Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Mar 04, 2021
Closes
Mar 07, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This announcement is issued under the Direct Hire Authority (DHA) to recruit for positions for which there is a critical hiring need. Selectee(s) will receive a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service and may be required to serve a one year probationary period.Who May be Considered:
  • U.S. Citizens
  • View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

Learn more about this agency

Responsibilities

Joining Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) means being part of the team focused on securing the Nation's physical and cyber infrastructure and the public safety communities against threats to public health and safety, economy, and national security. Within CISA, the Stakeholder Engagement Division (SED) develops and curates partnerships to broaden CISA's influence, position the Agency as a thought-leader across the cybersecurity and infrastructure security mission space, and improve coordination and integration of stakeholder relationships. The Stakeholder Engagement Division (SED) develops and curates partnerships to broaden CISA's influence, position the Agency as a thought-leader across the cybersecurity and infrastructure security mission space, and improve coordination and integration of stakeholder relationships. SED manages CISA's customer relationship management platform, collects strategic stakeholder feedback and requirements, fosters collaboration and a culture of shared ownership of these relationships, and aligns and manages priorities and performance for stakeholder engagement efforts across the Agency. Visit www.cisa.gov to learn more about CISA and how you can be part of the team to Defend Today; Secure Tomorrow.

In this position, you will serve as an IT Specialist (Information Security). In this capacity, you will:

-Install and maintain server configurations (hardware and software) to ensure their confidentiality, integrity, and availability;

-Provide technical advice regarding the development, improvement, and effectiveness of a knowledge management system;

- Conduct risk and vulnerability assessments of planned and installed information systems to identify vulnerability, risks and protection needs of activities, and integrate security programs across disciplines in order to focus security efforts;

-Develop and administer databases and/or data management systems that allow for the storage, query, and statistical analysis of data;

-Review proposed new systems, networks, and software designs for potential security risks;

Travel Required

50% or less - May be required to travel both domestically and abroad up to 6 to 10 nights per month.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required.
  • You must be able to obtain and hold a Secret security clearance.
  • Complete the initial online assessment and USAHire Assessment, if required
  • New employees must serve a one year probationary period.
  • 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.
  • New Federal employees will be limited to Step 1 of the grade level for which selected.
  • This position has been designated exempt from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 U.S.C. § 7112(B)(6).
  • All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.
  • Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
  • 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).
  • Interviews may be required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration. The interview process may consist of in-person or phone panel interview.


Qualifications

You qualify for the GS-12 grade level (starting salary $87,198.00) if you possess information technology related experience demonstrating each of the four required competencies:

(1) Attention to Detail- Compiling information to prepare source data for computer entry.
(2) Customer Service - Evaluating IT security plans and strategies;
(3) Oral Communication- Clearly communicating goals and expectation for IT projects/program activities;
(4) Problem Solving- Developing strategies that provide for the effective management of information systems.

In addition to the above requirement you must have at least one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service, with experience in performing the following duties:

1) providing technical advice regarding the development, improvement, and effectiveness of a knowledge management system;
2) developing and administering databases and/or data management systems that allow for the storage, query, and statistical analysis of data; 3) reviewing proposed new systems, networks, and software designs for potential security risks; and
4) conducting risk and vulnerability assessments of information systems.

You must clearly show in your resume how you have this particular experience, including with database development and systems security, or you will be rated 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.

Note about the information provided in your resume and supporting documentation: Your experience (paid and unpaid), education, awards, training and self-development will be evaluated as it relates to the position based upon the information provided in your resume/application and any other supporting documents.

Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Program (I/CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not I/CTAP eligible. View information about I/CTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under I/CTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

Education

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

Appointments are subject to the availability of funds.

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select Benefits. Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

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.

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.

Under the provisions of the Direct-Hire Authority, veterans' preference does not apply.

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
  • Decision Making
  • Flexibility
  • Influencing/Negotiating
  • Integrity/Honesty
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Learning
  • Self-Management
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Teamwork
  • Technical Competence
  • Technical Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • 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.

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/11017203

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
Yes

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

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 Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) to show proof of time-in-grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions and with-in grade/range increases)
  • 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 your application is rated as well-qualified (score 85 or above) and you are claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Program (I/CTAP)? You must submit:
    • 1) a copy of your agency notice;
    • 2) a copy of your most recent performance rating; and
    • 3) a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.

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