IT Specialist (Security), ZP-2210-IV (GS-13/14 Equivalent)

Washington D.C.
Jul 18, 2017
Jul 25, 2017
IT, Security Engineer
Full Time

About the Agency

Incumbent will serve as an IT Specialist in the Infrastructure Services Division of the Office of Information Systems Management (OISM) for the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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Your application package may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for training.

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  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • You must be suitable for Federal Employment


    Experience must be IT related; the experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification), as appropriate

    GS-5 through GS-15 (or equivalent): For all positions individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. The employing agency is responsible for identifying the specific level of proficiency required for each competency at each grade level based on the requirements of the position being filled.
    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.


    In addition to the basic requirements, applicant must have one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the GS-12 level (ZP-III at NIST). Specialized experience is defined as experience in production of PowerShell scripts and Windows 2008 and/or 2012 server administration.

    Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement 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 OPM website located at http:///

    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.

    Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Your resume must be complete (i.e., include dates of experience, salary, work schedule, etc.), detailed and relevant to the position.

    Public Trust - Background Investigation


    Primary responsibilities will include supporting system architecture and maintenance of the production and integration environments for the National Vulnerability Database (NVD) and the Computer Security Resource Center (CSRC), analyzing application requirements to ensure infrastructure capabilities meet requirements. and performing Windows Server system administration/troubleshooting/maintenance.

    Formulates, conducts, leads, manages, and/or consults on a technology program or policy issues of considerable scope, complexity, importance, and impact. Technology programs may involve (a) technology systems development & services (b) technology grants, cooperative agreements, & contracts, (c) technology policy, or (d) measurement/standards activities. Use judgment to establish overall objectives; isolate areas that need study; and devise/plan projects to accomplish objectives and apply new methods to resolve complex and/or intricate, controversial, or unprecedented issues and problems. Work affects the work of other technical and scientific experts or the development of major aspects of agency-wide technology programs.
    Mastery of the policies, theories, principles, practices, methods in a specialty of a technical professional field (in science, engineering, information technology, or mathematics); the ability to conduct & direct an advanced program, exercise professional leadership, & provide consultation in the specialty. Skill in developing and applying necessary expertise in a recognized leading- edge technological field.
    Performs basic and applied research leading to improved methods for the protection of IT systems, including the development, application, analysis, and testing of security methods and systems which prevent or limit the loss of IT resources due to unauthorized access, destruction, disclosure, tampering, or alteration; studies IT system vulnerabilities and proposes solutions; develops security standards for both government and commercial use; instructs others on the proper application of IT security techniques.

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