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    Duties

    Summary

    This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), United States Coast Guard (USCG), Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber and Intelligence Service Center (C5ISC), Infrastructure Services Division (ISD), Transport Services Branch (TSB), Network Section (NET) in Alexandria, VA.

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    Responsibilities

    You will serve as a Computer Engineer (CYBER) and be responsible for designing, developing, testing, and evaluating cybersecurity related information systems throughout the Systems Engineering Life Cycle (SELC).

    Being a CG civilian makes you a valuable member of the CG team.  Typical work assignments include:

    • Perform duties required as a Computer Engineer (CYBER) to transition the National Security Cutters (NSC) from acquisition into C5ISC support /sustainment
    • Analyze design constraints, analyze trade-offs and detailed system and security design, and consider life cycle support
    • Develop and direct system testing and validation procedures and documentation
    • Develop architectures or system components consistent with technical specifications
    • Design and develop cybersecurity or cybersecurity-enabled products
    • Identify and direct the remediation of technical problems encountered during testing and implementation of new systems (e.g., identify and find work-arounds for communication protocols that are not interoperable)
    • Works with senior level staff member to assist in the development and review of sensitive information including pre-decisional and/or embargoed IT budget, workforce, and organizational changes pertaining to program system development and operations
    • Design hardware, operating systems, and software applications to adequately address requirements
    • Provide guidelines for implementing developed systems to customers or installation teams

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13 - Position may be filled at the GS-11, GS-12 or GS-13 level. Promotion potential to the GS-13 level.

  • Job family (Series)

    0854 Computer Engineering

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
    • A one-year probationary period may be required.
    • See Other Info section for mandatory training per grade level.

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    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.

    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

    Please see Education Requirements section for minimum education requirements.

    To qualify at the GS-11 grade level, applicants must meet one of the following: At least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level in the federal sector. Specialized experience may include the following: Possessing broad professional knowledge of, and skill in applying, a wide range of computer engineering or architectural theories, concepts, principles, standards, and methods; determining and/or executing actions for a wide range of assignments involving combinations of complex features, devise, customize, operate, oversee, and/or evaluate specialized information technology systems, processes, and applications pertaining to the performed work and delivery of its design, end products, or services; ability to formulate, execute, advise on, and explain recommendations or solutions to modify standard practices, equipment, devices, processes, and techniques and resolve a wide variety of complex problems; acting as a principal contributor on team-based projects or coordinate a team project and provide technical oversight and direction; and present, and evaluate plans, designs, reports, and correspondence; knowledge and experience with shipboard computer/network equipment to include configuration, maintenance and troubleshooting; utilizing knowledge in the following areas: cybersecurity and privacy principles and organizational requirements (relevant to confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, non-repudiation); information technology (IT) security principles and methods (e.g., firewalls, demilitarized zones, encryption); local area and wide area networking principles and concepts including bandwidth management; operating systems; parallel and distributed computing concepts; systems testing and evaluation methods; network systems management principles, models, methods (e.g., end-to-end systems performance monitoring), and tools; network protocols such as TCP/IP, Dynamic Host Configuration, Domain Name System (DNS), and directory services; and utilizing skill in the following areas: writing code in a currently supported programming language (e.g., Java, C++); conducting audits or reviews of technical systems; applying security controls and network systems management principles, models, methods (e.g., end-to-end systems performance monitoring), and tools.

    OR

    Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree that is directly related to the duties of this position.

    OR

    Combination of graduate level education and specialized experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

    To qualify at the GS-12 grade level, applicants must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the federal sector. Specialized experience may include the following: possessing broad professional knowledge of, and skill in applying, a wide range of computer engineering or architectural theories, concepts, principles, standards, and methods; determining and/or executing actions for a wide range of assignments involving combinations of complex features, devise, customize, operate, oversee, and/or evaluate specialized information technology systems, processes, and applications pertaining to the performed work and delivery of its design, end products, or services; ability to formulate, execute, advise on, and explain recommendations or solutions to modify standard practices, equipment, devices, processes, and techniques and resolve a wide variety of complex problems; acting as a principal contributor on team-based projects or coordinate a team project and provide technical oversight and direction; and present, and evaluate plans, designs, reports, and correspondence; utilizing knowledge and experience with shipboard computer/network equipment to include configuration, maintenance and troubleshooting; utilizing knowledge in the following areas: cybersecurity and privacy principles and organizational requirements (relevant to confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, non-repudiation).; information technology (IT) security principles and methods (e.g., firewalls, demilitarized zones, encryption); local area and wide area networking principles and concepts including bandwidth management; operating systems; parallel and distributed computing concepts; systems testing and evaluation methods; network systems management principles, models, methods (e.g., end-to-end systems performance monitoring), and tools; network protocols such as TCP/IP, Dynamic Host Configuration, Domain Name System (DNS), and directory services; and utilizing skills in the following areas: writing code in a currently supported programming language (e.g., Java, C++); conducting audits or reviews of technical systems; applying security controls and network systems management principles, models, methods (e.g., end-to-end systems performance monitoring), and tools.

