IT Specialist (INFOSEC)
Occasional travel - May be required to travel both domestically and abroad.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
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 Top/Secret SCI security clearance
New employees must serve a one year probationary period.
You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative test result prior to appointment to this position. After appointment, you may be subject to periodic random drug testing.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Training (Mandatory): Mandatory training is required which must be successfully completed and other training may occur as necessary for success in the position.
Statements: False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine and/or imprisonment.
Essential Personnel: This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operation events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, acts of terrorism, or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5 U.S.C. § 7501-7533 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable).
To qualify at the GS-11 level, you must possess one of the following:
A. Have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies that includes 1) evaluating existing IT solutions to ensure adherence to IT security requirements (Attention to Detail); 2) providing on-site incident response to cybersecurity incidents; (Customer Service); 3) evaluating existing and proposed systems, networks or software designs for potential security risks (Problem Solving); and 4) presenting recommendations for resolution of security problems and/or threats to management officials during meetings, workshops, and/or conferences (Oral Communication). In addition, you 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) assist in providing support to an organization in developing strategies that protect information and counter IT systems security threats. -OR-
B. Successful completion of a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or equivalent doctoral degree, or three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education (54 semester units or equivalent) leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, if related, in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.
To qualify for this position at the GS-12 level, you must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies that includes 1) identifying and evaluating vulnerabilities of information technology systems and networks (Attention to Detail); 2) providing on-site incident response to cybersecurity incidents (Customer Service); 3) assisting with forensic and malware analytical activities in response to cybersecurity incidents (Problem Solving); and 4) presenting security requirements and/or issues to management officials during meetings, workshops, and/or conferences (Oral Communication). In addition, you must have at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sector) providing support to an organization in developing strategies that protect information and counter IT systems security threats.
To qualify for this position at the GS-13 level, you must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies that includes 1) interpreting suspicious network activity to explain various network protocols (Attention to Detail); 2) researching and evaluating incident response to cybersecurity incidents impacting a wide range of agency security programs (Customer Service); 3) performing forensic and malware analytical activities in response to cybersecurity incidents (Problem Solving); and 4) providing advice on enterprise network and IT security architecture to management officials during meetings, workshops, and/or conferences (Oral Communication). In addition, you must have at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sector) identifying and analyzing hacker methodologies to develop mitigation strategies against future threats. NOTE: The contents of your resume must fully support this response in order to be found qualified for this position.
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.
Current or Former Political Appointees: 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 the Human Resources Office.
Qualifications Must Be Met
The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. 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. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information.
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select Benefits. Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.
This position has been designated exempt from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 USC Section 7112(B)(6).
Relocation expenses are not authorized. Other recruitment incentives may be authorized.
All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.
If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
You are encouraged to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, please use the Alternate Application link listed in the Other Information section of this vacancy announcement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online if at all possible. Applying online, through your USAJOBS account, will expedite the application process and allow you to check your application status as well as verify the documentation submitted with your application. If you utilize the Alternate Application method, your USAJOBS account will not display this application and you will not receive status updates.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Under the provisions of the Direct-Hire Authority, veterans' preference does not apply.
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use a job questionnaire to further evaluate your experience, education, and training. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
- Attention to Detail
- Information Systems/Network Security
- Problem Solving
- Systems Engineering Lifecycle
If you are determined qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10158594.
Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Program (I/CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not I/CTAP eligible. View information about I/CTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under I/CTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.
Interview Requirement : Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration. Read more Security clearance Top Secret/SCI