Software Developer
Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.

**The Library of Congress seeks a software developer to support the ongoing development of web applications supporting its digital repository services. The ideal candidate has: Experience developing in a modern programming language (such as Java or Python), interest in using and contributing to open source tools, experience developing applications using contemporary web frameworks (such as Spring or Django), experience with software testing and code reviews, and experience using version control (such as Git) and ticket tracking tools (such as Trac, Github, JIRA).  
For an idea of some of the software projects the Library of Congress develops,
please see our Github organization page**

The incumbent reports to the Project Manager for Digital Initiatives in
repository development and works with a specialized group of programmers on
complex, multi-faceted prototype and production systems, and assists with
software analysis, design, development, documentation and implementation of
these systems. The incumbent updates and modifies existing Library
applications, designs and implements new applications, generates
documentation, and is responsible for the maintenance and upgrades. The
position resolves the critical issues affecting the configuration of the
information technology (IT) infrastructure and conducts information
requirements analysis to identify priority areas for improvement of current

  * This position is located in the Office of Strategic Initiatives.
  * The position description number for this position is 202955.
  * The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., 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.


Conducts application design, programming and testing work encompassing the
full range of applications development for major software projects. Has a
working knowledge of the Python and/or Java language to participate in
developing new web applications and maintaining existing applications. Designs
and develops APIs to support creation of XML or JSON based REST or SOAP
services. Ensures applications are consistent with a service based
architecture and open data standards able to run in a clustered configuration.
Familiar with search and indexing technologies such as Lucene and SOLR.

Monitors implementation, maintenance, enhancement, and coordination of online
systems and Web site(s) on the Internet. Supplies technical aid to resolve
issues and problems related to sites and applications. Oversees
emerging web technologies and directions and makes recommendations
accordingly. Analyzes and advises on program related information technology
(IT) issues or problems where novel analytical techniques must be developed to
identify and evaluate findings. Requires willingness to learn new
technologies. Identifies issues relevant to the Library of Congress. Makes
recommendations related to enhancing the development and operations of Library
of Congress web applications.

Participates in the administration of a managed Linux based development
application development environment utilizing server virtualization and
automation tools. Working knowledge of web hosting configuration components,
including firewalls, load balancers, web and database servers. Plans and
analyzes systems configuration and whether changes are needed to support the
organization's program of work.


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 web hosting configuration components.**
  * Ability to develop web applications using various technologies.**
  * Knowledge of application lifecycle processes, including design, development and testing.**
  * Ability to create and maintain websites.
  * Ability to communicate in writing.
  * Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

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