Chief XML Strategist






The incumbent serves as Chief XML Strategist for the Department of the Interior in the Office of the Chief Information Officer. [Insert boilerplate language for description of CIOís office.]




The incumbent serves as Chief XML Strategist for the Department of the Interior. The incumbent is responsible for strategic planning and coordination activities relative to the implementation and use of Extensible Markup Language (XML) by the Department and its bureaus.In carrying out those responsibilities, the incumbent must work closely with OMB and the CIO Council to ensure appropriate coordination of the Departmentís activities in support of electronic government initiatives, information technology architectural guidance, and the Presidentís management agenda.The incumbent will also work closely with other thought leaders in industry and other agencies to foster the implementation and disciplined use of XML-related standards and good practices.


The incumbent is required to develop and maintain a close working relationship with chief information and technology officers (CIOs & CTOs) within the Department as well as in other agencies, through the CIO Council.These relationships are critical to the development of a strategic plan for the implementation and use of XML by the Department, as a component of a governmentwide plan. The incumbent must be able to relate the mission goals and objectives of the various Department programs to existing and planned technologies and to clearly articulate these relationships in a written plan as well as verbally and in person with Departmental management, management in other agencies, the CIO Counicil, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Congress, and the private sector. The strategic plan will serve as the foundation for implementing and using XML within the Department and its bureaus. A successful strategic plan will address all aspects of implementation and use of XML to facilate the sharing of data (electronic records) not only within the Department but also with other agencies, at all levels of government, as well as with external partners and the public.


The incumbent is responsive to the needs of the Department in supporting the effective and efficient planning, acquisition, implementation, utilization and operation of XML technologies and practices and provides leadership to the Department in ensuring compliance with standard practices and sound technical and scientific principles. The incumbent facilitates close communication and coordination with the CIO Council, OMB and other agencies in a variety of forums and teams as directed by [insert proper verbiage].


The incumbent serves as a principal advisor to the CIO with respect to all aspects of usage and potential usage of XML by the Department and its bureuas. The incumbent is also responsible for outreach to external stakeholders in other agencies, particularly OMB and the CIO Council, as well as the private sector and Congress in soliciting advice, comments, and pertinent information regarding the application of XML to the Departmentís mission and activities and to clearly articulate the Departmentís mission goals and objectives to this audience. Regular interaction and consultation with Department technical and management staff as well as other Department management is required. The incumbent represents the Department in meetings and projects with OMB, the CIO Council, other government agencies, and private and professional organizations regarding the activities of the Department with respect to XML.





1. ††††††† Knowledge Required of the Position

The incumbent must have in-depth knowledge and experience in the administration, management and application of XML as it relates to and supports the mission of natural resource management on a national and international level. In addition, the incumbent must have comprehensive knowledge of the mission and organization of the Department of the Interior and be experienced in the management and administration of a division-level organization. Significant recent experience must exist in information systems administration and program management. The incumbent must also be well versed in current computer and telecommunications systems technologies and practices and have demonstrated abilities in applying these technologies to natural resources management and related administrative support activities. The incumbent must also be fully versed in the preparation and justification of budget initiatives and related materials and must fully understand the budget process, from the bureau level through the Department, OMB, and Congress. The incumbent must have demonstrated the ability to analyze and evaluate extremely complex, high-level materials for presentation to Department, OMB, and CIO Council officials as well as the ability to critique major issues in order to identify potential problems, conflicts, or impact and recommend alternative courses of action.


2. ††††††† Supervisory Controls

The incumbent is under the general administrative supervision of the [insert proper verbiage] with extensive latitude for independent judgment and action in the initiation, development, and administration of the assigned broad program areas. The incumbent has a great deal of flexibility in executing assignments. Supervision is usually limited to discussions of overall program objectives and accomplishments. Work is considered technically authoritative and is generally accepted without revision.


3. ††††††† Supervision Exercised

The incumbent has no direct supervisory responsibilities, but may be called upon to serve as the Acting [insert proper verbiage] in the absence of the [insert proper verbiage].


4. ††††††† Guidelines

Guidelines consist of broadly stated regulations, laws, directives and instructions in the form of the Federal Information Resources Management Regulations (FIRMR), the Federal Enterprise Architecture and related documents, OMB Circulars, the Department Manual, written and verbal instructions from the CIO and other Department officials.Supplemental guidelines exist in the form of work activity guidance and any other source as may be specified by the Secretary, the CIO, and other Executive Branch officials, and Congress. Guidelines are very general, requiring the incumbent to exercise a high degree of judgment and originality in interpreting, modifying, and applying them to specific situations.


5. ††††††† Complexity

The incumbent must effectively plan and articulate the highly technical and complex functions of information systems and telecommunications relative to Department projects and activities on a national and international level. The incumbent bears significant responsibility for the effective planning of these technologies and management principles throughout the Department. Specific attention will be placed on full integration of data management principles on a Departmentwide basis with all existing and planned information systems.Policies, practices and standards must be in compliance with all applicable Department, OMB, and Congressional guidelines and within the framework of overall Department priorities and budgetary constraints.


6. ††††††† Scope and Effect

The incumbent is responsible for planning related to XML on a national (Departmentwide) level. The incumbent also has significant influence in Governmentwide and international activities and serves as the primary liaison with OMB, the CIO Council, and external entitities (including OASIS and the W3C) with respect to XML-related technologies and policies.Plans and practices promulgated under the incumbent's leadership directly affect the full range of the activities of the Department and its bureaus.They may also affect other Executive Branch agencies as well as other government and private organizations worldwide.


7. ††††††† Personal Contacts

The incumbent maintains contacts at many levels of the Department both within the Headquarters Office and the bureaus. In addition, the incumbent is involved in crucial issues related to the use of XML at OMB and the CIO Council, as well as across all levels of government within the United States and internationally.Personal contacts must be established and maintained with the private sector, Congress and the academic community as well.


8. ††††††† Purpose of Contacts

Contacts within the Service are for the purpose of promulgating XML-related plans, policies and practices. Contact at the OMB, the CIO Council, Congress, and elsewhere is for the purpose of representing the Department's interests and concerns as well and conveying information regarding the Department's mission and promoting the Department's position regarding issues related to the implementation and use of XML.Particular attention is paid to the implementation and disciplined use of relevant voluntary consensus standards and good practices.


9. ††††††† Physical Demands

The work is primarily sedentary. Some travel is required.


10. ††††† Work Environment

The work of the incumbent is performed in a typical office environment.