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22-18 Programmer/Systems Administrator




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22-18 Programmer/Systems Administrator

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District of Nebraska

Position Announcement No. 22-18

Position: Programmer/Systems Administrator
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Appointment: Full-time
Job Grade Range: CL 29
Salary Range: $75,967 - $123,464
Opening Date: Thursday, August 4, 2022
Closing Date: Open until filled – Applications received by August 22 will be given priority.

*Position classification, job grade, and salary are based on human resources policies, qualifications, experience, applicant’s current salary or federal pay grade, and preferred skills.

Position Overview

The United States Bankruptcy and District Courts for the District of Nebraska (Courts) are seeking a full-time programmer/systems administrator. This position is in the shared services information technology department of the Courts and provides support for the district and bankruptcy clerks’ offices, chambers, and the probation and pretrial services office. The programmer/systems administrator performs professional work related to designing, developing, and modifying existing software, and is primarily responsible for writing code and meeting with end users to analyze their needs and to implement software solutions. This position has some flexibility in working remotely.

Representative Duties

• Direct and provide system and software development services using C#, VB, Perl, PHP, ColdFusion, JavaScript, .NET languages, and other software used in software development and modification of local and nationally supported software.
• Create, maintain, and enhance C#, Java, Perl and UNIX scripts, data/form libraries, web services, and applications using a variety of web-based software.
• Develop, implement, and manage large and small-scale projects from inception to delivery, including developing complex project plans, thorough design plans, and detailed timelines. Ensure adequate resources are available, coordinate and lead project meetings, and ensure projects are delivered on time and within the confines of the project budget.
• Research current and future technologies and trends and analyze alternatives, including commercial off-the-shelf software. Develop prototype applications and coordinate with judges, senior managers, and staff to ensure that development efforts are meeting the needs of the court.
• Consult with and provide advice and guidance to judges, senior managers, and staff of the courts throughout the district and the circuit on current and future technologies and the automation of manual court processes through the development of software and hardware solutions to enhance both existing and new systems.
• Maintain contact with other automation court personnel at different locations and levels for the purpose of remaining knowledgeable about developments, techniques, and user programs. Represent the district and circuit in judiciary-wide initiatives, meetings, conferences, etc.
• Perform testing, establish procedures, and devise security systems for hardware, software, and data. Develop code that is secure and testing for security vulnerabilities regularly.
• Serve as primary technical administrator for the court’s case management electronic case filing system (CM/ECF) software and hardware.
• Provide technical CM/ECF system support and administration including installing new version releases and backup services. Conduct backup and recovery of the CM/ECF databases stored on Linux systems. Implement disaster recovery plans ensuring data security and integrity.
• Customize CM/ECF application testing, installing, and documenting new releases of applications and operating system software required to meet court operations and customer requirements.
• Serve as primary technical administrator for the probation and pretrial case tracking system (PACTS).
• Maintain contact with other court IT personnel for the purpose of remaining knowledgeable about developments, techniques, and user programs.
• Design, modify, and implement short and long-range automation improvement plans for the court, ensuring that changes can be implemented with minimal disruption to the work of the court.
• Maintain library of software, including documentation of locally developed material.
• Prepare technical and user documentation; perform testing and devise security procedures for hardware, software, and data.
• Implement disaster recovery plans ensuring data security and integrity.
• Perform other related duties or special projects, as assigned.


Education: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in computer science, information systems, or other closely related field is preferred.

Experience: Prospective candidates should have two years of specialized experience that includes progressively responsible experience in developing software, designing, implementing, or maintaining computer systems that included the completion of computer project assignments involving systems analysis and design, computer programming, systems integration, and information technology project management.

Experience using languages such as JavaScript, C#, Perl, PHP, VB.Net, and some scripting languages. Experience in the design, development, maintenance, and support of application programs for multiple platforms including Windows and Linux. Experience using web services. Knowledge of relational database theory, DBI layer, and associated practical experience using Informix, MySQL, ODBC, and JDBC. Experience writing technical documentation and providing training. Team development, version control, and project management skills are required.

Application Process
Qualified applicants must submit an application package in PDF format including:
• A cover letter.
• A detailed resume that includes full educational background, continuing education, legal training, facilitation/presentation skills, second language/sign language proficiencies, military service, community service/civic involvement, work with under-represented populations, and internships.
• A complete AO 78 Application for Judicial Branch Employment. The form AO 78 is available on the court’s website at:

All documents must be submitted in PDF format to:

Incomplete application packages, those not received in PDF format, and applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Only applicants selected for an interview will be notified. The applicants deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in a personal interview at their own expense. The Courts will not be responsible for expenses associated with traveling for interviews or for relocating the successful candidate. References will be required for an applicant considered a finalist. This position is considered a high sensitive position, and as a condition of employment, the selected candidate will be subject to a five-year background investigation with updates every five years thereafter. The selectee for this position is subject to a criminal record check and satisfactory adjudication by the employing office to be eligible for employment. Applicants will not be asked about their criminal history prior to receiving a tentative offer of employment. Applicants completing the AO 78 Application for Judicial Branch Employment are not required to complete questions 18 through 20 regarding criminal history. Criminal history is not in itself disqualifying. All available information, past and present, favorable and unfavorable, about the reliability and trustworthiness of an individual will be considered when making an employment suitability determination. Providing false and/or misleading information may be grounds for removal from the application and selection process, as well as disciplinary action if discovered after an individual’s date of hire. All application information is subject to verification. An applicant selected for the position will be hired provisionally pending successful completion of the investigation. Unsatisfactory results may result in termination of employment.

Employees of the Courts are not included in the government’s Civil Service classification but are under an excepted appointment and therefore serve at will. All judiciary employees are required to adhere to the Judicial Code of Conduct. Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States. The Courts are equal opportunity employers and have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among staff. In particular, members of under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Courts reserve the right to modify the conditions of this vacancy announcement at any time or to withdraw it without prior notice.


A generous benefits package is available and includes the following:
• Paid annual leave, 13 days per year during the first three years of federal service; accrual rate increases with additional years of service
• Paid sick leave, 13 days per year with unlimited accumulation
• Federal holidays, 11 paid days per year
• Federal Employees Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance programs
• Health Care Reimbursement Account
• Dependent Care Reimbursement Account
• Long Term Care Insurance
• Thrift Savings Plan participation with up to 5% employer matching contributions
• Federal Employees Retirement System
• Flexible work schedule opportunities
• Telework opportunities
• On-site fitness facility
• Paid parking (contingent upon availability of funds)
• Employee Assistance Programs
• Work Life Services and on-site Health Units at select locations
• Virtual Learning through the Judiciary Online University
• Student Loan Forgiveness for Public Service Employees

For a detailed review of benefits, click here:

Employees are required to use Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) for payroll direct deposit.

Positions available:

Posted on:
August 4, 2022

Please contact Lora Burke, HR Specialist for more information or to apply.