IT Specialist (PLCYPLN)
Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.
The National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) leads the national effort to protect and enhance the resilience of the nation's physical and cyber infrastructure. Learn more about NPPD.
Who May Be Considered: All U.S. Citizens and Status Candidates including the following:
- Current federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service
- Former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service
- Persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special hiring authorities (click here for a list of authorities)
- Persons eligible under an Interchange Agreement (click here to view a list of covered agreements)
- Veterans applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) - Veterans' preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after substantially completing at least three consecutive years of active duty (click here for information on veterans)
- Individuals with disabilities (See more information under "Other Information" below)
Competitive, merit promotion, and/or non-competitive referral lists may be issued based on the needs of the agency.
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.
- Occasional Travel
- You may be expected to travel for this position.
In order to qualify for the IT Specialist (PLCYPLN) position you MUST meet the following:
For the GS-12: Have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies that includes 1) identifying and evaluating vulnerabilities of information technology systems and networks ; 2) providing on-site incident response to cybersecurity incidents 3) assisting with forensic and malware analytical activities in response to cybersecurity incidents; and 4) presenting security requirements and/or issues to management officials during meetings, workshops, and/or conferences. In addition, I 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.
For the GS-13: Have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies that includes 1) interpreting suspicious network activity to explain various network protocols ; 2) researching and evaluating incident response to cybersecurity incidents impacting a wide range of agency security programs; 3) performing forensic and malware analytical activities in response to cybersecurity incidents; and 4) providing advice on enterprise network and IT security architecture to management officials during meetings, workshops, and/or conferences. In addition, I 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.
Education is not required for this position
Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
New employees must serve a one year probationary period.