Intelligence Research Specialist
National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Washington, DC

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NASA, the world's leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity. Ambition. Teamwork. A sense of daring. And a probing mind. That's what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.

This position is in the Office of Protective Services (Ops), Counterintelligence (CI) Division responsible for providing Agency-wide executive and functional leadership, policy formulation, oversight, guidance, coordination and advocacy for security, emergency management, and programmatic counterintelligence/counterterrorism operations, processes, functions, and activities. Serves as the CI Senior Cyber Analyst responsible for performing functions that detect, deter and neutralize cyber espionage attempts again NASA information and information systems.

Successful completion of a security investigation leading to a secret (or top secret) clearance will be required.

This position maybe filled at the GS-13 or GS-14 with potential to the GS-14 level.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Occasional travel may be required

This is a drug-testing designated position

A one-year probationary period may be required

Position subject to a pre-employment drug test

Successful completion of a security investigation will be required

DUTIES:
Performs CI Cyber Analysis, Investigations, Liaison, and Coordination. Plans, directs, coordinates and establishes an effective liaison program with the US Intelligence Community and other stakeholders involved in National level cyber CI/security efforts. Conducts computer forensic analysis to support investigations and investigate cyber intrusions/attacks. Conducts intelligence analysis relative to the cyber fields of information processing, data communications, network intrusion, and indications and warning to computer networks. Conducts cyber analytical support for counterintelligence investigations, and operations.

Develops the Agency CI Cyber Security Awareness Program. Prepares analytic products to educate agency entities of a wide variety of cyber counterintelligence threats. Coordinates threat information with national level counterparts and NASA Intelligence Specialist; recommending alternative courses of action that will enable NASA to respond effectively to forecasted or unforeseen events.

Serves as the subject matter expert and technical authority of CI cyber threats, as well as, IT forensic analysis procedures, investigations and mitigating techniques. Plans, directs, coordinates, executes and evaluates NASA CI/CT policies, procedures, and strategies related to the management of an effective Agency-wide CI cyber program

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

GS-13 Specialized experience is defined as analyzing and participating in tracking trends, resolving security issues and investigating threats and assisting on cyber investigations.

GS-14 Specialized experience is defined as providing policy formulation, coordinating emergency management and programmatic counterintelligence/counterterrorism operations, processes, functions, and activities. Conducting intelligence analysis relative to the cyber fields of information processing, data communications, network intrusion, and indications and warning to computer networks; and IT forensic analysis procedures, investigations, and mitigating techniques.

U.S. citizenship is required.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Announcement will be used for both internal and external applicants.

Internal (Status) candidates will be evaluated as follows :
Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category - Tentative meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.

Additional application guidance is available in NASA's Applicant Guide. .

For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified.

External (Non-Status) candidates will be evaluated as follows :

Same process as Internal (Status) candidates, with the additional procedures related to Veterans:

The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

BENEFITS:
NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, click HERE .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume. NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported. For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

U.S. citizenship is required.

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

Occasional travel may be required.

Identification of promotion potential in this position does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher level duties.

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