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    JOB DESCRIPTION: Data Stewards manage data within databases to satisfy customer requirements. They generate, approve, and populate data for databases, evaluate data quality, and determine availability of data. They apply knowledge of products, data, and systems to support the extraction, analysis, and finishing of data. They prepare and validate data for web publishing.

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    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Data Stewards organize data properties and relationships according to a system of categories. They create models or simulations of the intersection of data categories to enable data decisions and determine potential risk and risk mitigation. They make decisions about the quality and availability of moderately complex data. As a Data Steward it is desirable to have awareness of data governance and how its policies and practices direct a data stewards data-related activities and responsibilities. Duties may include: * Develop an understanding of customer requirements; recommend specific data sources and types to satisfy mission needs. * Manage data projects to address challenges and priorities. * Perform data conditioning techniques and processes for data management purposes. * Synchronize data from numerous sources; develop data taxonomy to support integration into intelligence products. * Implement data standards and ontology; and actively participates in the development of standards through working groups. * Create and maintain metadata to quality specifications, and ensure data documentation is developed and maintained. * Provide oversight during development of data for visualization/analytic projects and develop schemas to ensure the data needs and requirements are documented. * Ensure service interoperability and works to develop taxonomies where there are deficiencies in data standards. * Determine requirements to collect data and identify existing data stores, disparate data, or data collection parameters, and ensures the data collected are consistent with data models to dissolve any data silos. * Research data issues and inquiries and implements process for data transformations, to resolve data issues, collaboration on system changes, and the integrity and quality of data personally created/updated. * Conduct data validation and reconciliation processes following completion of data movement, and enforces processes for data quality issue resolution * Ensure versions of data are maintained along with the history of changes, so that data content and changes can be audited. * Conduct QA/QC checks on structured observation data to reduce inconsistencies * Apply data science principles to query and associate GIS features; points, lines & polygons and related non-spatial data to improve upon spatial/GIS features, attribution and dataset interoperability. * Employ parallel processing and GPUs and/or cloud computing to increase operational efficiencies of GIS data query and use. * Understand data standards & extraction specifications along with comprehension of how analysts currently utilize data and how they might expect to use content in the future. * Interrogate, prepare data to deliver results and/or deploy automated processes using: o Python o R o JavaScript * Employ GIS software for data analysis and data management using: o ArcPro o QGIS * Communicate technically both orally and in writing and to constructively resolve data-related issues by leading and/or working as a member of a team. * Evaluate and utilize data services and applications to institute improvements to data content and structure, metadata, data models, data quality, accessibility and dissemination. * Ensure established metadata policies and processes are adhered to for increased integration, access, efficiency, and discoverability. * Build data schemas and/or data profiles to enable multiple mission use of data. * Apply knowledge of databases, GIS data file formats, commercial imagery data, digital image processing techniques, and GIS software. Additional Application Requirement: You may be asked to complete one or more assessments in addition to the application you submit on this website as part of your application to NGA. These assessments may include but are not limited to: 1) Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to describe your job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, or other characteristics that are aligned with the mandatory and desirable qualifications of this job posting. The information you provide in the application you submit must support the response you provide to this questionnaire. You will receive an email to describe any additional assessments required. Please monitor your emails and complete any required assessments as soon as possible.

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    25% or less - Travel Required 25% or Less

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    1550 Computer Science

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • US Citizenship is required.
    • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
    • Security Investigation

    As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.

    - U.S. Citizenship Required
    - Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information)
    - Polygraph Test Required
    - Position Subject to Drug Testing
    - Two Year Probationary Period
    - Direct Deposit Required

    You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

    Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

    NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.

    This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in our ERecruit application.


    MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online resumes must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:

    1. Demonstrated experience in designing, implementing, monitoring, and/or maintaining databases. 2. Ability to develop data set processes for data discovery, modeling, mining, and/or production. 3. Demonstrated experience in acquiring, validating, integrating, and/or maintaining data within databases. 4. Demonstrated experience in analyzing data, and/or reconciling differences and redundancies to ensure consistency. EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Data Management, Data Engineering, Data Science, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Cartography, Geospatial Sciences, Physical Sciences, 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. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework in any area listed in option A. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics, plus experience that involves management of data within databases, or in a related area that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals 4 years. -OR- C. Experience: A minimum of 4 years of experience that involves management of databases or in a related field that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: Near visual acuity of 20/40 or better with or without corrective lenses; Far visual acuity of 20/60 or better binocular with or without corrective lenses

    DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:

    1. Customer focused with tactful communication skills; written and verbal, and an ability to handle confidential/sensitive 2. Ability to multi-task, collaborate with peers, customers, and management to accomplish a variety of different tasks in a constantly changing environment. 3. Experience with GIS tools in the extraction and attribution, preparation, management and/or analysis of spatial data. 4. Demonstrated understanding of GIS, cartographic principles and the geo-referencing of information. 5. Knowledge of extraction, final product and metadata specifications. 6. Experience with a variety of computing languages and tools e.g., scripting languages.


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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Applicants are not required to submit a cover letter. The entire cover letter cannot exceed the specified limits provided in the Cover Letter field (3,000 characters). Pages exceeding this limit will not be considered. THE COVER LETTER IS RECOMMENDED BUT IS NOT REQUIRED FOR EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION WITH THE NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY.

    APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages: 1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria, 2) Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to determine the best-qualified candidates, 3) Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through an interview process. Military retiree applicants, if selected, may be impacted by the 180-day appointment restrictions of DODI 1402.01. HD personnel will provide additional information if applicable. Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. This description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted. As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards. In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives.) All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation. NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at recruitment@nga.mil. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required


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    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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    Application submission involves applying using NGA's on-line application process. Application Instructions can be found by visiting: http://www.intelligencecareers.gov/NGA

    All announcements close at 11:59PM EDT on the closing date listed. Be sure to complete and submit your application by that time in order to be considered.


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