IT Specialist (Information Security)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Sep 25, 2017
Closes
Oct 03, 2017
Function
IT, Security Engineer
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

We're looking for candidates passionate about the exciting and challenging mission of protecting our nation's cyberspace; securing our critical infrastructure, defense, intelligence, financial, energy, healthcare and transportation systems; and safeguarding the personal information of hundreds of millions of Americans.

This announcement establishes a register of qualified applicants who will be periodically referred for employment consideration for positions in Washington, D.C. or the local commuting area based on the hiring needs of agencies across the Federal government. Official position titles may vary based on the vacancy being filled, e.g., IT Specialist, IT Project Manager, IT Program Manager. In addition, some positions may have lead or supervisory responsibilities, or promotion potential to higher grade levels. Agencies that use pay bands or other pay systems can fill positions using this job opportunity announcement where the pay band or grade includes the GS grades listed above.

ATTENTION: This announcement will have multiple cut off dates. The first cut off will support the hiring efforts of agencies in conjunction with the Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council Federal Tech/Cyber Hiring & Recruitment Event which will be held in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area on November 6-7, 2017. The first cut off will end at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on either: (A) September 29th, 2017 or (B) The date that 1000 applications are received; whichever occurs first. If the cut off ends on the date that 1000 applications are received, all applications submitted by 11:59 pm that day will be given consideration, including those in excess of 1000. Additional cut off dates may be established to refer other groups of qualified applicants for employment consideration based on the hiring needs of agencies.

To find out more information about the Federal Tech/Cyber Hiring and Recruitment event and to register for attendance, please visit CIO.gov/hiringevent.


This is a Direct Hire Public Notice. Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration. Category Rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to this Public Notice.

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TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • Complete the initial online assessment and USA Hire Assessment, if required
    • Travel and security clearance requirements will vary depending on the position being filled.
    • Some positions may require a pre-employment drug test, and random drug testing during the period of employment.
    • Some positions may require shift work and/or have on call requirements.

    To qualify at the GS-9 level you must have:
    A. At least one full year of specialized IT experience completing assignments or parts of projects relative to the security of information systems. This could include: (1) applying basic security principles, practices, and procedures in the administration of an information security program; (2) assisting in identifying need for changes based on new security technologies or threats; and/or (3) assisting in the production of communication materials for cybersecurity information sharing. This experience must be comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service.
    - OR -
    B. Successfully completed a master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or a master's or equivalent graduate 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.

    To qualify at the GS-11 level you must have:
    A. At least one full year of specialized IT experience assisting in the administration of an information security program. This could include: (1) applying security principles, practices, and procedures in the administration of an information security program; (2) identifying need for changes to systems based on new security technologies or threats; (3) responding to user problems by analyzing and resolving incidents or breakdowns; and/or (4) producing communication materials for cybersecurity information sharing. This experience must be comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service.
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    B. Successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral 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.

    To qualify at the GS-12 level you must have at least one full year of specialized IT experience supporting an information security program. This could include: (1) implementing IT security policies and strategies governing the operation of information systems and networks; (2) monitoring use of data files or regulating access to prevent or defend against unauthorized access to systems; (3) identifying and correcting information system security violations, incidents, or breakdowns; and/or (4) verifying that sensitive or classified information systems meet the appropriate safeguards required by regulations or statutes. This experience must be comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service.

    To qualify at the GS-13 level you must have at least one full year of specialized IT experience implementing and maintaining an information security program. This could include: (1) maintaining an organization's information system security program to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data; (2) monitoring security requirements for certification and accreditation, network operations and protocols, and/or systems testing and evaluation; (3) establishing vulnerability reporting criteria; (4) reviewing and evaluating security incident response policies for potential security threats or risks; and/or (5) verifying that sensitive or classified information systems meet the appropriate safeguards required by regulations or statutes. This experience must be comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service.

    To qualify at the GS-14 level you must have at least one full year of specialized IT experience developing, implementing and evaluating an information security program. This could include: (1) implementing security programs designed to anticipate, assess, and minimize system vulnerabilities such as intrusion detection or access authentication programs; (2) developing and documenting requirements, capabilities, and constraints for system design procedures and processes; (3) recommending best practices, plans and policies to improve cybersecurity incident response and coordination; (4) developing and interpreting security policies and strategies governing the operation of information systems and networks; and/or (5) providing expert advice concerning improving cyber security and IT risk management. This experience must be comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service.

    If qualifying on the basis of experience, your experience must be IT-related and it must demonstrate each of the four competencies listed below. Your level of proficiency for each competency will be assessed based on your responses to the online assessments and additional steps in the hiring process (e.g., interview).
    1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

    If qualifying on the basis of your graduate level education, you must submit copies of your transcripts or a list of your completed courses.

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be rated well-qualified on the assessment. Additional information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

    Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/images/1/14/USA_Hire_Reasonable_Accommodation_FAQs_-_01-26- 17.pdf

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Once the announcement has closed, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation, as well as a determination of whether you meet the preliminary qualifications and attained the overall minimum score on the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, will be the basis for establishing whether you meet all of the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying; errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The quality categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. You will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, and abilities):

    • Accountability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Customer Service
    • Flexibility
    • Influencing/Negotiating
    • Integrity/Honesty
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Learning
    • Self-Management
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Teamwork
    • Decision Making
    • Reading
    • Reasoning

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