You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at click here!
Candidates for the GS-15 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience: is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: experience supervising or leading a staff of IT professionals in applications development infrastructure; and technical experience with all the following skill sets:
Skill Set 1 - Job experience in supervising or leading a team of at least four software developers, software technical leads, or software systems analysts, AND
Skill Set 2 – Job experience using SDLC methodologies; e.g. Waterfall and/or Agile/Scrum, AND
Skill Set 3 - Job experience in being responsible for and actively managing budgets for software development project(s) AND
Skill Set 4 - Job experience in either programming in and managing projects that used one or more of the following programming languages: Java, C#, C++ AND
Skill Set 5 - Job experience working with all these technologies:
- Web Frameworks (e.g. Spring MVC, Struts, MyFaces, Restlet, etc.) and/or Web Services (e.g. RESTful or SOAP based Web Services) and
- Web Server and/or EJB Server development e.g. Apache, Tomcat, and /or WebSphere, WebLogic, JBoss and
- Relational Database design and development using e.g. Oracle, MySQL and/or SQL Server Database, and
For all positions individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed in the link below: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs2200/2210-AltA.asp
In addition, applicants must possess proficiency or the potential to develop proficiency in the 10 Competencies Most Important for Supervisory Work prior to entry into a supervisory position as identified in the Office of Personnel Management's Supervisory Qualification Guide found at: http://www.opm.gov/employ/qualifications/sec-iv/a/gs-supv.htm
Education may not be substituted for specialized experience at this grade level.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your resume will be reviewed to determine if you meet the basic eligibility requirements (i.e., are a U.S. citizen or National and meet the "Who May Apply" description) and qualification and other job-related requirements. We will determine your eligibility and qualifications by reviewing: your detailed resume, your responses to job-specific self assessment questions, and your required supporting documentation. The self assessment questions cover the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies:
1. Skill in directing and overseeing complex, technical program areas that involve the planning, design, development, modification, testing, installation, implementation, and support of USPTO's automated information systems.
2. Knowledge of project management techniques in order to successfully achieve customer delivery goals on time.
3. Knowledge of relationships among multiple IT disciplines, including IT security concept standards and methods in order to provide expert advice and guidance on a wide range of and variety of complex application software designs.
4. Knowledge of project-specific processes to assist in reviews and manage workflow.
5. Ability to communicate, explain, or defend complex ideas or information clearly and adapt to the audience's level of knowledge.
Your application will then be evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating procedures evaluate your total qualifying experience, education, and training and assigns them into a single, pre-defined quality category Qualified applicants are assigned to one of three categories following a review of their resume and other supporting documentation. Each category is defined as follows:
Best Qualified - Applicant possesses exceptional experience with a background that demonstrates a superior level of knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies required to perform the duties of the position.
Well Qualified - Applicant possesses good experience with a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies required to perform the duties of the position.
Qualified - Applicant possesses the minimum qualifications with a background that demonstrates a basic level of knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies required to perform the duties of the position.
Veterans’ preference is applied by listing preference eligibles ahead of non-preference eligibles within the same quality category in which they are placed. Qualified preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be placed at the top of the highest quality category (‘Best Qualified’), except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Qualified) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category.
For more information on category rating procedures, please visit http://www.opm.gov/employ/category_rating/cr_factsheet.pdf.
Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the “Required Documents” section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).
Certified applicants who are referred to the Hiring Manager may be asked to come in for interviews which will consist of two parts:
- Behavioral interview assessing supervisory and project management skills. To preview questions please click here.
- Technical Competence may be addressed in a Technical Interview.