IT Cybersecurity Specialist (INFOSEC), GS-2210-14 / 15

Washington, D.C
Jan 15, 2022
Jan 22, 2022
Full Time

You will serve as an Information Technology Manager responsible for managing Information Technology (IT) projects.

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:
  • Collaborating with senior executives and contractor managers and staff in scheduling, planning, coordinating, and implementing IT projects.
  • Providing direction and oversight on agency cybersecurity and other related IT strategies, policies, and programs in the context of current and emerging Federal law, guidance, priorities, and initiatives.
  • Planning and conducting cybersecurity assessments and network penetration testing of facilities.
  • Participating as the team leader, technical tea leader, or subject matter expert in these assessments.
  • Ensuring timeliness and quality standards are met; providing technical advice, counsel, and instruction on complex cybersecurity issues and network penetration testing; and developing individually and/or as part of a team reports which assess the integrity of USCG computer networks and the effectiveness of network intrusion monitoring, support strengths and weaknesses resulting from review activities related to IT cybersecurity systems and/or operations.
  • Participating in the collection and analysis of technical and management data associated with USCG cybersecurity programs.
  • Making authoritative determinations on issues associated with implementation of cybersecurity policy and requirements in general and specific situations.


Conditions of Employment

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. This includes Time-In-Grade requirements for current status employees applying through merit promotion procedures. Status applicants applying for a promotion must have 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade.

As required by Executive Order 14043 and guidance issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Taskforce, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to provide information on your vaccination status and will be required to submit documentation of proof of vaccination, or seek a medical or religious exemption to the requirements of E.O. 14043.


To qualify at the GS-14 level: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the federal service. 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. Examples of specialized experience includes:
  • Participating as a technical authority, in network penetration activities conducted as part of cybersecurity assessments to address complex issues.
  • Collecting and analyzing technical and management data associated with cybersecurity programs to determine trends in cybersecurity activities.
  • Initiating, directing and participating in the full life cycle of cybersecurity assessments to maintain quality and mitigate risks.
  • Preparing various reports, briefings, summaries, assessment guidance, and progress reports pertaining to this assessment results, trends, and other cybersecurity related information.

To qualify at the GS-15 level: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the federal service. 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. Examples of specialized experience includes:
  • Analyzing trends in cybersecurity to determine systemic issues and underlying causal factors.
  • Planning and conducting cybersecurity assessments and network penetration testing to develop and improve cybersecurity programs to meet current and future mission needs.
  • Briefing top level agency security and subject-matter managers on new developments and advanced insecurity techniques and recommend methods for enhancing efficiency of security systems through modifications and applications of evolving technology.
  • Demonstrating expert knowledge of statues, federal regulations and requirements relating to cybersecurity to assess conformance of security programs with required and accepted technical and management practices and procedures.

In addition to the qualification requirements above, applicants must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four BASIC 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.

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 202-795-6302. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation

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