Upcoming Role - 18F Consulting Software Engineer

18F will soon be accepting applications for the Consulting Software Engineer (GS15) role. This page includes basic information about the role, key objectives, required qualifications, as well as the competencies we will be using for evaluating applications. This role will be open for application on Monday, May 21, 2018 through Friday, May 25, 2018 at 8:00pm Eastern Time. Apply online at https://join.tts.gsa.gov during this application window.

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Basic Information

Series & Grade: 0301-15

Location: Washington, DC; San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL; New York, NY

Salary Range: Base salary GS-15 - $105,123 to $136,659

Total compensation will include locality pay based on the individual’s duty location. For locality pay details, please visit https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/. If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.

Who May Apply: All United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Islands) and applicants must not be GSA employees or contractors

Appointment Type: Excepted Service – Not to exceed 2 years; may be extended for an additional 2 years for a maximum of 4 years total.



Role Summary:

Consulting Software Engineer (GS15)

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 judgement 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 measure 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.

18F’s core languages are Ruby, Python, JavaScript, and Go. You should have strong, demonstrable experience with at least one of these languages and should be proficient in web development, relational databases, and using Unix-like operating systems. You should understand engineering best practices such as source control, automated testing, continuous integration and deployment, and peer review. The strongest candidates will have a background working on cross-functional, multidisciplinary teams that deliver digital products and services in an incremental, user-focused environment.



Key Objectives

Key objective #1: You’ll contribute high-quality, well-tested, maintainable code across an entire project lifecycle, using best practices for modern software development.

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.

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.

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.



Qualifications

All applications will be reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts against a scoring rubric created for this role. In order to properly be able to evaluate your previous experience, we recommend being as detailed as possible in your resume and following our general recommendations for a federal style resume.

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:



Evaluations

We will use a method called Category Rating to assess your application.

Here’s how it will work:

You will be scored based on a review of your application materials, measuring your possession of each of the following competencies:

If found to be eligible and at least minimally qualified for the position, your score will be used to place you in a category (Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified).

If your resume does not support your possession of the competencies listed above, we may lower your score, which could place you in a lower category.

Within each category, veterans will receive selection priority over non-veterans if supported by appropriate documentation.



How To Apply

This role will be open for application on Monday, May 21, 2018 through Friday, May 25, 2018 at 8:00pm Eastern Time. Apply online at https://join.tts.gsa.gov/ during this application window.

If you need assistance in applying or have questions regarding this job opportunity, please email Leigh Finkel at jointts@gsa.gov.