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IT Specialist (Cybersecurity) - Direct Hire

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Nov 26, 2023

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The IT Specialist (Cybersecurity):
  • Defines strategic priorities in the areas of government-wide cybersecurity initiatives and identify new opportunities pertaining to privacy and security of DOT systems. Explain in writing, presentations and at briefings the strategic value of cybersecurity and privacy and its importance as a business enabler.
  • Develops high level plans, techniques, and measurable objectives to improve the development of cybersecurity and privacy measures and practices in meeting goals and objectives of the agency and to protect sensitive information. Make decisions that are data driven and recommend solutions that measure cybersecurity and privacy protection performance.
  • Works in collaboration with the CISO in developing a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy for the Department, including leveraging DOT's cybersecurity and privacy program as a mission enabler, and creating performance measures for the DOT cybersecurity and privacy program.
    The incumbent oversees the implementation of higher-level security requirements, such as those resulting from legislative, regulatory, or Presidential directives.
  • Ensures the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of IT systems through full compliance with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act, related NIST standards, and agency IT security policies and standards. Continually evaluates current system security posture, monitors activities, and assesses the security awareness knowledge of staff as it relates to assigned areas of responsibility. He/she oversees operations, maintenance and supports activities including, core services, common controls, and life cycle management of all DOT systems managed within the OCIO purview.

Ideal Candidate: DOT OCIO is looking for a seasoned professional who can lead Departmental enterprise cybersecurity programs. These programs can vary but typically involve enterprise security architecture, federal requirements compliance programs, and the Department's High-Value Assets (HVAs) management. We are looking for someone who can lead a multidisciplinary program of cybersecurity research, engineering, technical services, and information management for the Department and is experienced in exercising responsibilities for the planning, engineering, and implementation of complex technical capabilities that include Identity Credential and Access Management (ICAM), management of the Department's Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) and High-Value Asset (HVA) program.

PLEASE NOTE: This announcement establishes an open continuous (1 year) vacancy announcement. Given our continuing need for top professionals in this field, we will review applications on an as needed basis.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen & meet specialized experience to qualify
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
  • Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Applicants may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • SECURITY CLEARANCE: You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.
  • DRUG TESTING: Varies by position. Individuals tentatively selected for drug testing designated positions will be required to complete testing prior to appointment or placement.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

To qualify for the Grade 15, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-14, it must include:
  • Experience implementing, managing, maintaining, and coordinating activities (such as Network/IT Infrastructure Upgrades and Network/IT Resource deployment) both technical/non-technical, for short/long-term milestones to support an organization's office automation efforts.
  • Experience integrating, maintaining, and enhancing information management and information technology programs to provide systems, tools, and analytical capabilities.
  • Experience providing in-depth and independent information technology guidance, services, advice, and recommendations to leadership on information security matters. Performing network monitoring and intrusion detection ensuring sound security principles.

In addition to meeting the above described specialized experience requirements, your IT experience will be evaluated and be expected to include described experience in the following competencies:
  • Attention to Detail: Work is thorough and conscientious about attending to detail.
  • Customer Service: Working with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, providing information or assistance, assigning staff to resolve their problems, or satisfying their expectations; knowing about available products and services; committed to providing quality products and services.
  • Oral Communication: Expressing 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); making clear and convincing oral presentations; listening to others, attending to nonverbal cues, and responding appropriately.
  • Problem Solving: Identifying problems; determining accuracy and relevance of information; using sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives and making recommendations based on technical requirements.

For all types of consideration, 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.

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All applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Additional information

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if similar vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

Qualified CTAP/ICTAP candidates receive priority and will be referred to the hiring manager.

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