Supervisory IT Cybersecurity Specialist (PLCYPLN/INFOSEC), GS-2210-14

Alexandria, Virginia
Mar 04, 2021
Mar 11, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), United States Coast Guard (USCG), Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber and Intelligence Service Center (C5ISC), Business Operations Division (ESD), C5I Acquisition Support Branch (CAS), Vendor Management Section (VMS).

This position may be located in any of the C5I locations: Alexandria VA, Kearneysville WV, or Portsmouth VA and is eligible for telework but is not a full-time telework position.

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You will serve as a Supervisory IT Cybersecurity Specialist (INFOSEC) as Vendor Management Section Chief under the C5I Acquisition Support Branch and be responsible for leading, coordinating, communicating, integrating, and being accountable for the overall success of the program, ensuring alignment with agency or enterprise priorities. You will be responsible for performing a wide range of Coast Guard C5I Vendor Management support functions to include assisting others in or directly managing C5I contracts, monitoring and analyzing vendor performance across the enterprise, and establishing strategic vendor and industry relationships.

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:
  • Develop and maintain strategic plans
  • Perform needs analysis to determine opportunities for new and improved business process solutions
  • Resolve conflicts in laws, regulations, policies, standards, or procedures
  • Coordinate and manage the overall service provided to a customer end-to-end
  • Lead and oversee budget, staffing, and contracting
  • Routinely exercises independent judgment and discretion when obtaining and leading confidential advance information of management's position with regard to IT cyber contract negotiations and investments; performing studies that may result in changes of organizational structures or staffing levels requiring labor relation matters
  • Conduct analysis of vendor performance across the C5ISC to ensure that current contracts are meeting the organization's strategic needs
  • Conduct analysis and recommendations to rationalize and/or consolidate the C5ISC's vendor portfolio
  • Conduct vendor outreach to develop strategic industry relationships
  • Provide input to C5I acquisition packages, including recommendations on available contracting vehicles

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


To qualify at the GS-14 grade level, applicants must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the federal sector. Examples of specialized experience include the following:
  • Development and management of capabilities for strategic partnerships, communication, performance measurement, compliance and risk management, and on-boarding/off-boarding vendors and workforce labor;
  • Expertise and experience leadings teams of senior staff and resolving conflicts;
  • Expertise and experience with Government IT Acquisition Lifecycle Framework (ALF) and System Engineering Life Cycle (SELC) to develop, evaluate, execute, monitor and manage Statements or Work (SOWs), Performance Work Statements (PWS), Statements of Objectives (SOOs), Requests for Information (RFIs) and, Requests for Proposals (RFPs), with a focus on those products and services related to IT;
  • Expertise and experience with developing strategic vendor relationships and an understanding of each vendor's full set of capabilities and innovations;
  • Expertise and experience with developing and monitoring IT related Operational Level Agreements (OLAs) and performance metrics;
  • Expertise and experience in promoting vendor performance metrics related to business outcomes such as innovation, competitive advantage and increased revenue to drive continuous performance improvement;
  • Expertise and experience in aggregating, analyzing, and communicating key vendor data to stakeholders and foster analytics driven decisions
  • Expertise and experience with mitigating, monitoring, and managing vendor risks as an ongoing discipline, to include business continuity, financial viability and corporate and regulatory compliance;
  • Expertise and experience in analyzing organizational vendor spend to drive business decisions and acquisition strategy;
  • Expertise and experience in contract and requirements analysis for identification of IT standardization or consolidation opportunities across part of an organization, the organization itself, and/or the agency;
  • Expertise and experience with Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) or the DoD Enterprise Service Management Framework (DESMF), or System Engineering Life Cycle (SELC).

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.

In addition to meeting the specialized experience requirement, you must also 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 (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) 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 (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); 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.

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.

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.


This position does not have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: 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. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here

Additional information

Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations. If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete/make updates to the OF-306 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, 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 at click here

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

This is a supervisory position, under provisions of the Civil Service Reform Act, first time supervisors and/or managers will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Mandatory training is required which must be successfully completed and other training may occur as necessary for success in the position.

At the GS-14 level, selectee must possess or be able to obtain:
  • Preferred expertise and experience as Contracting Officer Representative (FAC-COR) Level II or higher
  • Preferred expertise and experience as Project Manager (FAC-P/PM or PMP)
  • Able to obtain Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers Level II (FAC P/PM-II) or management determined equivalent within two years of entry into the position

  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.

    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.

    More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 45 days from the date the certificate was issued.

    If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-795-6272. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be referred for consideration. The following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities are needed to perform this job:
    • Knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, and ethics as they relate to cybersecurity and privacy
    • Knowledge of information technology (IT) architectural concepts and frameworks
    • Knowledge of Risk Management Framework (RMF) requirements
    • Knowledge of system life cycle management principles, including software security and usability
    • Knowledge of how information needs and collection requirements are translated, tracked, and prioritized across the extended enterprise
    • Knowledge of information technology (IT) acquisition/procurement requirements
    • Skill in identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system
    • Ability to oversee the development and update of the life cycle cost estimate
    • Skill in technical writing to develop IT specifications, Statement of objectives (SOOs), Statement of Work (SOWs), Performance Work Statements (PWS), Acquisition plans, Technical evaluation plans, Independent Government Cost Estimates, cost versus benefit analysis, etc., or commercial equivalent

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

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

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    1. Your resume
    2. If you are claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), submit a copy of your agency notice, most recent performance rating and most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level and duty location. If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. To be considered eligible, you must be placed in the well-qualified category for this position. Please see ICTAP eligibility.
    3. OPM must authorize employment offers for former or current Political Appointees. 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 this information. Submit proof of your former or current status, such as your SF-50. Please see here.

    All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you are unable to submit your documents electronically, you may fax or mail the documents. A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with fax number and instructions to transmit the requested documents. The required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement. The mailing address is COMMANDANT (CG-123HQ), ATTN OFFICE OF CIVILIAN HUMAN RESOURCES (JOBS), US COAST GUARD, 2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE STOP 7912, WASHINGTON, DC 20593-7912

    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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