Application Review” section, you should see your uploaded documents listed on the “Vacancy Documents” screen. Once you see them, click “Finished;” you will then be returned to USAJOBS.


Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the “Faxing Supporting Documentation” instructions. The fax number is on the cover-sheet.

Required Documents:

Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may lose consideration for this position (or lose the special consideration for which you may be eligible).


VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION


If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Compensably disabled preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at the OPM Forms Page. For more information on veteran’s preference, click here.


EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION  


If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. 


To be used in meeting qualification requirements, 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 the Database of Accreditation of Post-Secondary Institutions and Programs.  If we are unable to determine that you meet the required education, you will be found ineligible for further consideration.


If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at Acceptability of Higher Education for Meeting Minimum Qualification RequirementsWe recommend you get this process started as soon as possible to avoid delays in appointment if selected.


A transcript will be required if you are tentatively selected.

What to Expect Next:

You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging into your account at www.usajobs.gov.  We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBs.


Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement.  Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.