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This position is located in the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Office of Technology and Survey Processing (OTSP), Directorate of Technology and Computing Services (DTCS), Division of Technology and Network Management, Central Application Services Branch.
BLS is the principal fact-finding agency for the federal government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. BLS collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other federal agencies, state and local governments, business, and labor. OTSP provides IT support to all aspects of BLS data development initiatives.
- This position is at its full promotion potential.
- This position is outside the bargaining unit.
- A writing sample may be required at time of interview.
- This announcement may be used to fill additional like vacancies.
- This position will not be filled until the Department's Placement Assistance Programs have been fully utilized.
This position serves as a Branch Chief within DTNM. Duties include, but are not limited to:
1) Serves as senior technical expert and functions as a technical authority within BLS on database management and application servers. As such, the incumbent:
- Develops work breakdowns, resource estimates, schedules, and plans using the program's established project planning tools and methods. Written plans, charts, and precedence diagrams will be produced, progress will be reported regularly, and the scope and effectiveness of the project will be continually reassessed to determine if changes in approach are warranted to assure success.
- Organizes and controls projects of great complexity sometimes extending over months or years. This can include leading teams consisting of government and contractor personnel including systems analysts, economists, statisticians, and other Bureau professionals to recommend or implement policies for data management.
- Creates procedures and implements features for system backups so that developers and production personnel can carry on with their work with high confidence that data are recoverable and data integrity is maintained.
- Leads and participates in the analysis and definition of requirements and specifications for database management and application servers and supporting/interfacing technologies; the design, development, and installation/implementation of comprehensive BLS database management and application server environments with interfacing web and n-tier technologies; and the maintenance, monitoring, complete performance tune-up, security backup, and execution of recovery operations for database management and application server technologies.
- Monitors ongoing work and takes corrective action if variances occur.
2) Develops and administers data management and application server related policy guidance for the organization, as well as database standards and operation procedures, and responds to requests for interpretations of policy and procedures by users.
3) Aggressively pursues "leading-/cutting-edge” technological advances in database management and application servers that lend reasonable promise of enhancing the computing environment’s overall characteristics, such as reliability, performance, cost effectiveness, and functional support. This pursuit must be initiated by and justified by the incumbent, and in adherence to general BLS ADP and IT Security guidelines.
4) Leads and performs work related to evaluating and providing recommendations on new database technologies and n-tier architectures, especially when analyzing current systems and planning for such things as anticipated changes in data capacity and production requirements.
5) Supervises IT Specialists and other staff who represent various specialties, and is responsible for the allocation of resources and assignment of work in order to accomplish the BLS mission in accordance with priorities that have been agreed upon with senior BLS IT management and stakeholders. The incumbent is responsible for establishing performance goals, assigning work, tracking achievements of staff, appraising employee performance, providing technical and managerial direction to staff, approving leave requests, and reporting to senior BLS IT management and BLS program managers. The incumbent serves as the initiating official for personnel actions, the requesting official for procurement actions, and is responsible for initiating and monitoring labor hour task orders. The incumbent works with BLS Contracting Officers and Contracting Officer Representatives to develop work packages for deliverables assigned to contractors.
6) Makes substantive contributions to the development and testing of plans related to continuity of operation and access-security plans, as well as ensuring the rigorous application of information security/information assurance policies, principles, and practices in the delivery of data management services.
7) Makes major contributions to program and project office-wide initiatives and policy decisions to improve IT methodology, system operations, and organization effectiveness. Integrates complex information from multiple sources in order to provide the most complete, pertinent and efficient responses to internal and external queries; coordinates multiple, high-level resources to best meet the needs of division and program customers and stakeholders; and participates in senior BLS and DOL teams and committees.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
U.S. Citizens; Interagency Career Transition Assistance Prog and Career Transition Assistance Prog eligibles in the local commuting area.
Also advertised as Announcement# MS-18-BLS-OT-017 for status applicants and Veterans Employment Opportunity Act applicants. To be considered for each, apply to BOTH announcements.
Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.
Job family (Series)
2210 Information Technology Management
Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S. citizen and at least 16 years of age.
Requires a probationary period if requirement has not been met.
Requires a supervisory probationary period if requirement has not been met.
Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent in scope and responsibility to at least the next lower grade level (GS-13) in the Federal Service. This experience could have been obtained in the public or private sector. Specialized experience is defined as the following:
1. Extensive experience managing an enterprise-level Oracle Database Management System in a large environment (such as 1000+ users) with n-tier technologies; AND,
2. Demonstrated experience setting standards and operation procedures for data management; AND,
3. Demonstrated experience with performance tuning; AND,
4. Demonstrated IT Project Management experience providing products and/or services.
Candidates must have demonstrated in their work experience or training that they possess, or have the potential to develop, the qualities of successful supervision.
Your resume MUST include a detailed description of your specialized experience to be creditable.
Education may not be substituted for experience at this grade level.
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment 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 factor.
The Department of Labor does not make unfavorable hiring decisions on the basis of an applicant's previous or current unemployment, or the fact that an applicant has experienced financial difficulty through no fault of his/her own and has undertaken good faith efforts to meet his/her financial obligations. Consideration is given to financial status in relation to appointments only where required by law, regulation, or Executive Order.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.
Category A - Meets the minimum qualifications requirements and demonstrates superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position.
Category B - Meets the minimum qualifications requirements and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position.
Category C - Meets the minimum qualifications requirements and demonstrates familiarity in applying critical competencies required by this position.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:
- Result Driven - Customer Service
- Leading People - Team Building
- Technology and Application Management
- Policy & Planning
- Data Management
- Customer Service
- Problem Solving
- Oral Communication
- Attention to Detail
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)
INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY:
If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".
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Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Drug test required
The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document . You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.
- Veterans Documents – To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, applicants must submit a copy of their Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214. The DD-214 must show the type of discharge, dates of active duty, and character of service (i.e. submitting Member Copy 4 vs Copy 1). To claim 10-point preference, applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 (i.e. submitting Member Copy 4 vs Copy 1) as described for 5-point preference; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF-15; and proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of disability. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty ). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx
- Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.
- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted
Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.
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 schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
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.
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