Status: Full-time position
Location: Multiple Locations
Deadline Date: 11/8/13
Job Summary: This position serves the Telecommunications Section of the APHIS Information Technology Division, Technology Management Branch. The incumbent is responsible for the overall design and management of APHIS websites and works independently or as a project team leader in support of agency-wide objectives and priorities for delivering information about APHIS mission and initiatives to the public, stakeholders, and employees.
You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!
Qualifications: Applicants can qualify by meeting either the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements specified below.
Specialized Experience at the GS12 Level
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors. Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:
Utilizing security methodologies and control mechanisms to enhance and protect web content, information, and applications.
Participating in work groups for the planning, control, and evaluation phases of an IT web project.
Working with web content management software.
Developing usability studies, information architecture, standards and guidelines for web content development and portal usage.
Additionally, all applicants qualifying based on experience must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. Applicants must demonstrate possession of these competencies within the body of the resume; no separate statements addressing them are required. •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.
Duties: Provides guidance and advice in the design, technical development, and implementation of APHIS Websites (internet, intranet, extranet) using portal and web content management technology and designs web portlets and components using web content management software to develop the portal look and feel, following USDA Department of Communications guidelines.
Participates in analyzing, developing, testing, implementing, and managing components necessary to develop a successful web presence, including information architecture, information and component libraries, work flow, security, navigation, customized components, images, graphics, themes, skins, taxonomy, and the metadata for the content.
Provides expertise and support to teams of specialists involved in development of new or improved websites and portal pages and provides advice regarding web content design and management, including best practices for the organization and presentation of information on the web.
Provides guidance in the processes and methodology used to perform usability studies to evaluate the usage and effectiveness of the delivery of information and to track website visitor behavior. Information is used to enhance and optimize our customers’ website experience.
Works with IT infrastructure, architecture, and operational support employees to research, evaluate, test, and recommend tools and techniques needed to support the development and delivery of web-based content and applications effectively, including authoring, development, staging, testing, and production platforms needed in the web portal environment.
Consults with IT specialists, Legislative and Public Affairs staff, web managers, customers, vendors, and industry standards groups, on the best practices and standards used for the design, development and maintenance of a world-wide web (www) presence and participates in the development of APHIS specific standards and guidelines for use across APHIS by web managers, web content specialists, and IT specialists.
Provides consulting and coordination support for customers and works with subject matter experts to convene customer user groups and other cross functional groups as necessary to determine requirements and needs for web pages.
Works with application developers to develop, prototype, and implement enterprise scale web-based solutions and works closely with developers for the creation of customized components needed to satisfy requirements.
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