18F partners with govt agencies to improve access for the public
Consulting Software Engineer (IT Specialist) – GS-15
18F is looking for talented software developers who will help our partner agencies deliver better digital services to the public. As a Consulting Engineer at 18F, you will be a builder, contributor, and catalyst. Working with folks across the organization, you will solve large, complex problems while promoting user-centered, open, and transparent culture. The role involves diverse responsibilities — you might be writing code one day, meeting with members from partner agencies another day, and launching a new product that will impact the lives of Americans across the country the next week. 18F is an open-source team, so most of what you work on will be open source.
This role may be perfect for you if you have the technical skills to tackle engineering problems, the social skills to face human-factors problems, and the judgment to differentiate between the two. Our ideal candidate will be equally excited about sticky technical issues and intricate human ones. Impact in this role can’t be measured on a GitHub contribution graph; ideal candidates should be equally comfortable solving technical problems by writing code, explaining technical design architecture to technical and less technical folks alike, and leading organizational strategy and change.
Key objective #1: You’ll contribute high-quality, well-tested, maintainable code across an entire project lifecycle, using best practices for modern software development.
Practice and enthusiastically share engineering methodologies and tools throughout all stages of the project lifecycle
Influence project planning and design using usability research, analytics, and other metrics
Participate in code review, architecture discussions, and feature prioritization
Take pride of ownership in all projects you touch; leave code better than you found it
Contribute to documentation, tests, style fixes, accessibility, performance, security, and more
Deliver code that’s easy to deploy, update, and monitor by ensuring that the necessary tooling is present early in the project development cycle or by introducing tooling into an existing project, as needed
Key objective #2: You’ll positively contribute to the culture and knowledge of the engineering team, practicing and enthusiastically sharing agile methodologies throughout all stages of the project lifecycle.
Work within a distributed, multidisciplinary agile team by participating in constructive discussions, openly sharing knowledge, and demonstrating value for technical and non-technical contributions
Support a safe, inclusive workplace and a positive team culture where all team members value diversity and individual differences
Provide visibility into each project’s progress, communicate blockers and challenges, and ask for help when you need it
Demonstrate a strong understanding of the elements of agile methodology (scrum, kanban, and so on)
Practice human-centered design, user testing, feature prioritization, DevOps, and other relevant concepts
Key objective #3: You’ll meet customer expectations, along with personal and organizational goals. You’ll produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risk.
Hold yourself and your team accountable for measurable, high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results
Demonstrate your credibility in your area of expertise, deliver high-quality work, and accept responsibility for mistakes
Meet the needs of internal and external customers
Make well-informed, effective, and timely decisions
Identify and analyze problems in a constructive manner
Explain technical issues and concepts clearly to both technical and non-technical audiences
Key objective #4: You’ll lead change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. You’ll help establish an organizational vision and implement it in a continuously changing environment.
Develop new insights into situations and question conventional approaches
Develop, implement, and drive technical strategy in engineering-specific and organization-wide contexts
Keep up-to-date on policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders’ views
Adapt to change and quickly integrate new information
Formulate and execute consistently against objectives and priorities
Take a long-term view and build a shared vision with people across TTS, GSA, and across the US Government
Salary Range: Base salary GS-15 – $128,078 to $172,500
Who May Apply: All United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Islands)
Appointment Type: Initial appointments to last longer than 1 year, but NTE 4 years. GSA, may extend appt up to 4 additional years. No individual hired under this DHA can serve in excess of 8 years with GSA.
This Notice is issued under direct-hire authority to recruit new talent to occupations for which there is a severe shortage of candidates. We have a severe shortage of qualified applicants for our Information Technology Specialist positions. To help us fill these jobs, we have been granted “Direct Hire Authority” or DHA for IT Specialist by Executive Order 13833. This means that when we have a vacant job, we can hire any qualified candidate, either from this notice or from any source. The benefit of applying to this notice is that your application may be shared with a hiring manager if they request resumes from this notice.
Initial appointments are made lasting longer than 1 year, but not to exceed 4 years. GSA, may extend an appointment up to 4 additional years. No individual hired under this DHA can serve in excess of 8 years with GSA, and cannot be transferred to positions that are not IT positions.
Current GSA employees on competitive service appointments will not be considered.
GSA has been repeatedly named as one of the ‘Best Places to Work’ in the federal government. You will have access to many benefits including:
Health insurance (choose from a wide range of plans)
Life insurance coverage with several options
Sick leave and vacation time, including 10 paid holidays per year
Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
Flexible work schedules and telework
Transit and child care subsidies
Training and development
Flexible spending accounts
Long-term care insurance
Training and development
To qualify for this role, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 in the Federal service. Specialized Experience is: Specialized experience for this role is defined as experience delivering projects, tools or products as part of an engineering team. This includes experience developing or architecting complex modern web applications or cloud infrastructure using approaches such as test-driven development, continuous integration & deployment, or distributed version control such as github. Candidates should demonstrate experience providing project leadership and experience with agile development methodologies.
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