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 Website.
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-14 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS-13 grade level in the Federal service.
Specialized experience for this position includes:
Skill Set 1- Job experience leading a team of programmers that are developing a software solution in Java and/or C#
Skill Set 2- Job experience using SDLC methodologies while developing Java and/or C# applications; e.g. Waterfall and/or Agile/Scrum
Skill Set 3- Job experience in programming in one or more of the following programming languages: Java, C#
Skill Set 4- Job experience working as a technical expert 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, or 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
In addition to meeting specialized experience requirements, you must have IT-related experience demonstrating these competencies:Attention to Detail
Is thorough, accurate and consistent when accomplishing a task with concern for all the areas involved. Pursues quality in all tasks performed.
Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external 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). Provides information or assistance. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement. Effectively manages customer relationships.
Makes clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals and groups. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed. Speaks and writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner that is appropriate to the audience. Facilitates an open exchange of ideas to ensure all group input is considered. Handles technical, sensitive or controversial topics with agility, involving executives/managers as appropriate.Problem Solving
Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes sound recommendations.
Education may not be substituted for experience at this grade level.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions. Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies:
KSA 1 - Ability to lead and manage the development of IT Projects:
- Project Management Life Cycle
- Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Configuration Management Framework
- ITIL Framework
- Agile Methodologies
- Security Awareness
- Documentation life cycle
- Requirements analysis
- IT Infrastructure
- Task Order Management
KSA 2 - 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.
KSA 3 - Knowledge of Servlets, Web services, relational database access, and skill in implementing client server applications, multi-tier applications, web-based applications, and graphical user interfaces (GUI) to deliver and support USPTO computer systems per customer requirement.
KSA 4 - Ability to communicate information, both orally and in writing, to users, managers, technical staff, and contract support personnel to influence important agency IT policies or programs.
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. To preview questions please click here.