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    Summary

    Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his or her expertise as a IT Specialist (APPSW/DATAMGT), GS-2210-9/11 (MPP). Make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

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    Responsibilities

    • Application development to include coding, testing and implementation of custom applications.
    • Application development to include designing new custom applications.
    • Responsible for database administration including implementation of new and existing databases.
    • Responsible for database administration including database design and modeling of new and existing databases.
    • Develops documentation including Standard Operating Procedures, Work Instructions, Functional Specifications, Technical Specifications, Integration Test Plans, Release Plans, and User Guides.
    • Ensuring database availability, data integrity, and data sensitivity.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    You must be a U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National.
    You must be suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
    You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (See Required Documents).
    You must meet specialized experience requirements (See Qualifications).
    You must submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements (See Qualifications).
    You must submit eligibility documents for veterans consideration (See Required Documents).
    You may be required to serve an initial probationary period.

    Who May Apply:

    • 30% or More Disabled Veterans
    • Bureau of Reclamation Employees (Competitive)
    • Bureau of Reclamation Employees (Non-Competitive)
    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
    • Department of the Interior Employees (Competitive)
    • Department of the Interior Employees (Non-Competitive)
    • Federal Employees (Competitive Transfer)
    • Federal Employees (Non-Competitive Transfer)
    • Former Federal Employees (Competitive Reinstatement)
    • Former Federal Employees (Non-Competitive Reinstatement)
    • Individuals with Disabilities (Schedule A)
    • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)
    • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA)
    • Military Spouses
    • Miscellaneous Appointing Authorities
    • Pathways Program - Conversion Eligible
    • Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers
    • Public Lands Corps (PLC) Hiring Authority
    • Special Hiring Authorities
    • Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)
    • Veterans Recruitment Authority (VRA)


    Time-In-Grade: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower-grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b). Applicants eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) are not required to meet time-in-grade restrictions in order to be considered.

    You must meet all Eligibility and Qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective placement factors if applicable, by 05/21/2021.

    Qualifications

    Applicants may meet qualification requirements specified in the section titled Specialized Experience or the requirements specified in the section titled Education. In order to be rated as qualified for this position, the HR Office must be able to determine that you meet the education or specialized experience requirement - this information must be clearly supported in your resume.

    BASIC REQUIREMENT: To be eligible for the position, you must meet the Basic Requirement for the position of IT Specialist. Individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.
    • Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
    • 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 cybersecurity products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
    • 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.
    • Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To qualify for the position (in addition to meeting the Basic Requirement), your resume must clearly describe specialized experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to be filled as follows:

    GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience is defined as one year of experience performing two or more of the following:
    • Experience with development, testing and implementation of new or modified custom software applications.
    • Experience creating relational database objects including tables, constraints, procedures and functions;
    • Experience with the development of web pages with the use of HTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and JavaScript;
    • Performing duties in support of coding, testing, debugging and documenting applications software in a Linux server environment.
    GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience is defined as one year of experience performing four or more of the following:
    • Experience with design, development, testing and implementation of new or modified custom software applications and interfaces using Oracle Forms, Oracle BI Publisher or Shell Scripting developing applications using Java;
    • Experience creating relational database objects including tables, constraints, procedures and functions;
    • Experience with database modeling; experience managing and administering a database system or assisting in the management or upgrade of a relational database system (e.g. Oracle or SQL Server);
    • Experience in resolving routine problems and documenting technical procedures for relational database system management;
    • Experience with the development of web pages with the use of HTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and JavaScript; experience resolving web site vulnerabilities including SQL injection, cross-site scripting or URL redirects;
    • Performing duties in support of coding, testing, debugging and documenting applications software in a Linux server environment.
    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.

    Education

    This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. You must submit a copy of college transcript(s) (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support claimed education if substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. A typed list of courses, grades, semester/quarter hours, GPA, etc. will not be accepted. Non-submission may result in being rated not-qualified for the position.

