NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.
The Lead IT Specialist is a member of the Development Group, a team of experts who plan, design, develop, implement, and maintain web-based systems to be used by the NEH and its stakeholders.
Relevant experience and/or education
Favorable background investigation
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service
Serves as team leader, senior technical authority, and lead applications software developer
Designs, develops, tests, and manages a web-based, data-driven grants management system to be utilized by grantees and NEH staff.
Recommends the adoption of new technologies to optimize and enhance existing web-based systems.
At the GS-14 level Qualified candidates must possess:
1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level or equivalent experience.
Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, for example: Designing, building, or maintaining web based systems especially in the context of grants management, using authoring or scripting languages, content creation tools, management tools, and digital media; Designing or developing relational databases and manipulating data using queries and stored procedures; Identifying problems uncovered by testing or customer feedback, and correcting problems or referring problems to appropriate personnel for correction; Evaluating code to ensure that it is valid, is properly structured, meets industry standards and is compatible with browsers, devices, or operating systems. Maintaining understanding of current web technologies or programming practices through continuing education, reading, or participation in professional conferences, workshops, or groups.
Selective Factor: In addition to the education and specialized experience required for this position, applicants must possess all of the following to be considered minimally qualified for the position:
Experience serving as a technical lead within a software development team.
Experience with the grant making process and grants management systems.
Experience implementing secure web sites using Microsoft.NET and IIS.
Experience a senior software developer.
As part of the online application process you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies:
1.) Software development using Microsoft.NET
2.) Problem Solving
4.) Requirements Analysis
5.) Software Testing and Evaluation
6.) Object Oriented Programming
7.) SQL Server Database Management Systems
8.) Web technology
For all positions individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. We will review your résumé and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. You will be further evaluated against job-related criteria and placed in one of three pre-defined categories:
Application of Veterans' Preference
- Best Category - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated outstanding proficiency in applying knowledge, skill, and ability in the critical competencies for this position.
- Better Category - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the critical competencies for this position.
- Qualified Category - Meets the specialized experience outlined in the minimum qualifications requirements section of the vacancy announcement.
points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of
- The Category Rating process does not add veterans' preference
veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS and who have a compensable
- Preference eligibles who meet MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS and the
service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in
the highest quality category, except when the position being
filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or
Any exaggeration of an applicants experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating an applicant ineligible, not hiring the applicant, or for termination after he/she begins work. If a determination is made that in responding to the competency-based question an applicant has rated themselves higher than is evident in their resume, experience, and/or education, the applicants score may be manually adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.
Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.
Working for the National Endowment for the Humanities offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System, and transit subsidy. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits .
1. If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
2. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.
3. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
4. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista , etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.
5. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this 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 in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://beta.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/2200/information-technology-it-management-series-2210-alternative-a/ .
6. This position may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.