All applicants applying for the GS-05 grade level or above must meet one of the following basic requirements:
A. You have (or within 9 months will have) a bachelors or higher degree with a major in: computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management, OR you have a bachelors or higher 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; OR
B. You have IT-related experience reviewing routine IT data; editing and disseminating written reports; providing standard IT products and services to customers; demonstrating attention to detail when performing work; working with clients and customers to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; orally expressing information to individuals or groups effectively; listening to others and responding appropriately; and identifying and evaluating problems and making recommendations to solve them.
Applicants applying for the GS-07 grade level must meet one of the following requirements (in addition to the basic requirements for all applicants described above):
A. You have (or within 9 months will have) a bachelor's degree in one of the majors listed above and superior academic achievement. Superior academic achievement is generally defined by an earned grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0. For information on additional ways to meet the superior academic achievement provision, see http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e5.asp#e4f OR
B. You have (or within 9 months will have) completed at least one year of graduate education in one of the majors listed above; OR
C. You have at least one year of specialized experience developing and testing software programs or portions of more complex systems using Java, C#, Power Builder and SAS. For further details, see http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/jobs/spec_app.html. You must also have experience editing written reports, providing standard products and services, solving routine problems and gathering and communicating basic ideas clearly.
Applicants applying for the GS-09 grade level must meet one of the following requirements (in addition to the basic requirements for all applicants described above):
A. You have (or within 9 months will have) a masters degree or equivalent graduate degree, or completed two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a masters degree or equivalent graduate degree, in one of the majors listed above; OR
B. You have at least one year of specialized experience writing software in a production environment that requires a good working knowledge of the syntax, capabilities and limitations of the programming language and operating system. For further details, see http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/jobs/spec_app.html. You must also have experience drafting and editing written reports, assessing customer needs and identifying products to meet them, explaining moderately complex information clearly, and resolving non-routine issues.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show proof that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made to verify that minimum qualification requirements are met. After this review is complete, you will receive a notice indicating your eligibility for the grade level(s) to which you applied. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics): customer service; problem solving; oral communication; attention to detail; operating systems used for application development; writing, testing, debugging and documenting application software; configuration management; and independent software testing.
Once the hiring agency submits a request to fill a position, you will be placed in one of three pre-defined quality categories. The three categories are:
- Gold - Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of possession of all evaluation criteria.
- Silver - Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of possession of the evaluation criteria.
- Bronze - Applicants possessing the specialized experience described above.
If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documents, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.