It Software Developer, Nga Explorer Program
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Job Detail
  • Industry:
    IT - Software
  • Total Positions:
  • Job Type:
    Full Time
  • Salary:
  • Job Location:
    ATLANTA, United States
  • Minimum Education:
  • Minimum Experience:
    2 Years
  • Apply By:
    Jul 19, 2018
  • Job Posting Date:
    Mar 19, 2018
Job Description

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency -


IT 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; 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.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule


PCS expenses are not authorized.

Additional Position Info


NGA is seeking highly-experienced software professionals, data professionals, academics, and researchers to join its Explorer Program. The Explorer Program is a key aspect of the Agency's data-enabled workforce initiative, which focuses on empowering Agency employees with the knowledge, skills, and tools to solve contemporary and future data-related challenges in the intelligence community. Software Developers in the Explorer Program are responsible for leading the development and implementation of solutions to these challenges.

Software Developers in the Explorer Program must be proven innovation leaders, coalition builders, problem solvers, and effective communicators. They must possess the ability to think and act strategically, operate in a dynamic and sometimes ambiguous environment, and rapidly deliver impactful results. They leverage their strong interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with individuals inside and outside the Agency. They also have experience working on geographically distributed teams.

As a Software Developer in the Explorer Program you will be working with office and directorate-level professionals on projects that solve their data-related problems. These projects are prioritized to achieve the Agency's mission, and your solutions will scale throughout the Agency. You will report to the Chief Data Scientist, who leads the Explorer Program.

Specific duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Working as a part of a team of geographically distributed software and data professionals;

- Leading in all phases of software development and willing to do whatever is needed to architect, code, test, and ship a world class product;

- Leveraging good design and coding principles, thinking abstractly, mentoring other team members, and knowing how to get things done in collaborative, cross-functional teams;

- Through numerous release cycles, knowing how to debug challenging issues and write solid code while collaborating well within a small, highly experienced team;

- Directly influencing the product, to learn and grow, and to work with exceptional people in a great environment;

- Designing, building, and delivering solutions to the Agency's complex data challenges;

- Communicating with project stakeholders regarding your efforts and how they achieve the Agency's mission;

- Serving as a liaison to the academic, industry, and research communities, such as presenting and publishing your work at conferences and in top-tier publications.

This is a Term Appointment within NGA Not To Exceed 5 years. This position may be noncompetitively converted into a permanent full time position at the same or lower pay band and work role for which initially hired. The Term employee must have completed at least 5 years of continuous service with at least a "successful" overall rating to be eligible for conversion.

Mandatory Qualification Reqs


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.) Proven experience in Python, R, Java, and other similar languages, as applied to programming access and manipulation of data;

2.) Proven experience architecting, building, and testing multi-tier, enterprise software applications;

3.) Proven commitment to test-driven software development;

4.) Experience with web application development (both client and server side) and web application security;

5.) Solid application of modern design principles (OOP, patterns, etc.);

6.) Willing to work within Scrum/Kanban teams in and Agile environment.

Although not required, it is the recommendation of the hiring office that applicants explicitly address in their cover letter how they meet each of the mandatory qualifications listed.


A.. Education: Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Engineering, Information Science, Information Systems Management, Information Technology, Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics, or a related discipline. -OR-

B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of college coursework in any area listed in option A, plus experience working in an Information Technology discipline or in a closely-related field that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the tasks 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: Six years of software design or engineering experience in Information Technology or a closely related field that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the tasks associated with this work. -OR-

D. Relevant competencies: Specialized experience that has equipped the candidate with the particular competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification), as appropriate.

Highly Desired Skills


In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:

1.) Knowledge of RESTful API development;

2.) Experience with source code version control;

3.) Proven ability to translate product requirements into working solutions;

4.) Demonstrated experience mentoring/training other developers;

5.) Solid experience with browser technologies: JavaScript, CSS, TypeScript and frameworks such as React, Angular, SASS, etc.;

6.) Extensive experience with Machine Learning and/or Artificial Intelligence (AI).

How To Apply - External

Application submission involves applying using the Intelligence Community's Applicant Gateway on-line application process.

How Will I Be Evaluated?


Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages:

1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria,

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.


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 Details field.

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 re-determined 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 sexual orientation.

NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

DCIPS Disclaimer

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.

This position is funded by the National Intelligence Program (NIP).

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.

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 Information)

- Polygraph Test Required

- Position Subject to Drug Testing

- Two Year Probationary Period

- Direct Deposit Required

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 family. For more information on the array of benefits programs, please visit

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