Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Round Hill, Virginia
Posted
Oct 15, 2020
Closes
Oct 23, 2020
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The ideal candidate for this position will have experience in Information Security principles, concepts, methods, standards and practices to protect National Security Information Systems. This position starts at a salary of $102,663 (GS-13). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center, IT Services Division (MWITS) team within FEMA.

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Responsibilities

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.

In the position of Information Technology (IT) Specialist (INFOSEC) you will be responsible for advanced IT principles, concepts, methods, standards, and practices sufficient to serve as principal staff advisor on all matters relating to the vulnerabilities and threats to computer systems.in support of the IT Services Division (MWITS), Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center. Typical areas of responsibility include:
  • Developing security countermeasures necessary to anticipate, assess, and minimize system vulnerabilities of information processed on FEMA computer equipment and conducting threat and vulnerability assessments in order to identify the need for changes based on new security technologies and threats and determine effective corrective measures.
  • Ensuring long-range mission, objectives, and management plans to serve as the technical expert on issues of interface and overlap between proposed applications and existing systems, new projects proposed or underway, consistent with FEMA's network architecture and available resources.
  • Developing and implementing training and education programs to ensure computer security specialists, and individual computer users are familiar with computer and information security requirements and are adequately trained to operate and maintain automated information systems in compliance with all applicable regulations and safeguards.
  • Serving as a project manager in developing long-range plans for Information Technology (IT) security systems that; anticipate, identify, evaluate, mitigate, and minimize risks associated with IT systems vulnerabilities.
  • Establishing the framework for new automated systems and overall structure throughout a wide range of phases, (i.e., from feasibility studies to post-implementation evaluation) and providing guidance on accreditation procedures and appropriate computer security measures.
  • Coordinating technical vulnerability testing and network assessments to counter unauthorized attempts to enter automation information systems and providing technical input and writing documents to provide information that helps prevent, and increases understanding of issues involved in computer security incidents.

All MWEOC staff have emergency assignments and are considered deployed in place. Exercises and activations are planned and unplanned, and may require long hours, nights, weekends and holidays.

All MWEOC employees are: (1) required to use a government-issued electronic device (to include cellular phones); (2) subject to recall during emergency situations; and (3) required to perform work in locations both above and below ground.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - This position may require occasional non-emergency travel. 5%

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to be considered for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.
  • Please review "Other Information" section for additional key requirements.


To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo, successfully pass, and maintain a background investigation for Top Secret/SCI as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined, a review of financial issues, such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs (please visit: Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies for additional information). For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit OPM Investigations .

Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below.

Qualifications

The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

You qualify for this position at the GS-13 level (starting salary $102,663) if you possess the following: One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-12) in the Federal Service. This experience may have been gained in the federal government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization, the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must clearly describe at least one year of specialized experience. Specialized experience for this position includes:
  • Performing scheduled and periodic system scans to identify and assess security vulnerabilities and compile results to report to senior officials,
  • Conducting system boundary analysis to determine correct security controls to reduce risk and comply with regulations and statutes,
  • Monitoring security requirements for certification and accreditation, network operations, protocols, and/or systems testing and evaluation,
  • Verifying sensitive or classified information systems meet the appropriate safeguards required using various guidelines, (e.g. Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) Instruction No. 1253, FIPS 199/200 and NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF)).

In addition to the minimum qualifications described above (specialized experience statement), you must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below:
  • Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
  • Customer Service - Works with clients and customers 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; 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.

  • 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.

    NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here .

    Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment. Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.

    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.

    Education

    Additional information

    • If this position has been identified as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) because of its security, public health, and/or public safety sensitivity, you are subject to random drug testing under FEMA's Drug-Free Workplace Plan (DWP). Refusal to be tested will result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
    • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
    • All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no advance notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for an extended period of time.
    • A one year probationary period is required for new Federal competitive service employees and new supervisors and managers.
    • If selected for this position, and you have not previously completed these requirements, you are subject to (1) completion of a 2 day onboarding program at your primary duty location; and, (2) completion of a subsequent, multiple day orientation program within 90-120 days of hire, at a location to be determined. Travel associated with the orientation portion of this requirement may be at FEMA's expense.
    • Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
    • This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position.


    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Direct Hire authority will be used to fill this position. Veterans' preference, category rating and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to positions filled under this announcement.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) / Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Eligible: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. View information about CTAP/ ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must meet the well-qualified standards for the position. A well-qualified applicant must satisfy the following criteria: In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, including selective factors, education, and experience requirements, the applicant must be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements at the grade level for which they are applying will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration.

    Interview Requirement. Interviews may be required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.

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    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
    National security

    Required Documents

  • Your resume.
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire - You will be directed to the online job questionnaire once you begin the application process for this position.
  • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)? Submit:
    • a copy of your agency notice,
    • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
    • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
  • Are you a current or former federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that demonstrates your eligibility for consideration, e.g., length of time you have been in your current grade; your highest grade held; your current promotion potential and proof of permanent appointment if applying based on an interchange agreement. Examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, within-grade increases and accessions.
  • Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? 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
    • Beginning and ending dates of appointment


  • 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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