Data Engineer Mid-level
Company: National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Posted on: August 30, 2020
ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Data Engineers develop, construct, test,
and maintain architectures such as databases and large-scale data
processing systems. They clean, prepare, and optimize data for
consumption through the design and construction of massive
reservoirs for big data. They solve problems associated with
database access and integration and unstructured data sets to
provide clean, usable data for customers and IT counterparts. These
engineers serve as integrators between data architects, data
scientists, and other data consumers. They apply knowledge of
scripting tools, programming languages, standards, and software
packages to build the data pipelines that enable faster, better,
data-informed decision-making within the Agency.
Additional Job Information
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
(NGA) serves as the world leader in providing timely, relevant,
accurate and actionable geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). NGA's
civilian, military and contract personnel evaluate imagery, maps,
charts, multiple layers of foundation data - such as terrain,
elevation and gravity - and the full spectrum of visible and
invisible light in order to help users visualize what is happening
at a particular place and time. Our intelligence officers go beyond
describing what, where, and when to revealing how and why. Our work
enables decision advantage for our policymakers, warfighters,
intelligence professionals and first responders.
NGA is in search of Data Engineers who understand data, data
architectures, data pipeline infrastructure, cloud solutions, and
security best practices. Data Engineers create data infrastructure
and integrated data pipelines; transforming, enriching, and
delivering data for consumers. They may work independently and/or
as part of a team of data and non-data professionals on projects of
varying complexities. They will design logical and physical data
models for data warehousing; develop robust data models, data
dictionaries, and data flow diagrams.
Data Engineers must be able to operate at the tactical and
strategic level while working in a dynamic and sometimes ambiguous
environment to deliver impactful results. They will leverage their
strong interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with mission
owners at varying levels inside and outside the Agency. As a Data
Engineer, you will be tasked against the Agency's biggest data
challenges in support of missions such as National Intelligence,
National Security, Military Operations, and Disaster Relief and
Preparedness, for a diverse audience including the Department of
Defense, the Intelligence Community, and senior government
officials up to and including the United States Congress and the
President of the United States.
Other duties may include:
* Utilize a variety of languages and tools (e.g., scripting
languages) to build data pipelines to pull together information
from different source systems.
* Design, construct, install, test, and maintain highly scalable
data management systems.
* Develop data set processes for data discovery, modeling, mining,
* Integrate and prepare large, complex data sets that meet
functional /non-functional business requirements.
* Design and implement high performance data pipelines for
distributed systems and data analytics for customers.
* Build, deploy, operate, and maintain big data analytics
* Orchestrate large PB sized data storage and compute clusters
across bare-metal and cloud.
* Deploy and manage infrastructures based on Docker, Kubernetes, or
OpenStack, and public Clouds such as Azure, AWS or Google Cloud
* Create tool-chains for analytics and data scientist team members
that assist them in building and optimizing AI workflows.
* Experience with engineering data pipeline from collection and
processing to visualization of SQL and NOSQL cyber security data
sources for threat analysis and modelling.
* Work with Agency data and machine learning experts to improve
functionality in our data and model life cycle management
* Develop enterprise interoperable coding and data standards and
create processes to ensure use of enterprise-wide data architecture
* Solve problems and deliver solutions with database access and
data integration, define data conflation, fusion, and
* Collaborate with data architects, data scientists, data stewards,
and customers to enable more efficient and effective data-informed
* Apply expert knowledge of scripting, tools, programming
languages, standards, and software packages to build databases and
* Accomplish data cleansing, preparation, storage, and
* Web-based data creation and editing through iD editor or
* Data conflation activities through Hootenanny.
* Upgrades to the UI and system capabilities to enhance user
* Use business analytics and data validation to improve campaign
focus and output.
* Establish and sustain a NOME User Forum.
