Applicants can qualify by meeting the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements and/or the EDUCATION requirements specified below.
One year of specialized experience at the GS-05 level. This is defined as experience in the performance of tasks such as:
Translating detailed logical steps developed by others into a programming language where this requires understanding of procedures and limitations appropriate to use of a programming language.
Interviewing subject-matter personnel to get facts regarding work processes, and gathering the resulting data into charts showing information flow.
Troubleshooting and responding to programming error messages.
Preparing documentation to describe programming logical and/or system development.
Such skills are typically gained in the computer field or through performance of work where the primary concern is the subject matter of computer applications, and computer-related efforts required to facilitate the basic duties.
In addition, specialized experience may include the following: Ability to learn new programming languages and methodology.
Ability to grasp software development fundamentals including following a basic SDLC (System Development Life Cycle).
Skill at debugging software and identifying syntax, coding, and design errors.
Working productively with others in a team environment.
Ability to accomplish assignments accurately and adequately as defined by a supervisor or by standard operating procedures.
Ability to recognize when deviations from standard procedure are necessary and to recommend appropriate changes.
In addition, all applicants qualifying based on experience must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. Applicants must demonstrate possession of these competencies within the body of the resume; no separate statements addressing them are required.
- Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
- Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
- Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
- Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
Civil service regulations require that applicants have occupied a position at the GS-05 level or higher for at least one year.
One full year of graduate level education from an accredited college or university. This course work must be in Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Information Systems or a discipline directly related to these positions.
The superior academic achievement provision may also be used to qualify at GS-07 level. You may obtain more information by logging onto http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e5.htm#e4f, or you may obtain this information in the Bureau of Human Resources.
Note: A combination of experience and education (as described above) maybe used to meet the qualification requirements.
This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Category rating procedures will be used to rank eligible candidates. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire, and is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Thus, your application should contain information about specific work performed that relates to this position. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
Qualified candidates will be assigned to the following categories: Best Qualified, Qualified, and Minimally Qualified. Within each category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive priority selection over non-veterans.