Information Technology Specialist (Internet)
Smithsonian Institution - Washington, DC

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This position is located in the publishing department of the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies (SCEMS). The mission of SCEMS is to create transformative learning experiences based on Smithsonian content and expertise, primarily through new technologies. The employee plans, develops, maintains, and evaluates new digital multimedia learning objects and initiatives.
The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery." KEY REQUIREMENTS

Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
May need to complete a Probationary Period
Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service. DUTIES:

Proposes technical methods and solutions in order to create digital interactive learning experiences (such as interactive animation and complex data-driven implementations), based on analyzing learning objectives, users needs and industry-standard tools.

Plans and creates, through custom coding, digital multi-media learning experiences (interactives, demonstrations, simulations, and games) based on SCEMS print archive of educational publications as well as new initiatives and educational programs. Uses industry-standard web development tools and programming languages including, but not limited to: HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript, MySQL, ColdFusion, Perl, PHP, AJAX, and JSON.

Performs a variety of research, infrastructure design, production, and administrative tasks associated with digital web projects, to ensure that schedules are maintained and that all content goes through the proper editing, review, and approval processes.

Researches and reports on best practices and emerging trends in both digital media and educational outreach, including the use of media by youth of different ages in order to develop successful approaches for reaching them.

You must meet the following Basic Requirement for this series:

A. Education : Master's degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.


B. Experience: Experience must be IT related; the experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification), as appropriate.

In addition to the Basic Requirement above, you must have the following:

Grade 9 - One year of full-time experience at the GS-7 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience includes developing software applications and writing custom code (in a multitude of programming languages) in order to create digital experiences for youth and/or adult audiences.

Grade 11: One year of full time experience at the GS-9 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. This experience includes planning, developing, evaluating, advising and writing custom code ( in a multitude of programming languages) in order to create digital experiences (such as games, simulations, or interactives) for youth and/or adult audiences.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that addresses the competencies below:

Ability to work within a team environment and act as a content expert in technology, to aid in team project advancement in order to create, through custom coding, digital media projects.

Knowledge of youth focused technology development practices and the creation of digital media projects that engage learners/users in problem solving, critical thinking, collaborative learning and other 21st century skills.

Skill using current web development and design best practices, including digital tools and applications, online analysis techniques and tools, emerging technologies and digital learning.

Skill in applying best coding practices (industry-standard web tools and programming languages) such as HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, while using knowledge of protocols, formats and languages such as Perl, AJAX, and JSON.

Knowledge of project management principles, methods, and techniques.

Skill in investigating and accessing information regarding the use of media by youth of different ages for the purpose of assigning topics, synthesizing ideas, and communicating to a lay audience relevant, decision-impacting factors.

Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable 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 higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position. Important Note: The review of your resume will determine your final rating and should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
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