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Technical Director

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Oct 7, 2023

As a Technical Director in CISA's Cybersecurity Division (CSD), you will support a CSD Associate Director of a CSD subdivision on all current and future technology matters providing leadership on technical, engineering, and architectural activities. You will also act as an official liaison to the CSD Office of the Technical Director (OTD) ensuring technical alignment with CSD's strategic goals in support of CISA-wide missions and activities.

You will apply your technical and executive leadership expertise to:
  • Guide a subdivision's technical vision and needs providing thought leadership and subject matter expertise on subdivision mission areas, including conducting subdivision-wide technology architecture, engineering, and data reviews.
  • Participate in CSD technical decision making with other subdivision technical directors and OTD staff, including serving as the subdivision's primary representative on the CSD Architecture Council.
  • Participate in CSD technical strategy development and implementation planning, including tracking subdivision progress.
  • Ensure a CSD subdivision's alignment to CISA and CSD technology governance processes.
  • Lead a CSD subdivision's operational requirements, recommendations, and assessments of mission tools.
  • Recommend acquisitions of mission technology enhancing current and future operational readiness.
  • Lead the prioritization and development of research proposals and Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC)/University-Affiliated Research Center Laboratories work.
  • Serve as a thought leader and technical advisor to senior CSD, CISA, DHS Science and Technology, Intelligence Community and international officials, stakeholders and partners engaged in research and development in technology fields relevant to cybersecurity.
  • Recommend technical training and development requirements and activities to enhance the CSD workforce.
  • Guide a subdivision's alignment with higher-level technical strategy, operational tactics, and engineering governance frameworks.
  • Maintain awareness of the technical performance of the cybersecurity tools and systems necessary for CSD mission success.
  • Ensure technology products and services integrate with other CISA systems.
  • Oversee data stewardship of subdivision data sets ensuring data availability and integration with other subdivision data sets.


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.
  • The preferred duty location is Washington D.C. but remote work may be available for some positions.


These roles comprise the senior leadership team in either CISA's CSD and are responsible for building and leading large technical teams in accordance with CISA's Core Values and Core Principles .

These opportunities are in the Executive Track. 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 .

Cybersecurity Executives generally:
  • 15 + years of cybersecurity work experience,
  • 5+ years of leadership experience, and
  • Are capable of serving as an executive-level cybersecurity manager who serves as a Component senior functional authority--or DHS-wide leader--and oversees multiple, highly visible Component or DHS cybersecurity programs.
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 .

Applicants for this position should possess at least three of the following:
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate across organizational lines in a complex and dynamic organization.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the cyber threat landscape, emerging cyber issues and technical solutions, supply chain risks, and challenges faced by governmental and private industry partners.
  • Experience as a thought leader providing extensive technical guidance in the areas of cybersecurity engineering and architecture.
  • A demonstrated ability to effectively represent the organization in complex deliberations with senior officials from all branches and levels of government and with private sector executives, including owners and operators of critical infrastructure.


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.

Cybersecurity Executive: $186,600- $199,600

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.

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