Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.
Applicants applying for the GS-13 grade level must meet the following requirements:Have IT-related experience demonstrating EACH of the four competencies AND specialized experience listed below:
1. Attention to Detail - Incumbent demonstrates a high level of attention to detail by applying personal knowledge and management ability to identify particularities unique advanced cyber threats, malicious code, and other threats to the Department’s critical network infrastructure. Incumbent provides sound recommendations for mitigating, improvements or updates to computers security policies, and is meticulous in the application of crucial technical specifications and requirements as they relate to security. The ability to analyze and apply specialized network security methods and analytical techniques involving network security systems is enhanced by attention to the fine points of identifying and neutralizing cyber threats.
2. Customer Service - Incumbent demonstrates a high level of ability to serve customers by advising and counseling managers or other officials to accept and implement findings and recommendations on remediation of malicious code and explain how it operates and affects individual workstations, servers and networks. Assess results of network vulnerabilities to identify possible areas of compromise, and provide recommendations for information security protection. Assists with corrective action when security deficiencies or violations are suspected or detected and works with other elements within the Bureau to assure remediation and forward looking actions are taken to bolster security postures. Incumbent provides assistance and guidance regarding available security products and services.
3. Oral Communication - Incumbent demonstrates a high level of skill in communicating orally ensuring that systems, networks, and data users of all levels of technical sophistication and all levels of management and personnel are aware of, understand, and adhere to system security policies and procedures and best practices. Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information. Makes clear and convincing oral presentations and can vary the presentation to meet the technical level and managerial level of the audience. Understands protocol and has the ability to properly handle sensitive information in a presentation. Has experience and is comfortable with briefing all members of the government including congress and senior USG officials.
4. Problem Solving - Incumbent clearly demonstrates the ability to solve and prioritize problems by identifying vulnerabilities and their associated exploit vectors. Ability to assess security events and malicious applications, code and intrusion attempts to determine impact and implement corrective actions that ensure the rigorous application of information security policies, principles, and practices. Quickly assess security risks and protection needs to resolve issues and problems.
Have at least 1 full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service which provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
1. Work experience applying information technology security theories, principles, concepts, methods, and practices to provide expert technical advice and analysis of cyber security threats affecting the IT infrastructure.
2. Demonstrated work experience utilizing cyber tools and technologies that aid in the analysis of malicious software and provide deep packet capture analysis capabilities.
3. Experience working with global network infrastructure and its use in providing connectivity between systems to analyze and assess the vulnerability of the infrastructure to cyber threats.
4. Experience communicating effectively orally and in writing to provide advice and guidance, prepare and present reports and briefings to senior management, and defend recommendations for new program initiatives.
NOTE: In order to qualify for this position, your experience MUST be IT related; the experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification), as appropriate.
There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-13 position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection procedures. Based on your responses to the job-specific self-assessment questions, eligible candidates are placed for selection consideration into one of three pre-defined quality categories as described below:
Highly-qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications for the position, candidates must fully demonstrate proficiency in all major aspects of the position.
Well Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in some but not all of the major aspects of the position.
Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must demonstrate a basic level of knowledge, skill and ability of the position.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:
- Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and methods used to collect and analyze large data sets used in the assessment and mitigation of cyber security threats.
- Knowledge of Federal directives relevant to critical infrastructure protection.
- Knowledge of the global IT infrastructure, including critical networks and systems.
- Knowledge of project management concepts, methods, and practices to plan, organize, and manage cyber security assessment, analysis, and reporting projects.
- Ability to effectively communicate in writing.
- Ability to effectively communicate verbally.
Your resume serves as the basis for qualification.
Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration. For tips on writing your resume, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center. To preview questions please click here.
If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.
Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each pre-defined quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent (i.e., CPS and CP) must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position to receive consideration for special priority.
Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.