    To qualify at the GS-13 grade level, applicants must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the federal sector. Specialized experience may include the following: mastery of, and skill in applying, expertise in advanced computer engineering or computer architectural theories, principles, concepts, standards, and methods sufficient to: apply experimental theories and/or new applications or developments to: extend or modify theories, concepts, and assumptions, resolve unique or novel problems, conditions, or issues; or significantly alter standard practices, equipment, devices, processes, and known techniques; providing expert advice to senior colleagues and/or agency officials responsible for broad program operations; providing significant and innovative recommendations for advancing programs and/or methods; and execute significant projects representing an important segment of the agency’s operational program; enhanced knowledge and experience with shipboard computer/network equipment to include configuration, maintenance and troubleshooting: utilizing knowledge in the following areas: risk management processes (e.g., methods for assessing and mitigating risk); organization's enterprise information security architecture; cybersecurity and privacy principles and organizational requirements (relevant to confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, non-repudiation); information technology (IT) security principles and methods (e.g., firewalls, demilitarized zones, encryption); system life cycle management principles, including software security and usability; the systems engineering process; service management concepts for networks and related standards (e.g., Information Technology Infrastructure Library, current version [ITIL]); utilizing skills in the following areas: designing security controls based on cybersecurity principles and tenets; designing the integration of hardware and software solutions; integrating and applying policies that meet system security objectives; and the ability to apply cybersecurity and privacy principles to organizational requirements (relevant to confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, non-repudiation).

    Mandatory training is required which must be successfully completed and other training may occur as necessary for success in the position.

    For the GS-11/12/13 Grade Level:

    • Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officers Representative (COR) Level II (FAC COR-II) within two years of entry into the position
    • Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers Level II (FAC P/PM-II) or management determined equivalent within two years of entry into the position
    • Information Assurance Management Level II (IAM-II) or management determined equivalent within two years of entry into the position

    Education

    This position does have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail.

    Basic Requirements:

    Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

    OR

    Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

    1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
    2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
    3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
    4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)



    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here

    Additional information

    Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations. If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete/make updates to the OF-306 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, 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 at click here

    Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

    Selectee(s) for this position who are newly appointed to a permanent position are authorized to receive a one-time recruitment incentive of 10% of the salary, including locality for this position. Receipt of the bonus will require a 12 month service agreement.

    Selectee(s) for this position who are current federal employees on permanent appointments who would be moving outside of the current commuting area of their current position to accept this position are authorized to receive a one-time relocation bonus of 10% of the salary including locality for this position. Receipt of the bonus will require a 12 month service agreement. The employee must establish a residence in the new geographic area prior to payment.

    Selectee(s) for this position who are newly appointed to a permanent or term position may be eligible for student loan repayment up to $10,000 (pre-tax) for one calendar year. More than one loan may be repaid if the combined repayments do not exceed $10,000. Receipt of this incentive will require a three year service agreement.

    The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

    More than one (1) selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 45 days from the date the certificate was issued.

    If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-795-6272. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be referred for consideration. The following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities are needed to perform this job:

    • Knowledge of organization's enterprise information security architecture
    • Knowledge of cybersecurity and privacy principles and organizational requirements (relevant to confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, non-repudiation)
    • Knowledge of information technology (IT) security principles and methods (e.g., firewalls, demilitarized zones, encryption)
    • Knowledge of system life cycle management principles, including software security and usability
    • Skill in designing security controls based on cybersecurity principles and tenets
    • Ability to apply cybersecurity and privacy principles to organizational requirements (relevant to confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, non-repudiation)

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Secret

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

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    Required Documents

    1. Your resume
    2. If you are claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), submit a copy of your agency notice, most recent performance rating and most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level and duty location. If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. To be considered eligible, you must be placed in the well-qualified category for this position. Please see ICTAP eligibility.
    3. OPM must authorize employment offers for former or current Political Appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information. Submit proof of your former or current status, such as your SF-50. Please see here.

    All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you are unable to submit your documents electronically, you may fax or mail the documents. A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with fax number and instructions to transmit the requested documents. The required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement. The mailing address is COMMANDANT (CG-123HQ), ATTN OFFICE OF CIVILIAN HUMAN RESOURCES (JOBS), US COAST GUARD, 2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE STOP 7912, WASHINGTON, DC 20593-7912

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    Benefits

    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.

    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 development 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.

    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.

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    How to Apply

    Complete applications for this vacancy must be received on-line by 11:59 p.m ET on the closing date of the announcement. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign in to USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire and submit the required documents to provide proof of qualifications. If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you will be required to submit proof. See Required Documents section for more detail regarding a complete application package.
     
    If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date. You must contact the Help Desk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, excluding Federal holidays.

    Agency contact information

    USCG Applicant Support

    Phone

    866-656-6830

    Fax

    000-000-0000

    Email

    mgshelp@monster.com

    Address

    United States Coast Guard
    2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE
    STOP 7912
    Washington, District of Columbia 20593
    United States
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    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

    Apply for this exciting position to support U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

    Next steps

    Upon the submission of your application package, you will receive an automatic reply informing you that your application has been submitted, received and is being processed. If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging the receipt of your application. You will not receive any additional notifications unless further evaluation or interviews are conducted or upon selection.

    NOTE: Selectee(s) must be available to report to duty within 120 calendar days of the closing date of the announcement.

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    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. Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/601059500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.