Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

Pentagon, Virginia
Sep 16, 2021
Sep 17, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


The Department of the AF Chief Information Security Officer reports directly to the Chief Information Officer, Office of the SECAF, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. The CISO directly supports the CIO, who leads three directorates and supports 54K cyber operations & support personnel across the globe with a portfolio valued at $17 billion and has overall responsibility of the Dep of the AF IT portfolio.

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The DAF Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) carries out the DAF CIO's responsibilities under Title 44 U.S. Code Subchapter II for Information Security, DoD Instruction 8500.01 "Cybersecurity," DoD Instruction 8510.01 "Risk Management Framework (RMF) for DoD Information Technology (IT)" and is the DAF's lead cybersecurity advisor and establishes the direction of DAF cybersecurity policies and strategies, to include management practices and budget priorities, and for overseeing implementation across the entire DAF.

The DAF CISO supports and advises DAF senior leaders on DoD and Joint Staff cybersecurity and cyber defense matters. The CISO leads and guides DAF involvement and positions on cybersecurity and cyber defense matters with SAF/HQ Air Force/HQ Space Force staff directors, all Major Commands, Field Commands, USSTRATCOM, USCYBERCOM and subordinate commands, DISA and DoD CIO, and provides DAF positions and counsel in DoD governance structures to include the Joint Staff, DoD Chief Information Officer, the DoD Chief Information Security Officer, the DAF Principal Cyber Advisor, and Secretary of Defense's Principal Cyber Advisor in the exercise of cybersecurity policy development, planning, resource management, fiscal, and program evaluation responsibilities.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • Mobility is a condition of employment and appointment for SES members will be required to sign a Reassignment Rights and Obligations Agreement
  • Selected candidate must file a Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978
  • Position has been designated Critical-Sensitive and the selectee must have or be able to obtain a Top Secret /SCI security clearance
  • Drug testing designated position. The incumbent is subject to random testing for drug use IAW Exec. Order 12564, dated 14 Sep 86. Position requires that the incumbent sign a Drug Testing letter and pass urinalysis testing prior to appointment.
  • Position requires travel under conditions specified in the DoD Joint Travel Regulations. Incumbent is expected to travel on short notice to attend high-level meetings.
  • Position may require incumbent to be available for other than normal duty hours to include weekends to support exercises and crisis planning.
  • An initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a 2-year probationary period.
  • Attendance to the Air Force's Senior Leader Orientation Course (SLOC) is generally required within 12 months of appointment, subject to course availability.
  • Position may be subject to the post-government employment restrictions of Sections 207(a) and (f) of Title 18, United States Code.
  • Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants.
  • The incumbent must be willing to achieve Cybersecurity Workforce Management certification (8570.01 IAM level III) or equivalent within one year of gaining the position.


Eligibility will be based upon a clear showing the applicant has training, education and experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry-out the duties of the position. Candidates must exemplify the corporate perspective, leadership vision, broad experience and character needed in the SES corps not only to satisfy the immediate vacancy, but future vacancies which will occur in a variety of organizations, functions and locations.

A. MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs) : (NTE 2 pages - PDF format) A supplemental statement must be submitted separately addressing each TQ. TQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Applicants should focus on recent experience, education, and training, as some Recruitment Panel and Executive Resources Board members may consider experience that's over 10 years old to be outdated. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following:

TQ1. Proven experience driving strategic and operational cybersecurity vision, strategy, policy, and compliance with multiple partner organizations and agencies, including DoD/CIO, DISA, Cyber Command, Space Force, Air Force MAJCOMs and NAFs, and other cyber stakeholders, that meets mission and strategic goals, can be easily adopted and implemented, achieves results, and meets statutory requirements.

TQ2. Knowledge of commercial cyber trends and innovative DOD cyber policy related to cybersecurity, risk management, Zero Trust, and methodologies to remain secure in cloud and DevSecOps environments.

In addition, DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective. The individual must possess a broad point of view and an awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities. Executives should demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences. A separate narrative statement is not required--this information should be embedded within the application package [Resume (not to exceed 5 pages) and Technical Qualifications (not to exceed a combined total of 2 pages)].



Additional information

Education: A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, in an appropriate engineering or technical field is highly desired. A master's or advanced degree in an appropriate technical field or management is highly desired.

