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:

  • Serve as an expert consultant evaluation for functional teams, to assist them in anticipating, identifying, evaluating, mitigating and minimizing risks associated with IT systems vulnerabilities.
  • Apply mastery of IT systems security principles, concepts and methods, including state-of-the-art and emerging techniques and products, to recommend appropriate technical strategies to resolve complex and persistent IT security challenges.
  • Provide assistance in resolving complex technical issues as they arise.
  • Work closely with DHS components to assure appropriate project and resource integration are documented and justified.
  • Implement higher-level security requirements such as those resulting from laws, regulations, or Presidential directives. Integrates security programs across disciplines.
  • Review proposed new systems, networks, and software designs for potential security risks. Resolves integration issues related to the implementation of new systems with the existing infrastructure.
  • Coordinate and provide expert technical support to enterprise-wide cyber defense technicians to resolve cyber defense incidents.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

15

  • 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.

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.

You qualify for the GS-15 grade level (starting salary $123,298.00) if you possess information technology related experience demonstrating each of the four required competencies:

  • Attention to Detail: Evaluate procedures and methods for determining risks and vulnerability.
  • Customer Service: Serve as a technical advisor on program effectiveness, efficiency, policy, and direction.
  • Oral Communication: Maintain contact with industry stakeholders.
  • Problem Solving: Assess new systems design methodologies to improve software quality.

In addition to the above requirement you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level performing the following duties:

  • Evaluating current IT security programs to improve policies and plans for IT security systems that minimize IT systems vulnerabilities.
  • Implementing cybersecurity and privacy principles across the organization to meet requirements.
  • Implementing internal controls to ensure IT security compliance and consistency across an organization.
  • Advising internal and external customers on IT security strategies and plans.

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

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.