    All academic degrees and coursework must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions. Undergraduate or Graduate Degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.

    GS-9: 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.

    GS-11: 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.

    Accreditation: Only education from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education is acceptable to meet education requirements or to substitute for experience, if applicable. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management at https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/ and U.S. Department of Education websites at https://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html websites.

    Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. For further information visit: https://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    At the present time, we have one vacancy; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional, equivalent positions at this duty location.

    Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and you may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

    If otherwise eligible and qualified, you may request consideration for a Superior Qualifications Appointment: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/pay-administration/fact-sheets/superior-qualifications-and-special-needs-pay-setting-authority/

    Related non-Federal experience or related experience as retired members of the uniformed services may be credited towards computing entitlement to leave accrual, at managerial discretion, providing that experience meets certain criteria. This provision allows new employees to earn annual leave at a higher rate than would otherwise be allowed. (5 Code of Federal Regulations, 630). For additional information, please visit: Creditable Service for Annual Leave

    DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including applicant rights and responsibilities, please visit https://www.e-verify.gov/

    Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify registration with the Selective Service System or that the applicant is exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Go to: https://www.sss.gov

    Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire

    If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents), the responses you provide on the application questionnaire, and the result of the online assessments required for this position. You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):

    • Accountability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Customer Service
    • Decision Making
    • Flexibility
    • Influencing/Negotiating
    • Integrity/Honesty
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Learning
    • Reading
    • Reasoning
    • Self-Management
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Teamwork
    You will be further evaluated on the following technical competencies through your resume and responses to the online questions.
    • Computer Languages
    • Software Development
    • Database Administration
    • Database Management Systems
    • Technical Documentation
    • Attention to Detail
    The technical assessment portion of the application can be previewed here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11107309

    In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job.

    The assessment includes a cut score based on the minimum level of required proficiency in these critical general competencies. You must meet or exceed the cut score to be considered. You will not be considered for the position if you score below the cut score or fail to complete the assessment. Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration. Cheating on the online assessment may also result in your removal from consideration.

    Due Weight Consideration: You must submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process. If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.

    Applicants who apply under this job opportunity announcement agree to have their application, associated documents and applicable personal information shared with other Bureaus/Offices within the Department of the Interior (DOI) who have vacancies with the same occupational series, grade, full performance level and in the same geographic location(s). Applying to this announcement does not replace the need to apply to other job opportunity announcements for which you wish to receive consideration. You may choose to opt in of having your information shared with other agencies when applying for this position. If an agency requests a copy of a certificate you are on, you will be notified.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

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    Required Documents

    Applicants are required to submit a resume, an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate.

    Resume: Must demonstrate how skills and experiences meet the qualifications and requirements listed in the job announcement to be considered for the job. Each job experience should at least include start and end dates (month and year) and number of hours worked per week. For more information: Resumes - What to Include

    SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action: Status applicants (transfer, reassignment, reinstatement, promotion, etc.) MUST submit a copy of their SF-50, verifying highest rate of pay and documenting career or career-conditional status in the competitive service (Tenure 1 or 2) for which the applicant is claiming eligibility. Do not submit award SF-50s. FAILURE TO SUBMIT AN SF-50 VERIFYING STATUS WILL RESULT IN THE APPLICANT NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION.

    Special Non-Competitive Appointing Authorities: Schedule A, Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers. Applicants claiming eligibility based on a Special Hiring Authority must submit applicable proof of eligibility. For more information: Special Non-Competitive Hiring Authorities, Schedule A (Individuals with Disabilities), Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers

    Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) Eligibles: Current or former land management agency appointees must provide documentation to verify eligibility as follows:
    a) A copy of the applicant's SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that reflects having initially been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited (temporary/term) appointment;
    b) A copy of SF-50(s), Notification of Personnel Action(s), that reflect having served under one (1) or more time-limited (temporary/term) appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of two (2) or more years; and
    (c) A copy of the applicant's Performance Appraisal Plan and/or Supervisor Memorandum that reflects having performed at an acceptable level during each period of service. For more information visit: Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act

    DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty (VEOA, VRA, 30% or more Disabled, or Disabled Veterans Enrolled in a VA Training Program): Applicants who are entitled to veterans' preference must submit a copy of his/her DD-214 (Member 4 Copy preferred, including character of service), or an official statement of service from his/her command if he/she is currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves the applicants military service was performed under honorable conditions. If the applicant has a compensable service-connected disability, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the required documentation requested by this form, in addition to the DD-214. For more information visit: Feds Hire Vets - Vet Guide

    CTAP/ICTAP: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements) and score at least 85.0 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For more information visit: Career Transition

    Public Land Corps (PLC) Eligibles: An individual's eligibility for this non-competitive hiring status extends until 120 days after the completion of the individual's last PLC project. For consideration under this hiring status, applicants must have served a minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service on appropriate conservation projects and at least 120 hours served on a project utilizing the PLC legal authority. Applicants must submit documentation of this work by submitting their PLC Certificate of Noncompetitive Hiring Status Eligibility signed by the Line Officer. For more information visit: Public Land Corps

    Transcripts: Applicants MUST furnish a copy of college transcripts, if applicable. If selected, the applicant will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

    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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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    https://www.opm.gov/insure/fastfacts/quickguide.pdf

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin an application. To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online application, to include the initial online assessment and submission of the required documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration. The application process is as follows:

    1. To begin the application process, click the Apply Online button.
    2. Answer the questions presented in the application and attach all necessary supporting documentation.
    3. Click the Submit Application button prior to 11:59PM (ET) on the announcement closing date.
    4. After submitting an online application, you will be notified whether or not you are required to take additional online assessments through the USA Hire Competency Based Assessment system. This message will be delivered to you via email notification. The email may be routed to your "Spam" or "Junk" folder.
    5. If you are asked to take the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be presented with a unique URL to access the USA Hire system. Access to USA Hire is granted through your USAJOBS login credentials. Be sure to review all instructions prior to beginning your USA Hire Assessments. Click here for Computer System Requirements
    6. Note, set aside at least 3 hours to take these assessments; however, most applicants complete the assessments in less time. If you need to stop the assessments and continue at a later time, you can re-use the URL sent to you via email and also found on the Additional Application Information page that can be located in the application record in your USAJOBS account.

    To update your application, including supporting documentation, at any time during the announcement open period, return to your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login). There you will find a record of your application, the application status, and an option to Update Application. This option will no longer be available once the announcement has closed.

    To verify the status of your application both during and after the announcement open period, log into your USAJOBS account: https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login. All of your applications will appear on the Welcome page. The application record in your USAJOBS account provides an Additional Application Information page that provides information regarding the documentation you submitted and any correspondence we have sent related to this application, including the invitation to take the USA Hire assessment. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated.

    For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/howto/application/status/.

    Agency contact information

    USBR DO-WO Human Resources Office

    Phone

    303-445-2684

    Fax

    303-445-6349

    Email

    codo@usbr.gov

    Address

    Information Resources Office
    Bureau of Reclamation
    Denver Federal Center
    P.O. BOX 25007
    Denver, CO 80225-0007
    US
    Learn more about this agency

    Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States.

    Visit our careers page

    Learn more about what it's like to work at Bureau of Reclamation, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    https://www.usbr.gov/

    Next steps

    Based on your application and your responses to the application questionnaire, you may be presented with instructions on how to access the USA Hire system to complete the online assessments. The online assessments must be completed within 48 hours following the close of this announcement. You will have the opportunity to request a testing accommodation for the assessment should you have a disability covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Your assessment results will be kept on record for one year and used toward future positions for which you might apply that require the same assessments. To be considered for the position, you must meet all qualifications, including meeting or exceeding the cut score on the required assessments.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/600887400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.