IT SPECIALIST (SECURITY)
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This position is located in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Information Technology Division (ITD), Information Systems Security Branch (ISB). ISB is composed of two sections: the Security Operations Section and the Risk & Compliance Section. This position works with other information technology (IT) specialists in carrying out the information security program in one of the two sections. The incumbent plans, develops, implements, maintains, and enhances programs, policies, and procedures to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems, networks, and information. The incumbent also works with key personnel regarding privacy of data, and to support homeland security objectives.
Salary Information: First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.
This vacancy is limited to the first 40 applications received. All applications received prior to midnight (11:59 ET) of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. If the application limit is not reached by the closing date of the announcement, all applications received during the open period will be considered. Any required documents must be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted past the day the application limit is reached, if applicable. If you choose to edit your application after it has been submitted, it will be removed from consideration until you re-submit your application. The date your application is last submitted will be used to determine whether you meet the cut-off criteria.
APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response
- Not Required
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 next lower grade level that may have been obtained in the private or public (local county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
- Performing forensic and malware analytical activities in response to cybersecurity incidents.
- Gathering, evaluating, and verifying vulnerability of information technology systems and networks.
- Conducting analysis on current or emerging cyber threats to support developing strategies that improve understanding and help to mitigate future threats.
(Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)In addition, all applicants qualifying based on experience must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. Applicants must demonstrate possession of these competencies within the body of the resume; no separate statements addressing them are required.
- 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.
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.
- Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
- This position is designated a public trust position and is subject to satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of initial background investigation and reinvestigation as a condition of employment.
- Successful completion of a 1 year probationary or trial period (if new hire to the Federal service).
- Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expense associated with reporting for duty to this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
- This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation in telework is at the discretion of the supervisor.
- The work is sedentary. Some work may require walking and standing in conjunction with travel to, and attendance at, meetings and conferences.
- Occasional travel to geographically remote worksites or conferences and meetings may be required, but is not frequent.
- The incumbent may carry light items such as papers, book, certification and accreditation items, etc.
- The work does not require any special physical effort.
- The work is performed in a typical office setting.
- Adequate heat, lighting, and ventilation are in place.
- Special safety precautions are not required.
- This position is subject to unscheduled overnight details of undetermined lengths in the event of animal health emergencies or other conditions requiring immediate response, as required by the Agency. (Extensive periods of time may be designated for overnight details.)
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