Description

18F partners with federal agencies to improve the user experience of government services by helping them build and buy technology. If you're looking to implement a requirement, update a public-facing website, or digitize a process, 18F can work with you to build a product or craft and execute an effective agile acquisition strategy.

18F is looking for talented software developers who will help our partner agencies deliver better digital services to the public. As a Consulting Engineer at 18F, you will be a builder, contributor, and catalyst. Working with folks across the organization, you will solve large, complex problems while promoting user-centered, open, and transparent culture. The role involves diverse responsibilities — you might be writing code one day, meeting with members from partner agencies another day, and launching a new product that will impact the lives of Americans across the country the next week. 18F is an open-source team, so most of what you work on will be open source.




This role may be perfect for you if you have the technical skills to tackle engineering problems, the social skills to face human-factors problems, and the judgment to differentiate between the two. Our ideal candidate will be equally excited about sticky technical issues and intricate human ones. Impact in this role can’t be measured on a GitHub contribution graph; ideal candidates should be equally comfortable solving technical problems by writing code, explaining technical design architecture to technical and less technical folks alike, and leading organizational strategy and change.


18F’s core languages are Ruby, Python, JavaScript, and Go. You should have strong, demonstrable experience with at least one of these languages and should be proficient in web development, relational databases, and using Unix-like operating systems. You should understand engineering best practices such as source control, automated testing, continuous integration and deployment, and peer review. The strongest candidates will have a background working on cross-functional, multidisciplinary teams that deliver digital products and services in an incremental, user-focused environment.

Skills and responsibilities

Key objective #1: You’ll contribute high-quality, well-tested, maintainable code across an entire project lifecycle, using best practices for modern software development.
  • Practice and enthusiastically share engineering methodologies and tools throughout all stages of the project lifecycle
  • Influence project planning and design using usability research, analytics, and other metrics
  • Participate in code review, architecture discussions, and feature prioritization
  • Take pride of ownership in all projects you touch; leave code better than you found it
  • Contribute to documentation, tests, style fixes, accessibility, performance, security, and more
  • Deliver code that’s easy to deploy, update, and monitor by ensuring that the necessary tooling is present early in the project development cycle or by introducing tooling into an existing project, as needed

Key objective #2: You’ll positively contribute to the culture and knowledge of the engineering team, practicing and enthusiastically sharing agile methodologies throughout all stages of the project lifecycle.
  • Work within a distributed, multidisciplinary agile team by participating in constructive discussions, openly sharing knowledge, and demonstrating value for technical and non-technical contributions
  • Support a safe, inclusive workplace and a positive team culture where all team members value diversity and individual differences
  • Provide visibility into each project’s progress, communicate blockers and challenges, and ask for help when you need it
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of the elements of agile methodology (scrum, kanban, and so on)
  • Practice human-centered design, user testing, feature prioritization, DevOps, and other relevant concepts

Key objective #3: You’ll meet customer expectations, along with personal and organizational goals. You’ll produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risk.
  • Hold yourself and your team accountable for measurable, high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results
  • Demonstrate your credibility in your area of expertise, deliver high-quality work, and accept responsibility for mistakes
  • Meet the needs of internal and external customers
  • Make well-informed, effective, and timely decisions
  • Identify and analyze problems in a constructive manner
  • Explain technical issues and concepts clearly to both technical and non-technical audiences

Key objective #4: You’ll lead change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. You’ll help establish an organizational vision and implement it in a continuously changing environment.
  • Develop new insights into situations and question conventional approaches
  • Develop, implement, and drive technical strategy in engineering-specific and organization-wide contexts
  • Keep up-to-date on policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders’ views
  • Adapt to change and quickly integrate new information
  • Formulate and execute consistently against objectives and priorities
  • Take a long-term view and build a shared vision with people across TTS, GSA, and across the US Government

Details

  • Location:
    Washington
    ,
    DC
    Virtual (100% Remote), Washington, DC; San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL; New York, NY
  • This job is remote friendly.
  • Salary:
    $126,810.00
    -
    $170,800.00
    yearly
  • Deadline:
    2020-12-21

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications

You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as:

Specialized experience for this role is defined as experience delivering projects, tools or products as part of an engineering team. This includes experience developing or architecting complex modern web applications or cloud infrastructure using approaches such as test-driven development, continuous integration & deployment, or distributed version control such as github. Candidates should demonstrate experience providing project leadership and experience with agile development methodologies.


Key Requirements:
  1. You must be a U.S. Citizen or National (residents of American Samoa and Swains Islands)
  2. Suitable for federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  3. You may be required to serve a trial period
  4. Direct Deposit of salary check to financial organization required
  5. Register with Selective Service, if you are required by https://www.sss.gov/Registration-Info/Who-Registration

Employment Requirements:
  • Serve a one year trial period, if required
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation. You must be granted this clearance before you can start the job
  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security’s e-Verify system for this
  • Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment
  • Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position
Please email JoinTTS@gsa.gov with the subject line "18F Engineer (CFA)" to learn more about this opportunity