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Job Title:Information Technology Specialist (Systems Analysis/Applications Software)

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Western Area Power Administration

Job Announcement Number:WAPA-13-DE-263

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$61,612.00 to $96,001.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 to Saturday, May 18, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Lakewood, CO, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All U.S. Citizens

This position is also advertised to status candidates as a Merit Promotion announcement, vacancy # WAPA-13-MP-263.

 

JOB SUMMARY:

Western Area Power Administration - Serving the West with Federal Hydropower. We offer career opportunities in a fast-paced, dynamic electric utility industry. We market federally produced hydropower from more than 50 powerplants across the central and western United States and operate and maintain over 17,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines. The Western Area Power Administration is one of four power marketing administrations within the Department of Energy .

(See Frequently Asked Questions for more information).

Where would I be working?

Western Area Power Administration, Corporate Services Office, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Management (A2200).

12155 West Alameda Parkway

Lakewood, CO 80228

Find out more about living conditions at this duty station.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a United States Citizen
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized
  • Relocation expenses may be paid according to budget
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements

DUTIES:

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Works independently and primarily as a programmer developer on Western project teams to support existing and new applications. Supports multiple programming projects and provides support to project manager while maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction. 

Works as a business analyst with Western users to identify and prioritize new features, verify the need for automated solutions, and define system requirements. Analyzes requirements to determine the feasibility of using existing applications, the equipment and system software impacts, the cost benefits of automating, and alternate methods for accomplishing the requirement. Prepares system design documents based on these requirements. 

Performs Application Lifecycle Management duties to support applications. Follows Western’s standards for Application Lifecycle Management. Fosters a spirit of teamwork in pursuing solutions to meet organizational goals and project plans.

Supports the Power Repayment Studies (PRS) system. Modifies and develops applications as needed for Rate Managers and Public Utility Specialists. Develops software to process complex mathematical financial transactions.

Works with Database Administrators and System Administrators to develop and deploy applications. Follows Western standards and procedures for change and configuration management.

Follows Western Cyber Security policies and procedures to provide secure applications and protect Western assets. Identifies and mitigates cyber security risks for both internal and external applications.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must meet all the qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement. You may review the qualification requirements here.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.To qualify for the GS-12 level, you must have Microsoft Visual Studio (C#) and Oracle specific IT-related education and/or IT related experience upon entry. This experience must be equivalent to at least the GS-11 level to qualify at the GS-12 level or at the GS-9 level to qualify at the GS-11 level. Your resume must identify this Specialized experience for this position which is defined as:

GS-11: Experience developing web applications in a Visual Studio environment, writing in C#, debugging and supporting applications and applying application lifecycle management principals. Experience with Oracle and SqlServer databases, SqlServer Management Studio and SQL queries. 

GS-12: Experience as a technical expert in application software development.  Experience developing windows and web applications in a Visual Studio environment, writing in C#, debugging and supporting applications and applying application lifecycle management principals. Experience with Oracle and SqlServer databases, SqlServer Management Studio and SQL queries as well as LINQ and Entity Framework in an Oracle environment. Experience developing financial applications and conducting business analysis for applications that manage overlapping loan repayment schedules. 

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You are NOT required to provide a separate narrative written response. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below.

  1. Knowledge of Software Development principles and methods sufficient to participate in the design, development, testing, and implementation of new or modified applications.
  2. Ability to develop windows and web applications in a Visual Studio environment, writing in C#, debugging and supporting applications.
  3. Skills in developing financial applications that include complex mathematical calculations.
  4. Knowledge of complex databases including Oracle and SqlServer.

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Are you using education to qualify?

You must provide documentation supporting your education claims. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education, see the Department of Education website

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be rated by our application system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (if applicable to the job), and training described in your online résumé/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified" and "Qualified". Within each category, veteran preference eligibles will be listed at the top of the category. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and above.

If your résumé is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.

Selecting Official may check references on those applicants referred for consideration.


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BENEFITS:

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The Department of Energy offers comprehensive and competitive benefits.  You may be eligible for some or all of the following:

  • Health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care insurance
  • Retirement program
  • Paid holiday, sick, and vacation time
  • Flexible work schedules and telework
  • Training and education opportunities
  • Transit benefit
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent)
  • Health and wellness programs

For more information on these benefits, see the USAJOBS Resource Center's Interactive Benefits Page.



OTHER INFORMATION:

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

Some positions may require completion of a probationary period.

If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process.

If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment.

More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.

If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.

Males must abide by Selective Service registration regulations. To learn more about this requirement, visit the Selective Service website's Who Must Register page.

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position may require overnight travel of 1-2 days per month. 

 

If selection is made at a lower grade, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

The selectee for this position may be eligible to receive a recruitment or relocation incentive of up to 25% of the base salary. You will need to sign an employment agreement to be eligible for this incentive.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete online application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish the application. Our application system displays a deadline timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.

Steps to submit a complete application:

  1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
  2. You must have a completed résumé. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded résumés and require that you have a completed résumé within your USAJOBS profile using the Résumé Builder (click the link for more information).
  3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the Apply Now button.
  4. You must respond to all application assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  5. You will then be asked to upload supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to): transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and other supporting documents.
  6. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process--YOU ARE NOT DONE YET! You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received.

Your USAJOBS status page may show a complete application even if you have not fully completed the final step of the application process.

If your résumé does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

NEED HELP?

If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Résumé Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail USAJOBS3.0@opm.gov.

If you cannot apply online because of a disability, please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.

If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

ALL APPLICANTS: Résumé supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.

  • Applicants using education to qualify (if applicable): Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and grade. Education may not be applicable for some jobs at higher-grade levels. Please see the Education section for more information.
  • Current/former Federal employees: Most recent Standard Form 50 (SF). To verify eligibility, your SF-50 must list series, grade, and position type occupied.
  • Displaced Federal employees: ICTAP/CTAP documentation.
  • Veterans: Disabled Veterans, VRA (GS-11 or below), or VEOA eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, SF-15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veteran eligibility program.
  • Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Erika Brau
Phone: 720-962-7109
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 877-269-9877
Email: brau@wapa.gov
Agency Information:
Western Area Power Administration
12155 West Alameda Parkway
Lakewood, CO
80228
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in USAJOBS. You can review your status in USAJOBS at any time. You may also elect to receive status updates via e-mail by changing the notification settings in your USAJOBS profile. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.


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Job Announcement Number:

WAPA-13-DE-263

Control Number:

342637900