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Job Title:Information Technology Specialist (Database Administrator)

Agency:District of Columbia Courts

Job Announcement Number:IT-2013-0003

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

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$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, January 16, 2013 to Tuesday, April 16, 2013




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map


United States Citizens or individuals lawfully admitted for permanent residency or authorized by Immigration and Naturalization Service to work in the U.S.


The District of Columbia Courts consists of the Court of Appeals, the Superior Court, and the Court System. DC Courts constitutes the Judicial Branch of the District of Columbia Government, and is separate and distinct from the Executive and Legislative Branches.

The Information Technology Division is responsible for the planning, development and management of the information technology systems and subsystems that support DC Courts case flow, office automation, special programs and management operations.  

The Information Technology Specialist (Database Administrator)serves as the specialist in Database technology, and plays a key role in using this technology to modernize and improve Courts’ applications.


  • A background and/or security investigation is required.
  • Probationary period of one (1) year.


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BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:  The incumbent is responsible for administration of enterprise-class business applications’ databases that DC Courts requires to run its day-to-day operations. The incumbent will administer databases in support of third party COTS and in-house custom built applications to include installation, configuration, upgrades, maintenance, enhancements, tuning for optimal performance, security procedures, issue troubleshooting, and occasional coding. This includes a high number of various case management related business systems, support applications, and court-wide resource products.  The incumbent will acquire advanced knowledge in various databases that IT supports and will serve as a technical resource and SME (Subject Matter Expert) responsible for working with vendors on the functionality of the applications. The incumbent will also participate in new database technology evaluations and be part of a team that implements new tools and applications.


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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  A bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or related field plus at least five years of experience administering enterprise-class business database systems and web-enabled applications in Microsoft Windows environment; as well as knowledge of concepts in enterprise-class software development. Prior hands-on assignments with administering databases for one or more enterprise applications in the areas of case processing, document workflow, finance and procurement, human resources, and reporting is mandatory. Candidates with advanced backgrounds in administering Oracle and SQL Server databases, applications servers, and other products are highly encouraged to apply.  Documentation of education (copy of diploma, certificates, or college transcript or degree) must be submitted with your application or your application will not be considered. Equivalent levels of education or experience may be substituted. Please upload a copy of your most recent performance evaluation with your application (if available).

To qualify based on education, upload copy of transcript or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. 

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can provide proof that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

To qualify for this position, the following must be submitted:  

  1. Résumé
  2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
  3. Documentation /Proof of Education (copy of HS diploma, G.E.D. certificate, or college transcript or degree)

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the vacancy questionnaire. Click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.    

All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement.  

For more information about vacancies, visit us on the web at or call 202-879-0496. 


Your resume and supporting documentation will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements.  If minimum qualifications are met, each applicant's experience, education and training will be rated using a Vacancy Questionnaire.  The following knowledge, skills, and abilities are needed to perform the duties of this job:

  1. Knowledge of and experience in installing, configuring, developing, testing and maintaining Development/Test/Production database environments and applications servers.
  2. Knowledge of and experience analyzing system monitoring and performance monitoring data to enable performance tuning and preventative maintenance.
  3. Knowledge of and experience utilizing programming technologies and writing SQL scripts.
  4. Background developing using common procedural and declarative programming languages, and utilizing modern software frameworks.
  5. Knowledge of software analysis, design, and development principles and methods.
  6. Knowledge of and experience with current Oracle and SQL Server Database technologies, Microsoft Windows server architecture,  web and application servers, application and internet security principles and protocols.
  7. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential in order to interact with vendors and staff to help define strategy, content, and features for applications.

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The District of Columbia Courts is an independent agency of the District of Columbia Government and is not under the authority of the City Mayor or the D. C. Council. DC Courts’ appropriation comes directly from Congress. All DC Courts non-judicial employees receive federal benefits for the following programs:  Life Insurance, Retirement Benefits, Health Insurance and Workers Compensation.   

Please click on the following for more information about these benefits: 

The DC Courts leave policy is as follows: 

Annual Leave is used for vacations, rest and relaxation, and personal business or emergencies. New full-time employees earn 4 hours of annual leave each 2 week pay period. After 3 years of service this increases to 6 hours every 2 weeks, and at 15 years it increases to 8 hours every 2 weeks. Most military service counts toward the time required to go into the next higher annual leave category. Employees can carry over no more than 240 hours of annual leave into the next leave year.   

Sick Leave is used for personal medical needs, care of a family member, or adoption related purposes. Full-time employees earn 4 hours of sick leave every 2 weeks. This leave can be accrued without limit.   

The DC Courts are closed on all federal holidays and two additional days: DC Emancipation Day, April 16th and Employee Appreciation Day (Friday after Thanksgiving Day). Employee Appreciation Day is approved by our Executive Officer on a year by year basis.   

In addition to the federal plans, the DC Courts offers employees supplemental vision and dental plans as well as commuter transit benefit subsidy, for a maximum of $120 a month. There are 26 pay periods in the year.  

Please note there is a mandatory one year probationary period for all non-judicial new employees.


This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.
All required information must be received by the closing date.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the Vacancy Questionnaire. Please to click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


  1. Résumé
  2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
  3. Documentation /Proof of Education (copy of HS diploma, G.E.D. certificate, or college transcript or degree)


Nancy Matos
Phone: 202-879-0496
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
District of Columbia Courts
Moultrie Building
500 Indiana Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your completed application is received, your qualifications will be evaluated to determine your rating. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. It is expected that a selection will be made within 60 days of the closing date of this announcement. All applicants will be notified of the outcome.

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