Information Technology Specialist (Security)

Rosslyn, Virginia
Jan 24, 2019
Jan 24, 2019
IT, Security Engineer
Full Time

25% or less - Occasional travel may be required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.

    If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

    NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

    Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions, per 5CFR 300, Subpart F.

    Applicants applying for the GS-13 grade level must meet the following requirements:

    Have IT-related experience demonstrating EACH of the four competencies AND specialized experience listed below:

      1. Attention to Detail - Incumbent demonstrates a high level of attention to detail by applying personal knowledge and ability to provide expert analysis and advice in the area of Cybersecurity Policy.
      2. Customer Service - Incumbent demonstrates a high level of ability to serve customers by responding to Cybersecurity policy‑related inquiries from computer users at all levels of the organization.
      3. Oral Communication - Incumbent demonstrates a high level of skill in communicating  in order to provide expert advice and guidance, exchange information, brief senior officials, plan and coordinate activities, recommend new methods and approaches, and resolve problems.
      4. Problem Solving - Incumbent clearly demonstrates the ability resolving problems with limited supervisory involvement. The incumbent briefs the supervisor on progress being made and when significant policy issues are encountered.


    Have at least 1 full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service which provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:   

    -Experience managing a full range of cybersecurity policy areas in order to provide advice, guidance, and recommendations on new and existing policies and standards in the cybersecurity area.

    -Experience with up to date IT infrastructures, including critical networks and systems supporting operations in order to write policy relevant to the current issues in the cybersecurity field.

    -Experience effectively communicating in order to provide advice and guidance, exchange information, draft guidelines, present briefings, interpret policies and standards, represent the office in meetings and at conferences, and resolve issues.

    -Experience researching, analyzing, and evaluating IT related information in order to plan and carry out a variety of analytical tasks.

    NOTE: In order to qualify for this position, your 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.

    There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-13 position.

    See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

    For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or

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

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

    -Knowledge of cybersecurity issues.

    -Ability to develop, interpret, and apply policies governing information technology security.

    -Ability to serve as a liaison on security related issues.

    -Knowledge of the current and most advanced cybersecurity concepts encompassing a wide range of techniques.

    Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. 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). Your resume should include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week. For assistance with creating a resume, please click

    Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100.  Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position and earn a score of at least 85 (when applicants are rated in a range of 70 to 100) to receive consideration for special priority.

    Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this job opportunity. Your applicant package must contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.

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    Read more Security clearance Top Secret

    Drug test required No

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