Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC)- Pathways Recent Graduate

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Sep 16, 2020
Closes
Sep 24, 2020
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Who May Be Considered:
  • U.S. Citizens
  • Pathways Recent Graduate eligible
  • View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

Learn more about this agency

Responsibilities

Joining the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) means being part of the team focused on securing the Nation's physical and cyber infrastructure against threats to public health and safety, economy, and national security. Within CISA, Within CISA, the Cybersecurity Division leads cybersecurity efforts for CISA as the Nation's flagship civilian cyber defense organization. The division collaborates with partners across the government and private sector to enhance the Nation's cybersecurity by sharing information, providing cybersecurity services and technical assistance, as well as through education and awareness.

Visit www.cisa.gov to learn more about CISA and how you can be part of the team to Defend Today; Secure Tomorrow.Typical work assignments include:
  • Implements security requirements such as those resulting from laws, regulations or Presidential directives.
  • Integrates security programs across disciplines; defines the scope and level of detail for security plans and policies; applicable to the security program.
  • Assess new systems design methodologies to improve software quality; implementation activities. Ensure awareness and compliance. Identifies need for changes based on new security technologies or threats.
  • Conducts risk and vulnerability assessments of planned and installed information systems to identify vulnerability, risks and protection needs of activities.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1 to 5 night of travel per month may be required to travel both domestically and abroad.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • Selective Service registration required
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • You must be able to obtain and hold a Top Secret/SCI security clearance
  • Requires a pre-employment drug test and negative drug test result prior to appointment
  • If selected, you must sign the Pathways Participant agreement
  • Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement
  • This position has been designated exempt from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 USC Section 7112(B)(6)
  • All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments
  • Appointments are subject to the availability of funds.You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative test result prior to appointment to this position. After appointment, you may be subject to periodic random drug testing
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized. Other recruitment incentives may be authorized
  • The duration of the Recent Graduates appointment in the excepted service is a trial period. If Recent Graduate successfully completes the program requirements and converted to competitive service, time spent in trial period will count towards the required one-year probationary period
  • This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operation events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, and acts of terrorism or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5 U.S.C. § 7501-7533 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable)


Qualifications

This announcement is being opened under the Pathways Program - Recent Graduates option. The Recent Graduates Program is a dynamic, one-year developmental program that promotes careers in the Federal Government to recent graduates. Individuals must apply within two years of receiving a qualifying degree or certificate, with the exception of veterans, who have up to six years to apply to the Recent Graduates Program due to military service obligations. Students may also apply up to nine months prior to completing their academic requirements, depending upon agency-specific policies.While the Pathways appointment is one year in length, individuals who successfully complete the program can be converted into either a time-limited or permanent appointment.

Pathways Recent Graduate Eligibility

Recent Graduates must have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associate's, bachelor's, master's, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution, or graduating within 9 months of the announcement close date.

--OR--

As a veteran (as defined in 5 USC 2108), who, due to military service obligations, were precluded from applying to the Program during the two-year eligibility period described above. These individuals have a full two-year period of eligibility upon their release or discharge from active duty. In no event, however, may this eligibility period extend beyond six years from the date on which the individual completed their academic requirements.

GS-7 Minimum Requirements

You qualify for the GS-07 grade level (starting salary $48,670.00) if you possess information technology related experience demonstrating each of the four required competencies:
  • Attention to Detail - Reviewing security logs
  • Customer Service - Assisting with IT help inquiries
  • Oral Communication - Providing IT assistance to customers
  • Problem Solving - Evaluating security data logs in order to provide recommendations for enhancement
  • In addition to the above requirement you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-05 grade level performing the following duties:
  • Assisting with hardware and software updates to systems;
  • Assisting with network monitoring and incident response;
  • Researching new solutions for emerging cyber security threats;
  • Analyzing and evaluating security log data; and
  • Conducting vulnerability scans
  • --OR--

    Have successfully completed one full year of graduate level education in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.

    --OR--

    Have a bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks and meet at least one of the requirements for superior academic achievement (SAA):
  • Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.
  • Grade-point average (G.P.A.) -- Applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum. (Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9.)
  • Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society -- Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.

  • GS-9 Minimum Requirements

    You qualify for the GS-09 grade level (starting salary $59,534.00) if you possess information technology related experience demonstrating each of the four required competencies:
  • Attention to Detail - Identifying system security vulnerabilities
  • Customer Service - Responding to IT related inquiries
  • Oral Communication - Providing IT recommendations to customers
  • Problem Solving - Evaluating IT security plans for implementation
  • In addition to the above requirement you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-07 grade level performing the following duties:
  • Implementing security requirements such as those resulting from laws, regulations or Presidential directives;
  • Integrating security programs across disciplines;
  • Defining the scope and level of detail for security plans and policies applicable to the security program;
  • Assessing new systems design methodologies to improve software quality and;
  • Conducting risk and vulnerability assessments of planned and installed information systems to identify vulnerability, risks and protection needs of activities.
  • --OR--

    Have successfully completed a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.

    NOTE: You must submit official or unofficial transcripts to support meeting the requirements and/or contents of your resume must fully and explicitly support your claim in its entirety. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.

    National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.

    Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    Qualifications Must Be Met
    The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Education

    Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information.

    Additional information

    Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

    This position has been designated exempt from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 USC Section 7112(B)(6).

    All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.

    If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

    E-Verify
    DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online if at all possible. Applying online, through your USAJOBS account, will expedite the application process and allow you to check your application status as well as verify the documentation submitted with your application. If you utilize the Alternate Application method, your USAJOBS account will not display this application and you will not receive status updates.

    Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents), the responses you provide on the application questionnaire, and the result of the online assessments required for this position. You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):

    • Accountability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Customer Service
    • Flexibility
    • Integrity/Honesty
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Learning
    • Self-Management
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Teamwork
    • Decision Making
    • Arithmetic
    • Mathematical Reasoning
    • Reading
    • Reasoning
    In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job.

    The assessment includes a cut score based on the minimum level of required proficiency in these critical general competencies. You must meet or exceed the cut score to be considered. You will not be considered for the position if you score below the cut score or fail to complete the assessment.

    Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration. Cheating on the online assessment may also result in your removal from consideration.

    Category Rating Procedures: If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
  • Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined by the job analysis.
  • Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
  • Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
  • Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best-qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. View information on www.fedshirevets.gov

    If you are determined qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10894543

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required
    Yes

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

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness , National security

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire
  • Your college transcripts (official or unofficial)
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire and the USA Hire Competency Based Assessment
    • If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here . ( https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire )


    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.