Programmer/Developer - Trainee

Job Locations US-MD-Lanham
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(2/28/2018 9:45 AM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Function
Information Technology
Job Schedule
Regular Full-Time


MAXIMUS is a leading operator of government health and human services programs and has partnered with state, federal and local governments to provide critical, high quality health and human service programs to a diverse array of communities. Operating under MAXIMUS’s founding mission of Helping Government Serve the People® since 1975, MAXIMUS Federal Services is entirely focused on helping government agencies run programs cost-effectively and serve program constituents with improved outcomes. By being a responsible steward for government programs, we help the federal government deliver on its promises through our people, process and technology. Our focus is always on outcomes and results that connect citizens more effectively with government services.


MAXIMUS Federal provides Operations and Maintenance (O&M) support to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) MasterFiles (MF).  This position will provide legacy IT system support to the Individual Master File (IMF) and Business Master File (BMF) key tax systems through programming and analysis, and assisting in the transition of the MF to a modified Agile approach to requirements decomposition and documenting using Collaborative Lifecycle Management tools.


We are seeking entry level programmer trainees interested in a career ladder leading to full performance as a senior level programmer/developer.  The work primarily involves the development of Assembler Language (ALC) software applications on a mainframe platform. Selected trainees will complete a paid 8 week ALC programming course hosted by MAXIMUS in June 2018, and must successfully pass 5 exams.


Upon successful completion of the IRS MBI Clearance process, and the MAXIMUS training program, the Programmer/Developer Trainees will support the IRS project and must be available to work at the IRS facility in New Carrollton MD 5 days a week. The IRS facility is conveniently located directly across the street from the New Carrollton Metro station!


  • Develop or assist in development of Assembler Language (ALC) software applications on a mainframe platform, and maintain modules of a well-established applications software program
  • Participate on a team designing, developing, testing and implementing software for less complex programs, such as modifying input forms
  • Document customer business rules
  • Develop flow diagrams and our pseudo-code
  • Test and debug programs according to detailed requirements and submit completed applications software to the project lead
  • Support the maintenance of existing applications software
  • Interact with employees in the immediate office or related offices to acquire, clarify or exchange information needed to complete assignments
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

The Ideal Candidate will Possess the Following Additional Education and Experience

  • Associate’s Degree (AS or AA with math curriculum) with a degree award date no later than summer 2018
  • Preferred field of studies: Computer Science, Mathematics, Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) programs
  • Knowledge of, and skill in applying, basic IT concepts, principles, methods and practices sufficient to perform highly structured, entry-level work designed to develop broader and more in-depth knowledge and skill needed to perform higher-level assignments
  • Ability to communicate factual and procedure information clearly, verbally and in writing; and to gather and analyze basic facts and draw conclusions
  • Ability to follow detailed and specific instructions and perform work as directed using specific and detailed guidelines
  • Ability to analyze a problem by breaking into smaller parts
  • Highly motivated and Self-starter
  • Strong math background
  • Excellent attention to detail capability
  • Excellent time management, scheduling, and organizational skills
  • Preferred experience includes: programming and testing applications in any computer language


After MAXIMUS completes initial review of resumes, applicants will be requested to provide Transcripts and/or Math SAT/ACT scores.


Physical Requirements: 

  • Work is performed in a general office environment

Additional Requirements as per contract/client:

  • Ability to obtain and maintain an IRS Minimum Background Investigation (MBI) clearance (active IRS Moderate Risk MBI is a plus)
  • United States Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency (Green Card status) for at least three (3) years, and Federal Tax compliant

EEO Statement

Active military service members, their spouses, and veteran candidates often embody the core competencies MAXIMUS deems essential, and bring a resiliency and dependability that greatly enhances our workforce. We recognize your unique skills and experiences, and want to provide you with a career path that allows you to continue making a difference for our country. We’re proud of our connections to organizations dedicated to serving veterans and their families. If you are transitioning from military to civilian life, have prior service, are a retired veteran or a member of the National Guard or Reserves, or a spouse of an active military service member, we have challenging and rewarding career opportunities available for you.

A committed and diverse workforce is our most important resource.

MAXIMUS is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

MAXIMUS provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disabled status.


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