Fort Belvoir, Virginia
May 04, 2021
May 11, 2021
Full Time


This position is part of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The incumbent will be responsible for serving as the senior subject matter expert on cyber vulnerability assessments.
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As a IT SPECIALIST (INFOSEC/NETWORK) at the GS-2210-13/14 some of your typical work assignments may include:
  • Perform duties as a IT Specialist in support of DTRA's Mission Assurance Assessment Teams.
  • Serves as the Senior Cyber Operations Assessor for a professional staff of IT cybersecurity experts specializing in cyber operations and application defensive cyber methodology. Incumbent is responsible for ensuring that the organizations strategic plan, mission, vision and values are communicated to the team and Integrated into the teams strategies, goals, objectives, work plans and work products and services.
  • Represents the Division Chief as an authoritative expert with outside organizations, working groups, and leadership councils within the Department of Defense and non-Department of Defense Agencies and Activities as it relates to IT cybersecurity operations and cyber assessment activities. The incumbent will perform as the senior Cyber Security Assessor supporting NE-MAC.
  • In coordination with the Division Chief, executes and creates NE-MAC cyber policies and procedures for defensive Cyber Testing and Cyber Operations in support of cyber assessment activities. Verify, track, audit, and ensure compliance with Cyber Division CONOPS, SOPs, and TTPs. Enforce and track policies, and methods as well as oversight to ensure Cyber Teams working maintain full compliance with DoD and NE-MA assessment policies and procedures.
  • Prepares, tracks and ensures the NE-MAC division maintains all required documentation, audit, personnel certifications, training and verifications to maintain required certifications. Conduct extensive market research to determine the best IT solutions for the division's cyber assessment capability with an eye towards life cycle of the equipment, current and future cyber threats, and applicability to the Division's long-term strategy. Work with the DTRA IT Directorate and others to establish an Authority to Operate (ATO) for each system procured by conducting the Risk Management Framework (RMF).
  • Provide technical guidance for matters affecting configurations and operations to maintain standalone network infrastructure used for cyber assessments, training, and analysis. Applies cybersecurity analytical and networking techniques to resolve existing system problems and prepare studies to design alternatives to meet performance criteria. Performing network maintenance and system upgrades including service packs, patches, hot fixes and security configurations and liaise with vendors and other IT personnel for problem resolution.

Travel Required

50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position up to 40% of the time.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Work Schedule: Full Time
  • Overtime/compensatory time is required
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: OGE 450 Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET/SCI security clearance
  • Subject to pre-employment drug testing and periodic random drug testing thereafter
  • May be required, at the convenience of the government, to perform extensive temporary duty travel, both within and outside of the Continental United States
  • DoD Information Assurance (IA) Workforce Improvement Program (DoD 8570.01M) position. New hires' must obtain the Computer Network Defense-Service Provider Specialty (CND-SP) Auditor (CND-AU) certification within 12 months of being assigned IA
  • Desired Professional Certifications: Network+, Security+, CEH, Training in Wireless infrastructure, Basic Hacking Windows/Unix, and Cyber tools, or equivalent; SANS GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAP), SANS GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst
  • Desired Professional Certifications: SANS GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP), Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP), SANS GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN), SANS GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)


You may qualify at the GS-14, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service:
  • Applying Cyber Assessment methodologies in order to define and manage the contractor scopes of work necessary to conduct cyber security operations and cyber security assessments.
  • Providing leadership and cyber security/testing/operations and Computer Network Operations/Exploitation/Defense.
  • Support in Mission Assurance and Red Team Vulnerability Assessments.
  • Possess experience in supervision and conducting assessments.
You may qualify at the GS-13, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service:
  • Assisting with program management action plans to include anticipating timeline challenges and bottlenecks, establishing milestones; and establishing working relationships
  • Support in Mission Assurance and Red Team Vulnerability Assessments
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.

In addition to meeting qualifications, your application package must reflect the applicable experience to meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the 2210 series.

Experience must be IT related; the experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training. For all positions individuals 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 (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


    Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

    All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    Additional information

    Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, the veteran must be a preference eligible or a veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information: .

    Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:
    Persons with Disabilities - Schedule A
    Special Hiring Authority for Veterans
    Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
    Other Special Appointment Authorities
    Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

    The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.
    NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.

    Selective Service Requirement: Please visit for more information.

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    Other Notes:

    This is a DoD Information Assurance (IA) Workforce Improvement Program (DoD 8570.01M) position. New hires' must obtain the Computer Network Defense-Service Provider Specialty (CND-SP) Auditor (CND-AU) certification as identified in 8570.01M within 12 months of being assigned IA functions beginning the date they start in the position. Candidate must show a minimum of 10 years CNO experience with a minimum of 5 years of technical team management on CNO or CYBER disciplines.

    FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT: Selectee or incumbent must be able to obtain the appropriate certification level for their position. This is a Financial Management Level 3 Certified position. IAW Public Law 112-81 and DoD Policy the incumbent shall comply with the requirements of DoD FM Certification program within the allotted timeframe. Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

    Re-employed Annuitant: This position Does/Does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at:

    Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    • Cybersecurity
    • Cybersecurity and Cyber Operations
    • Knowledge of Cyber Security Principles

    Military Spouse Preference: If you are entitled to military spouse preference, in order to receive this preference you must choose the spousal eligibility in your application package referencing MSP Military Spouse Preference. Your preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. To claim Military Spouse Preference (MSP) please complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist , save the document and attach it to your application package.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required

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

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc...). Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

    The following documents are REQUIRED

    1. Your resume:
    • Your resume may be submitted in any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
    • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the number of hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e.," HRS per week and month/year" or "HRS per week and month/year to present").
    • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
    2. Veteran's Documents
    • If applying using veteran's preference or under a Veteran's hiring authority you must submit the following documents:
    • DD214 showing character of service, SF-15 Form and VA letter showing final percentage, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty.

    If you are claiming Military Spouse Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable information to verify: you reside within the commuting area of your sponsor's permanent duty station (PDS); proof of marriage to the active duty sponsor, proof of military member's active duty status, and other documentation required by the vacancy announcement to which you are applying; and must meet all pre-employment criteria and be eligible for immediate noncompetitive appointment to a position in the competitive service. Documentation required: Marriage Certificate or License, Signed Self-Certification Checklist, Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, Statement of Service, if applicable), Transcripts (if applicable). Additional documentation required if previously held a federal position: SF-50s (e.g., LWOP, highest grade held, overseas appointments, etc.), SF-75 Information, and documentation of performance rating of record (dated within the last 12 months)

    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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