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Job Title:IT Specialist (INFOSEC)

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:National Protection and Programs Directorate

Job Announcement Number:FS-1111473-AC14

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$63,091.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, May 09, 2014 to Thursday, May 15, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-11/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Arlington, VA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Top Secret/SCI

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Secure the Homeland
Proud to Protect

Are you interested in a job where your primary purpose will be to perform work that involves ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems, networks, and data through applying industry standard investigative forensic and malware analysis methodologies and tool sets?  Then consider joining the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C), National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Come work with the best to prevent and deter terrorist attacks, protect against and respond to potential threats, ensure safe and secure borders, welcome immigrants and visitors, and promote the free-flow of commerce.  This mission of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is carried out every day by the dedicated men and women who answer the noble calling of public service with courage and enthusiasm.  With a diverse and critical mission, we lead the unified national effort to secure America.  In today's interconnected world, our country's security challenges are constantly evolving.  To meet these challenges, DHS fosters a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation.

In Headquarters, we coordinate, plan, and guide the Department's work across all DHS components.  You could enjoy a career that includes research, administration and management, legal work, budget and finance, cyber security, infrastructure protection and intelligence analysis.  Our services touch every U.S. citizen, and our goal is to secure our country across land and sea.  Come join the team who is "Proud to Protect".  

Who May Be Considered:  Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens.

This announcement is issued under the direct-hire authority to recruit for positions for which there is a critical hiring need.  Selectee(s) will receive a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service and may be required to serve a one year probationary period.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement should the need arise.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Overnight travel of 1-5 nights per month may be required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship is required.
  • Appointment is subject to the availability of funds.

DUTIES:

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  • Manage, coordinate and track analytical data and reports for the United States Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT) produced by Digital Analytics team members.
  • Coordinate with Federal Agencies, Industry Sectors, Partners and Stakeholders to ensure all analytical products and information are provided within scope and appropriate timelines.
  • Perform and ensure forensic and malware analysis activities within the Digital Analytics Branch are performed according to US-CERT established processes and procedures.
  • Conduct comprehensive expert forensic or malware analysis on current and emerging cyber threats to improve understanding and help mitigate future threats.
  • Provide rapid delivery of actionable information of cyber incidents and augments reporting with further details as more facts emerge to better understand the scope and nature of cyber-attacks.
  • Lead/support on-site technical assistance and forensic and malware incident response efforts, maintaining incident response fly-away kits with full suite of industry standard forensic/malware analysis tool sets.



QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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.

OR

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.


Education: 

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:

  • Knowledge of IT systems security principles, concepts, and methods
  • Knowledge of investigative forensic and malware analysis methodologies
  • Ability to communicate orally
  • Ability 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.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.   Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at

http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to GS- 13.

Background Investigation:

This position is a special-sensitive position and the tentative selectee must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for a TS/SCI clearance as a condition of placement/retention in this position.

Other Information:  

This position has been designated exempt from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 USC Section 7112(B)(6).

All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your Résumé and other supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section below.
  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire 

A complete Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of Thursday, May 15, 2014.

* To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account.  Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID FS 1111473.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1.          Your Résumé

2.          A complete Assessment Questionnaire

 

If you are a displaced Federal employee within in the local commute area of this announcement, you must include ALL the following documents to receive ICTAP consideration for this vacancy:

 

1.     Proof you are a displaced Federal employee under 5 CFR 330.702 . (e.g., one of the following:  RIF Separation Notice;  Notice of Proposed Removal for Declining a Transfer of Function; Agency certification of inability to place after  termination of work-related disability compensation; OPM Notice of Termination of Disability Annuity; or certification of a Military Reserve Technician or National Guard Technician special disability retirement annuity.) 

2.   SF-50s (Notification of Personnel Action) sufficient to show all of the following : 1) that you held career/career-conditional competitive status in your position of record; 2) the promotional potential of your position of record; and 3) the duty location of your position of record. (NOTE: You may need to submit more than one SF-50.)  

3. Most Recent Performance Appraisal (This requirement does not apply if you qualify for ICTAP due to injury compensation or disability annuity).

 

Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan (I/CTAP):  To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above (or rated at 85 or above under merit promotion procedures) on the rating criteria for this position. For information on how to apply as a CTAP or an ICTAP eligible see www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Annie M. Chinn
Phone: (415)281-7082
Email: ANNIE.CHINN@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
USOPM San Francisco Services Branch
San Francisco Federal Building
90 Seventh Street Suite 13-300
San Francisco, CA
94103

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official.  If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).


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Job Announcement Number:

FS-1111473-AC14

Control Number:

369512400