Technology Strategist

Arlington, Virginia
Jul 06, 2022
Jul 14, 2022
Full Time

The salary information has been amended for this job opportunity announcement. Please see the Additional Information section regarding the updated salary information.
In limited circumstances, DHS may consider remote applicants.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is recruiting professionals with expert/resident-level technical expertise to support a range of Cybersecurity Architecture, Cybersecurity Research and Development, Cybersecurity Policy, and Cybersecurity Program Management initiatives. These opportunities are in the DHS Cybersecurity Service at the Staff Cybersecurity Specialist career level in the Technical Track and encompass roles such as Cybersecurity Architect, Emerging Technologist, and Technology Strategist.

As a DHS Cybersecurity Service Employee in the Technical Track, at the Staff Cybersecurity Specialist level, you will continually maintain and share your expert/resident-level expertise in either Cybersecurity Architecture or Cybersecurity Research and Development to perform a range of critical, routine, and non-routine tasks, including:
  • Providing technical guidance and oversight, reviewing security and privacy requirements to determine system needs and translating those requirements into secure technical and operational specifications.
  • Assisting DHS leadership in setting strategic thresholds and objectives for research and development efforts based on current events, marketplace developments, emerging and projected threats.
  • Applying evidence-based research results into adopted technologies, emerging technologies, and threats.
  • Designing, modeling, and developing prototype capabilities to enhance cybersecurity and detect vulnerabilities.
  • Applying technical expertise to design and support a cybersecurity strategy that alights to the organization's broader vision, mission and business goals, ensuring sound principles and best practices are implemented in the delivery of planning and management services.
  • Individually owning or leading teams to complete large, cross-functional projects start-to-finish.
  • Collaborating with stakeholders across the Cybersecurity Division (CSD) to conduct complex design reviews based on stakeholder security requirements.
  • Assessing cybersecurity policy needs and collaborating with internal and external government stakeholders to develop and revise cybersecurity zero trust plans and technical and strategic roadmaps.
  • Assessing developed capabilities against specifications and requirements, validating functionality at capability and sub-capability levels to evaluate and quantify success of research and development initiative based on defined requirements.
  • Collaborating with other designers and cybersecurity professionals to consider all stakeholder feedback when designing and evaluating software and networks that are secure from known methods of cyber-attack.
  • Proactively identifying and analyzing complex software risks from known methods of cyber-attack, recommending highly effective solutions to assist others in designing more complex software to resolve identified vulnerabilities and risks.
  • Coordinating, communicating, integrating, and is accountable for the success of cybersecurity projects and programs, ensuring alignment with critical agency cybersecurity priorities.

When you submit your application, you will have the opportunity to select which of the following two capabilities is your primary technical capability-reflecting your primary area of expertise that you would apply on the job:

DHS Cybersecurity Service employee whose primary technical capability is Cybersecurity Architecture:
  • Develop system concepts and works on the capabilities phases of the systems development lifecycle.
  • Translate technology and environmental conditions (e.g., laws, regulations, policies, and technical standards) into system and security designs and processes.
  • Provide recommendations for investment standards and policies that drive how controls will be applied across the organization.

DHS Cybersecurity Service employee whose primary technical capability is Cybersecurity Research and Development:
  • Conduct technology and/or feasibility research, development, and assessments.
  • Provide, build, test and support a prototype capability and/or evaluates its security and utility.
  • Plan, conduct or oversee comprehensive technology research to evaluate potential vulnerabilities in cyberspace systems.
  • Ensure appropriate security measures are considered throughout each phase of the R&D lifecycle


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or national.
  • You must be 18 years of age.
  • Must be registered for the Selective Service (if you are a male).
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Security clearance levels may vary.
  • Must be able to submit to a drug test and receive a negative result.
  • Must be able to comply with ethics and standards of conduct requirements, including completing any applicable financial disclosure.
  • May be required to serve a 3 year probationary period.


This position is in the Technical Track at the Staff Cybersecurity Specialist career. At this level, individuals generally:
  • Have 8+ years of cybersecurity work experience
  • Are capable of serving as a resident cybersecurity expert who applies significant technical expertise to develop solutions for critical, non-routine challenges?
DHS Cybersecurity Service employees start at career levels and salaries matching their experience and expertise. In recruiting for this opportunity, DHS may hire employees at higher or lower career levels and associated salaries.

This position is focused on Cybersecurity Architecture and Cybersecurity Research and Development

DHS Cybersecurity Service jobs are structured cybersecurity specializations - called technical capabilities. To learn more about technical capabilities, visit our application portal .

  • Network Security Certifications
  • Cloud Security Certifications
  • Strategic planning experience
  • Cloud and virtualization experience
  • Network and/or solution architecting
  • Knowledge of DevSecOps and continuous integration/continuous development
  • Knowledge of agile development methodologies
  • Understanding of the breadth of information and communications technology (ICT) and emerging technologies in that space


Degrees are not required for jobs in the DHS Cybersecurity Service, but DHS is interested in your level of education and the topics you studied. As you submit initial application information, you will be asked questions about your education.

Additional information

Salary: Listed salary reflects the typical starting salary available to employees in most of the United States. In some geographic areas, the average starting salary will be higher because of a local cybersecurity labor market supplement (e.g., metro Washington, D.C. +10%). Actual salaries of individual employees may be higher or lower than provided figure. For an overview of the salaries available in the DHS Cybersecurity Service, visit Resources

Benefits: DHS Cybersecurity Service employees receive a range of federal employment benefits designed to support their professional and personal lives. To learn more about benefits, visit our application portal .

More information about the specific benefits available to you will be provided as you progress through the application process.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for a security clearance as a condition of placement in this position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

Pursuant to Executive Order 12564 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.