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Job Title:Systems Development Lead - IT Specialist (SYSANALYSIS/APPSW) - DE

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Patent and Trademark Office

Job Announcement Number:CIO-2014-0045

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 to Thursday, December 19, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a Full-time, Career/Career-Conditional Appointment in the Competitive Service - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Alexandria, VA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from all United States Citizens or Nationals. 

JOB SUMMARY:

Are you looking to harness the power of innovation at the place where innovation begins? Look no further! This is an exciting opportunity for a talented individual to make significant contributions to the Agency and the marketplace via cutting edge technology that defines, enforces and protects the Intellectual Property of the United States around the world.

USPTO is responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. Our efforts have provided inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries. It's an effort that continues to contribute to a strong global economy, to encourage investment in innovation. For more information about USPTO, please visit our website at www.usptocareers.gov. The position is part of the IT organization led by the Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CIO is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Director, USPTO, on the application of IT to support and improve the Agency's business processes. The Office of Application Engineering and Development (OAED) is responsible for the full life cycle management of the USPTO's automated information systems, consistent with the USPTO's strategic IT plans and supporting technical architecture. The Office designs, develops the systems and validates that the business areas' functional and performance requirements are met prior to delivery to operations for production testing and deployment. For this job, the Office of the Chief Information Officer is seeking a skilled, enthusiastic and talented individual to lead work in support of the Patents and Trademarks Next Generation initiative. Positions are located in one or more sub-units of OAED. More than one position may be filled.
This position is also being announced under the USPTO’s Merit Promotion Program, the Job Announcement Number is CIO-2014-0046.  Please review that announcement to determine if you are eligible for consideration under the Merit Promotion Program.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.

DUTIES:

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Duties for this position include:
- Serving as a technical expert for the assigned IT software and/or hardware related to IT Technology for USPTO business units
- Integrating complex information from multiple sources in order to provide the most complete, pertinent and efficient responses to queries
- Analyzing software and/or hardware problems and provides solutions
- Solving a wide range of operational and support problems to meet customer requirements
- Drawing upon multiple IT specialties in order to accomplish complex job-related tasks
- Defining project/task requirements through appropriate planning, implementation, reporting on and evaluating projects and tasks
- Participating in complicated special projects
- Advising managers, customers and staff on software and/or hardware needs, on new technology, and recommends modifications to current software and/or hardware.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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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To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. Alternative Work Schedule (AWS) and Telework Program are available to eligible employees.
Please visit USPTO New Employee Information for additional information.
Visit Working for the Federal Governement to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Applicants applying for this position must be a United States Citizen or National.   

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System.  If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

This is a Bargaining Unit position

This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of “moderate”. 

Except as prohibited by law, all applicants tentatively selected for positions needing a Top Secret Clearance will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and, if appointed, the incumbent will be subjected to random drug testing procedures.

Background Investigation - If selected for this position, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306), which includes a fingerprint and credit check, to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

The USPTO participates in E-Verify.  For more information on E-Verify, please visit http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1185221678150.shtm

Probationary Period- If selected, you may be required to complete an initial one-year probationary period.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.

Relocation Expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.
Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transaction Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) will be eligible if they are assigned to the “well qualified” quality category under the category rating procedures.  Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website 
CTAP/ICTAP documentation requirements are listed in the ‘Required Documents’ section of this announcement.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

All application materials become the property of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


HOW TO APPLY:

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You MUST apply online. If you experience difficulties with the application process or do not have access to a computer, please contact the HR Specialist listed as the point of contact before the closing date of this job announcement.
If you are a new user to the USAJobs Site and have never registered for an account; you will first need to create an account profile with your basic contact information and a resume to begin applying. You must be a registered USAJobs user AND you must be signed-in to your account in order to apply for this position.
For help setting up an account or for general help using USAJobs, go to USAJobs Help Page. Once you have gathered all of the required information and are ready to begin the application process, click the "APPLY ONLINE" button at the right side of the page. You will then be directed away from USAJobs to the Department of Commerce application site for USPTO.
NEED HELP?
If you experience any difficulties with the application site, help is available! If you have problems completing your on-line application, contact the Monster Hiring Management Help Desk at 1-866-656-6831 or by e-mail at MGSHELP@monster.com. The help desk is available Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You may call and leave a voice mail message at all other times. All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJobs "Saved Documents" feature.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

A complete application consists of:
 
1.  A resume or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications; optional cover letter:  Your resume should indicate your citizenship and should list your educational and work experience including job titles, salary, employment dates, duties and accomplishments, experience and how it relates to the KSAs in the job announcement.  Please Note:  Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the information in your resume may result in adjustments to your rating.  Any experience claimed in a cover letter should be substantiated by information contained in your resume. 
 
Supporting Documentation:
 
 PLEASE NOTE:  Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility and qualification requirements for this position may be contacted within 7 business days of the closing date of this announcement to submit follow-up supporting documentation if applicable.  Applicants claiming veterans’ preference entitlement or CTAP/ICTAP eligibility who fail to submit supplemental documentation within 5 business days of receiving the request will not lose consideration for this position, however they will not be entitled to special or priority consideration.  Supporting documents that may be requested of applicants after the closing date of this announcement are:  
 
1.  Veterans’ Preference Documentation:  If you are a veteran with preference eligibility, you will be asked to submit a Member 4 copy of your DD-214.  If you are a preference eligible claiming a service connected disability of 10 percent or more, you will be asked to submit documentation (i.e. a letter dated 1991 or later from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces) certifying to the veteran’s present receipt of compensation.  Veterans must include dates of military service within the automated application process, and submit Member 4 copy of each Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214.  For more information, please visit http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/
 2.  Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) documentation:  Applicants will be asked to submit:
(1) A copy of your specific RIF notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status;
(2) A copy of your latest SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
(3) A copy of your last performance appraisal; and
(4) Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
 You can choose ONE of the following methods to submit Supporting Documents:
 
1) You can upload your documents when you register or update your information on the Department of Commerce application site which you access through the USAJobs site.

 OR

2) You can fax your documents to 571-258-4052 using the system generated fax cover sheet.
 
Your application and all required documentation must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of this job announcement


NOTE: The preceding documentation requirements are based on job requirements and individual applicant eligibility.  Not all documents are applicable to all applicants--if you are unsure which documents apply to you, contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement.
 
Review your resume and responses carefully.  Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your rating.  A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the hiring official.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Anthony G. Henderson
Phone: 571-272-6160
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: Anthony.Henderson@uspto.gov
Agency Information:
PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
550 Elizabeth Lane
Elizabeth Townhouse
Alexandria, VA
22314
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will receive a notice generated by the USAJobs System when you have successfully submitted your application.  After all application packages have been received, we will review your application and transcript(s) (if you are qualifying based on education) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and you may be contacted for follow-up supplemental documentation.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide any supplemental documents or information requested by the Office of Human Resources within the allocated timeframes.  Failure to submit requested documents or information within 5 business days of receiving the request may result in your application not receiving further consideration.
 
You can check the status of your application by logging into http://www.usajobs.gov.  You may also sign up to receive automatic emails anytime the status of your application has changed by logging into your USAJobs Account, editing your profile and changing the ‘Notification Settings’ to indicate that you want to be notified by email when the status changes.  Information regarding the status of your application should be updated in the system within 2 weeks after the closing date of this job announcement.

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Job Announcement Number:

CIO-2014-0045

Control Number:

356672800