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Job Title:IT SPECIALIST (INFOSEC)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-PN-DE-GC-14-103

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$54,573.00 to $90,344.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, April 04, 2014 to Friday, April 18, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-09/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a FULL TIME position. - This is a PERMANENT position.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Grand Coulee, WA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and Nationals.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-PN-VA-GC-14-102 for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each. 

Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

Here is an opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

The career ladder promotion potential of this position is the GS-12 level. However, this position may be filled at a lower grade. If so, when and if it is determined that a subsequent promotion is warranted, it may be made without further competition. Promotion up to and including the GS-12 level is neither guaranteed nor automatic.

Location – Grand Coulee, WA. http://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/hr/area-information.html

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale Provision. First-post-of-Duty relocation expenses are authorized for new appointment or reinstatement eligibles.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent provides advice and guidance to Grand Coulee Power Office (GCPO) officials on Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) IT Security reporting status, North American Electric Reliability Corporation and Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) compliance efforts. The Scope of responsibilities includes the General Support Systems as well as two distinct Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems and a physical security system. The GCPO also controls the Hungry Horse Field Office (HHFO) in Montana, located near Columbia Falls, and use of the title GCPO assumes the inclusion those facilities.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify at the GS-9: Successful completion of a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in the appropriate field (see below**).
OR

One year of specialized experience (see below*) equivalent to at least the GS-7 in federal service. Examples of qualifying experience may include: experience assisting higher level specialists with validating NERC/CIP standards and/or FISMA certification and accreditation standards; or experience applying IT security standards and practices as they relate to networks, firewalls, and various operating systems.

To qualify at the GS-11: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the appropriate field (see below**).
OR

One year of specialized experience (see below*) equivalent to at least the GS-9 in federal service that included experience ensuring compliance with NERC CIP and/or FISMA standards; and the development of processes, plans, and/or policies required by such standards.

To qualify at the GS-12: One year of specialized experience (see below*) equivalent to at least the GS-11 level that included experience ensuring compliance with NERC, CIP and FISMA standards; the development of processes, plans, and/or policies required by such standards; and experience conducting and/or auditing certification and accreditation processes of a major IT installation/project under the FISMA certification standards.

*Specialized Experience: 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 information technology (IT) and NERC compliance fields or through the performance of work where the primary concern is the design and/or maintenance and operation of IT or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.
NERC: North American Electric Reliability Corporation
CIP: Critical Infrastructure Protection
WECC: Western Electricity Coordinating Council
FISMA: Federal Information Security Management Act


**Undergraduate or Graduate Education: Degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks. All academic degrees and coursework must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.


 This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education if you are substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.

 

You must meet all qualification requirements, including any selective factors, by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Category rating and selection procedures will be used to evaluate applications from this announcement. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified, and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)” through your resume and responses to the online questions.

1. Knowledge of IT security requirements to implement environmental control measures, risk assessment, and quantitative justification of physical security controls, backup and recovery for the data processing and telecommunications systems, and contingency planning.
2. Thorough knowledge of IT security certification and accreditation requirements.
3. Knowledge of NERC/WECC CIP requirements to coordinate the implementation of compliance measures.
4. Knowledge of modern IT hardware/software technology and risk management measures.
5. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Applicant’s answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education, and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.
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BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are initially appointed to a career-conditional position, you must serve a 1-year probationary period. 

If you are a current permanent federal employee and are selected from this announcement, you may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.

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. Go to: http://www.sss.gov

 The Bureau of Reclamation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for positions is made solely on the basis of merit, fitness and qualifications without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors.

 The referral list from this public notice may be used to fill subsequent positions (similar title, series and grade, location, and KSA requirements) within 120 days of the date the referral list was issued.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you’re ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the top of the page.

 

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation’s Hiring System—HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html

 

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position. Options for submitting supporting documentation include:

 

-- Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile – instructions provided during the online application process

-- E-mail to tcarlton@usbr.gov

-- Fax directly to the HR Office at (208) 378-5023

-- Mail to the Bureau of Reclamation, ATTN: PN-1425, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-1234 – or –

-- Hand deliver to the Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources – Room 109, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise, Idaho.

 

Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting documents.

 

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

 To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate.

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, 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 you have a compensable service connected disability, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the required documentation requested by this form, in addition to the DD-214. For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

 CTAP/ICTAP: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements) and score at least well qualified on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

 Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306: You will be required to complete an (OF-306), http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf  prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring you or for dismissing you after you begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Teresa Carlton
Phone: 208-378-5155
Fax: 208-378-5023
Email: tcarlton@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100
Attn: PN-1426
Boise, ID
83706-1234
US
Fax: 208-378-5023

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation by regularly checking their public status notifications in the USAJOBS profile.

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Job Announcement Number:

BR-PN-DE-GC-14-103

Control Number:

366215200