Senior Information Technology Specialist (Cyber Security/Network Engineer)

Washington, D.C
Sep 20, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
Full Time


This is a full-time position with the Office of Information Technology at the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C.

Closing Date : Friday, 09/27/2019, 11:59 PM EDT

Note: A security clearance is not required in order to apply. However, the applicant must be able to acquire and retain a Top Secret (TS) clearance as a condition of employment.
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Under the guidance of senior staff, the incumbent will perform the full range of tasks and activities involved in developing, coordinating, implementing, and maintaining standards and procedures to protect the security and integrity of information systems and data. The selected candidate will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Work with stakeholders at all levels of the organization to communicate the state of information security, inform of possible risks, and suggest ways to improve security;
  • Conduct periodic network monitoring and intrusion detection analysis to determine if there have been any attacks on the system;
  • Analyze network traffic to identify anomalies and test the information security controls for weaknesses;
  • Respond to threats and take mitigating actions to contain the malicious activity and minimize damage, as well as facilitate forensic analysis to determine the source of the threat;
  • Design and implement new safeguards to protect the system;
  • Work with other IT teams to implement the new safeguards, whether it is in the form of software, hardware, or new operating procedures.
The incumbent will make recommendations to senior management on results of analyses and work closely with other Information Technology groups to refine and enhance security controls. Will assist with problem-solving, process improvement, project management, and information security policies, and participate in on-call support.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Meet Experience Requirements (see Qualifications)
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See:


Candidate must have a college degree (computer-related) and/or five years' security-related experience. As a condition of continued employment, the candidate must be able to acquire and retain a Top Secret (TS) clearance. Candidate must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Demonstrated 5+ years of network design and architecture experience, to include LAN, WAN, and production datacenter environments supporting web-hosting components and infrastructure, including web servers, application servers, load balancers, mail and DNS servers;
  • Strong knowledge of firewalls and security appliances and their placement within complex network environments;
  • Strong knowledge of TCP/IP network protocols, including common application protocols;
  • Ability to use documentation to convert knowledge of general/theoretical concepts into network configurations on a wide range of equipment in a lab and global network environments;
  • Strong knowledge of both interior and exterior routing protocols;
  • Ability to assist team members in achieving their deliverables (understanding VLANs, routing, moving live hardware between cabinets without losing customer data, implementing automation for multiple platforms, investigating errors, etc.) and enhancing their skills;
  • Experience in scripting skills utilizing Python and working knowledge of GitHub and version control best practices;
  • Working knowledge of Ansible;
  • Ability to balance business needs with security policies;
  • Strong, systematic network troubleshooting and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to adapt to new technologies, test them to failure, and identify the strengths/weaknesses of each for decision-makers (research and evaluate new hardware/software);
  • Organizational skills with the ability to multitask, take direction, prioritize, and manage multiple activities / tasks to achieve objectives;
  • Must be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • CISSP and other security certifications desired.
The selected candidate will be working with a small group of highly-skilled and motivated technical staff. The Court provides appropriate in-house and outside third-party technical training. Each staff member is provided with access to high levels of technical support; an in-house library of up-to-date commercially available technical books and software; a technology lab for development and testing of technology products; and a fully equipped computer training room. In addition, the Court provides all employees free access to an in-house exercise facility/weight training room.


Candidate must have a college degree (computer-related) and/or five years' security-related experience.

Additional information

Working for the Supreme Court of the United States offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. Additional benefits include flexible spending accounts, long-term care insurance, and the SmartBenefits transit subsidy.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will review and assess your application package in comparison with the posted qualifications for the position.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

The following documents are required:
  • OF-306 ( )
  • A resume
  • A cover letter

  • If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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