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Job Title:  Information Technology Specialist (Internet)
Agency:  Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number:  13A-CR-298519-DEU-SCEMS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$54,032.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 15, 2013 to Friday, March 08, 2013
Full-Time, Permanent Announcement amended to extend the closing date. - Federal
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals. Note: Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities should apply to Job Announcement #13A-CR-298519-MPA-SCEMS.



This position is located in the publishing department of the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies (SCEMS). The mission of SCEMS is to create transformative learning experiences based on Smithsonian content and expertise, primarily through new technologies. The employee plans, develops, maintains, and evaluates new digital multimedia learning objects and initiatives.  

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."


  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.


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  • Proposes technical methods and solutions in order to create digital interactive learning experiences (such as interactive animation and complex data-driven implementations), based on analyzing learning objectives, users needs and industry-standard tools.
  • Plans and creates, through custom coding, digital multi-media learning experiences (interactives, demonstrations, simulations, and games) based on SCEMS print archive of educational publications as well as new initiatives and educational programs. Uses industry-standard web development tools and programming languages including, but not limited to: HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript, MySQL, ColdFusion, Perl, PHP, AJAX, and JSON.
  • Performs a variety of research, infrastructure design, production, and administrative tasks associated with digital  web projects, to ensure that schedules are maintained and that all content goes through the proper editing, review, and approval processes.
  • Researches and reports on best practices and emerging trends in both digital media and educational outreach, including the use of media by youth of different ages in order to develop successful approaches for reaching them.


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You must meet the following Basic Requirement for this series:

A. Education: Master's degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a 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.


B. Experience: Experience must be IT related; the experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification), as appropriate.

In addition to the Basic Requirement above, you must have the following:


Grade 9 One year of full-time experience at the GS-7 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience includes developing software applications and writing custom code (in a multitude of programming languages) in order to  create digital experiences for youth and/or adult audiences.


Grade 11: One year of full time experience at the GS-9 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. This experience includes planning, developing, evaluating, advising and writing custom code ( in a multitude of programming languages) in order to create digital experiences (such as games, simulations, or interactives) for youth and/or adult audiences.


Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.


Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that addresses the competencies below:


  • Ability to work within a team environment and act as a content expert in technology, to aid in team project advancement in order to create, through custom coding, digital media projects.
  • Knowledge of youth focused technology development practices and the creation of digital media projects that engage learners/users in problem solving, critical thinking, collaborative learning and other 21st century skills.
  • Skill using current web development and design best practices, including digital tools and applications, online analysis techniques and tools, emerging technologies and digital learning.
  • Skill in applying best coding practices (industry-standard web tools and programming languages) such as HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, while using knowledge of protocols, formats and languages such as Perl, AJAX, and JSON.
  • Knowledge  of project management  principles, methods, and techniques.
  • Skill in investigating and accessing information regarding the use of media by youth of different ages for the purpose of assigning topics, synthesizing ideas, and communicating to a lay audience relevant, decision-impacting factors.

Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position. Important Note: The review of your resume will determine your final rating and should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

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The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options. Please see Benefits at for a complete description.



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Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note:
  • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
  • You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; OR You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
  • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
  • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.


Your application package should include the following documents:
  • Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
  • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.
  • Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify. If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
  • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.


Connie Royal
Phone: 202-633-6342
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information:
  • Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at
  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
  • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (

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