IT Specialist INFOSEC

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
May 12, 2017
Closes
Aug 11, 2017
Function
IT
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

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.

Are you interested in a job protecting our Nation against cyber threats? Then consider joining the Network Security Deployment (NSD) Division in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD).
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 cyber security 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.

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.

This is an open continuous announcement for 90 days, or until all positions are filled. It will be used to fill immediate and future vacancies for this agency. The first cut-off date will be 10 business days after the opening date of the announcement. Additional cut-off dates may be established until all vacancies have been filled.

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TRAVEL REQUIRED:
  • Occasional Travel
  • 1-5 days travel per month may be required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • Selective Service registration required
  • You must be able to obtain and hold a TS/SCI security clearance
  • Selective Placement Factor
    Applicants must possess experience in the following:

    1. Knowledge of IT/cybersecurity program management and project management principles and techniques.
    2. Knowledge of IT/cybersecurity systems engineering principles.

    NOTE: These selective placement factors must be reflected in resume.


    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
    To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience for the respective grade level(s) in which you are applying:

    To qualify at the GS-09 -you must meet one of the following:

    Specialized experience: Have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-07 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as: 1) providing project management support to cybersecurity projects or programs; 2) assisting in the identification of information technology security program implications of new technologies or technology upgrades; 3) assisting in the documenting of requirements for system design procedures and processes. NOTE: To be found qualified for this position; the contents of your resume must fully support the experience above.
    OR
    Education: Have successfully completed a master's degree; or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to that degree at an accredited college or university in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Such fields include computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management etc. NOTE: You must submit official or unofficial transcripts to support this requirement.

    To qualify at the GS-11 -you must meet one of the following:

    Specialized experience: To qualify at the grade GS-11, applicants 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). This experience must include activities such as 1) providing program management support to cybersecurity projects or programs; 2) detecting information technology security program implications of new technologies or technology upgrades; 3) soliciting and documenting requirements for system design procedures and processes; 4) identifying design constraints, trade-offs, and detailed system and security designs to identify necessary lifecycle support. NOTE: To be found qualified for this position; the contents of your resume must fully support the experience above.
    OR
    Education: Have successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree (L.L.M, if related), that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform this work. Such fields include computer science, information science, information systems management, mathematics, statistics, operations research, or engineering or degree
    that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks. NOTE: You must submit official or unofficial transcripts to support this requirement.


    To qualify at the GS-12 -you must meet the following:

    Specialized experience: To qualify at the grade GS-12, applicants must have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as 1) providing program management support to cybersecurity projects or programs; 2) analyzing information technology security program implications of new technologies or technology upgrades; 3) documenting requirements, capabilities, and constraints for system design, procedures and processes; and 4) assessing design constraints, trade-offs, and detailed system and security designs to identify necessary lifecycle support. NOTE: To be found qualified for this position; the contents of your resume must fully support the experience above.

    Education is not a suitable substitute at this grade level.

    Applicants must also have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the following four competencies for this position:

    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) 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.

    For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor must indicate how each course fulfills the specific education requirement (i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned).

    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 here. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

    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 here.

    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.

    It takes a great team to protect a great Nation, and at DHS, we foster a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation. Interested in joining our team? Find out more at www.dhs.gov/join-dhs-cybersecurity.


    More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

    Appointments are subject to the availability of funds.

    New employees must serve a one year probationary period.

    Top Secret/SCI


    DUTIES:

    In this position, you will be providing program/project management support for information technology (IT) and/or cybersecurity related programs and/or projects. Specific tasks will include, but are not limited to:

    • Examine strategic direction for program initiatives and activities, personnel, infrastructure, policy enforcement, emergency planning, IT and/or cybersecurity awareness, and/or other resources.
    • Consult with customers to define project scope and objectives, and evaluate functional requirements; coordinate with systems architects and developers, as needed, to provide oversight in the development of design solutions.
    • Research and identify available technologies and standards to meet customer requirements; Assist in the identification of functional and security related features to find opportunities for new capability developments to exploit or mitigate cyber vulnerabilities
    • Support the design and development of secure interface specifications between interconnected systems; support the design, develop, and integration of system security measures (including polices and requirements) that provide confidentiality, integrity, availability authentication, and non-repudiation
    • Support the development of architectures or system components consistent with technical specifications.