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-13 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS-12 grade level in the Federal service.
Specialized experience for this position must include ALL of the following skill sets:
Skill Set 1 - Job experience performing Java software development for deployment in a multi-platform, multi-vendor environment, AND
Skill Set 2 - Job experience performing Java development (coding), unit and integration testing, troubleshooting and maintenance of a high availability environment, AND
Skill Set 3 - Job experience in Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC). methodologies including Agile (Scrum, eXtreme programming, Lean, and/or Waterfall), AND
Skill Set 4 - Job experience in the ALL the following:
In addition to meeting specialized experience requirements, you must have IT-related experience demonstrating these competencies:
- Java Language
- Java EE (a.k.a. J2EE, JEE, Java Enterprise, Java Enterprise Edition)
- XML or JSON
- Web Services Architectures (e.g. REST, SOAP, SOA)
- Unit Testing (e.g. JUnit)
- Maven or Ant
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.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.
Education may not be substituted for specialized 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 -Knowledge of all aspects of software development including skill in utilizing software languages, technologies, software methodologies and best practices, development tools and environments.
KSA 2 -Skill in implementing client server, multi-tier, and web-based applications along with graphical user interfaces (GUI) to deliver and support an agency or companys computer systems per customer requirements.
KSA 3 -Skill in design, development, building, unit testing, and software and system maintenance to deliver and support reliable and scalable tiered computer systems per customer requirements.
KSA 4 -Knowledge and ability to apply SDLC (System/Software Development Life Cycle) methodologies and interaction with project management to design, develop, and deliver software to a multi-tier environment.
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.
Veterans preference is applied by listing preference eligibles ahead of non-preference eligibles within the same quality category in which they are placed. 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 in that category.
For more information on category rating procedures, please visit the Category Rating Fact Sheet.
Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the Required Documents section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).
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