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Job Title:  IT Specialist (APPSW) - Software Developer - DE
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Patent and Trademark Office
Job Announcement Number:  CIO-2014-0213

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,924.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 to Wednesday, August 20, 2014
This is a Full-Time, Permanent - Career/Career-Conditional appointment in the Competitive Service.
FEW vacancies - Alexandria, VA   View Map
Applications will be accepted from all United States Citizens and Nationals.
Public Trust - Background Investigation


About the Agency

Work for the largest Intellectual Property Rights Firm in the United States - United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. We are 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 and to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit for the 21st century. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 12,000 employees, including engineers, scientists, attorneys, analysts, IT specialists, etc. all dedicated to accomplishing the USPTOs mission, vision, strategic goals and guiding principles. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Careers Website.

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary and Director on the application of information technology (IT) to support and improve the Agencys business processes. The CIO directs the development, implementation, maintenance, enhancement, and operation of the USPTO automated information systems and the development of supporting strategic and operational plans; manages the USPTO computer facilities, equipment, and telecommunications network; manages development, maintenance, and dissemination of patent and trademark information to the public; serves as the Agencys Senior Information Technology (IT) official, and provides administrative and policy direction to the organizational elements reporting to the Chief Information Officer.

The Office of Application Engineering and Development (AED) is responsible for the full life cycle management of the USPTOs automated information systems, consistent with the USPTOs strategic IT plans and supporting technical architecture.

The System Engineering Division (SED) provides Development. The Development Branch performs software design and development tasks for the systems, services and tools to support the technical goals of the Agency. This group augments or leads development in concert with external contractors and conducts their own development of products in conjunction with the architecture branches.

This position serves as a senior software developer in the Development Branch.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • 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.


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The incumbent for this position:

Serves as a senior software developer for design, development, test, deployment, support and documentation of assigned IT software related to IT technology.

Works with developers and team leaders, senior IT specialists, architects, supervisor, contractors, and customers to define project/task technical requirements and to evaluate and identify alternative solutions. Provides a level of effort for development activities to supervisor and team leads.

Works with Architect Branches to update and review architecture and design software. Independently designs and documents software that adheres to USPTO policy and standards.

Provides estimations for development estimates for scheduling. Implements, documents, builds, provides unit tests, and supports testing and deployment of software. Integrates all builds with Content Management tools.

Develops, or assists in developing, components based on requirements, architecture and design that adheres to coding and documentation standards, unit test methods and development best practices. Understands and applies software construction, software development lifecycle workflows and methodologies.

Reviews and updates development standards and best practices. Performs code and design reviews for other developers and contractors. Understands and applies industry best practices and standards, provides suggestions and updates, and ensures that other developers and contractors follow standards and quality best practices.

Provides updates to Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) and other project documentation.

Provides Operations production documentation and support.

Provides user documentation and training as applicable.

Performs investigations for production problems. Analyzes complex software and/or hardware problems in test and production and provides solutions. Solves a wide range of development, operational and support problems to meet customer requirements. Draws upon multiple IT specialties in order to accomplish complex tasks.

Researches emerging technologies and advises managers and customers on software and/or hardware needs, on the new technology, and recommends modifications to current software and/or hardware and identifies training needs for staff in these areas.

Participates in special projects and may serve as a project leader.

Performs other related duties as assigned.


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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 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:

  • Java Language
  • Java EE (a.k.a. J2EE, JEE, Java Enterprise, Java Enterprise Edition)
  • Servlets
  • XML or JSON
  • Web Services Architectures (e.g. REST, SOAP, SOA)
  • Unit Testing (e.g. JUnit)
  • Maven or Ant
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.

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.



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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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 the Department of Homeland Security Website.
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 Managements 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.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. If you believe that you have been discriminated against and would like to file an EEO complaint, you must do so within 45 days of the date of the alleged discriminatory act. Claims of employment discrimination must be submitted to the attention of the USPTOs Office of Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity via email ( or phone (571-272-8292).


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Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is defined as information that can be traced back to a specific individual and potentially compromise their security or privacy. Examples of PII include: date of birth, Social Security Number, and place of birth.

Please ensure that you have removed all Personally Identifiable Information from all documents prior to submitting or uploading your applications material.

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.
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 The help desk is available Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard 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.


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 veterans 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 Special Appointing Authorities for Veterans.

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.
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.


Charlene Fields
Phone: 571-272-6217
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
550 Elizabeth Lane
Elizabeth Townhouse
Alexandria, VA
Fax: 000-000-0000


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 applicants 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 USAJOBS. 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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