Information Technology Project Manager

Company Name:
Department Of Agriculture
This announcement is open to all United States citizens. (Current and Former Federal employees may also apply to Merit Promotion announcement #6VS-2014-0099.) Permanent Full-Time APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments away from their assigned duty station to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS.
The incumbent serves as one of several Project Managers in Veterinary Services (VS) if the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and reports directly to the Director, Ames Projects and Development (APD).
The APD unit was created to provide services for the multiple national and international lines of business performed by the different Agencies (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services and the Animal Research Services) that comprise the National Centers for Animal Health (NCAH) Campus in Ames, IA and Plum Island, NY.
APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response You must be a US Citizen or US National. Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service. Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period. The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity. The duties may include, but are not limited to:
The incumbent uses project management skills to assure on-time delivery of solutions and assists in post implementation support and enhancement of systems.
The incumbent is considered a technical expert responsible for managing the analysis, development, acquisition, and implementation of major information systems and software assets in the areas of Veterinary Services program initiative.
The incumbent will provides expertise, leadership, and support to teams of computer specialists and program subject matter experts involved in the development of new or improved computer applications and systems.
The incumbent provides consulting and coordination support for customers; works with subject matter experts to convene customer user groups and other cross functional groups as necessary; provides decision support services by conducting needs analyses, cost-benefit analyses, developing functional specifications, and interfacing between customers, users, and information technology providers.
The incumbent develops and manages contract requirements through statements of work and/or statements of objectives. They also serve as designated Contracting Officer (CO) Representative providing the technical liaison between the CO and the Contractor.
Coordinates work assigned to VS Application development team in the APD unit and supporting IT work units (NCAH, VS, and APHIS).
Reviews completed work for adequacy, efficiency, and accuracy by applying testing standards, and adherence to established documentation standards. Reviews progress reports from the Contractor to ensure work is progressing according to the established project plan.
Developing and adhering to VS Application Standards with special emphasis on the business functions (local, national and international) of the NCAH.
Managing and overseeing the system development process including the development of strategic and project plans, systems analysis, technical design, coding, testing and turnover to production of the application.
Makes recommendations pertaining to new IT technologies that will enhance the information delivery and management of administrative and other data across multiple organizations and agencies.
Maintains currency through professional journals and technical seminars, seeks out and maintains contact with contractors, vendors, and IT personnel across the government. Establishes and maintains liaison with Departmental IT staffs and with other external organizations having similar goals and aims to the Agency's IT community, whether in the public or private sector.
Special Conditions:
Satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
This position is designated a public trust position and is subject to satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of initial background investigation and reinvestigation as a condition of employment.
In the conduct of these duties, the applicant must possess or be in possession of federal acquisition certificates level 2 or above for both project management and COTR within 1 year of appointment.
We understand that accepting a position with Veterinary Services may require the need for spousal career placement assistance. To help you and your family make a successful career transition, Veterinary Services is dedicated to providing information on career placement assistance. Please visit the following web links for more information:


This position is subject to unscheduled overnight details of undetermined lengths in the event of animal health emergencies or other conditions requiring immediate response, as required by the Agency. (Extensive periods of time may be designated for overnight details.)
Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran''s preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants' quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities _(or competencies)_:
Decisiveness, Influencing/Negotiating, Team Building, other Project Manager and Team Leader Competencies
Communication Skills, Organization Skills and Teamwork
Staff Leadership, Program and Project Management
Financial Management
Contracting Officer Tech Rep and Task Order Project Officer
The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. Your ratings in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit.
Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Attempts to falsify information; inflate your qualifications or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may be grounds to adjust your rating or to not select you. Errors, omissions or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may affect your eligibility. If selected providing inaccurate information on federal documents could also be grounds for dismissing you from the position/agency. Please follow all instructions carefully.
To preview questions please click here. Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.
FOR THE GS-11 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
Using project management skills as part of a team managing information technology projects.
Providing training and guidance on the effective use of application system capabilities, design features, and data, database, and functional requirements.
Communicating project information to stakeholder groups in oral and written form.
Provides in-depth system and technical analysis to restore applications to working condition.
OR EDUCATION : Applicants must have completed 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management.
FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
Using project management skills to lead information technology projects with national scope.
Developing statements of work to manage contract requirements.
Overseeing design, development, maintenance and implementation of business applications.
Analyzing and implementing electronic business and electronic data interchanges.
(Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)
FOR THE GS-13 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
Overseeing acquisition, installation, customization, maintenance, and administration of major agency-wide and administrative applications produced both in-house and with contractor assistance.
Serving as a contracting officers technical representative for major system acquisitions.
Coordinating, developing and implementing data standards and other software standards in alignment with application and information architecture.
(Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)
TRANSCRIPTS are required if you are qualifying for the position based on education. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. For more information on submitting transcripts, click: Transcripts
In addition, all applicants qualifying based on experience must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. Applicants must demonstrate possession of these competencies within the body of the resume; no separate statements addressing them are required.
Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
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.
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.
Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin. The following instructions outline our application process.
You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.
Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at . It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.
Step 2: Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).
Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application" to continue.
You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement. The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty. All education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at . All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans' Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current active duty members must submit a certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.
Other required documents may include:
CTAP/ICTAP: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, or appropriate OPM/Agency certification; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position from which you will be separated.
If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, 2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and 3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. We expect to make a final job offer within 40 days after the closing date of the announcement.
Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility to include your most recent performance appraisal, SF-50 showing the full performance level or career ladder of your current or previous position, and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM/your agency. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 85 or above. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is at: OPM''s Career Transition Resources website.
More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA''s TARGET Center at (voice and TDD).
Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form 1-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS ''E-VERIFY'' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
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