Information Technology Specialist (Security)

Washington, D.C
Oct 10, 2019
Oct 17, 2019
IT, Security Engineer
Full Time


This position is located within the Information Technology Security Office (ITSO) of the Department of Technology Services (DTS). As an Information Technology (IT) Specialist (Security) within the Information Technology Security Office, the incumbent is a recognized IT security expert within the Judiciary with a strong background in cyber security, security tool usage, network security engineering, and a proven record of successfully leading security engineering and architecture activities.
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The incumbent will have excellent written and oral communications skills; and will be required to prepare and present security engineering topics to the judicial technical audience in a variety of formats and media. The incumbent will perform multiple and varying assignments under the direction of the Chief, Security Engineering Division.

The person selected for this position is recognized as an IT security expert with a strong background in cyber-security and network security engineering. The ideal candidate will have a proven record of successfully leading "hands on" security activities, such as developing security architectures, assessing management, operational, and technical controls including using a variety of freely available and commercial toolkits to determine the technical health of a system. These tools include Splunk, Tenable Nessus, and WireShark. The incumbent will be required to review and approve network traffic requests using industry best practices and adhering to judicial policies. The incumbent will be effective in assisting program manager/system owners by providing actionable advice to improve IT security (especially early on in the systems development lifecycle (SDLC).

The incumbent will ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems, networks, and data across the SDLC, and create, promote, and adhere to standardized, repeatable processes for the delivery of security engineering services. Whether working with national program offices to create secure system boundaries for critical systems or partnering with IT stakeholders across the Judiciary to understand and implement secure design patterns, the incumbents will work diligently to educate their stakeholders and motivate them to embrace solutions that
incorporate reasonable, effective, standards-based security controls.

Duties will include but are not limited to:
  • Security Program Reporting: Analyzes, synthesizes, and reports on the security posture of the Judiciary using data maintained by stakeholders and recorded into various agency security tools.
  • Development Lifecycle Outreach: Engages with program offices and court unites in the development phase of national applications to assist in security control selection/capabilities, and provide technical guidance. All output products and guidance are formally recorded, technically accurate, and consistent with IT security best practices.
  • Procurement Assistance: Provides technical expertise to program offices in the procurement phase regarding security related technical evaluation criteria for new procurements.
  • Cyber Security Coordination: Liaises with the national program offices and court units to share information regarding vulnerabilities, exploits, cyber threat intelligence, and integration with cyber security architectures.
  • Technical Expertise: Provides technical expertise combined with knowledge of the Judiciary so that new technologies and architectures are consistent with security best practices and Judiciary policies. Additionally, participates in engineering design reviews and the Judiciary's change control process to ensure changes are consistent with the Judiciary's IT security architecture, security requirements, and industry best practices.
  • Knowledge Sharing: Promotes secure engineering techniques, principles, architectures, and designs both within ITSO and with the various constituencies it serves. Techniques for doing so include, but are not limited to, authoring white papers, creating and delivering presentations, conducting webinars, and publishing articles to various Judiciary newsletters.

  • Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the Administrative Office of the US Courts. In instances where non-citizens are considered for hire into temporary or any other position with non competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO's Human Resources Office that there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.
  • All new AO employees will be required to complete a FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
  • You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment. This does not apply to current federal Judiciary employees.
  • Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if authorized by the Director of the AO.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

  • Qualifications

    Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

    Basic Requirements: You must have Information Technology (IT) related experience which demonstrates proficiency in each of the following competencies:
  • 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.
  • AND

    Specialized Experience : Applicants must have at least one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is demonstrated experience in ALL of the following:
  • Experience working in security on enterprise scale projects;
  • Experience in using IT risk management tools such as Splunk, Nessus, and WireShark;
  • Capable of working with, presenting to, and influencing various business and technical groups to align security strategies with mission support requirements;
  • Experience designing security architecture roadmaps and documenting architectural decisions;
  • Experience incorporating data into decision making process;
  • Produce technical accurate and grammatically correct documents and presentations;
  • Ability to analyze and approve/disapprove network traffic management requests.
  • (Resume must show clear and convincing evidence of all areas of specialized experience.)

    Desired but not required:
  • CISSP, CISM, CEH, CRISC certifications.
  • 10+ years of total IT experience.

  • Education

    This position does not require education to qualify.

    Additional information

    The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

    You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:
    • Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
    • Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.
    • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) - All applicants outside of the AO must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.
    • Veterans Preference documentation - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.

    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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