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Job Title:  IT Specialist (Info Sec)
Department:  Department of Defense
Agency:  Department of Defense Education Activity
Job Announcement Number:  13908432-AVA-12026

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$66,301.00 to $86,191.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 to Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Kaiserslautern GermanyView Map
Vicenza ItalyView Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a DoD Field Activity responsible for the oversight of two school systems: the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) an the Department of Defense Dependent Elementary & Secondary Schools (DDESS). DoDEA employs more than 13,500 individuals responsible for providing a quality education to approximately 90,000 students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 in 13 foreign countries, 7 states, Guam, & Puerto Rico.

This position is located in DoDDS-Europe, Information Technology (IT) Division, InformationAssurance Branch. Incumbent responsible for the confidentiality, integrity, and availability ofsystems, networks, and data through the planning, analysis, development, implementation,maintenance, and enhancement of information systems security programs, procedures, andtools for the business and educational requirements.


Who May Apply:  Individuals who are current career/career-conditional Federal employees in the competitive service who reside in the local commuting area ; reinstatement eligibles who reside in the local commuting area; individuals on an interchange agreement who reside in the local commuting area; DoD Military/Civ spouse eligibles who reside in the local commuting area; Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligibles who reside in the local commuting area; 30% disabled veterans who reside in the local commuting area ; Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).


Local commuting area is defined as the geographic area surrounding a work site that encompasses the localities where people live and can reasonably be expected to travel back and forth daily to work based on the generally held expectations of the local community. (5 CFR 575.203)

NOTE:  The DoD policy on overseas employment for civilian employees limits overseas tours to 5 years.  Case-by-case extensions beyond the 5 year limit may be granted but are designed only to provide management flexibility to meet defined mission requirements that otherwise cannot be met.

Initial tour of duty is 3 years.

One or more positions may be filled by this vacancy announcement.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • See Other Information for details on ordinarily residents and dual citizens
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • Male applicants must meet Selective Service requirements.


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This position is located in DoDDS-Europe, Information Technology (IT) Division, InformationAssurance Branch. Incumbent responsible for the confidentiality, integrity, and availability ofsystems, networks, and data through the planning, analysis, development, implementation,maintenance, and enhancement of information systems security programs, procedures, andtools for the business and educational requirements.


Troubleshoots security issues for all aspects of information technology (hardware, software,networks, and telecommunications). Conducts in-depth security analyses of existing systemsand system components for new and/or enhanced security programs. Develops detailedintegrated security strategies, specifies milestones, appropriate data formats, systemsinterface plans, detailed system layouts and test plans.


Studies new equipment and software performance data to develop and/or modify test plans, conduct tests and analyze test results to develop or design equipment to meet security requirements. Maintains or restores operations, while safeguarding evidence for possible use in criminal or administrative actions.

Performs traffic analysis criteria for varied regional networks and/or interagency system that are frequently expanding or being modified in order to mitigate risks; e.g., installing security patches running anti-virus or other utilities. Develops reporting requirements and procedures and data analysis techniques that will allow for traffic/data planning and evaluation of
operational efficiency. Functions as technical specialist for risk management, security, and contingency planning for local area network (LAN) infrastructure, servers and workstation in assigned areas.

Conducts risk and vulnerability assessments to identify vulnerabilities, risks, and protection needs. Maintains an accreditation database and initiates re-accreditation when securityimpacting changes have occurred. Maintains required Information Assurance documentation and reports for the assigned area and keeps Branch Chief informed. Works with senior specialists to provide advice and assistance in connection with one or more specific technologies associated with computer and network security operations, such as: UNIX security features, Microsoft Window security features, router and firewall features, intrusion detection systems, and World Wide Web security to protect information assets.  Provides advice, guidance, and recommendations for operational and technical requirements used to document the Defense Information Technology Security Certificate and Accreditation Process (DITSCSAP) and to ensure IT security tools, procedures and practices are in compliance with DoD directives. Plans and conducts security accreditation reviews and makes recommendations on security measures and countermeasures. Provides training, consultation, and technical support services to field support staff on IT matters related to Information Assurance.


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For all positions individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. The employing agency is responsible for identifying the specific level of proficiency required for each competency at each grade level based on the requirements of the position being filled.


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.


One year of specialized experience at the next lower GS-11 grade level (or equivalent). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Such experience is typically gained in the IT field or through the performance of work where the primary concern is IT.

All eligibility and qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements.

You will be required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer in accordance with DoD Regulation 7000.14R.

Individuals hired from the Continental United States (CONUS) and their family members are required to obtain official passports prior to departure overseas.

Pre-appointment overseas physical examination may be required the selected candidate.

Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a background investigation.

