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Announcement Number:
ADDC-2017-0080
Hiring Agency:
BUREAU OF THE CENSUS
Position Title:
IT Specialist (Applications Software), GG-2210-7/9/11/12, Census-DE-SD
Open Period:
10/20/2017 - 08/28/2018

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GG - 2210 07/09/11/12
Salary:
USD $47,735 - USD $103,639
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Competitive Service
Promotion Potential:
GG-12
Duty Location(s):
Few Vacancies in

Washington Navy Yard, DC, US
Greenbelt, MD, US
Suitland, MD, US

Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Doretta Davis
301-763-3705
doretta.j.davis@census.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All qualified United States citizens.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Applicable
Appointment Type
Term appt, NTE 2 yrs
Appointment Type Details:
Full Time, Time Limited NTE 2 years.
Marketing Statement:
The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. We honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct our work openly. We are guided on this mission by scientific objectivity, strong capable workforce, devotion to research-based innovation, and abiding commitment. We offer competitive salaries, flexible hours/work arrangements, developmental opportunities, a variety of benefits/health insurance plans, and incentives. If working in an environment that values your individuality, diversity and allows you to achieve your professional goals appeals to you, then the U.S. Census Bureau is the place for you.
Summary:
This vacancy is for multiple IT Specialist (Applications Software) positions in the Associate Director for Decennial Census Program (ADDC) located at the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland.  Positions may also be filled in Greenbelt, MD and Washington Navy Yard, DC.

The Census Bureau is accessible from the Metro Rail Green Line – Suitland Station.

This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other IT Specialist (Applications Software), GG-2210-7/9/11/12, (FPL, GG-12) positions within the Census Bureau in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.

This vacancy is advertised under 2 different announcements. Read the 'Who May Apply' section carefully to determine your eligibility. If you are not eligible under this announcement, please see Announcement Number ADDC-2017-0079, IT Specialist (Applications Software), GG-2210-7/9/11/12, Census-DOC-DJD.  
 
This position will be filled as a Term Appointment NTE 2 years, may be extended at management’s discretion.

A trial period may be required. 

This position is ELIGIBLE for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

This is a BARGAINING unit position.

Relocation expenses may not be paid.

This is an open continuous announcement.  The initial cutoff date for referral is November 3, 2017.  After this date additional referral lists will be created as vacancies are available.  This announcement covers multiple positions within the various Directorates of the U.S. Census Bureau through October 19, 2018.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Not Required

Duties

The individual selected for this position will:

  • Plan or design system and applications architectures and user interfaces.
  • Reviews IT requirements of projects to determine objectives of the program, concepts, nature of the unprocessed data, and processes required in support of the computer efforts.
  • Translate system requirements into application prototypes. 
  • Write, debug, maintain code, and test for complex software programs and applications.
  • Monitor and track progress of software projects.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable. (www.sss.gov)
  • You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450).
  • Education Requirements:
     
    Evaluations:
    Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility:  Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.

    The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
    • Ability to design, develop, document, and maintain a system based on user requirements.
    • Knowledge of various programming and database platforms including ArcGIS, FME, Visual Basic, VB.Net ASP.NET, ASP, HTML, XML, Oracle, and SQL Server.
    • Ability to document user requirements, assess programming requirements and develop prototypes needs.
    • Ability to troubleshoot system problems, create test cases, evaluate criteria and/or integrate testing.
    • Ability to monitor and track the status of tasks and projects to ensure all products are delivered on time and within budget and coordinate and meet date release deployments schedules.
    For more information on category rating, please go to:
    http://www.hr.commerce.gov/s/groups/public/@doc/@cfoasa/@ohrm/documents/content/prod01_009474.pdf

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.
    Qualifications:
    Minimum Education Requirement:

    You must have and your resume must detail how you meet the specialized experience and IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies described below.

    COMPETENCIES:

    1. Attention to Detail - Meticulous; thoroughly reviews and proofreads various IT related data/information; dedicates focus to accomplish tasks that are complete, precise, and accurate to a given IT situation.

    2. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive IT services or IT 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 IT needs, provide expert technical information or assistance, resolve fairly complex or non-routine problems, or satisfy expectations; knowledge of available products and services; committed to providing quality IT products and services.

    3. Oral Communication - Expresses technical 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, recognizes potential miscommunication, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

    4. Problem Solving - Identifies IT related problems using a variety of materials or sources; gathers and applies technical information to determine accuracy and relevance to moderately complex problems; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives; makes decisions or recommendations that influence IT policies or programs and applies new developments to previously unresolved problems.

