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Information Technology Specialist (Application Software)

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Headquarters, Nasa Washington , DC 20001

Posted 2 months ago



The Headquarters Information Technology and Communications Division (HITCD), Technology Services & Solutions Branch seeks a highly skilled individual to serve as an Application Development Manager.

This position is being announced in conjunction with vacancy announcement number HQ18C0127 open to status and certain noncompetitive candidates. Only one position will be filled as a result of these two vacancy announcements.

As an Information Technology Specialist (Application Software), you will serve as an expert for new or enhanced information systems and software. You will meet with technical leads and functional area specialists to coordinate work and resolve problems.

You will evaluate software code, test results, and initiate corrective actions. You will review proposed policies, regulations, and procedural changes to determine their impact on areas of responsibility. You will coordinate the common use of core software across multiple platforms and troubleshooting procedures for related applications. You will guide and review strategies for recovery in the event of systems failure.

You will perform analysis of alternatives (AoA) to develop information systems that meet customer requirements. You will conduct feasibility analysis for the adoption and implementation of new methodologies, standards, technologies, applications, or systems.

You will be responsible for improving and maintaining the data model and data architecture for the division. You will develop, maintain, and monitor databases and management tools. You will provide guidance to employees on database management.

You will serve as an agency technical expert for recommending agency policies and guidelines for web based applications and web services. You will provide technical expertise in analyzing, diagnosing, and resolving problems in support of Web platforms and applications.

You will develop software as needed to meet the division's needs and to support enhancement of the division's prototyping and proof of concept capabilities. You will provide expert guidance in the design, documentation, development, modification, testing, installation, implementation, and support of new or existing applications software using a disciplines life cycle process.

You will oversee the migration of systems to the cloud environment and provide requirements for cloud capabilities needed for improved system performance and availability.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

A one-year probationary period may be required
Occasional travel may be required
Successful completion of a security investigation will be required
This is a drug-testing designated position
Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement


Applicants must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies below

1.Attention to Detail

  • Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

2.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.

3.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.

4.Problem Solving

  • Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.


Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

Specialized experience to qualify at the GS-14 level includes experience in all of the following skill sets:

1.Developing and utilizing APIs to perform integration and extraction of data between applications and hands-on software/application programming in Java OR .net, AND one of the following: PHP, Drupal, SharePoint (Development or Administration), Ruby, C#, Python, PL/SQL, TSQL, Alfresco, ServiceNow;
2.Developing or managing applications in a cloud environment (e.g. AWS, Azure, Google, etc.) and working with cloud (e.g. AWS, Azure, Google, etc.) infrastructure configuration and scripting;
3.Serving as a project manager with full project lifecycle responsibility; AND
4.Managing/overseeing teams supporting application and website development.

Your resume must fully support how you meet specialized experience in order to be found qualified for this position.


There are no education requirements for this position.

Additional information

Any individual selected for this position must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.

This is a drug testing designated position, subject to pre-employment and random drug testing.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume.

NASA's provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time.

However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
NASA uses an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category

  • Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category

  • Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category

  • Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.

Additional application guidance is available in NASA's .

Information for Veterans: The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required


Required Documents

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site.

If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information.

No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the . Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

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Information Technology Specialist (Application Software)

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Headquarters, Nasa