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    The primary purpose of this position is to broaden the skills and/or enhance the leadership perspective of an identified high-potential, mid-level manager/executive; it is not a continuing position, assignment duration is limited to 36 months.

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    • In a Career Broadening capacity, provides technical guidance and activities to the J631.
    • Serves as a Career Broadener, leads and personally contributes expertise to preliminary analyses of issues concerning the J63 operations and to conduct direct defensive cyber operations across the command.
    • In a Career Broadening capacity, serves as a lead technical oversight of command proactive defensive cyber operations.
    • As a Career Broadener, serves as a technical and subject matter expert and principal advisor.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • Mobility is a condition of employment. Employee must sign AF-wide mobility agreement.
    • Employee must obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET/SPECIAL COMPARTMENTED INFORMATION (TS/SCI) security clearance as a condition of employment.
    • PCS travel expenses will be paid IAW JTR and AFMAN 36-606.
    • PCS cost will be paid IAW Career Broadening Policy under this agreement.
    • Career Broadening positions are managed by AFPC/DP2Z and are centrally funded.
    • Positions are established specifically to provide developmental experience designed to broaden the skills and/or enhance the leadership perspective of a high-potential, mid-level manager.
    • Career Broadening also provides training and developmental opportunities at various organizational levels.
    • These assignments offer the qualified candidate a unique assignment in that the candidates brings certain experience to the assignment while gaining new experiences in a different work environment.
    • TEMPORARY PROMOTION: If the position is filled as a temporary promotion, upon completion of the career broadening assignment, the temporary promotion may lead to permanent promotion without further competition.
    • This position has been designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Incumbent is required to: (a) refrain from the use of illegal drugs, and (b) if requested, submit to urinalyses testing.
    • Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station on military and/or commercial aircraft.
    • The employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.
    • Recall to duty may be a requirement of this position.
    • Overtime and/or emergency overtime may be required.
    • Information Assurance (IA) Certification is a condition of employment. Per DoD 8570.01-M, the incumbent of this position must achieve the appropriate IA certification within six months of assignment of these duties. A waiver may be granted.
    • Males must be registered for Selective Service; see www.sss.gov.
    • Disclosure of political appointments.


    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below:
    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.

    One year of specialized experience which includes experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience is typically gained in the IT field or through the performance of work where the primary concern is IT. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the GS-13 grade/level or equivalent in the federal service.

    FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Applicants must have served at least 52 weeks at the GS-13 or higher grade (or equivalent in an alternate pay system) within the Federal Civil Service to be considered for referral. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
    1. Knowledge of a full range of IT and cybersecurity principles, concepts, and methods as well as risk management processes (e.g., methods for assessing and mitigating risk), specific operational impacts of cybersecurity lapses and their application to the organization's core mission processes, and emerging technologies that have potential for exploitation by adversaries sufficient to provide expert technical advice to management on a wide range of complex IT issues, to manage the evaluation of risks and vulnerabilities, to oversee the development of mitigating improvements, and to manage the dissemination of IT security tools and procedures.
    2. Knowledge of computer networking concepts and protocols (e.g., TCP/IP, Dynamic Host Configuration, Domain Name System (DNS), and directory services); network security methodologies and architecture concepts including topology, components, and principles (e.g., application of defense-in depth); and related computer disciplines such as systems, communication lines, intrusion detection systems, firewalls, and routers as they relate to computer network defense (CND) operations and environments.
    3. Knowledge of cyber threats, vulnerabilities, and attack methodologies and stages (e.g., foot printing and scanning, enumeration, gaining access, escalation or privileges, maintaining access, network exploitation, covering tracks); threat types and capabilities; different classes of attacks (e.g., passive, active, insider, close-in, distribution); and system and application threats and vulnerabilities (e.g., buffer overflow, mobile code, cross-site scripting, Procedural Language/Structured Query Language [PL/SQL] and injections, race conditions, covert channel, replay, return-oriented attacks, and malicious code).
    4. Knowledge of complex cyber forensics, cyber threat, and intrusion detection concepts, disciplines, methodologies, and techniques for detecting host and network-based intrusions via intrusion detection technologies sufficient to oversee the development of countermeasures to classified and unclassified computer network and system attacks.
    5. Knowledge of advanced incident management, analysis, and response concepts and procedures; incident categories, incident responses, and timelines for responses; incident response and handling methodologies; and computer security incident response processes including countermeasure mitigation strategies, malware analysis, network traffic analysis, and network system analysis/forensics.
    6. Knowledge of vulnerability management processes and procedures; vulnerability categories, responses, and timelines for response; as well as computer network defense and vulnerability assessment tools (commercial and open source) and their capabilities, network traffic analysis tools, identification and authentication technologies, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools, firewalls, malicious code identification tools, intrusion detection/prevention tools, proxies, email security filters, and vulnerability scanning tools among other technologies designed to protect systems and networks.
    7. Skill in conducting technical and non-technical risk and vulnerability assessments, in administering and utilizing vulnerability scanning tools to protect systems and networks; in using network analysis tools to identify vulnerabilities; and in recognizing and categorizing types of vulnerabilities and associated attacks.
    8. Ability to communicate effectively, clearly, interpret, implement, and apply Federal cybersecurity and cyber defense laws, policies, regulations, procedures, standards, and compliance measures to command information systems and to the development of policy, plans, and strategies in support of cyber activities and the DoD Information Network (DODIN) security posture.
    PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

    VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    PCS restrictions: An employee selected to make a PCS to a Career Broadening assignment is restricted from making a second PCS for 12 months

    Defense National Relocation Program is authorized.

    Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

    If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application. The Vacancy ID is 11225069

    If you have questions regarding this announcement and have hearing or speech difficulties click here.

    Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017" suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities please click here. Subsequently, FTR Bulletin 20-04 issued by GSA, provides further information regarding NDAA FY2020, Public Law 116-92, and the expansion of eligibility beyond "transferred" for WTA/RITA allowances. For additional information, please click here.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

    Applicants who meet the requirements for and apply as a non-competitive eligible that meet minimal qualifications and other requirements of this position, will be given consideration as a non-competitive candidate and will be referred unless blocked by an individual with priority/preference.

    Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.

    APPRAISALS/AWARDS: Hiring Managers use objective methods and consider previous performance appraisals and awards in the selection process. Current Federal Civilian employees should list any relevant performance related rating and/or awards in your resume.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    National security

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    Required Documents

    The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. Applicants who do not submit required documentation to determine eligibility and qualifications will be eliminated from consideration. Other documents may be required based on the eligibility/eligibilities you are claiming. Click here to view the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide and the required documents you must submit to substantiate the eligibilities you are claiming.

    1. Online Application: Questionnaire.
    2. Resume: For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week (if part-time) and dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade, i.e. GS-0301-09. Current Federal Civilian Employees should list any relevant performance related rating (given within the last three years) and/or incentive awards in your resume. Do NOT include photographs (or links to social media such as LinkedIn), inappropriate material, inappropriate content, nor personal information such as age, gender, religion, social security number, etc., on your resume.
    3. Current or Former Federal Civilian Employees (Includes current Air Force employees): Most recent SF-50 (with an effective date no more than 12 months prior to the closing date of the announcement-see Block 4 of the SF-50). Block 24 must contain "1" or "2" AND block 34 must be a "1." Employees eligible under an OPM approved interchange agreement, block 34 may contain a "1" or "2."
    4. Applicants seeking promotion consideration must also submit an SF-50 which clearly demonstrates time-in-grade has been met. Examples of appropriate SF-50s include (see Block 5-B) Promotions, Within-Grade, Grade/Range Increases (Reg WRI), and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old. The SF50s submitted to verify time-in-grade must reflect a full calendar year. A single SF50 that shows the applicant on a step above one (1) in the salary range does not meet this requirement as there are multiple ways to earn a higher step that are not the result of 52 weeks service.

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    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.

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    How to Apply

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 09/21/2021.

    To preview the Application Questionnaire, please click the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11225069

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the application questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Application button at the end of the process.

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your Resume (your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications). If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent (latest) version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent."

    • It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
    • For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week (if part-time) and dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.
    2. A complete Application Questionnaire

    3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section). Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name.

    PLEASE NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered and/or uploaded, (i.e., resume) is received, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. You may verify your documents have been processed with your application package successfully. You can access your USAJOBS account to do so by clicking here. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.

    Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.

    Agency contact information

    Career Broadening Office


    AF Career Broadeners
    550 C Street W
    JBSA Randolph AFB, TX 78150
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    The mission of the United States Air Force is: To fly, fight, and win ... Airpower anytime, anywhere. To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Global Reach and Global Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

    Eligible applicants: Air Force Employee (Current Permanent Competitive Service Career/Career-Conditional Employee and Current Permanent AF DCIPS Employees with Reinstatement Rights to the Competitive Service)

    Area of Consideration is limited to current permanent internal Air Force employees with qualifying Communication and Information career field experience; all other candidates will be outside the area of consideration.

    This assignment is temporary and limited in duration to 36 months. This vacancy announcement is for one formal career broadening opportunity in the Communication and Information career field. The organizational location of this position is the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), C4 Systems Directorate (J6), IT Operations Division (J63), Network Threat Response & Cyber Exploit Prevention Branch (J631) at Offutt AFB, NE.

    Next steps

    Once your application package is received an acknowledgement email will be sent.

    If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application.Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility and qualifications for consideration. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

    To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

    If you do not provide an email address, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.

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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.

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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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/613114500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.