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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:IT Specialist (INFO SEC), Security Engineer

Agency:Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Job Announcement Number:13-CFPB-285DH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$72,772.00 to $149,036.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 to Friday, March 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

CN-2210-51/53

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

53

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington, DCView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from U.S. citizens. 

**Amended closing date.

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you want to be a leader in your field at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) - a groundbreaking organization solely devoted to the economic strength and vitality of American Families? Do you want to play an important role in making consumer financial markets work for all American families? Do you want to challenge yourself and others? If you answer "Yes", then we have a career for you! CFPB professionals have unparalleled opportunities to expand horizons for themselves and for the nation. Be one of the founding members of an agency that will make a difference in the lives of everyday American families!

This position is located in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Chief Operations Officer, Chief Information Officer.  This organization is responsible for providing technical and analytical expertise for proposed IT security solutions based on business requirements of the CFPB.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Background investigation
  • U.S. citizenship
  • May be required to serve a probationary period.

DUTIES:

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The following are the duties at the CN-53 level. (Equivalent to the GS-13).  If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position. 

The major duties of this position include:

  • Performing network security architecture reviews and risk assessments to identify network and system specific risks.
  • Serving as the technical expert for code reviews; validating proper application of security in the Systems Development Life Cycle.
  • Evaluating and recommending the acquisition of IT security tools, implementation of procedures, and practices for protecting information assets.
  • Researching emerging technologies in support of security enhancement and development efforts.
  • Performing project leadership tasks on select security projects.
  • Developing recommendations for improvements in network, computer security and design security services.
  • Performing vulnerability analysis, and identifying previously undisclosed software and hardware vulnerabilities. Performing technical analysis and exploitation of data from compromised systems. Developing appropriate mitigation plans to address security conditions.
  • Reviewing proposed new systems, networks, and software designs for potential security risks. Recommending modifications and solutions for reducing IT security risks, and developing strategies for responding to future IT security challenges.
  • Developing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure reliability and accessibility of information systems and to prevent and defend against unauthorized access to systems, networks, and data. Implements IT security policies and procedures to secure and validate the IT infrastructure, network security, information assurance, and user training.
  • Supporting cyber incident response group to provide a fast and effective response to cyber incidents and proposing strategies to prevent intruder activity from occurring or escalating.
  • Presenting and justifying findings and recommendations to CFPB leadership, especially in potentially controversial cases where significant investments are required to mitigate the likely effects of anticipated vulnerabilities/intrusions.
  • Following all Federal and Bureau requirements regarding records management, privacy, FOIA, transparency, ethics and procurement. Attending and participating in all mandatory training or Bureau events.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


Specialized Experience for CN-53:  To qualify at CN-53, you must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade/band (CN-52, GS-12 or equivalent) in the Federal service.  This experience need not have been in the federal government.  For this position specialized experience is defined as:

Experience that involves:  providing advice and guidance on a wide range and variety of complex IT security functions; conducting analysis and recommending resolution of complex issues affecting the information security area; evaluating and recommending the acquisition or design of IT security tools, procedures, and practices to protect information assets; providing advice and guidance in implementing IT security policies and procedures in the development and operation of network systems; interpreting, creating, disseminating and enforcing information security policy; identifying and providing oversight for the implementation of IT security standards and requirements for all IT systems and infrastructure; developing policies and procedures to ensure information systems reliability and accessibilities and to prevent and defend networks and data; conducting risk and vulnerability assessments of information systems to identify vulnerabilities, risks and protection needs; coordinating the implementation of IT security programs across platforms; establishing IT vulnerability reporting criteria; evaluating IT security incident response policies; identifying the need for IT security changes based on new technologies or threats; instituting measures to ensure IT security awareness/compliance; reviewing proposed new systems/networks/software for potential IT security risks; resolving IT integration security issues.

Specialized Experience for CN-52:  To qualify at CN-52, you must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade/band (CN-51, GS-11 or equivalent) in the Federal service.  This experience need not have been in the federal government.  For this position specialized experience is defined as:

Experience that involves:  providing advice and guidance on IT security functions; participating in analysis and resolution of issues affecting the information security area; reviewing the acquisition or design of IT security tools, procedures, and practices to protect information assets; providing advice and guidance in implementing IT security policies and procedures in the development and operation of network systems; drafting information security policy; participating in risk and vulnerability assessments of information systems; coordinating the implementation of IT security programs across platforms; and reviewing proposed new systems/networks/software for potential IT security risks.

Specialized Experience for CN-51:  To qualify at CN-51, you must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade/band (CN-40, GS-9 or equivalent) in the Federal service.  This experience need not have been in the federal government.  For this position specialized experience is defined as: 

Experience that involves:  providing advice and guidance on routine IT security functions; participating in analysis and resolution of issues affecting the information security area; providing advice and guidance in implementing IT security policies and procedures in the development and operation of network systems; drafting information security policy; participating in risk and vulnerability assessments of information systems; and reviewing proposed new systems/networks/software for potential IT security risks.

OR

For the CN-51 level you must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or three academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such degree, from an accredited college or university.  To be qualifying, graduate education must be in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics or technology management, or in a related a field of study that provided at least 24 semester hours in one or more of the listed subjects and required development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.


AND


In addition to the specialized experience stated above, applicants must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.

Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

Customer Service - Working 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, resolving 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.

PLEASE NOTE:

Experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application includes your:

 

1. Resume,

2. Responses to the online questions,

3. Required supporting documents;

4. Cover letter (optional).

Note: If a cover letter is submitted, it may be used to assess your qualifications.