    Specialized Experience:  

    For GG-07, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal services. Experience designing, developing, and/or maintaining applications, experience evaluating existing tools and techniques against new technology, experience with SAS scripting in a UNIX/Linux environment, experience with various programming and database platforms, experience writing and/or maintaining system documentation for a large scale application, experience debugging and /or troubleshooting problems related to computer systems. Experience communicating technical information in person and in writing to a variety of audiences, experience customizing and developing/or acquiring software applications such as JAVA, SAS, PL/SQL, ASP, NET, Linux, Shell Script.  

    OR  

    Education: 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.

    For GG-09, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal services. Experience designing, developing, and/or maintaining applications, experience evaluating existing tools and techniques against new technology, experience with SAS scripting in a UNIX/Linux environment, experience with various programming and database platforms, experience writing and/or maintaining system documentation for a large scale application, experience debugging and /or troubleshooting problems related to computer systems. Experience communicating technical information in person and in writing to a variety of audiences, experience customizing and developing/or acquire software applications such as JAVA, SAS, PL/SQL, ASP, NET, Linux, Shell Script.

    OR 

    Education: Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.

    For GG-11, 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 services. Experience designing, developing, and/or maintaining applications, experience evaluating existing tools and techniques against new technology, experience with SAS scripting in a UNIX/Linux environment, experience with various programming and database platforms, experience writing and/or maintaining system documentation for a large scale application, experience debugging and /or troubleshooting problems related to computer systems. Experience communicating technical information in person and in writing to a variety of audiences, experience customizing and developing/or acquire software applications such as JAVA, SAS, PL/SQL, ASP, NET, Linux, Shell Script.

    OR

    Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. 

    For GG-12, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal services.  Extensive experience designing, developing, and/or maintaining applications.  Extensive experience evaluating existing tools and techniques against new technology, experience with SAS scripting in a UNIX/Linux environment. Extensive experience with various programming and database platforms.  Extensive experience writing and/or maintaining system documentation for a large-scale application. Extensive experience debugging and /or troubleshooting problems related to computer systems. Extensive experience communicating technical information in person and in writing to a variety of audiences. Extensive experience customizing and developing/or acquire software applications such as JAVA, SAS, PL/SQL, ASP, NET, Linux, Shell Script.  Extensive experience developing prototypes or pilot programs.   Extensive experience eliciting and documenting system requirements.

    Education can not be substituted for experience at this grade level.

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

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    Census Bureau offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at https://www.usa.gov/benefits-for-federal-employees.
    Agency Benefits:
    Additional benefits available at Census Headquarters located in Suitland, MD, include:  fitness center; child-care facility; credit union; free parking; convenient access to Metrorail and Metrobus transit services in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia communities; car pools/van pools; etc.
    Other Information:
    The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.
    The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov/. To begin, click the "Apply" button and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. (After registering in your USAJOBS account and clicking "Submit," you will automatically transition to the Department of Commerce's specific site where you will complete your application. You must click "Submit" at the end of the application process to send your application for consideration.)

    To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.gov/ and click on "Applications." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application."

    If you have problems completing your online application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at mgshelp@monster.com or by phone at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday—Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online; however, if you are unable to apply online, please contact:

    Doretta Davis, 301.763.3705, Doretta.J.Davis@census.gov.
    Required Documents:
    A complete application consists of the following:
    • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume should list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire. Your resume should also indicate your citizenship and if you are registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male born after 12/31/59.      
    • Veterans' Preference Documentation: Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
    • Education Documentation: If this position requires proof of higher education, or you are substituting education for experience, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. This also applies to Census Bureau employees. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.
    You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

    Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - http://www.ed.gov/international/usnei/us/workrecog.doc You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

    CTAP and ICTAP Eligibles

    CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap

    CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
    1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice);
    2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location;
    3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
    4. Any documentation from your bureau/operating unit that shows your current promotion potential.
    ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
    1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination, certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a work-related compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
    2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your position, grade/band level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
    3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
    4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
    NOTE: You will not be considered if you fail to provide all required documents.
    Next Steps:
    You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://usajobs.gov/ and clicking on "Applications." The status will be visible next to the corresponding positions. The four points of notification are:
    1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
    2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
    3. Referred or Not Referred; and
    4. Selected or Not Selected
    By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).