IT Specialist (Data Management)

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Created: July 6, 2012


As a member of the Library’s Information Systems Division, you will play a vital role in advancing access to global information for agriculture by providing expertise and services related to the planning, development, and enhancement of the National Agricultural Library’s World Wide Web site.
The National Agricultural Library (NAL), the largest agricultural library in the world, has been serving agriculture since 1862.  Established by Congress, its mission, stated simply, is to ensure and enhance access to national agricultural information for a better quality of life.” NAL’s work in collecting, preserving, and making agricultural information available is fundamental to the continued well being and growth of U.S. agriculture, and the development of food supplies for the nation and the world.

This position is initially limited to 13 months; however, it may be extended up to a maximum of 4 years total employment without further competition.
This position is being announced under the provisions of the Demonstration Project Authority.  You need submit only one complete application package.

The major duties of this position include the following:
  • Analyzes and defines data requirements and specifications
  • Involved with designing, normalizing, developing, installing, and implementing databases
  • Responsible for tuning databases and database applications for optimal performance and scalability
  • Develops and implements data mining and data warehousing programs
  • Develops interfaces to Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) such as MySQL, Oracle, and SQL Server.
  • Builds and implements Web-enabled databases using current methodologies related to such areas as information management; digitization of print materials; and/or archiving and dissemination of digital documents.
Qualifications Required:

If qualifying all or in part based on your education, you must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify education when applying for this position.  If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position.  If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.
Additional Requirements:

Specialized Experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled.  The specialized experience requirements for this position are:

1.  Knowledge of computer languages in order to develop, implement and maintain programs using modular and object-oriented programming approaches in Perl, PHP and/or Java.
2.  Skill in web-based document authoring, design, and presentation, including website layout and illustration, using state-of-the-art technologies.
3.  Skill in data management concepts and techniques; project management principles and methods; data mining, storage and archiving methods.
4.  Ability to design, implement and maintain programs interacting with databases running on non-relational (NoSQL) database systems.

Applicants must address the specialized experience requirements in their resume (or application documents).  Applications that do not reflect the specialized experience requirements will not be deemed qualified.

Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.

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