Individual required to complete/maintain an IAT Level II certification within 6 months of employment as outlined in DoD Directive 8570.01  Failure to obtain/maintain required certifications will be grounds for reassignment, demotion or removal from the federal service.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documents, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score may be adjusted, including marking you ineligible for this position. 


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Working for the Department of Defense Education Activity offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  To find out more about the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, click here
For overseas allowances and benefits visit:

For specific allowance rates visit:

Medical Care: Applicants who have family members with special medical needs should ensure (prior to accepting a position overseas) that these needs can be met.  Access to care in a military treatment facility may not be available to civilian employees except on a space available basis.  Consequently, host nation medical facilities may be the only care available.  The availability and level of care at host nation medical facilities will vary by location.

Special Education Services: The Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) provides education including special education to children of DoD civilians who are eligible to attend DoDDS schools.  However, most schools are not staffed for all special needs.  Applicants may review for more specific information.  For additional information, please contact the Department of Defense Education Activity, Student Services Branch, at 703-588-3147/3148.

Applicants must comply with the Exceptional Family Member Program requirements as outlined in DoD Instruction 1315.19 at:



Living Quarters Allowance (LQA) may be authorized.

Travel Expenses are NOT authorized.

Pay retention may be authorized.

Citizenship/Ordinarily Resident Status:  Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are not considered Ordinarily Resident under the applicable Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).  An ordinarily resident is anyone who has lived in the host country longer than the allowed number of days without being a member of the forces assigned, civilian component or a family member of either the aforementioned or who has obtained a work permit for any duration.  Ordinarily Resident restrictions apply and vary depending on the host nation.

Dual citizens may not be appointed to positions within the country in which they hold dual citizenship.  Citizenship eligibility will be verified prior to appointment.

Locality Pay: Locality pay does not apply in the overseas area.  Locality rates of pay in CONUS will not be used for pay setting when transferring to an overseas/foreign area.

Some positions may require the selectee obtain a Visa/Soggiorno.  These requirements vary by country, and you will be instructed on if/when to obtain a Visa if you are selected.

Family member appointments:  Once appointed, unmarried dependent children may be retained until their sponsor departs from the commuting area of his or her duty station or completes current period of service requirement, whichever comes first. (Source: DoD Instruction: 1400.23, para 3, last sentence)

Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see the OPM ICTAP website.   To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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Follow the steps below to apply online.  Your application and ALL required supporting documents must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on  Tuesday, June 18, 2013.  Paper, faxed or e-mailed electronic applications submitted directly to the agency and not through the USA Jobs program using the instructions below will not be considered.

Step 1: Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessments vacancy questions.  If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your rating to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume.

NOTE:  Your application/resume for Federal employment must include the following information in order to be considered for the position:

  --  Your highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment, if you are a current or former Federal employee.

  --  Total employment period, i.e., starting and ending dates (month and year) for each work experience, paid and unpaid, related to the job for which you are applying, including the hours per week. Also include a description of your duties and accomplishments, your employer's name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, and salary. If you are currently employed, you must indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.

  --  Highest level of education completed.

  --  Job-related training courses (title and year).

  --  Job-related skills.

  --  Job-related certificates and licenses (current only).

  --  Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (give dates-but do not send documents).

Step 2: Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire.

Step 3: Submit supporting documents.  Submit the required documents specified in the "Required Documents" Section of this vacancy.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 908432. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: .

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire: 
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


 he following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, June 18, 2013  You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.   

  -- Questionnaire
  -- Resume
  -- Transcripts, if applicable
  -- Eligibility documentation

  -- Performance Appraisal dated within the last 12 months

Eligibility documentation may contain: 

  • Copy of latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if applicant has current or previous Federal civil service experience.
  • Applicants requesting Military Spouse Preference (MSP) must submit the following documents along with their completed application:
    a.  Military Spouse Employment Request Form (Form available online at:
    b.  A copy of the sponsor's Permanent Change of Station orders indicating authorization of dependent travel.
    c.  Command Sponsorship letter, if you are not on the sponsor's orders
  • Applicants claiming 5-point veteran’s preference must submit a copy of DD-214 (copy member 4), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Applicants claiming 10-point veteran’s Application for 10-Point Preference, as well as the required documentation indicated on the SF-15.  Lack of supporting documentation will result in the agency's inability to recognize veteran status for this announcement.
    Note:  Applicants may not be considered or rated if they do not submit all of the forms indicated above and failure to submit the required forms will not be a basis for subsequent appeal or grievance.


Anthony Ates
Phone: 6113807551
Agency Information:
UNIT 29649 BOX 7000


Once your complete application is received and as vacancies occur, evaluations of applications will be conducted.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

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