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Supervisory IT Specialist (Cybersecurity) - DIRECT HIRE

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Nov 26, 2023

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The Supervisory IT Specialist (Cybersecurity):
  • Serves as a Supervisory, IT Cybersecurity Specialist providing direct support to the CISO in coordinating and managing enterprise-wide cybersecurity program; and ensures that DOT systems are secure and comply with federal cybersecurity regulatory requirements.
  • Establishes effective alliance and partnership with industry leaders and high-level program
    managers to direct and manage cybersecurity-related projects and integrate them into the overall project effectively so that DOT can achieve its missions and goals. Provide outreach to industry, academics, other branches of government and the public to promote and improve the Agency cybersecurity services and posture.
  • Define 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.
  • Develop 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.

The Ideal Candidate Statement: DOT OCIO is looking for a seasoned leader with excellent oral and written communication skills, a motivated self-starter who is experienced with Departmental compliance with FISMA 2014 and other applicable federal cybersecurity requirements. Have experience in reporting compliance status with program-related federal mandates to the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department leadership, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Congress. Experience using Cyberscope and CSAM.

This announcement establishes an open continuous one 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).
  • SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD: New supervisors must complete a 1-year probationary period (unless already completed).


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience qualifications.

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:
  • Expertise and previous use of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) series of documentation related to FISMA
  • Expertise in preparing internal and external reports that may include providing audit liaison support to IT operations and other agency elements
  • Oversee, evaluate, and support the documentation, validation, assessment, and authorization processes necessary to ensure that existing and new information technology systems meet the Department's cybersecurity and risk requirements and provide decision-makers with the knowledge to make well-informed risk decisions.

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.

The OCIO has many job opportunities available. Our goal is to attract and retain a diverse group of talented employees to support our mission. Job opportunities are available in all of the OCIO program offices.

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