Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC)
Department Of Homeland Security
 Arlington, VA
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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.

Who May be Considered:

  • U.S. Citizens
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Responsibilities

Joining the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) means being part of the team focused on securing the Nation's physical and cyber infrastructure against threats to public health and safety, economy, and national security.

Visit www.dhs.gov/cisa to learn more about CISA and how you can be part of the team to Defend Today; Secure Tomorrow.

This is an agency-wide position, which is comprised of several geographically separated divisions with a nationwide force: Infrastructure Security Division, Cybersecurity Division, Emergency Communications Division, National Risk Management Center and several organizational units. Typical work assignments include:

  • Developing assessment test plans, assessment reports and provides remediation or mitigation strategies.
  • Analyzing the validity of technology trend data.
  • Assessing cyber threats and vulnerabilities.
  • Utilizing techniques for detecting host and network based intrusions using intrusion detection technologies.
  • Implementing the organization's core business/mission processes.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel 1 to 5 nights per month for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

  • Job family (Series)

2210 Information Technology Management

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required.
  • You must be able to obtain and hold a Top Secret/SCI or lower level security clearance as identified by CISA.
  • Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative test result prior to appointment to this position. After appointment, you may be subject to periodic random drug testing.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized. Other recruitment incentives may be authorized.
  • New employees must serve a one year probationary period.
  • This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operation events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, and acts of terrorism or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5U.S.C. § 7501-7533 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable).
  • Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • Appointments are subject to the availability of funds.
  • This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operation events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, and acts of terrorism or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5U.S.C. § 7501-7533 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable).

Qualifications

This is an open continuous announcement for 365 days, or until all positions are filled. It will be used to fill immediate and future vacancies for this agency. There may be multiple cut-off dates with the first being 30 days after the initial opening date of 09/20/2019. Additional cut-off dates may be established as needed until all vacancies have been filled.

GS-09:

You qualify for the GS-09 grade level (starting salary $51,440.00) if you possess information technology related experience demonstrating each of the four required competencies:

  • Attention to Detail: Analyzing software to identify areas for improvements.
  • Customer Service: Coordinating with personnel to provide automation support.
  • Oral Communication: Explaining technical information orally to non-technical audiences.
  • Problem Solving: Working with staff to solve office automation issues.

In addition to the above requirement you must meet the following specialized experience or education to qualify at the GS-09 grade level:

Specialized Experience:

Have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-07 grade level performing the following duties:

  • Communicating computer network concepts to individuals seeking technological support.
  • Providing support to ensure compliance of automated information system security protocols and procedures.
  • Expressing technical information to staff to assist with security problem issues.

Education:

Have successfully completed 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks. (Include copies of transcripts with your application)

GS-11:

You qualify for the GS-11 grade level (starting salary $62,236.00) if you possess information technology related experience demonstrating each of the four required competencies:

  • Attention to Detail: Reviewing reports of installed information technologies to identify potential risks.
  • Customer Service: Working with customers to determine system requirements and resources.
  • Oral Communication: Explaining technical information orally to non-technical audiences.
  • Problem Solving: Resolving security problems identified with system changes.

In addition to the above requirement you must meet the following specialized experience or education to qualify at the GS-11 grade level:

Specialized Experience:

Have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-09 grade level performing the following duties:

  • Assessing new system design methodologies to improve software quality.
  • Conducting risk assessments of installed information systems to identify protection needs of activities.
  • Ensuring integration of security programs with other IT program services.

Education:

Have successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks. (Include copies of transcripts with your application)

GS-12:

You qualify for the GS-12 grade level (starting salary $74,596.00) if you possess information technology related experience demonstrating each of the four required competencies:

  • Attention to Detail: Analyzing installed information technologies to identify potential risks.
  • Customer Service: Coordinate with all personnel levels to provide technical advice on IT security systems and services.
  • Oral Communication: Explaining technical information orally to non-technical audiences.
  • Problem Solving: Resolving security problems by implementing corrective policies.

In addition to the above requirement you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 grade level performing the following duties:

  • Controlling authorization level for all personnel requiring user access to automated information systems.
  • Evaluating the security impact of system changes to existing or proposed computerized systems.
  • Conducting studies all new automated information systems equipment to prepare effective security procedures.
  • Ensuring compliance of automated information system security protocols and procedures.

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.

Current or Former Political Appointees: 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.

Qualifications Must Be Met

The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Education

Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. 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. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information.