We will evaluate your application by comparing your description of your work experience, level of responsibility, and accomplishments, with the requirements of the position to determine whether you meet all the qualification requirements.

Security Clearance:  This position requires access to classified systems in order to respond to classified information and perform associated tasks.  You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security clearance. 

Direct Hire
This notice is issued under the Direct-Hire authority.  Using Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved government-wide direct hire authorities, agencies may appoint candidates directly to jobs, without regard to the provisions of Title 5 U.S.C.3309 through 3318, for which OPM determines that there is a severe shortage of candidates or a critical hiring need.  Candidates will be evaluated on their basic eligibility for Federal employment, minimum qualifications and possession of job-related knowledge, skills and abilities and other factors.  All applicants who meet basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for further consideration.

Veterans’ Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to this vacancy.

 


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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Our comprehensive benefits are among the most generous in the federal government. They include:

  • Challenging and rewarding work benefiting American consumers
  • Opportunities for development and advancement
  • Extremely competitive salaries
  • Access to comprehensive Federal health, vision, dental, life, and long-term care insurance programs
  • Additional access to CFPB-specific vision, dental, short- and long-term disability, and insurance programs while you work at CFPB   
  • Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13-26 days of vacation time each year
  • Public Transit Incentive Program (PTIP) 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Emergency Child Care Access (Contracted Service)   
  • Alternative Work Schedule and Telework access
  • The CFPB offers its own FSA Program.  As a result CFPB employees are not eligible to participate in FSAFEDS. If you are currently participating in FSAFEDS and you accept a position with CFPB, in order to continue participation in a FSA for the year you must enroll in the CFPB FSA program.  You are eligible to incur expenses against your FSAFEDS account(s), up to your separation date from your current agency.  In addition you will have until April 30th of the year following your separation from your current agency to get the expenses that were incurred, reimbursed through FSAFEDS. Any balance that remains in your FSAFEDS account after all eligible expenses have been incurred and reimbursed will be forfeited.  Due to IRS regulations, you are not able to transfer your FSAFEDS contributions into a CFPB FSA Account.  If you have questions please contact FSAFEDS at 1-877-FSAFEDS. 


  • OTHER INFORMATION:

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • All candidates will be considered without regard to any non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, parental status, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
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    Ethics:  CFPB employees are subject to government-wide ethical standards of conduct, financial disclosure requirements, and post-employment prohibitions, which applicants may review at www.oge.gov.  In addition, CFPB employees must comply with the Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (5 CFR 9401), which, among other things, prohibit an employee or the employee’s spouse or minor child from owning or controlling a debt or equity interest in an entity supervised by CFPB.   CFPB’s regulations also impose restrictions on the outside activities of certain Bureau employees, including examiners and attorneys.  Applicants may review the CFPB ethics regulations and a summary of the regulations at www.consumerfinance.gov.   Questions regarding these requirements and prohibitions should be directed to the CFPB Ethics Office at EthicsHelp@cfpb.gov.



    HOW TO APPLY:

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    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us as soon as possible.

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

    Step 1 - Create or Upload a Resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.com) We suggest you go to the end of the "Qualifications & Evaluations" section of the job announcement to preview the online questions. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Resume Tips  

    Step 2 - Apply Online Click the "Apply Online" link on this page. You will then be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. After selecting a resume, click on the "Apply for this position now!" link, and follow the prompts to register (if you have not already done so). You will then be required to answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.

    Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application If this is your first time on CFPB's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions (if applicable). Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions (if applicable). You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button (if applicable).

    Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents. (See Step 5 for details.) Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted. You may also track your application status from your USAJOBS account.

    Step 5 - Submit Required Documents You can submit any required or optional documents (described below) by document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your social security number from anything you submit.

    Document Upload:  You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways: 

    1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement (if applicable), you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you have already loaded on USAJOBS. OR 

    2. You may upload a document to an existing application by logging in to your USAJOBS account.  Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy.  Once you have located the vacancy, click on it and select "Apply Online."  Move through your existing application until you reach the "Documents" page and select "Upload" to add a document to your application.  Be sure to review your complete application to confirm that the document(s) uploaded properly. 

    In the "Application Review" section, you should see your uploaded documents listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen.  Once you see them, click "Finished;" you will then be returned to USAJOBS. 

    Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions.  The fax number is on the cover-sheet.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    ICTAP PROOF OF ELIGIBILITY If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility.  For a detailed list of documents, click here

    Education Documentation  If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. 

    To be used in meeting qualification requirements, a college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to the Database of Accreditation of Post-Secondary Institutions and Programs.  If we are unable to determine that you meet the required education, you will be found ineligible for further consideration.  We recommend you get this process started as soon as possible to avoid delays in appointment if selected.

    If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at Acceptability of Higher Education for Meeting Minimum Qualification Requirements.  We recommend you get this process started as soon as possible to avoid delays in appointment if selected. 

    A transcript will be required if you are tentatively selected.  

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Applicant Call Center
    Phone: 304-480-7300
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    TDD: 304-480-8725
    Email: CFPBINQUIRIES@BPD.TREAS.GOV
    Agency Information:
    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    See How to Apply Section
    Parkersburg, WV
    26106
    US
    Fax: 000-000-0000

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging into your account at www.usajobs.gov. We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBs.  Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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    Job Announcement Number:

    13-CFPB-285DH

    Control Number:

    338125900