To qualify at the GS-11 level, you must possess one of the following:
A. One year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as: 1) collecting, processing and preserving data/evidence found in forensic and malware analysis activities; 2) using standard forensic and malware tools to detect network intrusions/attacks found in IT operating systems and applications; and 3) compiling information and data for analytical reports used to promote understanding and help mitigate future cyber threats.
B. Successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree (L.L.M, if related), 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. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify this education. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.
To qualify at the GS-12 level, you must possess the following:
A. One year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as: 1) monitoring network traffic and alerts to assess, prioritize and differentiate between potential malware intrusion attempts and false alarms; 2) identifying trends and root causes of cyber security vulnerabilities to coordinate proper technical incident response operations; and 3) assisting in developing standardized analytical reports that provide details and information on cyber security threat data.
To qualify at the GS-13 level, you must possess the following:
A. One year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as: 1) evaluating the effectiveness of existing security measures by conducting comprehensive forensic or malware analysis on current and emerging cyber threats; 2) participating in the development of standard processes for incident response operations to capture, investigate, and analyze malware incidents, network intrusion and vulnerability issues; and 3) developing briefings to report and educate leadership on malicious cyber incidents and attacks.
In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications above, you must meet the following competencies:
1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), please indicate through your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor how each course fulfills the specific education requirement, i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned.
NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
Special Instructions For Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
New employees must serve a one year probationary period.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Under the provisions of the Direct-Hire Authority, veterans' preference does not apply. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements described above and who are otherwise eligible to apply for the position, may be referred for selection consideration.
Applicants who are displaced Federal employees within the local commuting area who are requesting priority consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) will also be evaluated against the following criteria: Your resume and other applicant information must reflect your length of experience and/or training in the following areas:
of IT systems security principles, concepts, and methods
of investigative forensic and malware analysis methodologies
to communicate orally
to communicate effectively in writing
Applicants will be evaluated on their total background including experience (paid and unpaid), education, awards, and training and self-development as it relates to the position based upon the information provided in the resume/application and any other supporting documents. If you are a current or former Federal employee, your resume must indicate the GS or pay band level for each position that you held. If your resume includes non-government service, including contractors, please include the salaries for each position held. All work experience should specify the length of time spent in the position. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated.
Please note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education OR that your application is incomplete, you will be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.
Evaluation of Experience: Please include ALL applicable work experience that relates to the position for which you are applying. You must include months and years to receive credit for your work experience. You may use additional sheets to describe your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that indicates hours per week "varies." List exact hours per week on each job experience.