Development and Operations (DevOps) Branch Chief

Arlington, Virginia
Feb 04, 2023
Feb 05, 2023
Full Time

As the Development and Operations (DevOps) Branch Chief, you will lead over 800 federal employees/contractors. You will be part of a team managing a multi-million-dollar contract portfolio to develop and sustain enterprise-wide cybersecurity solutions. Using agile engineering you will lead the Dev/Ops organization and oversee the delivery and enhancements of mission capabilities across the CISA enterprise. Learn more about the CISA mission.

As a DHS Cybersecurity Service Employee in the Leadership Track, at the Senior Cybersecurity Manager level, you will continually and proactively participate in learning activities to enhance and apply your technical and leadership expertise in Cybersecurity Engineering and Cybersecurity Architecture to oversee multiple DHS Federal cybersecurity programs, organizations, employees, and contract resources to manage a range of unusually difficult tasks, including:
  • Overseeing the branch's efforts to increase software/application developer productivity through implementation of Agile Release Train methodology to plan, visualize, and manage multiple interdependent teams providing full lifecycle support for automated services in various stages of continuous integration and delivery.
  • Collaborating with leaders and technical experts across CISA to drive cultural change advancing the maturity and adoption of Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery practices.
  • Managing programs, budgets, contracts, staff, and subordinate managers in implementing Automations, Code Quality and Code Analysis tools and other proactive maintenance activities.
  • Serving as an DevOps technical expert implementing and supporting Continuous Integration and Deployment pipelines.
  • Ensuring the branch provides technical expertise and various tools supporting Supply Chain Management and Release Management including Source Control, Continuous Integration, and Change Management.
  • Leading CISA efforts to support, troubleshoot and analyze code on all three layers of the stack related to infrastructure, middleware, and continuous integration and delivery frameworks.
  • Coordinating with cross-functional teams to design, develop, and implement scalable enterprise features enabling higher developer productivity, environment monitoring and self-healing, and facilitate autonomous delivery teams.


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 Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • 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 Leadership Track at the Senior Cybersecurity Manager level. At this level, individuals generally:
  • Have 12+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Have 5+ years of leadership experience.
  • Are seasoned cybersecurity managers capable of overseeing multiple Agency or federal cybersecurity programs or organizations, including employees and contract resources, through subordinate managers.
DHS Cybersecurity Service employees with a technical capability in Cybersecurity Engineering will generally:
  • Conduct software, hardware, and systems engineering expertise to develop new and refine/enhance existing technical capabilities, ensuring full integration with security objectives, principles, and processes.
  • Build practical solutions in full consideration of lifecycle of costs, acquisitions, program and projects, management, and budget.
  • Identify engineering requirements for, and ensures interoperability of, internal and external systems.
  • Demonstrate strategic risk understanding and critical thinking skills, considering impact of security breaches or vulnerabilities in every aspect of the engineering process.
  • Stay current on emerging technologies, and their applications to current and emerging business processes (e.g., cloud, mobile), and identifies and recommends methods for incorporating promising technologies to meet organizational cybersecurity requirements.
DHS Cybersecurity Service employee whose primary technical capability is Cybersecurity Architecture will generally:
  • 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 employees start at career levels and salaries matching their experience and expertise. To learn more about DHS Cybersecurity Service career tracks and levels, visit our application portal .

When you submit your application, you will have the opportunity to select which of the following 2 capabilities is your primary technical capability-reflecting your primary area of expertise that you would apply on the job.
  • Cybersecurity Engineering
  • Cybersecurity Architecture
DHS Cybersecurity Service jobs are structured cybersecurity specializations - called technical capabilities. To learn more about technical capabilities, visit our application portal .

  • Expertise with DevOps tools and automation frameworks
  • Expert knowledge of information security tools
  • Demonstrated expertise with DevOps techniques building continuous integration solutions using Jenkins, Docker, Git
  • Experience in configuration management tool such as Ansible, Chef, or Puppet
  • Experience with n-tier web application development
  • Experience with Kubernetes and other container management solutions
  • Experience with API integration with CICD tools.
  • Working experience in cloud computing, PaaS, IaaS, and related areas are highly desirable
  • Knowledge and experience with Linux OS
  • Should have working experience with monitoring tools like Zabbix, OPNET, and/or SPLUNK, or any other monitoring tools/processes
  • Experience working in Agile environments
  • Ability to handle multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong Automation and Problem-solving skills and ability to follow through to completion
  • Experience coaching junior members in the team


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 ranges reflects typical starting salaries available to employees in most of the United States across applicable career levels. Within the provided range, average salaries vary for each career level.

Senior Cybersecurity Manager: $179,400 - $195,500

In some geographic areas, average starting salaries 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 figures. 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.