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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Director, Applications Development

Agency:Office of the Inspector General, USPS

Job Announcement Number:2012-33-635888-DR

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Monday, April 9, 2012 to Monday, April 23, 2012




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy - Arlington, VA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General's (USPS OIG) mission is to provide reports to Postal Service Executives, the Board of Governors, and Congress to help the Postal Service maximize revenues (over $65 billion a year), minimize costs, and prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.


The USPS OIG is seeking a highly qualified applicant to fill our Director, Applications Development position in the Office of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) located in Arlington, VA. The successful candidate will manage projects and programs, provide a full range of supervision to staff, provide strategic direction to the directorate and manage diverse administrative operations.  Duties consist of planning, prioritizing, and assigning work; collaborating with peers and subordinates to assure effective advisory services; and other wise ensuring continuous progress toward stated goals.


Candidates will be evaluated on the skills that they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position and/or the experience, education and training that indicate the applicant's ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. Only those candidates who meet all qualification and eligibility requirements and who submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, April 23, 2012 will be considered.


The USPS OIG uses a Pay Banding system, which is equivalent to the Federal GS scale. Grade and salary determinations will be made based upon a candidate's education and professional experience.


This position is being advertised at the Director Band level, equivalent to a GS-15. The salary range for this position is $123,758 - $155,500. The salary figures include locality pay. 


Relocation expenses may be paid.  


May be required to successfully complete a 12-month probationary period.


  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must be able to pass a physical examination
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening
  • Must be able to pass a background investigation
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a government-issued credit card
  • May be required to take a writing assessment


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Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the agency's needs at the time of hire. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations.


The employee manages and directs the activities of tstaff engaged in the design, documentation, development, modification, testing, installation, implementation, and support of new or existing application software. 


  • Responsibilities include planning, prioritizing, and assigning work; collaborating with peers and subordinates to assure effective advisory services; and otherwise ensuring continuous progress toward stated goals.
  • Provides innovative and expert leadership to analyzing and refining systems requirements; translating systems requirements into applications prototypes; planning and designing systems architecture; writing, debugging, and maintaining code; determining and designing applications architecture; determining output media/formats; designing user interfaces; working with customers to test applications; assuring software and systems quality and functionality; integrating hardware and software components; writing and maintaining program documentation; evaluating new applications software technologies; and/or ensuring the rigorous application of information security/information assurance policies, principles, and practices to the delivery of application software services.
  • Provides authoritative advisory service and/or develops authoritative policy interpretations in the area of applications software for the CTO
  • Plans, organizes, and conducts research on complex applications software issues that involve major areas of uncertainty in approach, methodology, or interpretation to identify appropriate solutions
  • Represents the Office of the Inspector General in meetings with high-level officials from the United States Postal Service, other agencies, vendors, and members of external organizations.  Responsibilities including presenting results of assessments and studies (which may be complex or controversial), negotiating agreements, and influencing approval and implementation of agency-wide solutions and plans
  • Assures implementation by subordinate staff of the goals and objectives of an agency-wide program.  Determines goals and objectives that need additional emphasis; develops measures that evaluate performance; makes recommendations for program improvement; and manages all resources as agency assets
  • Identifies and resolves, as applicable, unique issues where no policy exists, taking innovative actions to address new needs and/or issues
  • Practices sound position management when assigning work, combining/separating duties, establishing and abolishing positions, and in fulfilling other human resource management duties and responsibilities.


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    In order for your application package to be considered, you must meet all eligibility requirements by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, April 23, 2012:


    You must meet ALL of the Minimum Qualifications listed in the requirements.

    NOTE: Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation here:


    Special Instructions for Candidates with Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in U.S. education programs. You must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. credential evaluation service to interpret equivalency of your education against courses given in U.S. accredited colleges and universities. for further information visit:  


     You must meet ALL of the minimum qualifications listed below.


    • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
    • At least 7 years professional experience
    • Previous supervisory experience managing a staff of 10 or more
    • At least (1) one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-14), which has equipped you with the technical knowledge and competencies to successfully perform the duties of this position






    Your resume MUST reflect that you have experience, knowledge and/or skills in each of the following Evaluation Factors listed below:

    •  Knowledge of information technology life cycle management theories, including Joint Application Development/Rapid Application Development (JAD/RAD) to conceive, plan, and manage applications, and to serve as technical expert in the specialty of applications development
    • Experience with IT governance including developing process and participating in activities and reviews
    • Ability to lead the design and development of ORACLE, Cold Fusion, and SharePoint software applications and electronic data reports in accordance with user requirements
    • Ability to manage large complex development projects as well as manage and direct a staff of technical subordinates
    • Knowledge and experience in all phases of information system application development using a SDLC and application development tools; with demonstrated knowledge and project experience using Cold Fusion, SQL, SharePoint, ORACLE and mobile technologies


    • Advanced academic degree or 10 years of related professional experience


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    Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the USPS OIG. We offer a broad array of benefits programs:


    Health, Dental, Vision, Life and Long Term Care Insurances with Flexible Spending options. Our insurance programs are nationally recognized and offer you choice and flexibility along with a substantial employer contribution to the premiums. And you can pay your share of the premiums as well as your out-of-pocket costs with pre-tax dollars. For more information about these programs visit


    Retirement and Thrift Savings. Retirement benefits are based on years of service and salary history, and with the Thrift Savings Plan, you can self-direct your retirement savings program through multiple investment options. For more information about these programs see and


    Flexible Work Schedules. To help you manage responsibilities outside of your job and enhance your peace of mind while you are at work, USPS OIG offers a range of family friendly flexibilities including flexible work schedules, telework and employee assistance programs.


