HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 14-05
Opening date: December 12, 2013
Closing date: December 27, 2013

TITLE: IT Specialist (APPSW), IS-2210, Grade 14; $105,702 to 137,410/annually
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund (non-federal) Indefinite
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All qualified candidates.


Duties may include, but are not limited to: providing technical mastery and leadership on a wide variety and range of complex IT issues, including leading the planning, development, testing and implementation of a coordinated suite of software covering the full range of CXC DS responsibilities, applying technical mastery of software technologies to the CXCDS product decision process and applying overall direction for CXCDS subsystems and projects; leading a team of IT Specialists in the development of deliverables and verified products for the CXC, including allocating staff, technical and equipment resources and scheduling tasks; formulating and keeping a current strategic plan that anticipates future CXCDS requirements by interfacing with CXCDS staff to obtain information regarding user and system needs, planning and developing methods of obtaining and tracking end- user feedback and the scientific hardware requirements and the systems involved to define the requirements; representing the CXC as the authoritative technical expert in interactions with other organizations concerning software products, services and standards; providing technical mastery and IT support for special projects upon request, including troubleshooting and system development.


For all positions individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. 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.

In addition to the basic requirements listed above applicants must possess a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 13 in the normal line of progression for this occupation which should demonstrate mastery of the interrelationships of multiple IT specialties, including software systems and responsible for control, data reduction data analysis, automated processing, archival of data, and system architecture in support of the Chandra X-ray Observatory mission; mastery of the architecture of the Data System software system and the application program interfaces (API) between the subsystems sufficient to extend, enhance, or optimize the existing architecture ; mastery of techniques and procedures for the planning and design of scientific software systems, using object -oriented design, and applying skill in accounting for the supportability, survivability, reliability, scalability and maintainability of the software; technical mastery of the physical systems for which software products are being developed to be able to define technical requirements and develop software requirements; advanced knowledge of computer languages, operating systems, and COTS, such as C++, C, Python and other scripting languages, Unix, MacOS, Linux, ClearCase and debugging tools; technical mastery of hardware/software interfaces and protocols, as well as experience with databases, image handling, and graphics display systems; skill in supervising, including planning, organizing, prioritizing, assigning and reviewing work, and motivating staff; skill to assess whether emerging technologies may be suitable as either complementary to or alternative to existing organizational practice; and skill in oral and written communication.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications on line for this position. To view the complete vacancy posting, requirements and the procedures to apply, please visit: USAJOBS

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