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Bureau of Labor Statistics Supervisory ITSPEC (INET) in Washington, District Of Columbia

Summary Supervisory IT Specialists (Internet) located in DOL, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Office of Technology and Survey Processing (OTSP) provide IT support to all aspects of BLS data development initiatives. BLS measures labor market activity, working conditions, price changes, and productivity in the U.S. economy to support public and private decision making. -Position is outside the bargaining unit. Responsibilities The BLS headquarters is currently located in Washington, D.C. but is in the process of relocating within the National Capital Area to Suitland, Maryland. If selected for this position, with an assigned duty station of the Washington, D.C. area, you will have the option to temporarily telework to the maximum extent, subject to applicable pay regulations, while the current headquarters is decommissioned and the future headquarters is being built. Upon completion of the new headquarters offices in Suitland, MD, you will be expected to report to the Suitland Federal Center after receiving notification to do so. At that time, you may be eligible to work remotely or telework extensively with approval from your supervisor and if consistent with telework policies and mission needs of BLS. This position serves as a Branch Chief in OTSP, and is responsible for the technical planning, design, development, testing, implementation, and management of Internet, intranet, and extranet activities, including systems/applications development and technical management of BLS web sites. The Branch Chief serves as the Web Applications Development Manager. Duties may include, but are not limited to the following: - As the Web Applications Development Manager, responsible for developing concurrently one or more applications through Agile Software Development Practices. Responsibilities include directing subordinates in the operation, maintenance, and disposition phases of systems. - Serves as a senior technical expert for IT software development related to data collection and data dissemination. Provides expert technical advice, guidance, and recommendations to management and other technical specialists on critical IT issues. Applies modern web technologies to solve problems and makes decisions or recommendations that significantly influence important agency IT policies or programs. Provides advice on and devises solutions to a wide range of IT issues. -Supervises software development teams whose work includes the development of web-based data processing systems and the operation and maintenance of such systems. The efforts involve iterative development methods as favored by Agile Software Development Practices. Other responsibilities involve implementing and supporting best practices in areas such as Project Management, Requirements Gathering, Analysis & Design, Automated Testing, Configuration & Change Management and Automated Deployment to system environments. -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 accord with priorities that have been agreed upon with the Division Chief, other Project Managers, senior IT executives, and program managers. Requirements 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. You may not be aware, but in the regulations for agency ethics programs, there are requirements for supervisors. Section 2638.103 of Title 5 of the CFR states: Every supervisor in the executive branch has a heightened personal responsibility for advancing government ethics. It is imperative that supervisors serve as models of ethical behavior for subordinates. Supervisors have a responsibility to help ensure that subordinates are aware of their ethical obligations under the Standards of Conduct and that subordinates know how to contact agency ethics officials. Supervisors are also responsible for working with agency ethics officials to help resolve conflicts of interests and enforce government ethics laws and regulations, including those requiring certain employees to file financial disclosure reports. In addition, supervisors are responsible, when requested, for assisting agency ethics officials in evaluating potential conflicts of interest and identifying positions subject to financial disclosure requirements. Notification Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal executive branch 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, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to submit documentation of proof of vaccination or to be in the process of requesting an exception to the vaccination requirement before appointment or onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request to be considered for a legally required exception from this requirement. Currently, implementation and enforcement of Executive Order 14043 has been suspended pursuant to an injunction pending further litigation. Qualifications Candidates must demonstrate proof of meeting the Minimum Qualifications, that is, BOTH the Experience and the Specialized Experience listed below. Minimum Qualifications Experience IT-related experience; experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification), as appropriate. Experience must have demonstrated each of the four competencies listed below. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail. An experience indicator at this level includes planning, prioritizing, and organizing project/program requirements. 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. An experience indicator at this level includes in-depth analysis and resolution of complex problems such as assessing customers’ needs and tailoring information about products and/or services. 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. An experience indicator at this level includes orally justifying decisions, conclusions, findings, and/or recommendations in a professional setting such as orally presenting project/program-related information to engage in open and constructive discussions and sharing of information. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations. An experience indicator at this level includes gathering and analyzing facts, drawing conclusions, and developing recommendations/identifying alternatives to solve complex problems such as utilizing various sources to conduct research to determine proper alternatives and providing recommendations to resolve project/program-level issues that impact the work and outcomes of an organization. AND Specialized Experience Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, i.e. GS-13, in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as ALL of the following: 1. Demonstrated experience leading application development teams utilizing Agile development methodologies. An example of an experience indicator at this level includes delegating work, reviewing and monitoring work progress, reviewing final products, and ensuring deadlines are met. 2. Extensive experience developing applications using Java EE (Enterprise Edition). Experience indicators at this level include the following: developing, implementing, and supporting secure multi-user web-based applications; integration of user roles to control data access; OR, application performance tuning to ensure highly responsive applications. 3. Demonstrated experience building and implementing web-enabled applications. An example of an experience indicator at this level includes using HTML, JavaScript, or jQuery and scripting languages such as Ruby, PHP, Perl, and Python. 4. Demonstrated experience using web frameworks such as Spring, Struts, Angular, and React. Education Education may not be substituted for experience at this level. Additional Information Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or have speech disabilities, please dial 711 to access telecommunications relay services. The mission of the Department of Labor (DOL) is to protect the welfare of workers and job seekers, improve working conditions, expand high quality employment opportunities, and assure work-related benefits and rights for all workers. As such, the Department is committed to fostering a workplace and workforce that promote equal employment opportunity, reflect the diversity of the people we seek to serve, and model a culture of respect, equity, inclusion, and accessibility where every employee feels heard, supported, and empowered. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES