Principal Identity and Access Management Specialist

Washington D.C.
Aug 19, 2020
Sep 23, 2020
Full Time

This is advanced professional work in a highly-specialized Information Technology discipline architecting, implementing, and supporting identity management and privileged access management systems. As the principal architect and lead technical expert,  the  incumbent may be called upon to research and resolve issues escalated by other support groups, as well as recommend long-term strategic directions for Senate technology. As a Project Manager, the incumbent may be assigned project management responsibilities which include the coordination and review of work efforts and monitoring of budgets and timetables. Work is performed under the general direction of the Identity and Access Manager.


  • Provides long-range strategic planning activities for the Senate in the areas of identity and access management (IAM) software and networking systems; monitors the impact of technological developments; identifies emerging technologies.
  • Provides expert-level technical support for identity management systems to vendors, other technical staff, and other divisions and departments; resolves critical and complex systems, applications or communications performance problems.
  • Serves as project manager on assigned projects; plans, assigns, directs and coordinates work efforts; develops project plans, time tables and staff assignments.
  • Leads product evaluations and technical studies and task forces; directs pilot testing programs; analyzes new technology for its impact on the Senate environment; tests new releases on Senate supported platforms; develops product configuration standards for use in the Senate environment; recommends strategic direction for the Senate.
  • Customizes, tests, recommends and configures identity management systems.
  • Assesses hardware platforms and server hardware configurations to solve operational problems; recommends hardware migrations.
  • Researches, evaluates, customizes, and recommends software products for identity and access management.
  • Leads acceptance and integration testing; approves new software releases; develops installation plans; assists and troubleshoots related system issues such as mail systems, Internet/Intranet, and network problems affecting Senate users; provides guidance in vendor oversight; evaluates and oversees contract budgets and schedules; negotiates Senate costs and configurations.
  • Provides expert technical guidance to perform system administration and maintenance on the IAM and Privileged Access Management (PAM) Systems.
  • Leads the integration and strategic processes to align PAM roles and groups with the larger governance framework and unified provisioning of the IAM system.


Work requires extended periods of confined sitting and hand-eye coordination working with computers. Work exposes the incumbent to a number of time-sensitive technical issues that require immediate resolution.


Work requires a Bachelor’s Degree in computer science or a related technical area, and eight to ten years of relevant information technology experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the following knowledge, abilities and skills:

  • Knowledge of information technology software, hardware and network communication technology and protocols.
  • Knowledge of network operating systems software internals and UNIX, Windows-based operating systems.
  • Knowledge of IAM industry trends and emerging technologies.
  • Knowledge of systems design, systems analysis, and system integration.
  • Ability to plan, direct, assign, supervise and evaluate project teams and task forces.
  • Ability to provide policy direction to management.
  • Ability to analyze, evaluate, troubleshoot and resolve complex and critical system hardware, software or networking related problems.
  • Ability to plan and conduct hardware, software and network testing and evaluation programs.


Position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.


Hiring for this position is governed by the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998 (“VEOA”), as made applicable by the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 (“CAA”). Pursuant to the VEOA, qualified applicants who are not current employees of the Office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms and who are disabled or who have served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in certain military designated campaigns (“veterans”) may be eligible to receive a preference over non-veterans in hiring decisions. Family members of veterans may also be eligible to receive a veterans’ preference if the veteran cannot claim his or her veterans’ preference.

To be eligible for a veterans’ preference, applicants must meet all of the requirements set forth in the VEOA and applicable regulations. Those eligibility requirements are summarized in the Application for Veterans’ Preference, which is available at

If claiming a veterans’ preference, an applicant must indicate that he/she is preference eligible on the application or resume and must submit a completed copy of the Application for Veterans’ Preference along with the supporting documentation specified on that form. If the Office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms does not receive the Application for Veterans’ Preference and supporting documentation by the closing date, the applicant’s claim for a veterans’ preference may be denied.

Applicants may obtain a copy of the Office’s Veterans’ Preference In Appointments policy by submitting a written request to

Individuals who are entitled to a veterans’ preference are invited to self-identify voluntarily. This information is intended solely for use in connection with the obligations and efforts of the Office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms to provide veterans’ preference to preference-eligible applicants in accordance with the VEOA. An applicant’s status as a disabled veteran and any information regarding an applicant’s disability, including the applicant’s medical condition and history, will be kept confidential and will be collected, maintained and used in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as made applicable by section 102(a)(3) of the CAA, 2 U.S.C. §1302(a)(3). An applicant who declines to self-identify as a disabled veteran and/or to provide information and documentation regarding his/her disabled veteran’s status will not be subjected to an adverse employment action, but the individual may be ruled ineligible for a veterans’ preference

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