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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Information Technology Specialist (Security)

Department:Department Of State

Agency:Department of State - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:DS-2014-0088

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,924.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, January 08, 2014 to Wednesday, January 22, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to all U.S. citizens


"You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined."


"More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur."

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Top Secret

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

This position is also being announced through Merit Promotion procedures under Announcement #DS-2014-0089.  Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Merit Promotion procedures must apply to both announcements.
This position is located in the Enterprise Technology and Awareness Division (ETAD), Office of Computer Security (CS), Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS).  The Division is responsible for educating the Department’s users on computer security; developing and maintaining security configuration guidance documents for baseline applications; developing and implementing IT security systems; assessing new technologies; and, facilitating communications within the Department as well as with other Federal agencies.
The incumbent serves as an IT Cybersecurity Specialist with responsibility for the review, analysis, and assessment of new and existing computer and communications systems and applications for compliance with security policies, standards, and controls in order to ensure maximum protection of the Department’s critical infrastructure.  The incumbent also provides expert analysis, advice, and information to senior management officials throughout the Department with regard to current cybersecurity policy and standards.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret
    security clearance.

DUTIES:

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- Plans, coordinates, oversees, and evaluates the results of comprehensive evaluations and assessments of computer applications and programs to determine whether proper security controls are in place.  Develops and oversees the implementation of detailed cyber security standards and controls designed to ensure the protection of sensitive and classified information is maintained and transmitted by global IT systems.
- Conducts security design reviews of new computer systems and applications, communications systems, and other IT systems to ensure that safeguards are included that will enable the protection of the IT infrastructure.   Acquires, tests, and evaluates various software applications to ensure they are secure from unauthorized use, viral infection, and other problems that would compromise sensitive or classified information.   Recommends approval or disapproval of proposed applications to the appropriate authorities.
- Develops, manages, and maintains a variety of web services and applications that support office activities.   Manages content for website portals and ensures that information on the portals is relevant and appropriate for distribution.
- Maintains liaison with counterparts in other Department offices and other Federal agencies to provide advice and guidance and to exchange information with regards to cyber security standards and policies.  Serves as a subject matter expert in the systems security analysis and assessment area on interagency working groups, committees, and task forces.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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 maintains a layered intrusion detection system (IDS) program tasked to monitor and audit network and host information systems.  Plans, develops, coordinates, and provides guidance, policies, procedures, and techniques for the program.
2.  Customer Service - Incumbent maintains a comprehensive database of computer incidents, which can be used to increase computer security awareness, identify common attackers and methods, and analyze trends; gathers data and creates threat analysis reports for internal and external use. Prepares and furnishes authoritative oral and written reports to the Division Chief as well as other department officials, as required. 
3.  Oral Communication - Incumbent acts as liaison with other Federal and DoD Computer Emergency Response Teams for the exchange of information and for reporting computer security incidents within the Department of State, as required in the absence of the Division Chief.  Additionally, serves as the computer security officer for Diplomatic Security Computer Incident Response Team which impacts programs of a national or international scope; facilitates increased communication between operational and security oriented offices within the Department of State.
4.  Problem Solving - Incumbent advises management of deficiencies and action; reviews the security compliance and effectiveness of an organizations information security issues that result from audits and inspections; recommends corrective actions for deficiencies identified in the course of analysis; conducts follow-up on recommendations to ensure post compliance applicable standards and integrity of systems.
AND
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:
- Experience researching, analyzing, and evaluating information to plan and carry out comprehensive evaluations of the effectiveness of security controls for proposed systems and applications.
- Experience identifying network vulnerabilities, threats and cyber intrusion/emergency response procedures. 
- Experience working effectively with management officials within an organization sufficient to provide expert advice, direction, and guidance on computer and communications security policies, standards and regulations.  
- Experience evaluating the effectiveness of incident reporting and developing strategies for making necessary adjustments and improvements.  
- Experience communicating effectively both orally and in writing to prepare and present information in a clear and convincing manner including clarifying and interpreting guidelines, negotiating agreements, justifying recommendations, and providing expert advice and guidance.  
- Experience working with hardware and software technologies used to track and mitigate vulnerabilities. 
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.


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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 network vulnerabilities, threats and cyber intrusion/emergency response procedures. 
- Knowledge of hardware and software technologies used to track and mitigate vulnerabilities.   
- Expert knowledge of IT security principles, standards, methods, and practices to plan and coordinate a variety of activities related to the technical security analysis and assessment area.
- Ability to anticipate and develop strategies to address issues of the highest potential sensitivity.
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.  Please visit the following website for more information on required resume content: click here.

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.
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BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: http://careers.state.gov/civil-service/joa.html



OTHER INFORMATION:

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.

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

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8163 or reasonableaccommodations@state.gov.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.

To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  This information will be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State Automated Application System.

You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.

STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable).  Cover letter is optional.  If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume.  Please see the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.

STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the Gateway to State automated application system.  These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this job opportunity.  

STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the Department's automated application system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement.  For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here.

Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET
ALTERNATE APPLICATION PROCEDURES
NOTE:  If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax.  Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.

NOTE:  Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section.  Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department's automated system "Gateway to State".

3. Transcripts - if you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application.  If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

4. Veterans Preference - If claiming veteran's preference, you must indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume.

For 5-point veteran's preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge which must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are currently on active duty, you must provide an official statement of service from your command/unit which states the date you entered active duty, expected discharge type and date, and campaign medals you have received OR other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.  If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm your discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service.

For 10-point veteran's preference, you must submit a SF-15 and any documentation required by this form to support your claim.  If we cannot verify your 10-point preference status, you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met.  For further information regarding Veterans, click here.

To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html

5. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you MUST submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application.

6. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See links below:

ICTAP Considerations
CTAP Considerations

All documentation, applicable to you, must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.  If the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility or you fail to submit any of the required documents, it will disqualify you from being considered for this job opportunity.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Marcia Ford
Phone: 571-345-2153
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: wimpyemm@state.gov
Agency Information:
U.S. Department of State
1801 N. Lynn St
SA-20 9th fl
Rosslyn, VA
22209
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews.  After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation.
 
You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

1. Upon receipt of your application.
2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
3. After the certificate is issued.
4. After final selection is made.

For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here.

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Job Announcement Number:

DS-2014-0088

Control Number:

358828400