Supervisory IT Specialist (INFOSEC), ZP-2210-5 (Direct Hire)

Washington D.C.
Jun 13, 2017
Aug 14, 2017
IT, Management
Full Time

About the Agency

IMPORTANT APPLICATION DEADLINE: The first referral of candidates from this announcement will be made from applications received by 11:59 PM EST, Thursday, June 22, 2017. Subsequent cut off dates may be established as requested by management.

This is a Direct Hire Public Notice. Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.

This position is located in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Cyber Security Division (CSD) with one vacancy in Silver Spring, Maryland.

This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band. The ZP-5 is equivalent to the GS-15.

Category Rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to this Public Notice.

* A one year supervisory probationary period may be required.

* Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

* This position is not in the bargaining unit.

*This position is Drug Testing designated.

* This vacancy may be used to fill other Supervisory IT Specialist (INFOSEC), ZP-2210-5 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band requires the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

Applicants must clearly demonstrate all components of the Specialized Experience in application materials provided in order to qualify for this position. Failure to demonstrate the Specialized Experience below WILL result in disqualification.

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Qualifications requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.
  • If selected, required to complete OGE Form 450 financial disclosure
  • Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:

    For all positions individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating 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.
    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.

    To qualify at the ZP-5 (GS-15) level:

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the IT Competencies above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-4 (GS-14) in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:
    • Providing technical experience and oversight in enterprise cyber security operations and computer network defense, including network and host monitoring, vulnerability and risk assessment, cyber threat assessment, and incident response;
    • Managing the cybersecurity of all IT systems operated by contractors or third party vendors to ensure they are adequately protected to ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability in order to minimize the risk of unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification or destruction;
    • Providing support and collaboration with external cybersecurity providers for the installation, configuration, test, operations, maintenance, and management of on premises and external (including cloud hosted) cybersecurity analysis and monitoring tools and sensors, services, and software;
    • Developing and administering budgets, allocating resources, and providing contracting oversight for an IT program; and
    • Overseeing an IT security program in a department/agency with an IT user population count that exceeds 10,000.
    Applicants must clearly demonstrate all components of the Specialized Experience in application materials provided in order to qualify for this position. Failure to demonstrate the above Specialized Experience WILL result in disqualification.

    Application materials should clearly specify the numerical value of IT user population count as well as the contract value in contracting oversight experience.

    Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: Incumbent will be expected to obtain Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP) certification within two years of entrance on duty.

    Top Secret/SCI


    As a Supervisory IT Specialist (INFOSEC), you will perform the following duties:

    • As the Deputy Director for Operations, serves as the manager for the NOAA Cyber Security Center (NCSC), ensuring that NOAA's cyber security defenses protect NOAA systems, data, and personnel, IT projects, milestones, and reporting are completed to time and to standard.
    • Responsible for the entirety of NOAA’s Cyber Security Operations regime including supervising the provision of all enterprise cyber security services.
    • Coordinate the NCSC operations which handle IT incidents and ensure that security policies and procedures are developed and followed to prevent and defend against unauthorized access to networks, systems, and data to ensure their confidentiality, availability and integrity.
    • Formulate, develop, and coordinate IT security program initiatives and strategies in response to critical IT security issues and defense strategies to ensure protection.
    • Advise and collaborate with leadership in all aspects of relevant NOAA IT security organizational needs and policy objectives, operations and activities.
    • Propose comprehensive policy studies that serve to define cyber security major issues and lead to new or revised policy proposals developed to prevent and defend against unauthorized access and vulnerability to networks, systems, and data.
    • Review proposed new systems, networks, and software designs for potential security risks.

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