IT Spec (Network Architect/InfoSec)

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
May 04, 2021
Closes
May 12, 2021
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.

Must be able to obtain a Secret (Tier 3) security clearance and must be able to maintain the required level of clearance while employed in the subject position.
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Responsibilities

The ideal candidate must have experience leading efforts to enhance the resiliency of the overall network. Plan and facilitate completion of the Commission's migration to hybrid cloud. Responsible for supporting the evaluation, development, and application of network and communications systems. Provide advice relative to the network and communications requirements and aspects of software technology, IT security, IT policy and planning, and integrated computer systems.
  • Analyzes, designs, develops, customizes, and implements a wide range of complex hardware and software systems supporting agency networking systems. Including but not limited to, Firewalls, Load balancers, Virtual Private Networks (VPN), Local Area Network (LAN), and Wide Area Network (WAN) operations.
  • Conducts long-range planning and analysis of LAN/WAN system needs for growth and expansion, taking into consideration rapidly changing equipment technology and requirements, costs and benefits, and customer/mission needs.
  • Prepares project plans, including estimates of schedule, resources, and provides leadership during the implementation of communications projects
  • Provides technical advice to senior management concerning network management issues or schedule changes.
  • Performs work such as defining and maintaining LAN/WAN hardware, software configurations, and developing technical procedures for LAN/WAN development, implementation, and management.
  • Develops technical procedures for LAN/WAN development, implementation, and management.
  • Establishes performance management metrics and evaluates overall Network system performance against relevant standards.
  • Represents the OCIO in meetings and discussions with other business units, representatives of industry, intra-Agency advisory committees, and other Federal, State & local agencies.
  • Works with other Agency experts in the design and installation of hardware, software for new network or for major modifications to existing networks.
  • Maintains continual vigilance against threats to network confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
  • Assists in the planning, directing and coordination of the implementation of approved policies, programs and services related to IT systems.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • You will be required to successfully complete a background investigation.
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • You will be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement.
  • You will be required to obtain a Core Level 1 within 12 months after employment.


Qualifications

You must meet all the requirements below by the closing date of the announcement and they must be clearly identified in your application, resume, or supporting documents. This includes any general and specialized experience, education, and/or selective placement factors mentioned. These are used to determine if you possess the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities to successfully perform in this position.

You must meet the following United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements for the advertised position. OPM's prescribed Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Information Technology (IT) Management can be found at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/2200/information-technology-it-managementseries-2210-alternative-a /

Generally, current federal employees or reinstatement eligibles must have served at least one year at the next lower grade level. This requirement is called time-in-grade

BASIC REQUIREMENT
To qualify at the GS-14 level, you must have one-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 obtained in the federal or private sector performing Information Technology Specialist (Cybersecurity) duties to include: (1) Perform technical and analytical work pertaining to acquisition, testing, integration, installation, utilization, maintenance or modification of IT systems; (2) Work with accounts, network access rights, and determine gaps between the current and the target architecture; (3) Develop new system engineering technologies and effects on the operating environment to improve operational efficiencies and eliminate risks that could affect the use and delivery of IT systems or services; (4) Develop, document and maintain system administration standards, operating performance, capacity, availability, serviceability, and recovery; and (5) Perform the installation and integration of systems fixes, patches, updates, and enhancements while ensuring application of information security/information assurance policies, principles, and best practices are followed in the delivery of system administration services.

To qualify at the GS-15 level, you must have one-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 obtained in the federal or private sector performing Information Technology Specialist (Cybersecurity) duties to include: (1) Lead and/or perform technical and analytical work pertaining to acquisition, testing, integration, installation, utilization, maintenance or modification of IT systems; (2) Manage accounts, network access rights, and determine gaps between the current and the target architecture; (3) Evaluate new system engineering technologies and effects on the operating environment to improve operational efficiencies and eliminate risks that could affect the use and delivery of IT systems or services; (4) Review the development of document and maintain system administration standards, operating performance, capacity, availability, serviceability, and recovery; and (5) Assess the installation and integration of systems fixes, patches, updates, and enhancements while ensuring application of information security/information assurance policies, principles, and best practices are followed in the delivery of system administration services.

