The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position located within FEMA's Mission Support Bureau, in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). The CISO reports to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and is responsible for implementing FEMA's cybersecurity policies, standards and guidance and ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information technology (IT) systems, networks, and data in support of FEMA’s mission.Learn more about this agency
The CISO is responsible for performing and supervising work that involve applying analytical processes to the planning, design, and implementation of new and improved information systems to meet the mission requirements of the Agency's lines of business and administrative programs and safeguard systems from cyber threats in accordance with federal laws and regulations.
- Responsible for development, publication, and implementation of Agency cybersecurity (information security) policies, standards, and guidance to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, directives, and standards.
- Responsible for designing and executing FEMA-wide cybersecurity enhancement initiatives and developing and communicating the Agency’s cybersecurity strategy, coordinating with stakeholders in FEMA directorates, offices, and regions.
- Provides planning guidance for cybersecurity priorities within FEMA to all designated IT personnel, including System Owners, Information System Security Officers, and Information System Security Managers, to secure IT information systems and applications used to support FEMA goals and objectives.
- Provides executive-level leadership in evaluating long-range IT activities and IT investments to support FEMA strategic planning through the Planning, Program, Budget and Execution (PPBE) process and Agency specific resource planning efforts.
- Analyzes and communicates the potential impact of emerging security technologies on organizations and provides leadership and develop theories, practices, and strategies for customized solutions that meet customer-specific requirements and deliver business value.
EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.
Occasional travel - This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.
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Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
- File a Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278) within 30 days of appointment.
- If selected, a one-year SES Probationary period may be required.
- Must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.
- This position is subject to random drug testing.
Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and all Technical and Executive Core Qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.
As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector.
To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualifications (TQs) listed below.
We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.
The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME-ONLY. Although you should not address the ECQs or TQs separately, evidence of each must be clearly reflected in your resume.
Any information in excess of 5 pages WILL NOT be considered.
A sample 5-page resume that incorporates ECQs and TQs can be viewed on this link (indexed at page 29 - 37): http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2012.pdf.
TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS – MANDATORY
- Extensive background and demonstrated experience in providing leadership and directing the information security program for a large, complex organization, to include IT budget and investment management; IT security planning, governance, and risk; certification and accreditation of IT systems; security operations and cyber incident response; cyber awareness training and education; and information system security and assurance, as well as the ability to perform resource analysis, data validation, and information delivery for complex IT systems and projects.
- Substantive knowledge of program/project and technology business management principles, techniques, and practices to effectively manage the achievement of goals and objectives, ensuring conformance with legislative and other regulatory requirements for effective management and utilization of IT resources within a large, complex organization. Expert-level knowledge of end-to-end security requirements management for enterprise IT services and of information security directives and cybersecurity policies, procedures, and standards to assure application and delivery of IT services in a steady-state and operationally active environment.
- Extensive executive engagement in working cooperatively with internal and external partners, up to and including representatives of other federal departments and agencies, state, and local governments, members and committees of the Congress and their staffs, White House staff, industry, and other segments of the private sector, with diverse and varied interests and viewpoints to achieve consensus on organizational goals and objectives, make recommendations for significant program improvements, and evaluate trends and their effects on the organization’s mission and strategic vision.
EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs):
ECQ 1: LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
ECQ 2: LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
ECQ 3: RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
ECQ 4: BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 5: BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/qualify.asp.
The following categories of applicants may omit the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), but the Technical Qualifications must be addressed within your Resume:
- Applicants who are currently serving under a SES career appointment (must provide a copy of Standard Form 50--Notification of Personnel Action that documents career appointment to the SES).
- Applicants who are eligible for reinstatement to the SES (must provide a copy of Standard Form 50--Notification of Personnel Action that documents career appointment to the SES).
- Applicants who are graduates of OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Programs (must provide proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification).
All required application materials will be reviewed to determine if applicants meet the mandatory qualification requirements. Qualification and experience determinations will be based only on the information supplied by the applicant. The best-qualified candidates for this position will be distinguished from other applicants by an evaluation committee to determine the degree to which qualification requirements are met. Applicants should provide specific evidence of possession of the mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualifications, as outlined under Qualifications Criteria, to assist the evaluation committee in determining the best-qualified candidates that will be considered for final selection.
[Mandatory Statement]: 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.
There are no educational requirements for this position.
- To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Top Secret/SCI as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined (Mythbuster), review of financial issues, such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit the OPM website at https://www.opm.gov/investigations/background-investigations/.
- 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.
- This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position.
- Persons newly appointed to a career SES position are required to serve a one-year probationary period.
- All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no advance notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for an extended period of time.
- If selected, you will be subject to 24-hour on-call in the event of an emergency. In this event, this service may include duties other than those specified in the official position description. Selectee must be able to relocate to emergency sites with little advance notice and function under intense physical and mental stress.
- Mandatory Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer (DD/EFT) for salary payment is a condition of employment at DHS/FEMA. Selectee will be required to participate in DD/EFT.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments and experience. Your application will be evaluated by an internal rating and ranking panel. Highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. Unless you have already been previously certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB), your Executive Core Qualifications must be certified by an OPM-sponsored QRB prior to appointment.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
- A 5 page resume is required.
- Are you a current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) member? Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that verifies SES Career status.
- Are you a graduate from an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program? Submit proof of qualifications (e.g. SF-50, OPM QRB Certificate, etc.).
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 ApplyTo begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.
We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online or do not have access to the internet (e.g., applicant experiencing documented system issues, applicant does not have access to the internet, etc.), you may be able to submit a paper application and the required forms. To do so, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in the Agency Contact Information prior to the close of this announcement.
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