Chief Information Security Officer

Washington, D.C
Sep 16, 2021
Sep 21, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is required to provide the technical credibility, insight, and innovation required to ensure the successful development, implementation, management, and maintenance of the information security systems, processes, and policies that are required to protect the expansive breadth of the Office of Personnel Management's enterprise systems and data and therefore has an impact on a national scale.

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  • Developing and communicating the overall information security strategy, goals and objectives with appropriate performance measures to support agency and department security requirements;
  • Recommending courses of action and policies to senior management that allow for OPM to securely meet its organizational goals;
  • Direct and indirect supervision of CISO staff and contractors, including senior technology security specialists and support staff;
  • Maintaining ongoing knowledge of Federal legislation, regulation, policies, and practices related to information systems security and methodologies and best practices that are commonly used in the information systems security industry;
  • Maintaining ongoing knowledge of the status of Federal Information Systems Security initiatives that offer opportunities for or pose requirements to be met by OPM and the review of IT architectures used at all OPM locations;.
  • Managing the monitoring and recording of the performance of information systems security initiatives and regularly reporting its status to the Chief Information Officer, and other senior management;
  • Chairing a senior executive agency-wide cybersecurity advisory board on Information Systems Security and Infrastructure Assurance to coordinate Information Systems Security Plans with related OPM activities.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period


The Executive Core Qualifications are required for entry to the Senior Executive Service; to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications, listed below.

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

  • Demonstrated executive level experience developing enterprise technology and security strategies and policies.
  • Demonstrated executive level experience managing complex enterprise-wide information security systems including monitoring and evaluating IT investments, including both cloud services and infrastructure, and providing accountability for the protection of IT assets. Experience re-engineering business processes and resolving difficult problems encountered in the planning, development, and operation of complex IT systems.
  • Demonstrated experience implementing and incorporating cloud cybersecurity services into an enterprise cybersecurity program, which includes both on-premise and multiple cloud environments.
  • Extensive knowledge of federal regulations, policies, tools and processes associated with cloud services and data center security and operations; forensics; and security assessments, authorizations and monitoring to ensure an effective and dynamic security posture.

  • Desired Qualification:
    Active professional cybersecurity certification(s) including but not limited to Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) or other similar industry credentials.

    Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at

    Please ensure that your resume emphasizes your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions relating to the qualifications described above. An example of a resume showing possession of the ECQs is available at

    Please DO NOT submit separate statements addressing the ECQs/Technical Qualification(s) as they will not be considered.

    You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


    Additional information

    Relocation expenses will not be paid. Current OPM employees may qualify as an exception.
    • Salary for Senior Executive Service positions varies depending on qualifications.
    • Selected candidate will be subject to a one-year probationary period in the Senior Executive Service unless required probationary period has previously been served.
    • Selected candidate is required to file a SF-278, Public Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days after his/her appointment, in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
    • Veteran's Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.
    • SES reinstatement eligibles outside the civil service and SESCDP graduates with noncompetitive eligibility may apply for noncompetitive consideration for this position.
    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:

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Resumes will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may be invited to participate in a structured interview and undergo a reference check. The OPM Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the approving authority.

    Unless you have already been certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by a QRB before appointment can occur.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your Resume - the format is at your discretion but must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualification(s). You resume should also include the following:
    • Vacancy Number - 11207072
    • Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers
    • Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type of degree received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (
    • Information about your paid and non-paid work experiences related to this position including: job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, duration of employment, and salary
    • You may also include information about honors, awards, and special accomplishment.
  • Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • Most recent SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action, current or former career SES members must submit official documentation of their SES status.
    • Graduates of an approved SES Candidate Development Program must include a copy of their OPM certification of eligibility.
    • Current or former Political Appointees (if applicable) - please note on your resume and attach an SF-50. 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 or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information.
  • Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted. Please do not submit any additional information not requested above.

    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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