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Job Title:INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST (INFORMATION SECURITY)

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Citizenship and Immigration Services

Job Announcement Number:CIS-PJN-857358-OIT

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$68,809.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, March 14, 2013 to Tuesday, March 19, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
New Orleans, LA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. Visit us at http://www.uscis.gov/.

Every day, our Information Technology Specialists (Information Security) manage and provide information system security programs and policies, assess system design methodologies, integrate security programs, provide technical guidance, and evaluate new security technologies.  This position of INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST (INFORMATION SECURITY) starts at a salary of $68,809.00(GS-12 step 1), with promotion potential to $106,369.00 (GS-13 step 10).  Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Information Technology, New Orleans, LA within DHS US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

 

  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here
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    This announcement is issued under the Direct Hire Authority to recruit for positions for which the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer has a critical hiring need.

     

    USCIS will not pay relocation expenses.
    This position is in the bargaining unit.
    This position is not considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.

    Note: USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy.

    KEY REQUIREMENTS

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position
    • Successfully pass a Background Investigation including financial disclosure
    • You must pass a drug screening
    • Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements
    • You must submit resume and supporting documentation
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service

    DUTIES:

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    As an Information Technology Specialist (Information Security), your duties will include the following:

    • Administration of compliance with oversight requirements, the technical aspects of integration and configuration of systems in the enterprise architecture and compliance enforcement activities associated with information technology security policies and procedures of the USCIS. Responsible for planning, analyzing, developing, implementing, maintaining, and enhancing information systems security programs, policies, procedures, and tools to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems, networks, and data. Specifically, you will implement higher-level security requirements.
    • Integrate security programs across disciplines; define security plans and policies; assess new system design methodologies to improve software quality; and institute measures to ensure awareness and compliance.
    • Assess new security technologies and/or threats and recommend changes; review and evaluate security incident response policies; and develop long-range plans for IT security systems; resolve integration issues related to the implementation of new systems with the existing infrastructure. Serve as Office of Information Technology (OIT)/End User Services representative at District level; assist business in defining requirements to provide end-to-end, customer focused solutions.
    • Serve as OIT technical interface with contract support staff; serve as OIT District liaison for projects, data calls initiatives; assist in District focused communication; provide tactical and efficient IT services directly in support of USCIS business activities and initiatives; coordinate, communicate and collaborate with USCIS HQ entities in the deployment/implementation of new IT initiatives.
    • Coordinate with other OIT components and management offices; serve as a Password Issuance and Control (PICS) Officer; utilize Remedy tool to manage work and work flow; assist with centralization of account documentation from capturing/routing/storing of all documentation; manage Account Life Cycle (creation to deletion); perform Account Audits; create Standard Operating Procedures; assist with Policy creation.

     

    The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence, and limited complexity.


    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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    GS-12: You qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:

    • Monitoring and evaluating IT system compliance with security requirements.
    • Implementing and coordinating activities to ensure, protect, and restore IT systems, services, and capabilities.
    • Providing advice and guidance to end users on implementing IT security procedures.
    • Gathering, evaluating, and verifying vulnerability for information technology systems, networks, worldwide automated information systems.
    • Evaluating existing and proposed systems, networks or software designs for potential security risks.
    • Networking and maintaining relationships and partnerships with public/private sector stakeholders to exchange security information and promote situational awareness.

    GS-13: You qualify at the GS-13 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. In addition to the requirements of the lower grade level, you must also have experience performing the following duties:

    • Evaluating new security authentication technologies such as public key infrastructure certificates, secure cards, and biometrics.
    • Identifying and specifying information systems security requirements associated with migrations to new environments.
    • Evaluating and recommending the acquisition, implementation, and dissemination of IT security tools, procedures, and practices to protect information assets.
    • Designing and /or conducting analytical studies on program functions or processes fo an IT organization.
    • Developing and interpreting policies, procedures, and strategies governing the planning and delivery of IT services.
    • Integrating IT systems; and communicating with stakeholder responsible for IT related programs and activities.


    Educational Substitution – There is no educational substitution at these grade levels.

    Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

    The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement (Tuesday, March 19, 2013).

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    Under the provisions of the Direct Hire Authority, veterans' preference and category rating do not apply. However, you are encouraged to submit proof of veterans' preference.

    We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements regarding experience, education and training.

    The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

    • Attention to Detail
    • Customer Service
    • Oral Communication
    • Problem Solving
    • Technical Competence

    NOTE: Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment

     

    If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.  To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions

     

    Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website.  To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above.  In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.


    BENEFITS:

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    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 developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select “benefits.”



    OTHER INFORMATION:

    Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for a Secret Security Clearance as a condition of placement into this position.  This may include a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

     

    Special Hiring Authorities: Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and individuals 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 and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement. 

     

    USCIS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.  To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.

     



    HOW TO APPLY:

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    Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.  To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents.  See Required Documents section for more detail. 

    We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you can not apply online, you must contact the Human Resource office listed below at least one day prior to the closing date for instructions.  Applications will not be accepted by mail.

    To Fax a Resume or Supporting Documents:

    If you previously uploaded documents to this vacancy, please do not FAX the same documents. If you need to fax a part of your documentation:

    • Use the official FAX coversheet found here.
    • Make sure that you include the 8-character vacancy identification number: "MB857358”
    • Provide your SSN, name, and address in the blocks provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
    • Print your SSN and Name neatly using the exact name as the one used when you filled out the assessment questionnaire.
    • The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.


    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    • Your resumé

    • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  Submit:

      ·         a copy of your agency notice,

      ·         a copy of your most recent performance rating, and

      ·         a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.

     

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    HR OPERATIONS CENTER-TEAM TWO
    Phone: (802)660-1146
    Email: HROCTEAM2@DHS.GOV
    Agency Information:
    US Citizenship and Immigration Services
    70 Kimball Avenue
    South Burlington, VT
    05403
    USA

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the selecting official for further consideration and a possible interview. We will notify you by email at various stages in the process (learn more). Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information." We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.


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    Job Announcement Number:

    CIS-PJN-857358-OIT

    Control Number:

    339564400