Company: National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Posted on: November 22, 2021
ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: 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. They 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 Information
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: NGA is seeking a Software Developer to join
our growing team with a focus of modernizing software development
throughout the agency. Band 3 Software Developers identify,
document, and analyze moderately complex customer, business, and
system requirements, evaluate alternative approaches, and design
and develop solutions. They test and integrate system solutions.
They develop software using various compiled or interpreted
programming languages, configure and manage code, plan and design
systems architecture, write and maintain software program
documentation, and investigate and evaluate new software
technologies. They ensure the rigorous application of information
security and information assurance policies, principles, and
practices in the delivery of application software services. They
also lead system and security design specification, documentation,
* Develop software applications, services, and systems (e.g.,
user-facing and back-end services).
* Manage source code using industry version control best
* Research new techniques and technologies to stay current in
software development methodologies and tools.
* Utilize code validation tools to ensure that source code is
valid, is properly structured, meets industry standards, is secure,
and is compatible with browsers, devices, or operating systems.
* Collaborate with customers to define needs and/or specifications
and develop proposed solutions.
* Test and integrate developed software applications into the
* Perform test driven development utilizing strong unit testing
techniques to include test cases mimicking external interfaces and
addressing all browser and device types.
* Modify or enhance existing software to correct errors, to adapt
it to new hardware, or to upgrade interfaces and improve
* Create technical models, architectural artifacts, and/or
prototypes that include physical, interface, logical, or data
models (e.g., model view controller (MVC) programming
* Share actionable/valuable information with colleagues and
leadership and engage with community as resident expert.
* Prepare reports and consult with customers or other stakeholders
to advise on technical issues, provide operational support, respond
to questions, and offer status updates.
This position may be eligible for an INCENTIVE: selected candidates
may be offered an incentive as part of the offer of employment,
based on budget availability. To receive the incentive, selected
candidates must be eligible under 5 CFR Part 575 upon issuance of
the Final Offer Letter. Changes in federal employment status prior
to issuance of the Final Offer Letter may affect eligibility.
Incentive recipients sign a service agreement depending on the
approved amount or duration of the incentive. If the employee
leaves before the end of the service agreement, the employee may be
required to repay a pro rata share amount of the incentive to the
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:
1) 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 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:
1. Professional experience in a programming language such as Java,
2. Experience with database technologies such as MySQL,
PostgresSQL, Oracle Database, Mongo DB, DynomDB, or equivalent.
3. Experience with build automation technologies such as Maven,
Gradle, Webpack, NPM, Yarn, Jenkins, Gitlab and/or building APIs
and/or services using REST and/or SOAP.
As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are
required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the
employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework,
remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law.
If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19
and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22,
2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after
November 22. The agency will provide additional information
regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how
you can request of the agency a legally required exception from
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 a
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 college 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 college work 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
Highly Desired Qualifications
QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory
qualifications, experience in the following is desired:
1. Experience in applying software security techniques, controls,
and best practices to engineer software to mitigate vulnerabilities
and risk against malicious attacks and ensures continued
2. Experience in cloud computing including concepts, capabilities,
limitations, and applications as they relate to storage,
processing, and dissemination.
3. Experience developing and editing technical documentation for
software and software requirements to include documenting software
architecture and workflow.
4. Experience in agile development methodologies.
5. Experience with evaluating software, tools, and technologies for
future use, and analyzes the potential impacts of new technologies.
Identifies technology trends and opportunities.
Additional Job Requirements
You 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 Schedule
PROMOTION 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 03 $65,597 - $134,798
PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are not 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
For more information on the array of benefits programs, please
Applicants 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
Who may apply
External Applicants Only
How to apply
Application 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:
1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory
2) 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,
3) 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
All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The
decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a
Conditions of Employment
As 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
* Polygraph Test Required
* Position Subject to Drug Testing
* Two Year Probationary Period
* Direct Deposit Required
NGA 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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