IT Cybersecurity Specialist (INFOSEC)
|Published||May 24, 2023|
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. Responsibilities Joining 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; we Defend Today, Secure Tomorrow. Within CISA, the National Risk Management Center (NRMC) is a risk-driven analysis and planning center focused on addressing significant risks to our national critical functions. NRMC works with partners to generate solutions to the most complex, strategic risks to critical infrastructure. To accomplish this mission, NRMC operates using a collaborative model that relies on close integration with Federal, State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) government partners, and diverse private sector partners. Visit www.cisa.gov to learn more about CISA and how you can be part of the team to Defend Today; Secure Tomorrow. In this position, you will serve as an IT Cybersecurity Specialist. Typical work assignments include: Conducting research to maintain and expand knowledge and understanding of the operations of assigned sectors, National Critical Functions (NCFs), technologies, and initiatives. Promoting and strengthening analytic partnerships with sector, NCFs, Sector Risk Management Agencies (SRMAs) and intelligence community partners to include developing joint risk analysis and risk management products focusing on national security-related analysis of risks to NCFs. Analyzing cyber and physical defense policies and configurations and evaluates compliance with regulations and organizational directives. Providing recommendations to leadership regarding the selection of cost- effective security controls to mitigate risk. Developing policies, procedures and strategies governing the planning and delivery of information technology and physical security services throughout the organization to ensure information systems reliability and accessibility. Promoting awareness of security issues among NRMC management and ensuring sound security principles are reflected in NRMC and Risk Analysis organization visions and goals. Coordinating the review and evaluation of infrastructure protection programs, including policies, guidelines, tools, methods, and technologies, and identifying current and potential problem areas. 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 security clearance. New employees must serve a one year probationary period. 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. 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. Qualifications Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the Basic Requirements AND Specialized Experience requirements as noted below. Basic Requirement: GS-13: You qualify for the GS-13 grade level if you possess information technology related experience demonstrating each of the four required competencies: Attention to Detail: Reviewing operational plans for implementation. Customer Service: Integrating cyber planning and targeting efforts with other organizations. Oral Communication: Providing information to senior management. Problem Solving: Determining what corrections are needed to mitigate risks and safeguard private information. AND Specialized Experience: GS-13: You qualify for the GS-13 grade level (starting salary $112,015) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level performing the following duties: Analyzing cybersecurity policies to evaluate compliance with regulations and agency directives; Assists in the development of policies, procedures, and strategies governing the planning and deployment of IT products and services; and Conducting risk and vulnerability assessments of planned and installed physical security and information systems to identify vulnerabilities, risks and protection needs. Basic Requirement: GS-14: You qualify for the GS-14 grade level if you possess information technology related experience demonstrating each of the four required competencies: Attention to Detail: Reviewing operational plans for implementation. Customer Service: Integrating cyber planning and targeting efforts with other organizations. Oral Communication: Providing information to senior management. Problem Solving: Determining what corrections are needed to mitigate risks and safeguard private information. AND Specialized Experience: GS-14: You qualify for the GS-14 grade level (starting salary $132,368) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-13 grade level performing the following duties: Coordinating with intelligence community and other industry partners to develop joint risk analysis and risk management products; Leading in the development policies, procedures, and strategies governing the planning and deployment of IT products and services ensuring reliability and accessibility of information systems; Assessing security contingency plans to determine impact and making recommendations for recovery procedures and/or corrective action; and Evaluating infrastructure protection programs and establishing new requirements. NOTE: Your resume must explicitly indicate how you meet this requirement, otherwise you will be found ineligible. 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 grade/series combination does not have an education requirement. Additional Information 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. Promotion Potential: The full performance level of this position is GS-14. This is a non-supervisory position. Due to COVID-19, the component is currently in an expanded telework posture. Therefore, if selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. 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. E-Verify 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.