IT Specialist (INFOSEC)
Department Of Homeland Security - Arlington, VA

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Secure the Homeland
Proud to Protect

Are you interested in a job where your primary purpose will be to perform work that involves the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems, networks, and data through the planning, analysis, development, implementation, maintenance, and enhancement of information systems security programs, policies, procedures, and tools? Then consider joining the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C), National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Come work with the best to prevent and deter terrorist attacks, protect against and respond to potential threats, ensure safe and secure borders, welcome immigrants and visitors, and promote the free-flow of commerce. This mission of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is carried out every day by the dedicated men and women who answer the noble calling of public service with courage and enthusiasm. With a diverse and critical mission, we lead the unified national effort to secure America. In today's interconnected world, our country's security challenges are constantly evolving. To meet these challenges, DHS fosters a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation.

In Headquarters, we coordinate, plan, and guide the Department's work across all DHS components. You could enjoy a career that includes research, administration and management, legal work, budget and finance, cyber security, infrastructure protection and intelligence analysis. Our services touch every U.S. citizen, and our goal is to secure our country across land and sea. Come join the team who is " Proud to Protect ".

Who May Be Considered: Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens.

This announcement is issued under the direct-hire authority 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.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement should the need arise.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • U. S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • Relocation Expenses WILL NOT be paid.
  • Overnight travel of 1-5 nights per month may be required.
  • Appointment is subject to the availability of funds.
  • Financial Disclosure is required for this position.

DUTIES:
  • Oversee the 24x7 Security operation Center leading incident response across the government for the executive Branch (.gov) internet and web portal for critical information systems, including information sharing and collaboration with state, local and tribal government, military, industry, and international partners.
  • Consolidate and prepare the Daily Situational Awareness reports, Cyber Daily Executive Summaries, maintaining of awareness of workflow and end of shift reports for the Operations Manager, Director, Deputy Director and Senior DHS leadership and other partner stakeholders.
  • Ensure rapid and effective coordination for all request for Information of sensitive and classified material when managing critical cyber and communication and other incidents or emergencies reporting and determining escalation where required.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: For this position, specialized experience to qualify for the grade GS-13 is at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as: 1) Participating in the planning and coordination of cyber and communication incident exercises involving partner agencies, foreign governments, Federal, State and local jurisdictions; 2) Working with program managers, IT security specialists within and outside the organization in consolidating and preparing the development of cyber and communication security exercises to identify vulnerabilities; 3) Monitoring new or emerging information technologies to assist in identification of most effective approach or methodology to be applied in securing cyber and communications infrastructures; and 4) Developing and monitoring project plans, tasks, deliverables, and timelines. NOTE: The contents of your resume must fully and explicitly support this response in its entirety. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.

For this position, specialized experience to qualify for the grade GS-14 is at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-13 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as: 1 Planning and coordinating cyber and communication incident exercises in conjunction with other organizations, partner agencies, foreign governments, Federal, State and local jurisdictions; 2) Developing and implementing exercises to test cyber and communication security and identify vulnerabilities or areas at risk of threat and attack; 3) Monitoring evolution of information technologies and advancements in technology to assist in identification of most effective approach or methodology to be applied in securing cyber and communications infrastructures; and 4) Developing and monitoring project plans, tasks, deliverables, and timelines. NOTE: The contents of your resume must fully and explicitly support this response in its entirety. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.

The following competencies are also required for this position at either grade levels:

1. Attention to Detail: Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

2. Customer Service: Identifies solutions and alternatives to IT problems identified from customer surveys and group discussions.

3. Oral Communication: Communicates moderately complex ideas or information clearly.

4. Problem Solving: Identifies and solves problems by gathering and applying information from a variety of materials or sources.

New employees must serve a one year probationary period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Under the provisions of the Direct-Hire Authority, veterans' preference does not apply. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements described above and who are otherwise eligible to apply for the position, may be referred for selection consideration.

Applicants who are displaced Federal employees within the local commuting area who are requesting priority consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) will also be evaluated against the following criteria: Your resume and other applicant information must reflect your length of experience and/or training in the following areas:
  • KNOWLEDGE OF POLICIES, PROCEDURES, AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING INCIDENT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

  • KNOWLEDGE OF PROJECT AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES, METHODS AND PRACTICES

  • INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

Applicants will be evaluated on their total background including experience (paid and unpaid), education, awards, and training and self-development as it relates to the position based upon the information provided in the resume/application and any other supporting documents. If you are a current or former Federal employee, your resume must indicate the GS or pay band level for each position that you held. If your resume includes non-government service, including contractors, please include the salaries for each position held. All work experience should specify the length of time spent in the position. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated.

Please note : If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education OR that your application is incomplete, you will be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.

Evaluation of Experience: Please include ALL applicable work experience that relates to the position for which you are applying. You must include months and years to receive credit for your work experience. You may use additional sheets to describe your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that indicates hours per week "varies." List exact hours per week on each job experience.

BENEFITS: The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at

http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION: Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to GS - 14 .

Background Investigation:

This position is a special-sensitive position and the tentative selectee must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for a TS/ SCI clearance as a condition of placement/retention in this position.

Other Information:

This position has been designated exempt from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 USC Section 7112(B)(6).

All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.

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