Veterans' Preference: Veterans' preference is not applicable to the SES.

Relocation Authorized: Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is authorized in accordance with the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR).

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: May be offered.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017" suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities please click here . Subsequently, FTR Bulletin 20-04 issued by GSA, provides further information regarding NDAA FY2020, Public Law 116-92, and the expansion of eligibility beyond "transferred" for WTA/RITA allowances. For additional information, please click here .

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

A Resume-based Senior Executive Service (SES) Hiring Method will be used for this recruitment. This method provides an alternative to traditional submissions that requires applicants to submit a resume and 10-page written Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) narrative statement. A well-written resume for this announcement should demonstrate to Senior Hiring Officials that you possess the essential ECQs with supporting accomplishments. Applicants should incorporate ECQs and technical competencies as they write their resumes and can refer to the following OPM Link for additional guidance on SES Executive Qualifications: . In addition, the Department of the Air Force highly encourages applicants to seek mentoring assistance from a current SES member in preparing and/or reviewing their package.

PLEASE NOTE: This position will be filled under the FY2021 NDAA Section 1118, "Pilot Program for Initial Appointments to Senior Executive Service Positions in the Department of Defense (DoD)." This authority allows us to appoint qualified individuals to initial career appointments into the Senior Executive Service of the DoD without regard to 5 U.S.C. 3393(c).

A career SES appointment made under this authority does not guarantee that you will be eligible to transfer to another career SES appointment outside of the DoD without the need for you to compete. Other Federal agencies may require you to submit ECQs to OPM's QRB prior to your appointment in that agency.

Applications will be evaluated against the qualifications requirements. Failure to meet the Mandatory Technical Qualifications standards will eliminate a candidate from further consideration. Candidates will be evaluated for this position by a screening panel composed of a diverse mix of senior executives and/or general officers selected for organizational and/or functional backgrounds relevant to this position. The panel discusses each application and reaches consensus on the resume packages demonstrating a high degree of the executive core qualifications and technical competencies. Only those applicants whose packages demonstrate a mastery of ECQs and technical competencies are selected for interviews. Post interview, the panel will then make a recommendation of those Best Qualified candidates who should be referred to the selecting official, in priority order. Final selection is contingent upon the Air Force Executive Resources Board and the Under Secretary of the Air Force.

REMINDER : Before uploading your required PDF documents (Resume, Technical Qualification narrative), please ensure they DO NOT EXCEED the noted page limits.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To receive full consideration, each applicant must submit the documents in the format as designated. Packages that do not include all of the required documents or meet format requirements will not be forwarded for consideration.

************** ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE UPLOADED IN PDF FORMAT *******************

The Qualifications Documents must be formatted using Times New Roman, size 12 font, with 1-inch margins. Do not use borders, provide photos, or list a Social Security Number on any of the Qualifications Documents. DO NOT COMBINE DOCUMENTS.

A. A resume-based application method will be used. Do NOT submit traditional ECQ narratives. Instead, applicants are required to submit a resume, not to exceed 5 pages, that shows possession of the ECQs. (See preferred format below). Upload in PDF format . PLEASE DO NOT USE USAJOBS RESUME BUILDER

B. Mandatory Technical Qualifications Statement addressing each of the TQs. Your MTQs must not exceed a combined total of 2 pages. Upload in PDF format and include the MTQ statement as indicated in the announcement.

C. Most recent completed Performance Appraisal (current and/or former federal employees) or Performance Report (OPR or EPR). For applicants in the private sector, please provide a copy of your equivalent Evaluation Report.

D. Current or Former Senior Executives (SES) must provide a copy of their Qualifications Review Board (QRB) certification (applies only to CDP graduates).

E. Most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, noting your current position, grade level and salary level (applies only to current or former civilian government employee).

F. College transcript(s) (copy is acceptable) which demonstrates the acceptable combinations of education and experience as noted by OPM.

G. Military: Retired - a copy of your DD214 and/or Retirement orders; Active Duty - submit a Statement of Service Letter and state highest rank held date of promotion and date eligible to retire or date of retirement. Documents are required.

H. (Optional): Race and National Origin Identification, SF-181 -- Form available at

I. (Optional): Self-Identification of Handicap, SF-256 -- Form available at

DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Extraneous materials such as copies of position descriptions, award certificates and transmittal letters will not be forwarded for review.

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