This position is located within the Information Technology Security Office (ITSO) of the Department of Technology Services (DTS). As an Information Technology (IT) Specialist (Security) Team Lead within the Security Operations Division, the incumbent provides federal oversight of contractors performing comprehensive and remote court unit IT security assessments and related activities.Learn more about this agency
The incumbent conducts external penetration tests of court public facing servers, evaluates internal security controls to detect network and system intrusions, and conducts social engineering campaigns on court employees. The incumbent participates in assessment activities, leading by example, and ensures assessments are properly scheduled, scoped and effectively performed. The incumbent possesses technical, operational, and management expertise so that assessments are thorough and risk calibrated using repeatable, defensible, and best practices based on known methodologies. Additionally, this position will screen contractor candidates to ensure team effectiveness and participate in contract management related actions, e.g. SOW development, performance measurements and assessments, etc.
The person selected for this position is recognized as an IT security expert with a strong background in cyber-security and penetration testing. The ideal candidate will have a proven record of successfully leading "hands on" penetration testing and organization assessment activities to include: developing rules of engagement, scope of activities and assessment agreements; researching and exploiting known and emerging vulnerabilities; identifying and assessing risk, and developing mitigation recommendations; validating discovered vulnerabilities and providing documentation for reconstruction and recreation of exploits. Most importantly, given the high-profile nature of this role, e.g. communicating with court unit executives, judges, the C-Suite stakeholders, IT practitioners, end users, etc, the incumbent must have excellent written and oral communication skills as well as the ability to communicate about cyber security topics to diverse audiences. Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
- Oversees comprehensive and remote IT security assessments of Court Units and Program Offices to identify vulnerabilities, provide recommendations for their remediation, and to assist system owners in implementing effective safeguards. Vulnerabilities must be risk rated and risk statements must be clearly stated and capture the specific business impact to the Judiciary in the even that a deficiency is exploited.
- Serves as the subject matter expert for the execution of the SOC's red team related tasking. This includes outreach to potential service consumers, project planning, service delivery, and reporting.
- Oversees validation testing of discovered vulnerabilities in support of SOC defensive operations. This includes developing new exploits against discovered vulnerabilities and recreating reported exploits against Judiciary networks and assets. Mitigation strategies must be developed against any validated exploit to prevent future compromise.
- Performs research to identify potential vulnerabilities in and threats to existing web, applications, databases, and operating system technologies, and provide timely, clear, technically accurate notification to management of the risk potential; and options for remediation.
- Use and evaluate the effectiveness of various tools for identifying and exploiting IT vulnerabilities in a local area network.
- Serves as the subject matter exploit for physical access, wireless intrusion, social engineering and penetration testing.
- Creates and delivers factually accurate and compelling written and oral presentations and work products to a range of audiences from the IT practitioner to executive level management.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions Of Employment
- All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
- Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the Administrative Office of the US Courts. In instances where non-citizens are considered for hire into temporary or any other position with non competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO's Human Resources Office that there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at http://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens. For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.
- All new AO employees will be required to complete a FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
- You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment. This does not apply to current federal Judiciary employees.
- Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if authorized by the Director of the AO.
- More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
- All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
QualificationsApplicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.
Basic Requirements: You must have Information Technology (IT) related experience which demonstrates proficiency in each of the following competencies:
- 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 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.
- 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 judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is demonstrated experience (1) Working as a Penetration Tester or Red Team member in planning, leading, and executing penetration tests; (2) Performing IT Security assessments of management, operational, and technical controls; AND (3) Leading technical teams and fostering a culture of collaboration.
(Resume must show clear and convincing evidence of all areas of specialized experience.)
Desired but not required:
- Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
This position does not require education to qualify.
The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
How You Will Be Evaluated
We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.
You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:
- Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
- Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.
- Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) - All applicants outside of the AO must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.
- Veterans Preference documentation - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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.
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 to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 09/11/2019to receive consideration. To begin, click:
- Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.
- You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application.
- You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.
- To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
- If you would like to preview the occupational questionnaire before applying, click on https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10584291.
Agency contact information
AddressDepartment of Technology Services
One Columbus Circle, NE
Washington, DC 20544
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