at Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Published September 18, 2022
Location Arlington, VA
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  



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.
  • Learn more about this agency

    Accepting applications

    Open & closing dates
    09/16/2022 to 09/30/2022

    $148,484 - $176,300 per year

    Pay scale & grade
    GS 15

    1 vacancy in the following location:

  • Arlington, VA
  • Remote job
  • Telework eligible
    Yes-as determined by the agency policy.

    Travel Required
    Occasional travel - 25% or Less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Relocation expenses reimbursed

    Appointment type
    Permanent -

    Work schedule
    Full-time -


    Promotion potential

    Job family (Series)
    2210 Information Technology Management

    Supervisory status

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test

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

    Trust determination process
    National security

    Announcement number

    Control number

    This job is open to

    Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

    The public
    U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

    Clarification from the agency
    All U.S. Citizens


    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 Cybersecurity Division, Capacity Building Subdivision builds the capacity of our customers, through both technical and non-technical support and offerings, to operate their enterprises in a secure, resilient manner. Our vision is a future where public and private sector organizations across our Nation are equipped to manage cybersecurity risks and be resilient to ever-changing cybersecurity threats.

    Visit 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 a Supervisory IT Cybersecurity Specialist (INFOSEC) in the role of the Cybersecurity Oversight and Enablement Branch Chief. The Oversight and Enablement Branch drives the implementation of cybersecurity policies and practices through directives, guidance, and targeted engagement that enable our customers to take focused, direct actions to reduce cyber risk. The Branch Chief serves as a key member of the Capacity Building senior leadership team and oversees the work of approximately sixty federal employees and multiple support contracts, working in several of CISA's most complex, fast-paced, and highly visible programs, including execution of CISA's Directives authority, FISMA performance management, High Value Asset Program, CyberStat, and the Federal Enterprise Improvement Team (FEIT).

    Typical work assignments include:

  • Organizing and unifying branch programs, processes, and execution.
  • Defining branch strategy and leading annual operating planning in alignment with CISA and Administration cybersecurity priorities.
  • Communicating and coordinating directly with senior federal cyber leadership internally within CISA and externally with the White House, Congress, and federal agencies.
  • Overseeing the build-out of new/evolving programs like the Federal Enterprise Improvement Team, Cybersecurity Supply Chain Risk Management (C-SCRM) Program, and CISA's support for Executive Order 14028 on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity .
  • Working collaboratively with other members of the CB Leadership Team on shared priorities, including leveraging CISA offerings in cybersecurity training, shared services, and Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) to support customer improvement needs.
  • Lead subordinate managers, their programs, and technical teams in understanding cyber risk management and devising strategies to reduce risk across the Federal Civilian Executive Branch (FCEB) using deep understanding of cybersecurity domain areas and federal cyber policies, frameworks, and programs.
  • Creating and executing a vision, strategy, and plan to expand CISA's oversight and enablement mission to customers within State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) governments.
  • Overseeing branch succession planning and hiring in alignment with CISA's policies and goals for employee diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Employees who are initially appointed to supervisory positions must serve a supervisory probationary period for one year.
  • 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

    You qualify for the GS-15 grade level (starting salary $148,484) if you possess Information Technology related experience demonsytating the four required competencies:

    1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
    2. 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 outside 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

    In addition to the above requirement you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level performing the following duties:

  • Performing management oversight through program management directives to ensure efficiency and standardization within the Cyber Security IT Program.
  • Represent organization with key external stakeholders ( private sector leaders, Congressional staff, Federal Civilian Branches (FCEB), State, Local, Tribal and Territorial (SLTT), and Critical Infrastructure).
  • Develop and maintain cybersecurity plans, strategy, and policy support and align with organizational cybersecurity initiatives and regulatory work.
  • Evaluating work performance of subordinates and ensuring performance standards among subordinates work units are equitable.
  • Ensuring management studies, evaluations, and reviews are performed to enhance the organization, operational effectiveness and efficiency of the program.
  • 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.

    This job does not have an education requirement.

    Additional information

    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.

    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.

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    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.

    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:

    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.

    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 windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    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.

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.
    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Your resume showing a detailed description of your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates with the month and year and hours worked per week (if less than 40) for each paid and non-paid work experience job title listed.
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire
  • Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
  • Official or unofficial College Transcript(s) , if qualifying based on education
  • 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.
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