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Job Title:  IT Project Manager (APPSW), GS-2210-14 DE
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  DIS-2014-0013

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$106,263.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year
Thursday, July 17, 2014 to Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
FEW vacancies - Arlington, VA   View Map
Any US Citizen.

This opportunity is also open to status candidates and veterans eligible under VEOA under announcement DIS-2014-0011.


About the Agency

NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the federal and scientific arenas for its work in promoting science, technology, education and management best practices. Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery! More about NSF.

This position is located in the Administrative Systems Branch, or Research Directorate Systems Branch, or External Systems Branch, Division of Information Systems, Office of Information and Resource Management. If you are interested in working in a dynamic, fast- paced, and innovative IT work environment (conveniently located in the heart of Ballston) for a top-ranked federal agency, look no further. The National Science Foundation (NSF), a major source of federally-funded basic research, is committed to the advancement of science, innovation, and discovery, helping to move the nation's science and engineering research efforts into new frontiers. NSF's Office of Information and Resource Management/Division of Information Systems (DIS), as a leader in e-business and cutting-edge technology, delivers a comprehensive suite of customer-enabling technologies and tools to more than 250,000 scientists, educators, technology experts, and administrators conducting business with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to facilitate research, grant, and financial management business processes.


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  • Background investigation
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above
  • US citizenship
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.


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The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Information Systems (DIS) is seeking an Information Technology (IT) Project Manager in our Applications Service Area. As an IT Project Manager, your duties include:

  • Applying knowledge of IT systems, methods and practices to support initiation and planning, requirements, design, development, testing, deployment, and closeout processes related to the implementation and integration of custom and Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Business Applications; Develops metrics, critical success factors and key indicators to monitor and assess results in Business Applications;
  • Determining the appropriate software development methodology based on the product concept.
  • Understanding existing and emerging technologies and their applicability in the software implementation environment [e.g., vendor or open source, Service Oriented Architectures (SOA)].
  • Adopting and applying systems engineering perspectives and processes to software development.
  • Knowing and considering available off-the-shelf software to make build or buy decisions.
  • Monitoring software configuration changes to anticipate and address the impact of data reliability and customer satisfaction issues.
  • Working knowledge of Data Warehouse and SharePoint solutions.
  • Developing and managing the scope of a project (e.g., project objectives, team, tasks, defining milestones and deliverables, timelines, hours, costs, developing plans and schedules, estimating resource requirements, monitoring activities, activity prioritization, system integration).
  • Developing metrics, standards of performance, critical success factors and key indicators to monitor and assess results.
  • Developing risk strategies to eliminate or reduce, overcome, or compensate for an organizations exposure to liability.
  • Considering stakeholder needs when recommending appropriate Web technologies including the Organizations strategic vision.
  • Assessing delivery strategies, Web technologies, oversight, and organizational implications for Web-based development, taking into consideration web technology in relation to privacy standards and Federal regulations.
  • Transitioning from legacy client-server applications to one of the pre-defined Web solutions.
  • Performing in-depth studies and analyses to determine technological impact resulting from adoption of new technologies and solutions, initiating necessary corrective actions to integrate the new solution;
  • Leading and conducting prototyping and proof of concept activities, establishing reusable templates and solution components.


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To qualify at GS-14, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is Information Technology (IT) related experience demonstrating EACH of the following four competencies AND the IT project experience described below:

1. Attention to Detail - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant investigates and evaluates state of the art technology of the industry.

2. Customer services - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant confers with customers to evaluate the effectiveness of, or identify the need for IT systems or enhancements.

3. Oral Communication - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant persuades others to take a particular course of action or to accept findings, recommendations, changes, or alternative viewpoints.

4. Problem Solving - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant identifies and accommodates technology and resource constraints.

AND experience managing and leading IT software development projects.


Selective Factor: Experience leading the initiation and planning, requirements, design, development, testing, deployment, closeout and continuing operations for a core IT business system including software development, product integration, maintenance, and analysis using pre-defined project and product life cycle methodologies.

Education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at this level.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This position is in the bargaining unit.


Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligibles. Based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire, you will be assigned a score. Your score will determine in which of three categories you will be placed: Excellent, Very Good, or Good. Under this process, veterans will be assigned to the appropriate category (without additional preference points) and then placed at the top of their category.

Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the highest quality category.

The information contained in your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you meet the competencies required of this position. Please ensure you answer all questions accurately. Your responses are subject to verification. In support of your responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, your resume should include verbiage that describes your experience relative to the position for which you are applying and provide examples that show the depth of knowledge, level of skill, or degree of ability you possess. If your application does not support your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire or your application is not complete, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration.

Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or CTAP must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." In NSF categories, this means at least Very Good.
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This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):
ICTAP and CTAP provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least Very Good on the questionnaire. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
Additional information regarding ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources

Veteran's Preference:
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.


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Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully faxed (or uploaded) before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date. You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

If you do not have internet access or if you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Representative listed in the vacancy announcement.

WARNING! Applications submitted online must have a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.



If you are eligible under a special appointing authority (e.g., veterans appointment
; persons with an intellectual disability, severe physical disability or psychiatric disabilities); or ICTAP/CTAP, you will be required to submit supporting documentation. This will typically require the submission of one or more of the following documents:
1. Veteran's Preference Documentation (DD-214 and SF-15): If you are eligible and claiming 5-point veteran's preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veteran's preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214, SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" and the documentation required by the SF-15. (Please note: An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing veterans' preference will not be accepted as proof of entitlement.)

2. Documentation of Schedule A Certification from applicants requesting consideration under the Schedule A appointing authority for disabled applicants.

3. CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are applying under CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility under 5 CFR 330.602(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).


Jim Tingwald
Phone: 703-292-5325
Fax: 703-292-7478
TDD: 703-292-5090
Agency Information:
4201 Wilson Blvd
Room 315
Arlington, VA
Fax: 703-292-7478


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