Cybersecurity Chief Operations Officer

Pentagon, Virginia
May 17, 2022
May 24, 2022
Executive, Chief
Full Time

The Cybersecurity Chief Operations Officer serves under the Principal Director, Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity and as such leads a
select staff of cybersecurity professionals and performs the following major functions to include, but not limited to::
  • Leading DoD cybersecurity initiatives by maintaining demonstrated knowledge and oversight of all Department of Defense Cybersecurity activities, leading the DCIO (CS) activities to include the DoD cybersecurity multi-appropriations budget; engages in all phases of planning, programming, budgeting execution submissions (PPBES) processes, Joint Staff requirements process and Defense acquisitions process.
  • Overseeing Cybersecurity metrics implementation across DoD in order to measure effectiveness of programs. Participating in larger cyber portfolio discussions (not limited to cybersecurity) including the DoD Cyber Council and partnering with USCYBERCOM in managing cyber investments and the cyber system of systems to meet operational requirements.
  • Ensuring that DISA, NSA and MILDEP projects and programs implementing Enterprise CS Capabilities meet DoD CIO objectives.
  • Assisting the DCIO(CS) and Principal Director in performing the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) functions by performing responsibilities of the DoD CIO in the areas of enterprise risk management, including DoD CIO participation in DoD, IC and CNSS Information Security Risk Management Committee (ISRMC), Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS), and other USG flag-level risk management organizations.
  • Assists the DCIO (CS) in managing, directing, executing, overseeing and implementing the Defense Cybersecurity policies, strategies and programs across the DoD.
  • Provides policy expertise, program guidance, and defense-wide oversight, to the DCIO (CS) on all aspects and matters related to DoD Cybersecurity policies, information sharing and partnerships, and IT Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM).
  • Develops capabilities to monitor and improve compliance with cybersecurity policies and procedures and ensures continuous monitoring plans in support of White House and legislative directed cyber security initiatives.
  • On behalf of DoD CIO, develops with DoD and Government agencies per Executive Order 13587, structural reforms to improve the security of classified networks and responsible sharing and safeguarding of classified information are incorporated into ongoing departmental and interagency cyber security activities. Makes recommendations on policies and standards to be developed in order to promote effective safe sharing of information for all agencies that operate on classified computer networks.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • All newly appointed Career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights Obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES.
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed into this position. Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • In order to qualify for this position, you must be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI).
  • Submit resume and all other required documents online by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on05/24/2022
  • The individual selected will be required to file an 'Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • You will serve a two-year probationary period unless you have previously completed the probationary period in the SES.


To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), the Mandatory Technical Qualifications, and other qualifications, if applicable, listed below.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately, not to exceed 10 pages. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so will result in a rating of 'ineligible.' When responding to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the ECQs. Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. You should limit your narrative to two pages per ECQ, and address each ECQ separately. OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications can assist you in writing an effective SES application. In particular, please note the Challenge-Context-Action-Result Model that is recommended and very helpful when drafting ECQ narrative responses. The Guide is available on OPM's Website at:

Applicants must utilize the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model when writing Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ). Use two examples of relevant experience for each ECQ being sure your experience matches the ECQ criteria.
Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities; the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services you managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions. You should use action oriented leadership words to describe your experience and accomplishments (e.g., Led the development and implementation of....) and quantify your experience wherever possible to demonstrate your accomplishments (e.g., number of employees supervised; size of budget managed; amount of money saved, etc.).

ECQ 1 - Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Applicants that are either Career SES members, or graduates of the Office of Personnel Management Certified Development Program are not required to address the ECQs.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately. You are required to respond to all of the technical qualifications. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as ineligible. Please limit your written statements to no more than two pages per technical qualification. DoD Joint Enterprise-Wide Experience Statement:

1. Demonstrated knowledge and personal experience in cybersecurity practices, policies, and programs including zero trust and background issues related to the development and sustainment of these policies and programs in the Federal government or a large corporation.

2. Extensive experience with technical and operational issues relating to cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection to include cybersecurity technology trends and capabilities, industrial control systems and critical asset protections, cryptographic modernization and cloud cybersecurity.

3. Demonstrated experience in developing strategic plans for cybersecurity and protection of the Federal government or a large corporation's information infrastructure to include research and analysis of alternative course of action and risk, and the employment of compromise and persuasive techniques at high levels.

In addition, DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective. This individual must have the ability to apply a broad point of view and an awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities is required. Executives must demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences. A separate narrative statement is not required. This information should be embedded within the application package (Resume, Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications).


This standard allows eligibility through meeting either the requirements specified in the section titled Education or the requirements specified in the section titled Experience.

Education: All academic degrees and coursework must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions

Undergraduate or Graduate Education: Degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or 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.

Specialized Experience for GS-7 (or equivalent) and Above: Positions at GS-7 (or equivalent) and above require one year of specialized experience at the next lower GS-grade (or equivalent). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Such experience is typically gained in the IT field or through the performance of work where the primary concern is IT. The employing agency is responsible for defining the specialized experience based on the requirements of the position being filled.

Additional information

Veterans preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.

Applications MUST be submitted through USAJobs.

Submit resume and all other required documents online by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on 05/24/2022