* Create and brief presentations around the community and
This position may be eligible for an INCENTIVE: The selected
candidates may be offered an incentive as part of the offer of
employment, based on budget availability. To receive the incentive,
the selected candidate must sign a service agreement depending on
the approved amount or duration of the incentive. If the employee
leaves before the end of the service agreement, the employee may be
required to repay a pro rata share amount of the incentive to the
Additional Application Requirement: You may be asked to complete
one or more assessments in addition to the application you submit
on this website as part of your application to NGA. These
assessments may include but are not limited to:
* Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to describe
your job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, or other
characteristics that are aligned with the mandatory and desirable
qualifications of this job posting. The information you provide in
the application you submit must support the response you provide to
You will receive an email to describe any additional assessments
required. Please monitor your emails and complete any required
assessments as soon as possible.
MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: 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:
* Demonstrated proficiency in applied programming and/or
manipulation of data with a programing language such as Python, R
* Demonstrated experience working with one or more database
management systems, e.g. relational (Oracle, MySQL, Postgresql,
etc.), noSQL (MongoDB, Accumulo, etc.), graph (Allegrograph,
JanusGraphy, Neo4J, etc) to include experience with database
retrieval methods and optimizations.
* Demonstrated experience working with a range of data
storage/access options, e.g. File(S3, FTP,etc.) and/or API(WFS,
FeatureServer, Elasticsearch, SDK, etc.
* Demonstrated experience enabling access to data by way of
databases or dashboards.
* Demonstrated experience cleaning, filtering, transforming data,
and/or enriching data.
EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree from an
accredited college or university in Computer Science, Engineering,
Information Science, Information Systems Management, Mathematics,
Operations Research, Physical Sciences, Statistics, Technology
Management, or a degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester
hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required
the development or adaptation of applications, systems, or
networks. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A
minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of coursework in any area
listed in option A, plus experience in developing, constructing,
testing and maintaining architectures and/or related technologies,
or in a related field that demonstrates the ability to successfully
perform the duties associated with this work. As a rule, every 30
semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework is equivalent to one year
of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of
education and experience totals 4 years. -OR- C. Experience: A
minimum of 4 years of experience in developing, constructing,
testing and maintaining architectures and/or related technologies,
or in a related field that demonstrates the ability to successfully
perform the duties associated with this work. -AND- IT-related
experience demonstrating each of the four competencies: Attention
to Detail, Customer Service, Oral Communication, and Problem
Highly Desired Qualifications
QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory
qualifications, experience in the following is desired:
* Experience as a proven innovator and strategic problem
* Familiarity with Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence
Community (IC) activities, functions, and organizational
* Knowledge and understanding of NGA operations, data
infrastructure and architecture.
* Familiarity with cloud services as applied in the DoD and IC.
* Knowledge of simplification and optimization of data automation
workflows; streamlining of extract-transform-load (ETL)
* Knowledge of emerging technical skills, tools, and best
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.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: Promotion opportunities allow applicants at
all band levels to be considered. Qualifications for NGA positions
do not include specific time-in-band requirements. NGA will
emphasize quality of experience, rather than duration, and assess
how the quality of the experience demonstrates possession of the
knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for
successful job performance in the NGA occupational structure.
Band 03 $64,948 - $133,465
PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are not authorized.
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
For more information on the array of benefits programs, please
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
Who may apply
External Applicants Only
How to apply
Application submission involves applying using the Intelligence
Community's Applicant Gateway on-line application process. ONLY
ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
How will I be evaluated?
APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this
job opportunity in three stages:
* All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory
* 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,
* Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through
an interview process.
Military retiree applicants, if selected, may be impacted by the
180-day appointment restrictions of DODI 1402.01. HD personnel will
provide additional information if applicable.
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 redetermined 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
NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with
disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you
need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and
hiring process, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The
decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a
Conditions of Employment
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
* Polygraph Test Required
* Position Subject to Drug Testing
* Two Year Probationary Period
* Direct Deposit Required
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.
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