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Job Title:Information Technology Specialist (INFO SEC)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology

Job Announcement Number:VG-13-DVC-832775

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$59,339.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, January 28, 2013 to Friday, February 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Walla Walla, WA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This position is open to all U.S. citizens. This position may be filled through the Department's direct hire authority for IT Specialist (INFOSEC) positions.

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 832775

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (" I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

DUTIES:

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This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-12. At the GS-11 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-12.  Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.  Promotion is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

You will serves as an Information Security Officer in the Field Security Service (FSS). Field Security Operations (FSO), Information Protection and Risk Management (IPRM), Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) and act as the primary Information Security Officer (ISO) in support of either a VA facility or specified program area of responsibility and reports to either the supervisory Regional ISO or supervisory Network ISO as the FSS Director deems appropriate.  You will participate in network and systems design to ensure implementation of viable systems security policies and procedures. You will develops policies and procedures to ensure secure information systems reliability and accessibility; and to prevent and safeguard against unauthorized access to automated information systems networks and data.

Work schedule: Monday- Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm

 

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-11: One year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level. Examples of specialized experience include but are not limited to: conducting systems security evaluations, audits and reviews and developing Automated Information Systems (AIS) security contingency plans and disaster recovery procedures; designing  IT programs to ensure controlled accessibility to AIS,  as well as to prevent and defend against unauthorized access to systems, networks, and data; monitoring and tracking  controlled access programs to ensure implementation and viability of appropriate systems security policies, as well as the acquisition of IT security tools; planning, establishing and implementing local systems security program(s)such as IT security, certification and accreditation processes regular and recurring Commercial Off The Shelf analysis and the performance of test and assessments of security authentication technologies. NOTE: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week.  Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities.  Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment

~AND~

In addition to the specialized experience described above, you must have IT-related experience in each of the following four competencies listed below which must be supported by the information contained in your resume and other application materials.

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.

OR

GS-11: A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management -OR- Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 fully years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development and adaptation of applications, systems or networks. A transcript (official or unofficial) or course listing must be submitted with your application package.

AND

This position includes Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job).  Selective Placements Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position.  Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.  The selective placement factor for this position is:

Knowledge, skills, and abilities in all aspects of information security, including but not limited to: Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS), as well as management, operational and technical security controls sufficient to adequately protect information systems and data. (Application materials must reflect this knowledge in order to receive credit for this selective factor; failure to provide proof will result in loss of consideration)

You will be rated on the following competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position. Narrative responses are not required at this time.

Demonstrated knowledge of IT technology concepts, standards and methods.

Ability to lead and provide guidance and leadership to other professional and IT staff in the conduct of complex projects and to develop and maintain effective relationships with colleagues and clients.

Ability to provide expert advice, guidance and recommendations on critical security issues.

Ability to communicate orally and in writing with a staff at all levels within the organization.

 

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is primarily sedentary in nature. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

 

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/alph-ndx.asp

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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.  Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements: (http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/applicantchecklist.doc)

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.).  Additionally, Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non-service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as well as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference" and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

After the vacancy announcement closes, those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position are referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package.  The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Well qualified applicants possess experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job.  Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities refer to this checklist.

Placement Policy:  The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion.  The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement.  Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See “Required Documents” section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, February 01, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online: you will need to click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire:View Occupational Questionnaire.  Then print the 1203FX form to complete and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/opm1203fx.pdf.  Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt n case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using 832775. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.  Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  1. Résumé 
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
  3. Other documents - use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).  You will not be contacted for additional information.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

DeMonthany V. Cleveland
Phone: (678)924-5783
Email: DEMONTHANY.CLEVELAND@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Austin Human Resources Center
1615 Woodward St
VHA Austin HRC 005F5G
1615 Woodward Street
Austin, TX
78772

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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Job Announcement Number:

VG-13-DVC-832775

Control Number:

336544000