Information Technology Specialist (Security)

Foreign Agricultural Service
Washington, DC
Mar 15, 2017
Mar 21, 2017
IT, Security Engineer
Full Time
Foreign Agricultural Service * 1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC Work Schedule is Full-Time - Permanent Opened Tuesday 2/28/2017 (6 day(s) ago) ** Closes Monday 3/6/2017 (0 day(s) away) ## Job Overview Summary Begin a challenging and rewarding career with the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), an agency of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). FAS is a dynamic foreign affairs agency with offices in Washington, DC and 70-plus countries around the world. FAS is seeking committed professionals with diverse skills and talents to help improve foreign market access for US products, build new markets, enhance the competitive position of US agriculture in the global marketplace, and provide food aid and technical assistance to foreign countries. The Information Technology Management Services Branch of the Information Services Division (ISD), Office of the Chief Operating Officer (OCOO), Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), is responsible for Information Technology (IT) capital planning, cyber security, developing and managing the agency's Enterprise architecture, managing the agency Electronic Government efforts, managing the agency's IT budget, developing and implementing policies and procedures for IT project management, and managing the IT acquisition process. The incumbent performs a wide range of important and complex assignments related to Security & Access Management, Privacy as well as Certification & Accreditation Management. * The incumbent is required to have a Microsoft or CompTIA Security Plus certification. This position is non-critical sensitive and requires a secret security clearance. Duties **The duties may include, but are not limited to:** * Serves as project leader for information technology projects and initiatives in accordance with established FAS Project Management Lifecycle methodologies. Performs liaison duties with users to understand FAS business requirements. Develops and presents alternate proposals for problem solution both orally and verbally. Creates and manages a set of base-lined project requirements. * Estimates level of effort for information technology projects; assigns work to staff as needed; defines contractor tasks carefully; monitors work and tests results to ensure that the end products satisfy user and system requirements prior to Government acceptance. * Manages information technology project budgets and schedules as applicable. Ensures corrective actions are taken in a timely manner to keep projects on schedule and within budget. * Provides guidance and support to the agency IT security program. Develops long-range plans for IT security systems that anticipate, identify, evaluate, mitigate, and minimize risks associated with IT systems vulnerabilities. Leads the implementation of security programs designed to anticipate, assess, and minimize system vulnerabilities. Coordinates the implementation of security programs across platforms and establishes vulnerability reporting criteria. * Reviews and evaluates agency security incident response policies. Identifies the need for change based on new security technologies or threats. Tests and implements new policies; institutes measures to ensure awareness and compliance. * Reviews proposed new systems, networks, and software designs for potential security risks; recommends for mitigation or countermeasures. * Implements higher-level security requirements such as those resulting from laws, regulations, or Presidential directives. * Integrates security programs across disciplines. Defines the scope and level of detail for security plans and policies applicable to security programs. Provides expert guidance to the planning, coordination, and development of specifications to meet security requirements at the agency or Wide Area Network (WAN) level. Travel Required * Occasional Travel * Occasional travel may be required. Relocation Authorized * No ## Job Requirements Key Requirements * US Citizenship is required. * Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. * A 1-year probationary period is required. * Noncritical Sensitive, Computer ADP Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level. **FOR THE GS-13 LEVEL:**Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level) that demonstrates: **Specialized Experience: **Extensive skill in applying IT security theories and concepts and project management methods sufficient to plan and develop information assurance or information security programs; ability to formulate IT security program initiatives in response to IT security issues.** **In addition to the specialized experience shown above, the incumbent is required to have a **Microsoft or CompTIA Security Plus**certification. In order to validate this, you must show proof of your certification in your application. AND **Experience must be IT related; and the experience must demonstrate each of the four competencies listed below: **Attention to Detail** - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail. **Customer Service** - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services. **Oral Communication** - Expresses 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); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. **Problem Solving** - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations. **There is no education substitution for this grade level. **Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (eg, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (eg, 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. **Special Conditions:** * As a condition of employment, satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation and/or fingerprint check may be required for this position. * Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance. * Position may be eligible for telework. Security Clearance Secret ## Additional Information What To Expect Next If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, 2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and 3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. We expect to make a final job offer within 40 days after the closing date of the announcement. BENEFITS The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: -insurance/healthcare/enrollment/new-federal-employee-enrollment/ Other Information * Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible see To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. * More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles. The additional selection(s) may be made from other division(s) not listed in the vacancy announcement. * Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD). * Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing. * E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. * It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at: ?TransmittalID=6465 * This is a bargaining unit designated position. *Salary Range:* $94,796.00 to $123,234.00 / Per Year *Series & Grade:* GS-2210-13/13 *Promotion Potential:* 13 *Supervisory Status:* No *Who May Apply:* US Citizens; no prior Federal experience is required. *Control Number:* 464952900 *Job Announcement Number:* FAS DE 2017-0082