    Leave and Holidays. Our leave policy provides ample time off to take care of your personal, recreational and health care needs. In addition to 10 paid holidays each year, you will earn 13 days of paid sick leave and 13 to 26 paid vacation days each year depending on your years of service.


    For further information, please refer to our website at:


    Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: EXEMPT (Nonexempt employees are entitled to overtime pay; Exempt employees are not).  


    This agency provides Reasonable Accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodations for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please call 703-248-2210. The decision on granting an accommodation request will be made on a case by case basis.


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    In order to be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, April 23, 2012


      When you are ready to begin the application process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or to login to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to create or upload required and applicable documents, and submit the Occupational Questionnaire.


      You must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of this announcement, Monday, April 23, 2012, which includes the following:


            1. Resume

            2. Occupational Questionnaire

            3. Required Supporting Documents


      NOTE: To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, you must complete this Fax Cover Page using the following Vacancy ID 635888 and fax to 1-478-757-3144.


      If you cannot apply online:

      1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
      2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, and
      3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


      You are strongly urged to read and print the entire vacancy announcement.


      Incomplete applications will not be considered.  




      The Human Resources Office will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required for this position. You will no longer be considered for this position if you: fail to respond to all of the questions in the self-assessment questionnaire; fail to attach all required documentation; or if your application materials indicate that you are not minimally-qualified for this position. Only the top-rated, minimally-qualified candidates will be referred to a review panel for further consideration.  If your application is referred to the review panel, the review panel will compare your self-assessment questionnaire responses to your resume and supporting documentationIt is essential that your resume and supporting documentation provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire.  If your questionnaire responses are not adequately substantiated, the review panel will amend your rating to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated. Top-rated applicants may be required to participate in an interview and/or a writing assessment.  Your rating may be further adjusted by the review panel or the selecting official based on your interview or writing assessment performance.  Once all applicant scores are finalized, the selecting official will make a final decision. 


    NOTE:  You must submit all of the required documents.  Failure to submit all of the required documents will result in an ineligible status for this vacancy.


    You must submit all required documents by 11:59 PM on the closing date of this announcement, Monday, April 23, 2012


    1. RESUME that DOES NOT exceed 5 pages. Your resume or application must reflect equivalent experience, knowledge and skills correlating to the Evaluation Factors listed above. (Required: When completing your online application or uploading your resume, you must categorize it as a "Resume" document)


    2. COMPLETE OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE. Click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire. To View the Occupational Questionnaire, click here: View Occupational Questionnaire. (Required: You must click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the Questionnaire to complete this process) Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete questionnaire you may use the following link:


    3. PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL dated within the last 15 months.  This is required from all applicants including Federal, USPS, OIG, and private sector employees.  If a PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL is not available, you must submit a separate statement with the reason a performance appraisal is not available. (Required:  Upload and save as "Other" document.)  NOTE:  An SF50 IS NOT acceptable as a performance appraisal.


    4. TRANSCRIPTS from an accredited college or university. The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable and should contain the name of the institution, applicant's name, list of completed courses, semester hours, GPA, date and type of Bachelor's Degree issued.  NOTE:  Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.  Attach document verifying that it has been deemed equivalent.  (Required; Attach as "Transcript" document.) 



                  • Certificates or Licenses, if applicable.  Upload and save as "Other: document.
                • Veterans Preference Documentation including the Member 4 copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and/or other proof of veterans preference eligibility including your VA letter, form SF-15 ( and all required documents related to your SF-15 claim. Veterans can request the Member 4 copy of their DD-214 at, and can download a copy of their VA letter from (If applicable to you, you are Required to upload each veterans document and categorize as "DD-214" or "SF-15" or "Other Veterans Document")
    • SF-50 if you are or have been a Federal employee to demonstrate tenure and competitive/excepted service for eligibility purposes. (If applicable to you, you are Required to upload each applicable SF-50 and categorize as a "SF-50" document)
    • Any Other Documentation required in this announcement, as applicable to you and your qualifications or eligibility for this position. 
    • All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
         ·Other (Performance Appraisal within last 15 month, or if unable to provide state reason on a separate sheet of paper and submit)

      Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:


    Vacancy Inquiries
    Phone: (703)248-2210
    TDD: (202)855-1234
    Agency Information:
    Office of Chief Technology Officer
    1735 Nort Lynn Street
    Arlington , VA


    Once the Occupational Questionnaire has been received you will receive an acknowledgement e-mail that your submission was successful. After a review of your application package has been completed, you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the Selecting Official.

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