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Job Title:Supervisory Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC)

Agency:Smithsonian Institution

Job Announcement Number:14DH-JP-298924-DEU-OCIO

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, October 30, 2013 to Wednesday, November 13, 2013




Full-Time, Permanent - Federal




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This is a "Direct Hire" solicitation and is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.  Agencies are not required to apply rating procedures or veterans preference. The Smithsonian will continue to make employment offers to qualified candidates with veterans preference whenever possible.


This position is located in Office of the Chief Information Officer. The employee serves as the Institution's Computer Security Manager and, as such, plans and directs the activities necessary to protect the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of the Institution's data, enterprise-level systems, and supporting information technology infrastructure.

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."


  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.


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  • Develops and maintains guidelines and standards for IT Security controls, Security planning and disaster recovery planning for emergency response, backup operations, and post-recovery of enterprise-level applications and supporting IT infrastructure. Coordinates the development and implementation of IT security policies, procedures, and guidelines ensuring that security is adequately considered throughout the life cycle.
  • Coordinates security assessments and audits of major IT systems.  Identifies and engages major system sponsors to encourage adequate security protections, detection and corrections. Guides the activities of major systems Information System Security Officers’ (ISSOs) support for System Security Plans, Security Assessment Reports, Risk Assessments, Interconnect Security Agreements, Authorization letters, etc.  Provides continuous monitoring and vulnerability scan reviews for all major systems.  Administers major systems maintain contingency/disaster recovery plans (CP/DRP) and annual tests of backups operations and recovery.  Ensures major systems CP/DRP are incorporated into SI’s Continuity of Operations Plan.  Encourages remediation of internal controls and scan vulnerabilities.  Maintains a Scorecard for tracking Major System’s security assessment activities.  Maintains a process for evaluating and documenting deficiencies in SI’s major information systems.
  • Administers the security risk management and anti-virus programs. Works with the CIO to advise and address IT security risks to the Institution.  Reviews the risk and magnitude of the harm resulting from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, or destruction of information and information systems that support the operations and assets of the Institution. 
  • Manages IT Security Operations.  Provides Security Operations Center (SOC) services for boundary controls, firewalls, proxies, web filters, and traffic monitoring.  Provides SOC services and support for Web Application Firewalls, Web application vulnerability scans, Denial of Service protections.  Facilitates scans to optimize boundary, servers, web and desktop protections, and DHS Cyber hygiene scans to optimize the Institution’s boundary protections. 
  • Supervises IT security staff.  Assigns projects and tasks; prepares performance plans and performs performance appraisals;' approves work schedules, leave, and overtime; resolves conflicts and takes disciplinary action when required; and nominates staff for awards to reward exceptional performance.


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Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system.  For this position Specialized experience is defined as implementation and operation of an enterprise-wide information technology security program, providing computer security consulting to customer organizations, and establishing, maintaining and monitoring information system firewalls to ensure data is protected.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.


This vacancies is being filled through the Office of Personnel Management's government wide Direct-Hire Authority for Information Technology Management positions (Information Security), GS-2210, GS-9 and above (GW002, issued June 20, 2003).  

Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above.  All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be made available to the Selecting Official for consideration. Applicants who meet the basic qualifications will have their resumes further evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Ability to develop IT security policies and guidelines addressing IT security controls and planning for an enterprise-level organization, gained through work experience. 
  • Ability to coordinate security assessments and audits of major IT systems, gained through work experience.
  • Ability to manage risk and vulnerability assessments for an enterprise-level organization’s IT security program, gained through work experience. 
  • Ability to manage an IT Security Operations Center for an enterprise-level organization, gained through work experience. 
  • Ability to supervise an Information Technology Security department for an enterprise-level organization, gained through work experience.
Veterans' Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply to this vacancy.

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The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options. Please see Benefits at for a complete description.



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Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note:
  • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
  • You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; OR You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
  • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
  • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.


Your application package should include the following documents:
  • Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
  • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.


Joshua Pinkas
Phone: 202-633-6324
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 202-633-6409
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information:
  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
  • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (

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