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Job Title:  Director, Information Technology Security Staff (ITSS)
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  13-SES-JMD-03

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 to Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States
All groups of qualified individuals


**Note:  The job series for this position will be determined based on the background and experience of the selectee. 

Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career?  If yes, then come and join the U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ), which has been ranked in the Top 10 Best Places to Work in Federal Government for 2012 (  Justice is the Nation's law enforcement agency, and its most important resource is its people.  With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms.  Become a member of our team, where you can achieve your career goals and dreams and apply your skills and talents to our important mission.


  • We must receive your application by 5:00pm (EDT) on the closing date
  • You must meet all minimum qualifications to be considered eligible
  • You must receive written notification application was received by DOJ/JMD


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This position is located in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Information Resources Management/Chief Information Officer.  The principle responsibilities of this position include continuing to implement Department-wide security policies, standards, and procedures essential to the security of the information technology (IT) infrastructure and applications to the Department; and to provide oversight to the program to ensure compliance Department-wide.  The incumbent functions as the Department's recognized expert in the field of information security and participates at the highest levels to ensure that information security is considered in all aspects of IT development, operations, and acquisitions.


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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment.  To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a written statement addressing the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below.  (See 'HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED').


You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result before you can be appointed into this position.

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.  Entrance on duty is contingent upon preliminary completion of a security clearance.

Veterans' preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required; and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position as defined below.  When describing your knowledge, skills, and abilities, please be sure to give examples and explain how often you used these skills, the complexity of the knowledge you possessed, the level of the people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc.

Current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employees are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).  Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service SES appointment, you are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Career Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications and Mandatory Technical Qualifications in order to receive consideration for the position.  When responding to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications, you must clearly show that you possess the experience knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the Technical and Executive Core Qualifications.  Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.  You should limit your narrative to two pages per Executive Core Qualification and not more than ten (10) pages total.  


Please limit the narrative statements for each Executive Core and Technical Qualification to no more than two pages. Copies of the Office of Personnel Management’s “Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications” may be obtained via the Internet at  Please see Application Procedures for specific instructions.  The narrative statements should demonstrate the necessary level of management skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in the SES.  This evidence must include clear and concise examples that emphasize the applicant’s level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and level of contacts.


You will be evaluated on ALL of the following Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs):


MTQ 1:  Detailed knowledge of telecommunications systems, corporate networks, cloud solutions and an understanding of the security architecture associated with those.
MTQ 2:  Demonstrated experience in successfully planning, managing and directing a large, complex security operation for compliance with government-wide policies and procedures.         

You will also be evaluated on ALL of the following Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):


ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE.  This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.


Leadership Competencies:

1. Creativity and Innovation
Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes.
2. External Awareness
Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views; is aware of the organization's impact on the external environment.
3. Flexibility
Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
4. Resilience
Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
5. Strategic Thinking
Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment.  Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.
6. Vision
Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change.  Influences others to translate vision into action.

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE.  This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.


Leadership Competencies:

1. Conflict Management
Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions.  Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations.  Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.
2. Leveraging Diversity
Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization. 3. Developing Others (New)
Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.
4. Team Building
Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust.  Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN.  This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.


Leadership Competencies:

1. Accountability
Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work.  Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
2. Customer Service
Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers.  Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.
3. Decisiveness
Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
4. Entrepreneurship
Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products or services.  Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives.
5. Problem Solving
Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.
6. Technical Credibility
Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN.  This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.


Leadership Competencies:

1. Financial Management
Understands the organization's financial processes.  Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget.  Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results.  Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities.
2. Human Capital Management
Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs.  Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems.  Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations.
3. Technology Management
Keeps up-to-date on technological developments.  Makes effective use of technology to achieve results.  Ensures access to and security of technology systems.

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.


Leadership Competencies:

1. Partnering
Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
2. Political Savvy
Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.
3. Influencing/Negotiating
Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.


Fundamental Competencies.  These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications.



1. Interpersonal Skills
Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect.  Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
2. Oral Communication
Makes clear and convincing oral presentations.  Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.
3. Integrity/Honesty
Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner.  Shows consistency in words and actions.  Models high standards of ethics.
4. Written Communication
Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
5. Continual Learning
Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development.
6. Public Service Motivation
Shows a commitment to serve the public.  Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.


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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees


The Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) of the selectee who is not a current or former career Senior Executive employee (Title V) must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) before appointment.  In addition, individuals entering the Senior Executive Service for the first time are subject to a one-year probationary period.

Applicants who have completed the Candidate Development Program (CDP) and have had their ECQs certified by OPM must provide a copy of their certificate as part of their application.


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You may submit your application by mail, fax, email (to SES/, or hand-delivery; however, you must ensure that your application is received in JMD/HR at the address specified in the announcement no later than 5:00 p.m. (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. 

Please note that sending your application other than by fax or email may result in a delay in your package being received in JMD/HR prior to the deadline; therefore, you would not receive consideration.   

Please note that application materials mailed in franked government envelopes will not be considered for this position. 


Applicants must submit the following:  A resume, SF-50, and Performance Appraisal, narrative statement for the Mandatory Technical Qualifications, and narrative statement for the Executive Core Qualifications.  You must send this information to the Executive and Political Personnel Office prior to the closing date of this announcement.   

Applicants who fail to submit all information and documents (i.e., resume, written statements addressing the Executive Core Qualification and Mandatory Technical Qualifications, and other qualifications as applicable) WILL NOT receive consideration for this position. 

If you are a current career member of the SES, or are eligible for reinstatement in to the SES, or have completed an SES Candidate Development Program and obtained Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board certification, you can apply to be considered non- competitively.  To be considered non competitively, you must submit your resume, written statements addressing the technical qualifications, and other qualifications, as applicable, however, you need not submit written statements addressing the Executive Core Qualifications. 

You must submit your application so that it will be received by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.



Linda Anderson
Phone: (202)532-4589
Fax: (202)514-0673
Agency Information:
U S Department of Justice
JMD Human Resources
145 N Street NE Room 9W218
Washington, DC
Fax: (202)514-0673


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.

EEO Policy Statement

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans Information

Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were separated under honorable conditions may be eligible for veterans’ preference.  For service beginning after October 15, 1976, the veteran must have served the required length of time and have a Campaign Badge, Expeditionary Medal, a service-connected disability, or have served in the Gulf War between August 2, 1990, and January 2, 1992.

The Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) gives veterans access to job vacancies that might otherwise be closed to them.  The law allows eligible veterans to compete for vacancies advertised under agency’s promotion procedures when the agency is seeking applications from outside of its own workforce.

To claim veterans’ preference, veterans should be ready to provide a copy of their DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof.  Veterans with service connected disability and others claiming 10 point preference will need to submit Form SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference.


For more specifics on all veterans employment issues such as Veterans preference or special appointing authorities see the VetGuide.

Legal and Regulatory Guidance

Social Security Number - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name.  As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.  Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.

Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

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