Information Technology Specialist, GS-2210-11/12/13
Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.
For over two centuries The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.
This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard, Deputy Commandant for Operations, Assistant Commandant for Intelligence & Criminal Investigations, CG Cyber Command located in Washington, DC.
Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.
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Occasional travel - May be required to travel 1 to 5 nights per month
Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes PCS Authorized.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.You qualify for the GS-11 grade level (starting salary $66,510) if you possess one of the following:
A. One year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level that demonstrates the ability to monitor network capacity and performance and diagnose network connectivity problem and respond to incitements; ability to ensure all systems security operations and maintenance activities are properly documented and updated as necessary; and the ability to assess the effectiveness of security controls and implement security measures to resolve vulnerabilities, mitigate risks and recommend security changes to system or system components as needed; OR
B. Completion of 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education; OR
C. Possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
Combination of graduate level education beyond the first 2 years of progressive graduate study and specialized experience that together meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.
You qualify for the GS-12 grade level (starting salary $79,720) if you possess the following experience: Experience in monitoring network capacity and performance and diagnosing network connectivity problems and responding to incitements; experience in ensuring all systems security operations and maintenance activities are properly document and updated as necessary; experience in assessing the effectiveness of security controls and implementing security measures to resolve vulnerabilities, mitigating risks; recommending security changes to system or system components as needed; conducting network scouting and vulnerability analyses of systems within a network; and coordinating and providing technical support to enterprise-wide cyber defense technicians to resolve cyber defense incidents.
You qualify for the GS-13 grade level (starting salary $94,796) if you possess the following experience: Experience serving as a subject matter experience in cyber security principles, methods, tools and operations; broad experience and practiced knowledge in applying IT security standards to government owned networks; experience in applying the Risk Management Framework (RMF) to IT systems; experience in using computer forensic principals to maintain custody and conduct investigations; broad knowledge of common attack vectors on the network layer; and mastery in application of network equipment.
Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.
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.
National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to be Human Resources Office.
This position does not have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here
Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. At the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations.
If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment. All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation as a condition of placement into this position. Certain investigation levels may automatically require a credit check after initial job qualifications have been met. For those positions that do not automatically require a credit check, it may later be required if the initial investigation surfaces a potential issue. Visit: OPM Mythbuster
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Recruitment incentives may be authorized.
Moving expenses will be paid.
This position is a special-sensitive position with a TOP SECRET/SCI/SAP clearance requirement and the tentative selectee must undergo and successfully complete a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) background investigation as a condition of placement/retention in this position. A Counter Intelligence Polygraph may be required.
Must be a U. S. citizen and resident of the U. S.
All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.
For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.
If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-695-6303. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be referred for consideration.
The necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities to perform this job are:
1. Knowledge of cybersecurity principles, methods, tools and operations.
2. Knowledge in applying network operations and protocols to secure and operate the cyberspace domain.
3. Skill in using computer forensic principals to maintain custody and conduct investigations.
4. Skill in application of network equipment, including hubs, routers, switches, bridges, serves, transmission media, and related hardware.
5. Knowledge of common attack vectors on the network layer, Cyber incident response, response to malicious activities and compromises of missions through cyberspace.
6. Ability to configure and utilize network protection components (e.g., Firewalls, VPNs, network intrusion detection systems), implement and test network ifrastruture contingency and recovery plan.
7. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
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