Chief Cybersecurity Architect

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Pentagon, Virginia
Sep 16, 2020
Sep 24, 2020
Executive, Chief
Full Time


The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is the principal staff element of the Secretary of Defense in the exercise of policy development, planning, resource management, and program evaluation responsibilities. OSD includes the Offices of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense, Under Secretaries of Defense, Deputy Chief Management Officer, Assistant Secretaries of Defense, General Counsel, and the Director of Administration.

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Chief Cybersecurity Architect serves as the principal adviser for the development of cybersecurity architectures, and ensures the DoD cybersecurity architecture enables DoD C4 in face of capable cyber adversary, and DoD fielding of artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, enterprise cloud computing adoption, and other such capabilities throughout the required by the Department's Digital Modernization.Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Develops and implements a commercial and industry outreach strategy for the DoDCISO, identifying areas of high potential for adoption of commercial technology cybersecurity solutions; USG research and development solutions; and government and/or commercial best practices.
  • Identifies and implements key strategic initiatives that will improve the Department's cybersecurity posture, while simultaneously creating a partnership with DHS and other government agencies to improve cybersecurity support to critical infrastructure.
  • Develops a comprehensive Department-wide strategies, architectures and implementation plans for key enterprise security systems supporting zero trust architecture, including Identity Credential and Access Management (ICAM), data-centric security root of trust,mission enclave virtualization and enterprise cross domain solutions.
  • Leads DoD CISO's and the Department's outreach/integration efforts with the private sector's CS community to adopt and incorporate where appropriate their continuous improvements techniques within DoD.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period.
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Required to participate in the direct deposit program.
  • This position is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing.
  • In order to qualify for this position, you must be able to complete a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI), and obtain a Top Secret security clearance and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI).
  • The individual selected will be required to file an 'Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978


To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the Mandatory Technical Qualifications, and other qualifications, if applicable, listed below.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately. You are required to respond to all of the technical qualifications. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as ineligible. Please limit your written statements to no more than two pages per technical qualification, and must include your name.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in implementing AI, enterprise cloud computing, C3 and cybersecurity initiatives within the Federal government; a state or local government; or a large corporation. (Moreover, he/she should have a thorough professional knowledge of technical management concepts, procedures, and techniques that can be applied to DoD enterprise decision and policy making including.)
  • Expert knowledge of Federal Cybersecurity and National Security System policies and procedures; information system security engineering (ISSE) expertise; and expert knowledge of enterprise cybersecurity security architectures, and supporting tools and technologies.
  • Expert knowledge of - and extensive experience with - government and/or commercial/industry IT policies and programs and the background issues related to the development and sustainment of these policies and programs.

  • Time in grade is not required for Senior Level (SL) position.

    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.

    ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The VOW Act Chapter 21 of Title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 2108a, requires Federal agencies treat active duty service member as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligible, when they submit, at the time they apply for a Federal job, a "certification" of active service in lieu of a DD-214, assuming the service member is otherwise eligible. A "certification" letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. The service member's military service dates are necessary in order to determine whether he or she meets the definition of "veteran" under 5 U.S.C. 2108(1). The "certification" must reflect the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of submission. The "certification" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Further, under paragraph (h) of the rule, agencies are required to verify a qualifying separation from military service prior to appointment, through the DD-214 or other appropriate documentation. Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. Active duty members that fail to provide a valid "certification" of service with their initial application will be found "not eligible." Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.

    Current or Former Political Appointees: Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code. If you are currently or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Office. Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
    • Position title;
    • Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee);
    • Agency; and,
    • Beginning and ending dates of appointment.

    All qualifications and education (if applicable) must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume.


    Education cannot be substituted for experience.

    Additional information

    Submit resume and all other required documents online by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on 09/23/2020

    A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

    If you are unable to apply online, you must request an alternative application. Please view the following link for information on how to obtain an alternative application

    Appointment Authorities: For more information on appointment authority eligibility requirements:
    • Other Special Appointment Authorities
    Nepotism: Under the provisions of 5 USC 3110, an individual may not be appointed into a position if the position is under the supervisory chain of command of a relative.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once the announcement has closed, a review of your résumé, Mandatory Technical Qualification (MTQs), and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If, after reviewing your résumé, MTQs and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DOCUMENT IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE EVIDENCE THAT SUPPORTS YOUR ELIGIBILITY AND QUALIFICATION CLAIMS. You MUST upload the applicable documents with your application package. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

    1. Your resume may be submitted in any format that includes your name and contact information (telephone number and/or email).

    If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent."

    If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you will not be considered for this vacancy.

    Your resume must contain dates of employment for each position listed on your resume (i.e., month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.

    2. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): A narrative statement specifically addressing each mandatory technical qualification. Statement should not exceed two pages per MTQ. Each page must contain your full name.

    3. Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are/were in the competitive service.
    • DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities
    • Noncompetitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable

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