In addition to meeting specialized experience requirements, you must have IT-related experience demonstrating these competencies:

Attention to Detail - Is thorough, precise and consistent when accomplishing a task with concern for all the areas involved. Achieves quality in all tasks performed.

Customer Service - Establishes collaborative working arrangements with business partners 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 anticipate and identify their needs to determine the most effective high-quality service or solution. Demonstrates a "can do" attitude in servicing the customer and communicates effectively when they "can't do" and "why."

Communication - Communicates in a clear and convincing manner with officials, managers/supervisors, both verbally and in writing in order to advise and gain acceptance with recommendations that may not always be readily accepted. Independently addresses and resolves issues that may be construed as sensitive or controversial.

Problem Solving - Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes sound recommendations. Delivers solutions and decisions that have a positive, far-reaching, and comprehensive organizational impact.

Team Building - Ability to form, manage, and lead a project team. Fosters an environment of trust and unity that encourages and acknowledges cooperation, collective problem solving and participative decision making. Seeks involvement of all project team members in the decision-making process to build group commitment. Identifies and supports project team goals. Facilitates cooperation and motivates project team members to accomplish group goals.

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.

Education

Additional information

Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees: The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Programs are available to federal employees that qualify. Those eligible for these programs are granted special priority selection rights. To be considered, you must be deemed well-qualified by receiving a score of 85 or higher. If you are a federal employee claiming CTAP/ICTAP, you must provide the documents listed under the Required Documents section to verify your eligibility. Also, you must indicate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For additional information regarding CTAP/ICTAP, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you are registered with the Selective Service or are exempt under Selective Service regulations. For additional information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit http://www.sss.gov/.

Severely disabled persons program information: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/hiring/

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: http://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information

Assessment Question: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11096128

Vacancy ID number: DH-21-027-PSS

Reasonable accommodations: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact listed on the vacancy announcement. The decision to grant a reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis. Verification of information: Any information claimed on your resume and in application materials, such as education, credentials, employment history, etc., will be verified as part of the security clearance process.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The self-assessment questions are related to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies (KSA's). You do not have to respond to the KSA's.
  • Attention to Detail - Skill in performing work and conscientious about attention to detail.
  • Customer Service - Ability to anticipate and meets the need of both internal and external customers. Skill in delivering high-quality products and services and is committed to continuous improvement. Ability to effectively manages customer relationships. Oral Communication - Skilled in making clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals and groups. Ability to listen effectively and clarify information as needed. Ability to speaks and write in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner that is appropriate to the audience, and facilitates an open exchange of ideas to ensure all group input is considered. Problem Solving - Skilled in identifying and analyzing problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations. Team Building - Ability to form, manage, and lead a project team. Ability to foster an environment of trust and unity that encourages and acknowledges cooperation, collective problem solving and participative decision making. Ability to seek involvement of all project team members in the decision-making process to build group commitment. Identifies and supports project team goals. Skill in facilitating cooperation and motivating project team members to accomplish group goals.
We will evaluate your relevant education and/or work experience as they relate to the competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) mentioned above. 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.
Your responses to the self assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. If referred all relevant documents submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the selecting official. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or for changing your scored responses to questions you've answered, which may affect your overall final score.

Your experience is also evaluated using an assessment questionnaire, which is available at the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11096128

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
No

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

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

To receive consideration, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified below by 05/10/2021

1. Resume. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s).

Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. We will review your resume and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.

2. Occupational questionnaire: A completed job-specific occupational questionnaire should be submitted through your Application Manager account.

3. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles.
You must submit the following documents:
  • 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.

4. Cover Letter. This is optional.

5. SF-50: Current and former federal employees must submit a copy of an SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," which documents your highest permanent grade/step/salary held. Award SF-50s typically don't contain your grade/step/salary.

6. Performance Appraisal: If you're a current or former federal employee, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal dated within 18 months. If you do not have one, you must submit a statement indicating your reason for not being able to submit one.

7. Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to direct hire positions; however, the Commission considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor in the hiring of all positions. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include such information in their cover letter, or resume, and submit supporting documents (e.g. DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active duty) as part of their application package. Although the point preference system is not used as in the competitive service, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form 15 (SF-15), and documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed, as listed on the SF-15. Specific information is available on the Office of Personnel Management website at: http://www.opm.gov .

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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