Bonneville Power Administration IT Specialist in Portland, Oregon
Summary This position is located in Information Technology (J), Critical Business Systems Development and Operations (JC), Critical Business Systems Development (JCD), Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). Critical Business Systems Development provides system integration and software engineering support for new/proposed CBS applications. The purpose of this position is to serve as a Senior IT specialist performing duties mainly associated with applications software and systems analysis. Responsibilities As an IT Specialist, you will: Provide expert technical advice, guidance, and recommendations to management and other technical specialists on critical IT issues; apply new developments to previously unsolvable problems; and make decisions or recommendations that significantly influence important agency IT policies or programs. Lead/conduct studies designed to identify potential improvements in the way information technology is applied to key business functions; and ensure applications are optimized for state-of-the-art technology and functionality. Assess new systems design methodologies to improve software quality; accurately represent customer requirements; effectively measure software development risk; present recommendations for adoption of new methodologies; and lead implementation. Lead a multi-functional development project in software analysis, design, development, and implementation for a new system or major enhancement to an existing system. Lead the applications development process to identify and correct weaknesses in critical performance parameters and variances in achieving cost, schedule, and performance goals. Investigate, evaluate, and select tools and methods for improving productivity and software quality throughout the life cycle; and assess the feasibility of adopting new software design technologies within the current systems environment. Lead teams that design and develop agency-wide applications; review and approve technical requirements for projects; develop project plans; resolve critical issues affecting the configuration of the IT infrastructure; and provide technical guidance to team members. Integrate information systems security with other security disciplines, certify systems or network accreditation, and ensure coordination and/or collaboration on security activities. Develop policies, procedures, and strategies that ensure optimization and integration in the installation, configuration, and maintenance of the operating environment. Develop business plans to align Internet services with business requirements. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If you are selected for this position, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 22, 2021, or prior to onboarding, if hired after November 22, unless you request a legally required exception from this requirement. As part of onboarding, you will need to submit DOE's Certification of COVID-19 Vaccination for Prospective Federal Employees attesting to truthfulness that you are fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021, or prior to onboarding, if hired after November 22, 2021. Once onboard, you will then be required to provide proof of vaccination in DOE's MyEnergy system and certify the documentation you provide is true and correct under penalty of perjury. Providing a knowing and willful false statement on either DOE's COVID-19 Vaccination Form prior to starting or when providing proof of vaccination in DOE's MyEnergy system once onboard is punishable by fine and/or imprisonment (18 U.S.C. 1001) and will result in termination from Federal service. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications BASIC REQUIREMENT: 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. For all positions individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. The employing agency is responsible for identifying the specific level of proficiency required for each competency at each grade level based on the requirements of the position being filled. 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. To meet this requirement you must demonstrate proficiency in each of the four competencies listed above as follows: GS-13: Advanced - You can perform the actions associated with each of these competencies without assistance. You are recognized within your immediate organization as "a person to ask" when difficult questions arise regarding each of these competencies. Focus is on broad organizational/professional issues; You have consistently provided practical/relevant ideas and perspectives on process or practice improvements which may easily be implemented; You are capable of coaching others in the application of each of these competencies by translating complex nuances relating to each competency into easy to understand terms; You participate in senior level discussions regarding these competencies; You assist in the development of reference and resource materials in these competencies. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: A qualified candidate's resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: (a) Analyzing business requirements of an organization to develop, customize, and implement software programs; (b) Testing, troubleshooting, developing, and designing software using Microsoft platforms (e.g. Microsoft Visual Studio C#, MS-SQL Server 2016, and Windows Server 2012 or greater); (c) Optimizing the security and functionality of networks and systems ensuring consistency with applicable information security management standards; and (d) architecting solutions that consists of SaaS, COTS, custom development and integration software. "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration. CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section. You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Education There are no specific education requirements or substitution of education for experience for this position. Additional Information The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across DOE. 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BPA strives to ensure a safe, positive, inclusive work environment, supported by Leadership Behaviors. For more information on Leadership Behaviors visit: www.bpa.gov/goto/LeadershipBehaviors We also understand the importance of work/life balance and offer a variety of programs and policies designed to create more flexible, responsive work environments supportive of commitments to community, home and family members. BPA also supports employees' overall wellness through its Be Well program, which helps employees adopt healthier lifestyles and feel better about their work/life balance. The program supports five key areas of life: career, community, financial, physical and social.