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Department of State - Agency Wide Information Technology Specialist in Washington, District Of Columbia


This position serves as a senior Information Technology Project Manager for a team in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, responsible for project management, strategic and tactical management and planning support, and Contracting Officer Representative (COR) duties.

If eligible, applicants to this announcement may be referred to other positions in other Bureaus/Offices in the Department.


Manages major Bureau or Department level Information Technology software and applications development projects, such as the Buildings Management Integrated Systems, the Real Property Application, SharePoint projects and web-based applications.

Identifies individual Information Technology professionals to carry out more limited scope segments of major projects.

Develops reports and associated reporting mechanisms and processes to communicate project related issues and status to senior Oversees Buildings Operations (OBO) management.

Leads evaluations of Information Technology architectural and security impacts, costs and feasibility of proposed or requested software/applications upgrades or acquisitions.

Applies internal control measures to protect organizational integrity and prevent unauthorized use or misappropriation of sensitive or classified materials.

Serves as a Contracting Officer Representative.


Conditions of Employment


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.

If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions, per 5CFR 300, Subpart F.

Applicants applying for the GS-14 grade level must meet the following requirements:

Have IT-related experience demonstrating EACH of the four competencies AND specialized experience listed below: Attention to Detail -Leading others by setting the standards for the quality of work, even in the most difficult and/or high pressure circumstances; reviewing and editing work completed by others to ensure that the quality of work meets acceptable work standards.

Customer Service -Using expertise and experience to address complex problems, questions, or complaints; anticipating customer needs and modify a team's work activities, processes, and practices to meet these needs; collaborating outside of own team to organize planning sessions that elicit ideas for improving customer service and support.

Oral Communication -Clearly explaining and defending complex ideas, appropriately adapting to each audience's level of knowledge; using well-constructed, fact-based arguments to persuade stakeholders/officials to take action on suggestions for improvement.

Problem Solving -Providing precedent setting solutions to unique problems not previously encountered; helping team make decisions which are complicated by the number and nature of existing policy, guidelines, and organizational goals; identifying the root causes of problems; developing systemic solutions to address them and prevent them from reoccurring. AND

Have at least 1 full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service which provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

Experience in managing major Information Technology software and applications development projects.

Experience in analyzing operating systems and applications software.

Experience in planning, developing, awarding, executing, negotiating and administering contracts supporting acquisition programs.

NOTE: In order to qualify for this position, your 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.

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-14 position.


See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

Additional Information

For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or

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