IT Specialist (INFOSEC)
Secure the Homeland
Proud to Protect
This announcement was recently changed to extend the closing date.
This recruitment may be shared across the DHS organizations in an effort to support efficient and effective recruitment operations. Candidates not interested in participating in this initiative may request to opt out.
Are you interested in a job where your primary purpose will be to support the design, development, management and sustainment of national cybersecurity systems that aim to protect federal and critical infrastructure entities? Then consider joining the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities concerning, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.
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.
- Occasional Travel
- 1-5 nights away from home per month.
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
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.
- Conduct systems security evaluations, audits, and reviews; participate in network and systems design to ensure implementation of appropriate systems security policies.
- Participate in long-range plans for IT security systems that anticipate, identify, evaluate, mitigate, and minimize risks associated with IT systems vulnerabilities.
- Identify and specify information systems security requirements associated with migrations to new environments.
- Coordinate with systems architects and developers to provide oversight in the development of design solutions.
- Communicate the value of IT security throughout all levels of the organization's stakeholders.