Job Overview


About the Agency

This is a Direct Hire Public Notice. Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.

This position is located in the National Weather Service (NWS), Alaska Region, Systems Operations Division with one vacancy in Anchorage, Alaska.

Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for Anchorage, Alaska is 4.22% and is not federally taxed. The COLA is not reflected in the locality salary shown in this vacancy announcement. COLAs are exempt from Federal income taxes; post differentials are not.

Category Rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to this Public Notice.

* A one year probationary period may be required.

* Payment of relocation expenses is authorized.

* This position is not in the bargaining unit.

* This vacancy may be used to fill other IT Specialist (Security), GS-2210-13 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band requires the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

This position has a selective placement factor: The successful completion and maintenance of at least one of 16 certifications is required. (See qualifications section of the announcement for a complete list. Applicants must attach a copy of their certification to their application. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.)


The incumbent is a member of the Alaska Region Systems Operations Division (SOD), reporting directly to the SOD Chief. The incumbent serves as the Alaska Region’s expert on all aspects of information technology (IT) security. This position is responsible for the protection and security of the Alaska Region’s IT systems. The incumbent ensures IT systems within the Alaska Region are compliant with the Federal Information Security Management Act. The incumbent formulates, determines, and influences policy and procedures for IT security at the Regional and National levels. Serves as senior advisor to the Alaska Region senior management on all IT security matters. Provides advice and guidance to field managers, National Weather Service (NWS) Chief Information Officer, and other NWS Regions on a wide range of IT issues. The incumbent formulates, populates and executes certification and accreditation requirements, configuration management plans, and contingency plans, including system security plans and associated documentation for the entire region. The incumbent formulates and executes quality control procedures to maintain the integrity of the Alaska Region’s local and wide area networks. The incumbent leads and coordinates Regional scanning activities and reports. Serves as Regional focal point between system administrators and NCIRT regarding incident mitigation. Takes immediate action to terminate any and all cyberattacks on the Alaska Region IT systems. Provides IT Project Management oversight to include scheduling, resourcing, budgeting, coordinating, resource allocation and tasking of assigned projects. Conducts Quality Assurance (QA) assessments for operation of information technology services and programs.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Payment of relocation expenses is authorized.