SummaryServes as a recognized technical authority and expert in the Office of Systems for an Associate Commissioner component. Performs a wide range of duties including technical support of SSA's programmatic applications software development in a multiple-platform environment. The incumbent serves as a technical advisor for systems planning and development projects which require the testing of new technologies and coordination of long-range systems requirements plans an assigned area of expertise.ResponsibilitiesAs an Agency expert in an assigned area, develops detailed systems analysis and design of new or existing major systems or subsystems and oversees software development, testing and implementation activities for SSA?s programmatic systems.Plans, sets priorities and develops systems analysis techniques and analytical approaches in accordance with Target Architectures.Provides authoritative advice to executive level managers within the Agency about the area of expertise. Conducts continuing review of computer technology developments applicable to system design.Prepares long range forecasts of developments relevant to SSA applications. Provides technical direction and guidance to other IT Specialists.Provides technical support to co-workers in analyzing systems external and internal specifications to determine whether requirements were correctly represented and to ensure conformance with performance specifications.RequirementsConditions of EmploymentQualificationsApplicants must qualify for the series and grade of the posted position. Experience must be IT related; the experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification), as appropriate. Your resume must provide sufficient experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and proficiency of any required competencies to perform the specific position for which you are applying. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your experience, education, knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies as they relate to this position. Your resume and supporting documents must specifically address the evaluation criteria for the position. Describe duties you perform (not just knowledge, skills and abilities) as they relate to the specialized experience required for this position. Be clear, accurate and specific when describing your experience; e.g., list all positions separately, include full start and stop dates for each position, your work schedule (number of hours per week), your grade (if your position is federal) and a comprehensive description of the relevant duties you performed in each position. This information is instrumental in determining the highest quality candidates to be referred to the Selecting Official. Please submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position. If your application materials do not demonstrate the knowledge, skills, abilities, experience, and/or education needed for this position, your application will be ineligible for consideration. To qualify for the 2210 IT Specialist series, applicants must demonstrate the following IT-related competencies:Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations. In addition, to qualify for this GS-13 level position, applicants must possess and demonstrate 52 weeks of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 level (or above) in the federal service that is in or related to the work of the position filled and has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. All of this specialized experience is REQUIRED and must be explicitly documented/described in your resume or you will be disqualified from further consideration. Please describe duties you perform (not just knowledge, skills and abilities) as they relate to the specialized experience required for this position. Such IT-related experience must include at least two (2) years of experience designing, developing and testing business intelligence or management information applications using WebFOCUS 8. Qualification standards and additional information for this IT position can be found here: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/2200/information-technology-it-management-series-2210-alternative-a/EducationEducation is not qualifying for this position.Additional InformationSelective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov. Additional selections may be made for this vacancy six months from the closing date of this announcement.