Cybersecurity Principal Specialist #5317

Washington D.C.
Closing date
Dec 15, 2023

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Technology and Software
Full Time

Cybersecurity Principal Specialist #5317

Department: Chief Information Officer
Work Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm
Pay Grade Range: $120000-$167000
Remote Work Status: Hybrid
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date Range: 11/9/2023-11/23/2023

Link to apply: 

This vacancy announcement closes at 7pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted.


Job Description
Join our dedicated Cybersecurity Information Assurance team at the SAA and play a pivotal role in enhancing our cybersecurity posture. We're seeking a Cybersecurity Principal Specialist to lead initiatives, cultivate an effective learning environment, and ensure our workforce remains updated on the latest in cyber threats, policies, and strategies. Your work will directly impact the protection and security of vital information structures.

Step into a role where challenges become opportunities. As a Cybersecurity Principal Specialist, you will be integral to our cybersecurity training and awareness initiatives. Collaborate with internal and external experts, shape our strategies, and ensure a robust defense against cyber threats.

Key Accountabilities/Essential Job Duties
Provides functional and/or technical skills for the assigned cybersecurity unit. Supports the unit’s work effort as required in preparing materials for collaborating with other sections, divisions, departments, and vendors to gather and disseminate information. Contributes to the unit’s work effort as required in preparing analysis and materials for providing expert level support in the assigned area of cybersecurity to SAA IT security branch staff, other SAA technical staff, SAA procurement staff, and other division or departments; and for identifying and resolving critical and complex issues in the assigned unit. Supports the unit’s work effort as directed in providing leadership to the unit’s project teams and contractors. Work includes helping to develop plans, assignments, and coordination of work efforts. Supports the unit’s work effort to develop governing policies, standards, and procedures. Other duties as assigned.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of instructional technologies based on outcomes such as student learning, knowledge transfer, and satisfaction.
  • Collaborate with both internal and external experts to refine awareness standards to meet industry benchmarks.
  • Design and deliver tailored training programs to diverse audiences.
  • Establish open communication lines with stakeholders and promote cyber policy awareness.
  • Develop and implement key goals supporting the cyber curriculum.
  • Oversee and/or implement the creation of instructional materials to guide our workforce.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant cyber policies and strategies.

Required Work Experience

  • 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience within a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)-type environment.

Required Special Skills/ Knowledge

  • Expertise in understanding current and emerging threat vectors.
  • Knowledge of the National Information Infrastructure and related structures.
  • Proficiency in leveraging best practices from external cyber focused organizations and academic institutions.
  • Adeptness in curriculum development that aligns with the target audience's understanding level.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge in areas such as business, education, computer-based training and e-learning services.
  • Proven proficiency in understanding and instructing in all levels of cybersecurity topics.
  • Proficiency in media production, communication techniques, and dissemination methods.
  • Familiarity with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workforce Framework (NCWF) and its components.
  • Ability to assess training needs using industry best practices and techniques.
  • Craft and deliver clear instructional materials via multiple channels.
  • Expertise in developing virtual and real-world curricula tailored to audience comprehension levels.

Working Conditions

  • Sedentary

Continuous Learning & Development:

  • We believe in nurturing talent. With access to advanced training modules, workshops, and seminars, your growth journey is our top priority.

Required Education
High School Diploma, GED, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.


To be employed by a Senate employing office in a paid position in the continental United States an individual must:
1. Be a U.S. citizen;
2. Be lawfully admitted for permanent residence and seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3)(B);
3. Be (i) admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157 or granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. § 1158 and (ii) have filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible; or
4. Owe allegiance to the U.S. (i.e., qualify as a non-citizen U.S. national under federal law).

Employment is contingent on background / security investigation results.  


The SAA provides a highly competitive benefits package for all SAA staff. Our benefits extend beyond health care coverage to help provide employees with student loan reimbursement, professional development, transportation subsidy, TSP/retirement savings, access to our Employee Assistance Program, and more! For more information regarding SAA’s benefits, please visit


As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the SAA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with SAA and need special assistance or an accommodation to complete the application process, please submit your request to email with “Accommodation” in the subject line.


If you are identifying as veterans' preference eligible under the VEOA, please use this link  to complete your application for Veterans' Preference AFTER you apply for this position. The link will also be available on the "Thank You" page after you have submitted your job application.

Candidates only need to apply one time for veterans’ preference to be considered for all future veterans’ preference positions within the Senate Sergeant at Arms. 

  • All supporting documents must ONLY be provided within the Veterans’ Preference Application and within the stated deadline of the job announcement.
  • Late applications for veterans’ preference will not be considered.
  • Documentation to obtain veterans’ preference will not be considered if attached to the job application.
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  • To view additional information regarding the VEOA, please click here .

An applicant who declines to self-identify as a disabled veteran and/or to provide information and documentation regarding his/her disabled veteran’s status will not be subjected to an adverse employment action, but the individual may be ruled ineligible for veterans’ preference.

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