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IT Software Engineer

Company: National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Location: Manhattan Beach
Posted on: July 1, 2020

Job Description:

Job SummaryASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: IT Software Developers identify, document, and analyze customer, business, and system requirements; evaluate alternative approaches; and design and develop solutions tailored to specific Agency, systems, and customer requirements. They lead the testing and integration of new and modified solutions into the system. They review and provide guidance on software and configuration management of code developed internally and by vendors; test software developed internally and by vendors; and respond to urgent customer requests to develop and deliver unique solutions. They develop software, configure and manage code, plan and design systems architecture, write and maintain software program documentation, and investigate and evaluate new software technologies. They also ensure the rigorous application of information security and information assurance policies, principles, and practices to the delivery of application software services. They contribute to system and security design specification, documentation, and practice.Additional Job InformationADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This position resides within the GEOINT Services (TD) embedded with the NGA Support Team (NST) at United States Space Command (USSPACECOM). NGA seeks IT Software Developers to help support Agency-wide software development efforts. Specific responsibilities may include:* Identifies and analyzes design tradeoffs, and develops recommendations or adapts existing software to meet requirements.* Generates ideas for designing and adapting software to meet evolving customer needs and recommends suggested approach.* Evaluates system design requirements to determine their impact on the development process.* Implements updates to existing software applications to meet new requirements.* Develops software code, applications, and scripts for application and testing.* Troubleshoots software-related problems in systems; identifies issues and recommends solutions.The following competencies are required for this work role:* Primary professional experience of a programming language such as Java, Python, JavaScript, C#, or equivalent.* Secondary experience in one or more other programming languages.* Experience with database technologies (eg. MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle DB, MongoDB, DynamoDB, Aurora).* Experience with software development principles, methods, and tools for designing, developing, coding, testing and deploying software.The USSPACECOM NST IT Software Engineer provides on-site embedded intelligence support to the Combatant Command (CCMD) by serving as the primary, forward deployed integrator of NGA, USSPACECOM, and United States Space Force (USSF) systems related to space operations. The USSPACECOM NST IT Software Engineer directly engages with external agencies to include USSPACECOM J2, J3, J6, and J8, USSF research, development, and acquisition organizations, other Department of Defense (DoD) entities, Department of Commerce entities, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and various Intelligence Community (IC) mission partners. This position will work across multiple NGA programs to ensure they are able to integrate with USSPACECOM and USSF programs supporting space operations. This position will initially focus on the integration of the software being developed by the Kobayashi Maru program at Space and Missile Systems Center with multiple NGA programs in support of the operations of USSPACECOM. This position will also be charged with integration of various NGA systems with the systems used by the new intelligence component of the United States Space Force. Software development for NGA's contributions to emerging mission areas such as space domain safety of navigation and space traffic management will also be part of the duties for this position.Duties include:* Participate in the development of NGA and mission partner space operations related systems to ensure the dependencies are accounted for and information can properly flow between NGA and mission partner systems* Work the space operations software development community in the DoD and IC to ensure that NGA is aware of all relevant programs and the programs are aware of the capabilities that NGA developed software and systems* Developing input for DoD, IC, and NGA requirements processes and related budget submissions for space operations related software and systems* Finding opportunities for software and system re-use across NGA and various mission partner organizations in support of space operations* Travel: Position requires CONUS travel/TDY* Tour Length: The tour length for this position is 2 to 6 years.Additional Application Requirement: You may be asked to complete one or more assessments in addition to the application you submit on this website as part of your application to NGA. These assessments may include but are not limited to:* Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to describe your job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, or other characteristics that are aligned with the mandatory and desirable qualifications of this job posting. The information you provide in the application you submit must support the response you provide to this questionnaire.You will receive an email to describe any additional assessments required. Please monitor your emails and complete any required assessments as soon as possible.Mandatory QualificationsMANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online applications must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:* Demonstrated software engineering experience supporting IT operations.* Demonstrated software engineering experience with integration of various information systems.* experience fostering teamwork in support of overall mission success.* Demonstrated experience in effective communication with others internal and external to an organization.* Demonstrated experience integrating separate but related software focused systems hosted by different organizations.EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Engineering, Information Science, Information Systems Management, Information Technology, Mathematics, Statistics, or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems, or networks. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of coursework in any area listed in option A, plus experience in software design, Information Technology engineering, or a related area that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals 4 years. -OR- C. Experience: A minimum of 4 years of experience in software design, Information Technology engineering, or a related area that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work. -AND- LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS: DAWIA certification may be required for this position; see Position License and Certification Requirements below for additional details. New Acquisition Workforce members or current members transitioning to a new acquisition career field or higher skill level have 24 months to achieve certification. -AND- Relevant Competencies: IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies: Attention to Detail, Customer Service, Oral Communication, and Problem Solving.Highly Desired QualificationsQUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:* Demonstrate 3 years of knowledge of integrating the development of separate but related software systems in a DoD or IC environment (preferably including systems supporting space operations).* Demonstrate 3 years of experience analyzing and identifying potential opportunities for improvement and follows through with the implementation of those improvements.* Demonstrate 3 years of experience examining a variety of perspectives to develop a well-rounded view of the situation before taking action.* Demonstrate 3 years of experience to work independently and in coordination with others, manage multiple priorities, demonstrates initiative, and display good judgment.* Demonstrate 3 years of experience supporting space operations related systems.* Knowledge of the operations of USSPACECOM.Additional Job RequirementsYou must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.Pay, Benefits, & Work SchedulePROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: Promotion opportunities allow applicants at all band levels to be considered. Qualifications for NGA positions do not include specific time-in-band requirements. NGA will emphasize quality of experience, rather than duration, and assess how the quality of the experience demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for successful job performance in the NGA occupational structure.Band 04 $104,181 - $160,041PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are authorized.Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family.For more information on the array of benefits programs, please visit https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/nga/ngabenefits.htmlCover LetterApplicants are not required to submit a cover letter. The entire cover letter cannot exceed the specified limits provided in the Cover Letter field (3,000 characters). Pages exceeding this limit will not be considered. The cover letter is recommended but is not required for employment consideration with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Applicants should place their narrative information in the Cover Letter / Other Professional Details field.Who may applyExternal Applicants OnlyHow to applyApplication submission involves applying using the Intelligence Community's Applicant Gateway on-line application process. ONLY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.How will I be evaluated?APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages:* All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria,* Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to determine the best-qualified candidates,* Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through an interview process.Military retiree applicants, if selected, may be impacted by the 180-day appointment restrictions of DODI 1402.01. HD personnel will provide additional information if applicable.Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. This description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted.In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives.)All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at recruitment@nga.mil. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.Conditions of EmploymentAs a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.* U.S. Citizenship Required* Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information)* Polygraph Test Required* Position Subject to Drug Testing* Two Year Probationary Period* Direct Deposit RequiredDCIPS DisclaimerNGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in your application.

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