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Job Title:IT Specialist (APPSW)

Agency:Smithsonian Institution

Job Announcement Number:14-05

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,702.00 to $137,410.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, December 12, 2013 to Friday, December 27, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

IS-2210-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Trust Fund Indefinite. This is not a federal position

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Cambridge, MA View Map
Cambridge, MA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified individuals

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Sensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

The position involves conception, design, development and maintenance of software systems and databases for the solution of highly technical scientific problems.  The work also involves the development of application software and programs, as well as participation in long-range planning.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer required for salary payment
  • One year probationary period
  • Pre and post background investigation

DUTIES:

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Duties may include, but are not limited to: providing technical mastery and leadership on a wide variety and range of complex IT issues, including leading the planning, development, testing and implementation of a coordinated suite of software covering the full range of CXC DS responsibilities, applying technical mastery of software technologies to the CXCDS product decision process and applying overall  direction for CXCDS subsystems and projects; leading a team of IT Specialists in the development of deliverables and verified products for the CXC, including allocating staff, technical and equipment resources and scheduling tasks; formulating and keeping a current strategic plan that anticipates future CXCDS requirements by interfacing with CXCDS staff to obtain information regarding user and system needs, planning and developing methods of obtaining and tracking end-user feedback and the scientific hardware requirements and the systems involved to define the requirements; representing the CXC as the authoritative technical expert in interactions with other organizations concerning software products, services and standards; providing technical mastery and IT support for special projects upon request, including troubleshooting and system development.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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For all positions individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. 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.
 
In addition to the basic requirements listed above applicants must possess a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 13 in the normal line of progression for this occupation which should demonstrate mastery of the interrelationships of multiple IT specialties, including software systems and  responsible for control, data reduction data analysis, automated processing, archival  of data, and system architecture in support of the Chandra X-ray Observatory mission; mastery of the architecture of the Data System software system and the application program interfaces (API) between the subsystems sufficient to extend, enhance, or optimize the existing architecture ; mastery of techniques and procedures for the planning and design of scientific software systems, using object -oriented design, and applying skill in accounting for the supportability, survivability, reliability, scalability and maintainability of the software; technical mastery of the physical systems for which software products are being developed to be able to define technical requirements and develop software requirements; advanced knowledge of computer languages, operating systems, and COTS, such as C++, C, Python and other scripting languages, Unix, MacOS, Linux, ClearCase and debugging tools; technical mastery of hardware/software interfaces and protocols, as well as experience with databases, image handling, and graphics display systems; skill in supervising, including planning, organizing, prioritizing, assigning and reviewing work, and motivating staff; skill to assess whether emerging technologies may be suitable as either complementary to or alternative to existing organizational practice; and skill in oral and written communication.


Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job opportunity announcement closing date. For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

 
Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria 1. mastery of the interrelationships of multiple IT specialties, including software systems and  responsible for control, data reduction data analysis, automated processing, archival  of data, and system architecture in support of the Chandra X-ray Observatory mission 2. mastery of the architecture of the Data System software system and the application program interfaces (API) between the subsystems sufficient to extend, enhance, or optimize the existing architecture 3. mastery of techniques and procedures for the planning and design of scientific software systems, using object -oriented design, and applying skill in accounting for the supportability, survivability, reliability, scalability and maintainability of the software 4.  technical mastery of the physical systems for which software products are being developed to be able to define technical requirements and develop software requirements 5.  advanced knowledge of computer languages, operating systems, and COTS, such as C++, C, Python and other scripting languages, Unix, MacOS, Linux, ClearCase and debugging tools 6.  technical mastery of hardware/software interfaces and protocols, as well as experience with databases, image handling, and graphics display systems; 7. skill in supervising, including planning, organizing, prioritizing, assigning and reviewing work, and motivating staff 8. skill to assess whether emerging technologies may be suitable as either complementary to or alternative to existing organizational practice 9. skill in oral and written communication.
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BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

  The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses but may pay a recruitment bonus. The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (www.si.edu/oeema).

HOW TO APPLY:

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Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note:
  • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button.
  • Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
  • Clicking the "DONE" tab does not submit your application. The "DONE" tab allows you to exit the system and save your information for completion at a later time. To submit your application, click the "FINISH" tab.
  • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Your application package must include the following documents:
  • Detailed resume
  • School transcripts, if you are using education to qualify for the position.
  • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Mary Hebert
Phone: 617 496-7816
Fax: 617 495 7263
Email: mhebert@cfa.harvard.edu
Agency Information:
SMITHSONIAN
Human Resources
60 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138
Mail Stop 17
Cambridge, MA
02138
US
Fax: 617 495 7263

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will receive an e-mail to acknowledge that your application has been received. Please be aware that the confirmation e-mail could reside in your "junk" or "bulk" mail folder depending on your filters. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into www.usajobs.gov and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing vacancy.info@si.edu; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed.

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Job Announcement Number:

14-05

Control Number:

357388200