IT Specialist (INFOSEC/NETWORK)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Posted
Jul 06, 2022
Closes
Jul 07, 2022
Hours
Full Time
Duties

This position is being filled under DoD Modified Direct Hire Authority, Section 1109; PL, 116-92, dated 12/20/2019 .

As an IT Specialist (INFOSEC/NETWORK) at the GS-2210-13/14 some of your typical work assignments may include:
  • Represents the Division Chief as an authoritative expert with outside organizations, working groups, and leadership councils within the Department of Defense and non-Department of Defense Agencies and Activities as it relates to IT cybersecurity operations and cyber assessment activities. The incumbent will perform as the senior Cyber Security Assessor supporting NE-MAC.
  • In coordination with the Division Chief, executes and creates NE-MAC cyber policies and procedures for defensive Cyber Testing and Cyber Operations in support of cyber assessment activities. Verify, track, audit, and ensure compliance with Cyber Division CONOPS, SOPs, and TTPs. Enforce and track policies, and methods as well as oversight to ensure Cyber Teams working maintain full compliance with DoD and NE-MA assessment policies and procedures.
  • Prepares, tracks and ensures the NE-MAC division maintains all required documentation, audit, personnel certifications, training and verifications to maintain required certifications. Conduct extensive market research to determine the best IT solutions for the division's cyber assessment capability with an eye towards life cycle of the equipment, current and future cyber threats, and applicability to the Division's long-term strategy. Work with the DTRA IT Directorate and others to establish an Authority to Operate (ATO) for each system procured by conducting the Risk Management Framework (RMF).
  • Provide technical guidance for matters affecting configurations and operations to maintain standalone network infrastructure used for cyber assessments, training, and analysis. Applies cybersecurity analytical and networking techniques to resolve existing system problems and prepare studies to design alternatives to meet performance criteria. Performing network maintenance and system upgrades including service packs, patches, hot fixes and security configurations and liaise with vendors and other IT personnel for problem resolution.
  • Coordinate with applicable authorities to gain access to connect cyber tools on specific networks identified by program objectives. Deploy with the contract cyber SMEs when government oversight is required. Provide briefs to DoD and USG Senior Leaders on cyber assessment processes and methodology, assessment results, vulnerability mitigation, and program initiatives.
  • Performs cyber assessment operations by analyzing computer components and architectures, including the functions of various components and peripherals, basic programming concepts, assembly code, TCP/IP, OSI models, underlying networking protocols, security hardware, and software options including the network artifacts they induce. Maintains operational, technical, and authoritative situational awareness during assessments. Conducts classified and open-source data collection via various online tools as well as test and evaluate open-source and locally developed tools for operational use.
  • Serves as the Senior Cyber Operations Assessor for a professional staff of IT cybersecurity experts specializing in cyber operations and application defensive cyber methodology.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Occasional Travel
  • Work Schedule: Full-time
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Tour of Duty: Set Schedule
  • Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: Not Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible
  • COVID19: Please see, additional information.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Must maintain/obtain Top Secret Special Sensitive (TS-SCI) clearance
  • This is a Drug Testing designated position
  • All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.


Qualifications

You may qualify at the GS-13, if you fulfill the following qualifications:One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service:
  • Knowledge in the application of Cyber Assessment methodologies in order to define and manage the contractor scopes of work necessary to conduct cyber security operations and cyber security assessments.
  • Knowledge with conducting cyber vulnerability assessments, and gathering data on past cyber-attacks in order to build a creditable portfolio of scenarios to assist commanders in developing mitigating options.
  • Knowledge building virtualized network environments utilizing industry standard cyber security toolsets.
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods, and tools for assessing IT vulnerabilities in order to execute interactive cyber operations.
  • Knowledge in applying network architecture and topology, including transmission protocols, broadcasting, switching, control, and management in order to design and analyze network vulnerabilities and virtual networks.
  • Knowledge and experience in designing system configuration to include installing various network devices and services (e.g., routers, switches, firewalls, etc.) in order to maintain IT systems throughout the agency.
  • Knowledge of IT theories, concepts, principles, standards and methods in order to advise other IT professionals throughout an agency on a variety of situations and issues that involve applying or adapting new theories, concepts, principles, standards, methods, or practices and to provide technical guidance on all matters affecting network infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of the Risk Management Framework for networks in order to develop an Authority to Operate (ATO) for each system.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing in order to perform all aspects of duties, brief senior civilian and military personnel, and to provide written and verbal information on behalf of the Division Chief, to senior leaders and individuals from various organizations and agencies as it relates to IT cyber security and cyber vulnerability assessments.

You may qualify at the GS-14, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service:
  • Expert knowledge of Computer Network Defense including actions taken via computer networks to protect, monitor, analyze, detect, and respond to network attacks, intrusions, disruptions, or other unauthorized actions that would compromise or cripple defense information systems and networks.
  • Expert knowledge of defensive cyber concepts such as passive and active reconnaissance, infiltration, internal network pivoting and exploration, and data exfiltration.
  • Expert knowledge of general cyber-attack stages (e.g., foot printing and scanning, enumeration, gaining access, escalation of privileges, maintaining access, network exploitation, covering tracks, etc.) in order to ensure the effective execution of cyber-threat emulation.
  • Expert knowledge of working with commercial or open-source defensive security tools for reconnaissance, scanning, exploitation and post-exploitation.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

In addition to meeting qualifications, your application package must reflect the applicable experience to meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the 2210, series as listed below:

Experience
Experience must be IT related; the experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification), as appropriate

GS-5 through GS-15 (or equivalent): For all positions individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. The employing agency is responsible for identifying the specific level of proficiency required for each competency at each grade level based on the requirements of the position being filled.
  • Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
  • Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
  • Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

  • and

    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.

    Education

    Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

    Additional information

    COVID19 - To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

    Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily or intermittently telework.

    Other Notes:

    RE-EMPLOYED ANNUITANT: This position DOES NOT meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at: https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/140025/1400.25-V300.pdf

    All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information:
    https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/

    Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see Who Needs to Register | Selective Service System : Selective Service System (sss.gov) )