Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.
When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.
Who May Apply
All U.S. Citizens
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This position opportunity is also being advertised under Merit Promotion Procedures and at the GS-15 grade level. Please see vacancy announcement numbers MG-2013-T0069-SAA-819134MP for additional information.
The person selected for this position will serve as the Chief Information Security Officer and Branch Chief of the Information Technology Security Branch responsible for the implementation and maintenance of the Agency Information Security Program and security policies. You will provide Agency-wide program and technical leadership to ensure 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. This position starts at a salary of $123,758.00 (GS-15). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA), Mission Support Bureau (MSB), Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Operations Division, Information Technology Security Branch (ITSB), Washington, D.C.
EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: For all nonbargaining unit positions, the following applies: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.
Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
You must be able to obtain a Top Secret (SCI) security clearance.
This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.
Direct Deposit is mandatory.
Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.
You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
The position is located in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of Cyber Security. The Office of Cyber Security (OCS) addresses the practical and statutory requirements for an agency-wide computer security program, including the Computer Security Act of 1987, Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) of 2002, Information Management Technology Reform Act (IMTRA), OMB Circular A-130, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) guidance, and FEMA policies.
- Serve as the Chief Information Security Officer and Branch Chief of the Information Technology Security Branch responsible for the implementation and maintenance of the Agency Information Security Program and security policies.
- Provide Agency-wide program and technical leadership to ensure 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.
- Direct a staff and technical specialists and develop Agency-wide program performance objectives, articulating strategic directions, developing and defending budget requirements based on statutory and practical computer security requirements.
- Guide the development and implementation of policies and associated standards, procedures, and implementation guidance to meet the statutory and practical requirements associated with the use of information technology solutions in a Federal environment put forth in public laws, Executive Branch directives, Federal standards, and Agency specific policies for risk mitigation strategy approved by Agency management.
- Direct and perform the review of program and project capital planning documentation to ensure security costs are understood and adequately considered across the lifecycle and develops cost models to estimate security costs across program and project lifecycles of capital planning for security costs.
- Direct security oversight inspection, assessment, and review activities, ensuring findings are well documented and reported to Agency management; documenting development, tracking findings, development of remediation strategies and presenting assessment briefings to managers.
- Develop work performance standards and metrics for subordinates; identify learning and growth requirements to meet the developmental needs of employees and direct security monitoring and reporting activities to safeguard information against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure, reviews audit logs, developing event summaries, and provides concise reports to management.
- Supervise structured security certification and accreditation as well as security awareness activities for all types of information technology solutions supporting Agency assets.
You qualify for this position at the GS-15 level if you possess one of the following:
One full year of specialized experience: Specialized experience is described as experience directly related to this occupation serving as a Supervisory Senior Information Technology Specialist experience serving as Chief Information Security Officer and Branch Chief in implementing and maintaining Agency Information Security Program and security policies; associated standards, procedures, implementation and guidance providing Agency-wide program management and technical leadership to ensure 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; as well as directing security oversigh inspections, assessments and review activities; development and implementation of technical and business contingency planning and project capital planning for security costs.
GS-15: There is no educational substitution at this grade level.
In addition to meeting the above described specialized experience requirements; your IT experience will be evaluated and be expected to include described experience in the following compentencies:
You must have experience which demonstrates proficiency in each of the following compentencies:
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 outs 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 judgement to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) preferred.
Time-in-Grade Requirements for Federal employees: Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.
The qualification requirements listed above must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.
Background Investigation : To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Top Secret Security clearance with special access as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. Incumbent must obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance with special access. Failure to obtain or maintain a Top Secret Security clearance disqualifies the applicant from this position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:
1. Mastery of IT theories, principles, concepts, standards and practices sufficient to develop new theories, concepts, principles, standards, and methods in the IT Specialty area(s); advise other IT experts throughout the Agency or other agencies on a variety of situations, methods, or practices and serve as senior expert and consultant to top Agency management officials to advise on integrating IT programs with other programs of equivalent scope and complexity.
2. Mastery of and skill in applying information systems security principles, concepts and methods; the infrastructure protection environment and interrelations of multiple IT disciplines sufficient to review proposed new systems, networks, software designs for potential security risks; recommend for mitigation or countermeasures and define the scope and level of details for security plans and policies applicable to the security program.
3. Skills in providing guidance and direction for the development and implementation of technical and business contingency planning for system security contingency plans and disaster recovery procedures, methodologies for risk analysis and vulnerability assessment.
4. Knowledge of network perimeter security activities involving firewalls, Virtual Private Network (VPN) gateways, remote access points, secure authentication services; providing formal recommendation concerning changes in configuration, testing for efficacy and recording results.
5. Skill and ability to direct and perform Agency-wide computer security education and awareness activities and supervise structured security certification and accreditation for all types of information technology solutions supporting Agency assets.
Under Delegated Examining (All U.S. Citizens), we will use your job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education, and training. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
1. Best Qualified : Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
2. Well-Qualified : Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
3. Qualified : Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link: View Occupational Questionnaire
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles : If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPMs Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.
Veterans : Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans preference, please click here .
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select benefits.
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