Data Steward (Mid-Level)
Company: National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Location: Saint Peters
Posted on: August 29, 2020
ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Data Stewards manage data within databases
to satisfy customer requirements. They generate, approve, and
populate data for databases, evaluate data quality, and determine
availability of data. They apply knowledge of products, data, and
systems to support the extraction, analysis, and finishing of data.
They prepare and validate data for web publishing.
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.
Data Stewards organize data properties and relationships according
to a system of categories. They create models or simulations of the
intersection of data categories to enable data decisions and
determine potential risk and risk mitigation. They make decisions
about the quality and availability of moderately complex data. As a
Data Steward it is desirable to have awareness of data governance
and how its policies and practices direct a data stewards
data-related activities and responsibilities. Other duties may
* Develop an understanding of customer requirements; recommend
specific data sources and types to satisfy mission needs.
* Manage data projects to address challenges and priorities.
* Perform data conditioning techniques and processes for data
* Synchronize data from numerous sources; develop data taxonomy to
support integration into intelligence products.
* Nominate and implement data standards and ontology; and actively
participates in the development of standards through working
* Create and maintain metadata to quality specifications, and
ensure data documentation is developed and maintained.
* Provide oversight during development of data for
visualization/analytic projects and develop schemas to ensure the
data needs and requirements are documented.
* Ensure service interoperability and works to develop taxonomies
where there are deficiencies in data standards.
* Determine requirements to collect data and identify existing data
stores, disparate data, or data collection parameters, and ensures
the data collected are consistent with data models to dissolve any
* Research data issues and inquiries and implements process for
data transformations, to resolve data issues, collaboration on
system changes, and the integrity and quality of data personally
* Conduct data validation and reconciliation processes following
completion of data movement, and enforces processes for data
quality issue resolution.
* Ensure versions of data are maintained along with the history of
changes, so that data content and changes can be audited.
* Conduct QA/QC checks on structured observation data to reduce
* Apply data science principles to query and associate GIS
features; points, lines & polygons and related non-spatial data to
improve upon spatial/GIS features, attribution and dataset
* Employ parallel processing and GPUs and/or cloud computing to
increase operational efficiencies of GIS data query and use.
* Understand data standards & extraction specifications along with
comprehension of how analysts currently utilize data and how they
might expect to use content in the future.
* Interrogate, prepare data to deliver results and/or deploy
* Employ GIS software for data analysis and data management using:
o ArcPro o QGIS
* Communicate technically both orally and in writing and to
constructively resolve data-related issues by leading and/or
working as a member of a team.
* Evaluate and utilize data services and applications to institute
improvements to data content and structure, metadata, data models,
data quality, accessibility and dissemination.
* Ensure established metadata policies and processes are adhered to
for increased integration, access, efficiency, and
* Build data schemas and/or data profiles to enable multiple
mission use of data.
* Apply knowledge of databases, GIS data file formats, commercial
imagery data, digital image processing techniques, and GIS
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 experience in designing, implementing, monitoring,
and/or maintaining databases.
* Ability to develop data set processes for data discovery,
modeling, mining, and/or production.
* Demonstrated experience in acquiring, validating, integrating,
and/or maintaining data within databases.
* Demonstrated experience in analyzing data, and/or reconciling
differences and redundancies to ensure consistency.
EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree from an
accredited college or university in Data Management, Data
Engineering, Data Science, Computer Science, Software Engineering,
Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Cartography, Geospatial Sciences,
Physical Sciences, or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a
combination of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science. At
least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any
combination of statistics and mathematics. -OR- B. Combination of
Education and Experience: A minimum of 30 semester (45 quarter)
hours of coursework in any area listed in option A. At least 15 of
the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of
statistics and mathematics, plus experience that involves
management of data within databases, or in a related area 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 that involves management of
databases or in a related field that demonstrates the ability to
successfully perform the duties associated with this work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: Near visual acuity of 20/40 or better with or
without corrective lenses; Far visual acuity of 20/60 or better
binocular with or without corrective lenses.
Highly Desired Qualifications
QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory
qualifications, experience in the following is desired:
* Customer focused with tactful communication skills; written and
verbal, and an ability to handle confidential/sensitive.
* Ability to multi-task, collaborate with peers, customers, and
management to accomplish a variety of different tasks in a
constantly changing environment.
* Experience with GIS tools in the extraction and attribution,
preparation, management and/or analysis of spatial data.
* Demonstrated understanding of GIS, cartographic principles and
the geo-referencing of information.
* Knowledge of extraction, final product and metadata
* Experience with a variety of computing languages and tools e.g.,
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 email@example.com. 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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