Director of Cybersecurity/Chief Information Security Officer

Bethesda, Maryland
Oct 13, 2020
Oct 20, 2020
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Office of the Chief Information Officer at the National Institutes of Health, is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director of Cybersecurity/NIH Chief Information Security Officer. This is a career Federal position in the Senior Executive Service.

As part of the SES at NIH, you will be among a group of highly skilled executives, contributing to one of the most important missions in the Federal government: to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.
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  • As NIH CISO, the incumbent provides executive level leadership, direction, and oversight for planning, coordination, and control of NIH-wide cybersecurity infrastructure and technology functions for NIH and overseeing a $50M budget.
  • Functions as the principal technical advisor to the Chief Information Officer (CIO), the Deputy CIO, and senior NIH officials on cybersecurity infrastructure and technology across the 27 Institutes/Centers engaged in cutting-edge biomedical research.
  • The incumbent ensures the cybersecurity programs are consistent with the current security and business needs as well as long-term goals of NIH and complies with all requirements of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA);
  • Defines and manages a comprehensive framework to protect government information, operations, and assets against natural or man-made threats.
  • Provides strategic planning and close coordination, integration, and support for NIH cybersecurity and counter-intelligence initiatives and physical security through effective collaboration with all levels of staff throughout the NIH to include:
  • Executives, research scientists, and technical staff as well as other diverse groups to proactively assesses risks and improve the NIH information security posture.
  • Directs and manages a cybersecurity program that protects NIH information and its assets, cybersecurity policy, and related functions, including NIH-wide operational activities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • As a recognized subject matter expert and authority on cybersecurity infrastructure and technology, the NIH CISO represents and speaks for the CIO and Deputy CIO in dealing with key officials.
  • Contacts include staff across NIH, HHS officials, Office of Management and Budget officials, representatives of business and industry, Congressional committees and staffs.
  • The NIH CISO will proactively work with organizational units and partners to implement practices that meet agreed-on policies and standards for information security and privacy;
  • These include but are not limited to the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA); the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars A-130, Management of Federal Information Resources;
  • A-123, Management Accountability and Control; the Privacy Act of 1974; The E-Government Act of 2002; and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
  • The issues taken on by this role directly affect the entire Agency and the security of critical research programs and information involving public health issues of national and international significance and interest.
  • The incumbent's analysis of the implementation of innovations in cybersecurity infrastructure and technology ensures the continuing development and deployment of the latest state-of-the-art in cybersecurity and industry best practices.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • This position requires completion of a public financial disclosure report.


This vacancy requires that the selectee submit a narrative response to the Executive Core Qualifications.

The OCIO seeks candidates who have a commitment to excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic and diverse organization. All competitive candidates for SES positions with the Federal Government must demonstrate leadership experience indicative of senior executive level management capability. Applicants must meet the requirements for the GS-2210 series as defined by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Standards Manual for General Schedule Positions which is available at: OPM Qualifications Standards GS-2210 Website under Administrative and Management Positions and demonstrate in your five (5) page resume that you possess the Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed below. It is recommended that your resume emphasize levels of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, and program accomplishments and results.

Candidates must possess experience at the senior level (GS-14/15 level or equivalent) in the following job-specific Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). The PTQs measure technical expertise required by this position. It is recommended that the corresponding PTQs are annotated in parenthesis. Separate PTQ narratives will not be accepted or considered .

  • Experience demonstrating senior level expertise in agency-wide cybersecurity infrastructure and technology functions in support of a large-scale cybersecurity program.
  • Experience providing executive-level leadership and supervision for a large, comprehensive cybersecurity program involving infrastructure and technology that is consistent with information security, business needs and long-term organizational goals, that comply with all applicable legal, regulatory, and policy requirements for the protection of government information, operations, and assets against natural or man-made threats.
  • Demonstrated ability to advise and speak on behalf of senior level executives inside and outside the agency or organization regarding cybersecurity programs, and systems policy, or technical matters.
  • Political, Schedule C, Non-career SES Appointee*: In the last five years, based on the closing date of this announcement, have you served or are you currently serving as an Executive Branch political, Schedule C, or Non-career SES appointee? You can find out if you have held one of these appointment types by looking at your Standard Form 50s in your Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF), in Section 5 where the legal authorities are listed.
    (If you have this experience, please state this within your 5-page resume)

    - A political appointee is an appointment made by the President without confirmation by the Senate (5 CFR 213.3102(c)) OR an assistant position to a top-level federal official if filled by a person designated by the President as a White House Fellow (5 CFR 213. 3102(z)).
    - A Schedule C appointee occupies a position excepted from the competitive service by the President, or by the Director of OPM, because of the confidential or policy-determining nature of the position duties (5 CFR 213.3301 and 5 CFR213.3302).
    - A Non-career SES appointee is approved by the White House and serves at the pleasure of the appointing official without time limitations (5 CFR 317 Subpart F).

    EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs) ( Mandatory for Selectee ):

    If selected , you MUST submit a narrative statement in response to each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) described in the Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications .

    It is STRONGLY recommended that you visit the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) webpage for more information regarding the Fundamental Competencies and how to write your ECQs.

    Benefits :
    We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair, and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being, and your family needs. Our benefits package includes:
    • Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses, and incentive awards;
    • Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and Senior Executive Service appointees receive 8 hours of annual leave per pay period;
    • Access to comprehensive health, vision, dental, life, and long-term care insurance programs that may be continued after you retire;
    • A wide choice of health insurance plans coverage for pre-existing conditions, and no waiting periods. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums;
    • A three-part retirement program, which includes a life-time annuity, a 401(k) type plan with employer-matching contributions, and a Social Security benefit;
    • Flexible spending accounts for health care and for dependent care, employee assistance programs, flexible work schedules, telework, public transportation subsidies, and tuition assistance.
    The following links will navigate you to the Federal government's generous benefit packages such as annual, sick and holiday leave, health insurance, and a Thrift Savings Plan with matching contributions. For more information, check out NIH's employee benefits link at: NIH Benefits , and OPM's website for Employee Benefits .


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    NIH is located in Bethesda, MD; our campus is adjacent to downtown Bethesda, MD, at the Medical Center Metro station, and close to shops, walking trails, and restaurants.

    Travel and Transportation expenses may be authorized in accordance with applicable Federal Travel Regulations governing the relocation of current Federal employees and new appointees.

    A one-year probationary period must be served by the individual selected if not currently or previously in the career Senior Executive Service.

    Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure: The National Institutes of Health inspires public confidence in our science by maintaining high ethical principles. NIH employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as well as agency-specific regulations described at the NIH Ethics website . We encourage you to review this information.

    This position requires the incumbent to complete a public financial disclosure report prior to the effective date of the appointment.

    Financial Suitability: It is the policy of the government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

    Equal Opportunity Employment: Equality is held as one of the most important values here at NIH. Selection for this, and any other position, will be based solely on merit. NIH does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. If you are a hearing impaired individual seeking assistance with the application process, you may contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this announcement by phoning a relay operator at 711. For additional information see Maryland Relay .

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly, by emailing: . Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Selective Service: As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

    Veteran's Preference: Does not apply to the SES.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Additional selections may be made for similar positions across the DHHS within the local commuting area(s) of the location identified in this announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with interested selecting official(s) at DHHS. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply directly to the vacancy of interest and not rely on this possibility as a means of securing employment.

    We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
  • Minimum requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found 'not qualified' if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.
  • Rating: A panel of Senior Executives will review your application and evaluate your qualification for this position based on the information in your application. Your application will be rated, based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position. Interviews will be at the discretion of the panel and/or selection official.
  • Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selection official for consideration and possible interview.

  • Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    Your application, regardless of the format, must describe your job-related qualifications pertinent to this position. The announcement number must be entered on the first page of your application. Please submit:
    Five (5) page resume that contains your full name and contact information and addresses the PTQs listed under Qualifications.
    Your resume should not exceed the five (5) page limit, only the first five (5) pages of your resume will be reviewed.

    Separate PTQ narratives will not be accepted or considered. It is recommended that the corresponding PTQs are annotated in parenthesis within your five (5) page resume. Resumes that exceed (5) pages may not be considered.

    Do not include your date of birth or Social Security Number on application materials.
    If you are a current or former Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your position, title, series, grade, and eligibility.

    If you are a current or former SES, you must submit a copy of your SF-50 showing your completion of the SES probationary period.

    If you are an SES Candidate Development Program Candidate and your ECQs have been approved by OPM, please provide certificate/document indicating OPM approval.

    NOTES : Please do not submit unsolicited material such as publications, personal endorsements, performance appraisals, award certificates, proof of Veterans' Preference, etc., as these items will not be included in the rating process and will be discarded. (Veterans' Preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service.) All application materials are subject to the provisions of the DHHS Privacy Act and become the property of the Department of Health and Human Services. Any additional information needed will be requested prior to appointment.

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