Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.
Applicants applying for the GS-13 grade level must meet the following requirements:
Have IT-related experience demonstrating EACH of the four competencies AND specialized experience listed below:
1. Attention to Detail - Candidates maintains a layered intrusion detection system (IDS) program tasked to monitor and audit network and host information systems. Plans, develops, coordinates, and provides guidance, policies, procedures, and techniques for the program.
2. Customer Service - Candidate maintains a comprehensive database of computer incidents, which can be used to increase computer security awareness, identify common attackers and methods, and analyze trends; gathers data and creates threat analysis reports for internal and external use. Prepares and furnishes authoritative oral and written reports to the Division Chief as well as other department officials, as required.
3. Oral Communication - Candidate acts as liaison with other Federal and DoD US Computer Emergency Response Teams for the exchange of information and for reporting computer security incidents within the Department of State, as required in the absence of the Division Chief. Additionally, serves as the computer security officer for Diplomatic Security Computer Incident Response Team which impacts programs of a national or international scope; facilitates increased communication between operational and security oriented offices within the Department of State.
4. Problem Solving - Candidate advises management of deficiencies and action; reviews the security compliance and effectiveness of the Department’s information security issues that result from audits and inspections; recommends corrective actions for deficiencies identified in the course of analysis; conducts follow-up on recommendations to ensure post compliance applicable standards and integrity of systems.
Have at least 1 full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service which provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
- Experience directing, motivating, coordinating, and integrating the work of others; to keep initiatives focused and to assess the effectiveness of efforts and programs.
- Work experience identifying network vulnerabilities, threats and cyber intrusion/emergency response procedures.
- Experience working effectively with management officials within the Department and other Federal agencies sufficient to provide expert advice, direction, and guidance on computer and communications security policies, standards and regulations.
- Experience evaluating the effectiveness of incident reporting and developing strategies for making necessary adjustments and improvements.
- Experience communicating effectively both orally and in writing to prepare and present information in a clear and convincing manner including clarifying and interpreting guidelines, negotiating agreements, justifying recommendations, and providing expert advice and guidance.
- Experience working with hardware and software technologies used to track and mitigate vulnerabilities.
NOTE: In order to qualify for this position, your experience MUST be IT related; the experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification), as appropriate.
There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-13 position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection procedures. Based on your responses to the job-specific self-assessment questions, eligible candidates are placed for selection consideration into one of three pre-defined quality categories as described below:
Highly-qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications for the position, candidates must fully demonstrate proficiency in all major aspects of the position.
Well Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in some but not all of the major aspects of the position.
Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must demonstrate a basic level of knowledge, skill and ability of the position.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:
- Knowledge of network vulnerabilities, threats and cyber intrusion/emergency response procedures.
- Knowledge of hardware and software technologies used to track and mitigate vulnerabilities.
- Knowledge of program management principles to effectively plan, organize, and manage program activities and ensure that resources allocated to the program are used in the most efficient manner possible.
- Ability to anticipate and develop strategies to address issues of the highest potential sensitivity.
Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration. For tips on writing your resume, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center. To preview questions please click here.
If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.
Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each pre-defined quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent (i.e., CPS and CP) must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position to receive consideration for special priority.
Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.