IT Specialist (INFOSEC)
NPPD leads the national effort to protect and enhance the resilience of the Nation's physical and cyber infrastructure. Within NPPD, CS&C is responsible for helping the civilian government and the private sector better manage their cybersecurity and communications risk.
At CS&C, we help our government and private sector customers by responding to incidents, sharing information, developing and promulgating best practices, and increasing our Nation's cybersecurity capacity. Every day, CS&C employees make a difference as they enhance the security, resilience, and reliability of our Nation's critical networks and address threats to our public health and safety, economy, and national security. From incident response to international affairs, penetration testing to policy development, systems engineering to stakeholder engagement, the careers and opportunities to make a difference at CS&C are endless.
This announcement is issued under the Direct Hire Authority (DHA) to recruit for positions for which there is a critical hiring need. Selectee(s) will receive a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service and may be required to serve a one year probationary period.
Please Note: This is an open continuous announcement that will be used to fill immediate and future vacancies for this agency. There may be multiple cut-off dates with the first being 30 days after the initial opening date December 16th. Additional cut-off dates may be established as needed until all vacancies have been filled.
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More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
Appointments are subject to the availability of funds.
In addition, the salary information was updated to reflect pay adjustment increases for 2017.Learn more about this agency
Occasional travel - 1-5 nights away from home per month.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
New employees must serve a one year probationary period.
Essential Personnel: This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operation events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, acts of terrorism, or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5 U.S.C. § 7501-7533 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable).
This position may be require shift work on a 24x7x365 basis and incumbent may be required to work weekends, nights and/or holidays on a rotational basis or as the need/workload dictates.
To qualify at
the GS-11 level, you must possess one of the following:
A. Have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies that includes 1) evaluating existing IT solutions to ensure adherence to IT security requirements (Attention to Detail); 2) providing on-site incident response to cybersecurity incidents; (Customer Service); 3) evaluating existing and proposed systems, networks or software designs for potential security risks (Problem Solving); and 4) presenting recommendations for resolution of security problems and/or threats to management officials during meetings, workshops, and/or conferences (Oral Communication). In addition, you must have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) assist in providing support to an organization in developing strategies that protect information and counter IT systems security threats. -OR-
B. Successful completion of a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or equivalent doctoral degree, or three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education (54 semester units or equivalent) leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, if related, in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.
To qualify for this position at the GS-12 level, you must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies that includes 1) identifying and evaluating vulnerabilities of information technology systems and networks (Attention to Detail); 2) providing on-site incident response to cybersecurity incidents (Customer Service); 3) assisting with forensic and malware analytical activities in response to cybersecurity incidents (Problem Solving); and 4) presenting security requirements and/or issues to management officials during meetings, workshops, and/or conferences (Oral Communication). In addition, you must have at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sector) providing support to an organization in developing strategies that protect information and counter IT systems security threats.
To qualify for this position at the GS-13 level, you must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies that includes 1) interpreting suspicious network activity to explain various network protocols (Attention to Detail); 2) researching and evaluating incident response to cybersecurity incidents impacting a wide range of agency security programs (Customer Service); 3) performing forensic and malware analytical activities in response to cybersecurity incidents (Problem Solving); and 4) providing advice on enterprise network and IT security architecture to management officials during meetings, workshops, and/or conferences (Oral Communication). In addition, you must have at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sector) identifying and analyzing hacker methodologies to develop mitigation strategies against future threats. NOTE: The contents of your resume must fully support this response in order to be found qualified for this position.
NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), please indicate through your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor how each course fulfills the specific education requirement, i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned.
Special Instructions For Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
This announcement is for various positions and the tentative selectee must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for either a TS/ SCI or Secret clearance as a condition of placement/retention in this position.
This position has been designated exempt from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 USC Section 7112(B)(6).
All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.
Other recruitment incentives may be authorized.
Note about the information provided in your resume and supporting documentation: Your experience (paid and unpaid), education, awards, training and self-development will be evaluated as it relates to the position based upon the information provided in your resume/application and any other supporting documents.
National Service Experience
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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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Under the provisions of the Direct-Hire Authority, veterans' preference does not apply. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements described above and who are otherwise eligible to apply for the position, may be referred for selection consideration.
Applicants who are displaced Federal employees within the local commuting area who are requesting priority consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) will also be evaluated against the following criteria: Your resume and other applicant information must reflect your length of experience and/or training in the following areas:
1. Systems engineering concepts and methods
2. Cybersecurity principles
3. Attention to detail
4. Problem solving
Applicants will be evaluated on their total background including experience (paid and unpaid), education, awards, and training and self-development as it relates to the position based upon the information provided in the resume/application and any other supporting documents. If you are a current or former Federal employee, your resume must indicate the GS or pay band level for each position that you held. If your resume includes non-government service, including contractors, please include the salaries for each position held. All work experience should specify the length of time spent in the position. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated.
Please note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education OR that your application is incomplete, you will be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.
Evaluation of Experience: Please include ALL applicable work experience that relates to the position for which you are applying. You must include months and years to receive credit for your work experience. You may use additional sheets to describe your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that indicates hours per week "varies." List exact hours per week on each job experience.