IT Specialist (INFOSEC)

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Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
IT, Security, Application, Risk Management, Consult, Management, Customer Service, Consulting, Systems, Network, Performance, Manager
Full Time
$92,143 to $159,286 per year

Job Description

  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates
    11/19/2020 to 07/31/2021
  • Service
  • Pay scale & grade
    GS 13 - 14
  • Salary
    $92,143 to $159,286 per year
  • Appointment type
  • Work schedule

Duties 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
  • View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.


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 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:
  • Define and manage information technology (IT) and/or cybersecurity related programs and/or projects.
  • Lead, coordinate, communicate, integrate, and is accountable for the overall success of the program, ensuring alignment with agency or enterprise priorities.
  • Apply knowledge of data, information, processes, organizational interactions, skills, and analytical expertise, as well as systems, networks, and information exchange capabilities to manage acquisition programs.
  • Consult with customers to evaluate functional requirements and translate functional requirements into technical solutions.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to establish the enterprise continuity of operations program, strategy, and mission assurance.
  • Develop and maintain cybersecurity plans, strategy, and policy to support and align with organizational cybersecurity initiatives and regulatory compliance.

Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel up to 5 nights a month for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

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.
  • 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 has been designated excluded from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 U.S.C. 7112(B)(6).
  • All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.
  • Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions..
  • 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 (5 U.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 is an open continuous announcement for 60 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 10 days after the initial opening date of 11/19/2020. Additional cut-off dates may be established as needed until all vacancies have been filled.

You qualify for the GS-13 grade level (starting salary $92,143.00) if you possess information technology related experience demonstrating each of the four required competencies:
  • Attention to Detail: Reviewing IT programs to assess overall compliance with IT plans and policies and alignment with requirements.
  • Customer Service: Interpreting and implementing IT security policies and strategies governing the operation of information systems and networks.
  • Oral Communication: Providing advice concerning improving cyber security and IT risk management.
  • Problem Solving: Modifying IT plans and policies to respond to changes in the organization's business requirements and processes or regulatory requirements.
  • In addition to the above requirement you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level performing at least one of the following duties:
    • Reviewing proposed new systems, networks, and software designs for potential security risks; supporting the customer engagement, requirements identification, design and/or implementation of proposed risk mitigation solutions in alignment with security protocols and technical standards.
    • Assessing IT system security tools, plans, techniques, and/or processes to reduce risks associated with IT system vulnerabilities.
    • Reviewing and evaluating system security plans, policies, and guidance.
    • Developing, coordinating, and implementing IT system security policy, mitigation guidance, technical analysis, and/or strategic plans to reduce system or network risk.
    • Engaging with internal and external partners to identify IT system deficiencies security requirements.
    You qualify for the GS-14 grade level (starting salary $107,807.00) if you possess information technology related experience demonstrating each of the four required competencies:
  • Attention to Detail: Conducting security system evaluation to implement appropriate security measures,
  • Customer Service: Consulting with customers to evaluate and provide oversight on system functional requirements.
  • Oral Communication: Communicating IT/cybersecurity policies and principals at all levels of the organization.
  • Problem Solving: Identifying security risks and recommending solutions to optimize IT and/or cybersecurity initiatives.
  • In addition to the above requirement you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-13 grade level performing at least one of the following duties:
    • Leading security assessments and/or analysis to certify and accredit that operational IT systems and networks align to system security policies, protocols, and best practices.
    • Developing long-range plans for IT security systems that minimize risks associated with IT systems vulnerabilities.
    • Developing and/or evaluating technical and security plans and policies for adherence with appropriate technical and architectural frameworks and standards; and provide recommendations to improve protocols or implementation solutions.
    • Leading the technical system planning, partner engagement, requirements planning, design, development, security testing, and implementation of new technologies to detect, block, or mitigate system security risks.

    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.

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    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 the DHS Careers website and select Benefits. Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

    If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

    DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

    You are encouraged to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, please use the Alternate Application link listed in the Other Information section of this vacancy announcement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online if at all possible. Applying online, through your USAJOBS account, will expedite the application process and allow you to check your application status as well as verify the documentation submitted with your application. If you utilize the Alternate Application method, your USAJOBS account will not display this application and you will not receive status updates.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Under the provisions of the Direct-Hire Authority, veterans' preference does not apply.

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use a job questionnaire to further evaluate your experience, education, and training. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

    • Information Resources Strategy and Planning
    • Information Systems/Network Security
    • Program Management

    If you are determined qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click .

    Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Program (I/CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not I/CTAP eligible. View information about I/CTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under I/CTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Interview Requirement: Interviews may be required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration. The interview process may consist of a in-person or phone panel interview.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire
  • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Program (I/CTAP)? Submit:
    • a copy of your agency notice,
    • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
    • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new window

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

    Company Information

    CISA is the nation’s risk advisor. Through our efforts to understand and advise on cyber and physical risks to the nation’s critical infrastructure, we help partners strengthen their own capabilities. We connect our stakeholders in industry and government to each other and to resources, analyses, and tools to help them build their own cyber, communications, and physical security and resilience, in turn strengthening national resilience. In addition to supporting the nation’s coronavirus (COVID-19) response, CISA’s five priorities include: Election security; Managing supply chain risks from cyber threats coming from China and the rollout of 5G technologies; Protecting federal networks (the domain); Soft target security; and Critical infrastructure protection that includes industrial control systems and the processes that provide vital services in critical infrastructure.

    Dice Id : 80167338
    Position Id : 584727900_0
    Originally Posted : 8 months ago

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