You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job 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!
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. Candidates for the GS-13 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes experience with all the following skill sets:
Specialized experience for this position includes experience with all the following skill sets:
- Skill Set 1 - Job experience using SDLC methodologies while developing Java and/or C# applications; e.g. Waterfall and/or Agile/Scrum, AND
- Skill Set 2 - Job experience in programming in one or more of the following programming languages: Java, C#, AND
- Skill Set 3 - Job experience working with all these technologies:
- Web Frameworks (e.g. Spring MVC, Struts, MyFaces, Restlet, etc.) and/or Web Services (e.g. RESTful, SOAP based Web Services, ASP .NET) and
- Web Server and/or EJB Server development e.g. Apache, Tomcat, and /or WebSphere, WebLogic, JBoss, Internet Information Services (IIS) and
- Relational Database design and development using e.g. Oracle, MySQL and/or SQL Server Database, object-relational mapping (ORM) like hibernate.
Education may not be substituted for specialized experience at this grade level.
In addition to meeting specialized experience requirements, you must have IT-related experience demonstrating these competencies:
Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
Customer Service - Works with business partners 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.
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. Written communication is clear, concise and avoids jargon.
Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
Required knowledge, skill and abilities (KSAs) for the position:
1. Knowledge of all aspects of system development/maintenance, including software languages and development tools, workflow tools, applications programming, testing, requirement's management blended with more than one of the following: computer systems analysis, computer systems architecture, operating systems, computer networking, application design techniques and relational database interface design.
2. Knowledge of Servlets, Web services, relational database access, skill in implementing client server applications, multi-tier applications, web-based applications, graphical user interfaces (GUI) to deliver and support computer systems per customer requirement.
3. Ability to apply project management principles, methods, tools and techniques for planning and/or managing the development of and/or support to at least one Automated Information System (AIS) and/or hardware project. This includes knowledge of SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle), budget formulation, and knowledge of the work breakdown structures to plan and assign support to AIS projects.
4. Ability to communicate information, orally and in writing, to users, managers, technical staff, and contract support personnel.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your qualification for the position will be determined based upon a review of your resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions. Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence that you meet the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs), possession of specialized experience, and how your experience relates to the self-assessment questions. The self-assessment questions relate to the KSAs listed above.
Your application will 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 your application. Categories are:
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. 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. For more information:http://www.opm.gov/employ/category_rating/cr_factsheet.pdf.
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 your knowledge, skills and abilities.
- Technical Competence may be addressed in a Technical Interview.*
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