Library of Congress
Information Technology Specialist
Job Title: Information Technology Specialist (DevOPS System Administrator)
Agency: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Job Announcement Number: 140250
$90,823.00 to $118,069.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 to Tuesday, March 10, 2015
SERIES & GRADE:
Open - Indefinite Not-To-Exceed (NTE) 2 YEARS
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 13
1 vacancy in the following location(s): Washington, DC US
WHO MAY APPLY: Anyone may apply - By law, employment at most U.S. Government
agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens.
However, non-citizens may be hired, provided that other legal requirements are
met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available
for the position.
About the Agency
The IT Specialist (DevOps System Administrator) will work independently, as
well as in a team environment. The incumbent is responsible for managing the
operation of the application development environment consisting of operating
systems, virtualization strategies application deployment and source code
management. Additional responsibilities include application architecture,
development of new projects and troubleshooting of existing systems.
The position is located in the Repository Development Center, Office of
The position description number for this position is 311645.
The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the
Washington, DC, Metropolitan area.
The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under
this vacancy announcement.
• Not Required
Administration of Information Technology Systems 50%
Administers a managed Linux environment using automation tools. Assists in the
configuration of web hosting and virtualized server environments and
installation and configuration of applications development environment for
technologies such as PHP script, Python, Varnish, MySQL, Java, JENKINS,
Gradle, and Shell Script. Deploys the application and infrastructure in
development and testing environments. Works with other team members to
evaluate and promote best practices in the DevOps arena, proposing new tools
and technologies that would benefit the Library.
Works in coordination with other organizations related to infrastructure
standards and policies. Develops and coordinates lifecycle development
processes and tools to facilitate agile development methodologies. Works with
team lead to help set priorities and technical direction of the development
environment. Assists and promotes a loosely coupled service based approach to
designing and implementing web delivery architecture, including areas such as
virtualization, redundancy, fail-over, clustering and caching strategies.
Participates in application design sessions and creates system design
documents. Creates re-usable, service based components promoting best practice
application architectures and designs.
Application Development Support 30%
Maintains development environment to support the rapid development, deployment
and testing of web based solutions using tools such as PHP, Subversion, Git,
Jenkins and Confluence. Supports large scale systems both in data and usage.
Balances competing requirements to design, program, test, modify and integrate
multiple applications and shared components. Independently diagnoses and
resolves trouble calls. Works with customers to provide general support for
web applications and technologies.
IT Research and Analysis Work 20%
Provides analysis and advice on program related information
technology. Learns new technologies and applies this
knowledge to future IT developments and applications. Identifies issues
relevant to the Library of Congress Web services unit, based on Library web
operations, and changing program requirements. Makes recommendations directly
related to improving the development and operational support of Library of
Congress web properties.
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training
sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of
the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the
position without more than normal supervision.
Knowledge of Linux administration and software development technologies. **
Ability to interact collaboratively with others.
Ability to research and analyze information technology problems, issues, and
Knowledge of web technology and services. **
Ability to write technical documents.
Knowledge of web infrastructure, related to security, scalability and
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
No additional requirements to those listed above.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant
questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for
some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a
narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. The
knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk
(**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are
considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final
selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these
designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone
and/or full structured interview. The various assessment tools listed above
are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and
training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified
applicants for selection.
To preview questions please click here.
You can review our benefits at: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/index.php
Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to
employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous
Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.
The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities,
and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly
encouraged to apply.
Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the
closing date of this announcement.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.
If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and
hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable
accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures
and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for
this position. The date of certification must be within one year of the
vacancy closing date. For more information contact the selective placement
program coordinator at 202-707-3960 or email [log in to unmask] FAILURE TO SUBMIT
YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.
The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is
part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all
positions are in the excepted service.
Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate
personnel security/suitability investigation.
The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies
indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.
Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress
require completion of a one-year probationary period. In
addition, per Library of Congress Regulation 2010-12, an appointee is subject
to a one-year supervisory probationary period, if this is his/her first
supervisory/managerial position at the Library.
Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of veterans'
preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant
profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your
claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit
Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point
preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the
required documentation listed on the back of the form. If
required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will
not be considered in the application process.
For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the
Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at:
HOW TO APPLY:
Please carefully follow all instructions under the How to Apply tab to ensure
you are considered for the position.
You are required to apply online for this announcement. We are unable to
accept mailed or emailed documents. You must complete the entire application
process, including submission of all documents BEFORE this announcement
closes. To do so, complete the following steps.
Step 1: If you do not already have one, create a resume on USAJOBS. Although
you must enter your Social Security Number for USAJOBS, this information will
not be provided to the Library of Congress.
Step 2: Review the Job Announcement. We recommend you go to the end of the
Qualification and Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the
online questions that you will answer in Step 4. You may wish to customize
your USAJOBS resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these
Step 3: Click on the "APPLY ONLINE" button to the right of this announcement.
Follow USAJOBS' instructions to access your account and submit your resume.
You will be redirected to the Hiring Management website to complete the
application process. If this is your first time in Hiring Management, you will
be asked to answer questions related to your eligibility for Federal
employment. You will be able to update this information and save it to our
account for future announcements.
Step 4: Once you have completed the eligibility questions, you will be taken
directly to the vacancy application questions. Answer all questions honestly
Step 5: Hiring Management offers three options that will electronically attach
your documentation to your online application once you finish answering the
questions in the job announcement.
(1) You may select a document that you have already uploaded to USAJOBS for a
(2) You may electronically upload a document directly from your computer to
your application. Be certain to review your complete application for
confirmation of the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned
(3) You may follow the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions within
the online application, which will provide the necessary cover sheets for each
of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted. The fax number
will be available on the cover sheet.
Please note that each cover sheet and corresponding document must be faxed
separately. Be certain to review your complete fax transmittal confirmation to
ensure that all pages have been received.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have multiple documents of the same kind, e.g. 2
undergraduate transcripts from different schools or 2 SF-50s, etc., be sure
that they are all in the same file on your computer or in your USAJOBS profile
before uploading them. If you try uploading them individually, only the last
one sent will be visible in our system. Likewise, if sending them by fax, be
sure and include both of them behind the respective fax cover sheet and send
them as one fax. If you send them individually with the same cover sheet, the
last one sent will overwrite the first one. Finally, if you upload a document,
e.g. your undergraduate transcript, do not also fax that same document (or fax
another undergraduate transcript), because whichever one you send last will be
the only one that is visible in our system. If you have any questions about
this information, please contact the person on this announcement BEFORE the
Step 6: Click on "Finish" after you have completed your application. Once you
have submitted your application, you can check your status online through your
Hiring Management or MY USAJOBS account. Your complete online application and
any required supplemental documentation (e.g., SF-50, etc.) must be received
by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the
announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents are
received on time and that the materials are readable. Failure to do so will
result in your application being excluded from consideration for this
If you are experiencing any technical difficulty with the online process, you
MUST CONTACT THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE THE CLOSING
DATE. For all technical issues please contact [log in to unmask], no later than
4:30pm EST of the Closing Date. REQUESTS FOR EXTENSIONS WILL NOT BE GRANTED.
Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification
of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent). Disabled applicants claiming
Selective Placement eligibility must submit proof of disability and a
certification of job readiness. If Selective Placement is applicable to you,
you will not be considered without submitting this documentation.
AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
Job Help Desk
Email: [log in to unmask]
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20540
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Please review our evaluation process under Evaluation. You may check the
status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the
USAJOBS "My USAJOBS" tab and clicking on "My Applications". You will receive
final notification via e-mail when the vacancy has been filled.
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