Information Technology Specialist Cyber Security Job

Vacancy No. TN-19-DOE-2210-OCDH Department Department of Energy
Salary $74,596.00 to $166,500.00 Grade 12 to 15
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 10/1/2019 Close Date 9/30/2020
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Status Candidates
Locations:
ANCHORAGE, AKBERKELEY, CALOS ANGELES, CAMENLO PARK, CA
SAN DIEGO, CABOULDER, COGOLDEN, COGRAND JUNCTION, CO
JEFFERSON, COGOLDEN, COWESTMINSTER, COWASHINGTON, DC
HOLLYWOOD, FLMIRAMARATLANTA, GAIDAHO FALLS, ID
LEMONT, ILCHICAGO, ILLEMONT, ILWARRENVILLE, IL
LEXINGTON, KYPADUCAH, KYBATON ROUGE, LAHACKBERRY, LA
NEW ORLEANS, LABOSTON, MACOLLEGE PARK, MDGERMANTOWN, MD
CHARLOTTE, NCPLAINSBORO, NJALBUQUERQUE, NMCARLSBAD, NM
LOS ALAMOS, NMLAS VEGAS, NVSCHENECTADY, NYUPTON, NY
CINCINNATI, OHPIKETON, OHALBANY, ORBETHEL PARK, PA
PITTSBURGH, PAAIKEN, SCCHARLESTON, SCOAK RIDGE, TN
FREEPORT, TXHOUSTON, TXWINNIE, TXMOAB, UT
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VANEWPORT NEWS, VARICHLAND, WAMORGANTOWN, WV
SAN DIEGO, CABOULDER, COGOLDEN, COGRAND JUNCTION, CO
JEFFERSON, COGOLDEN, COWESTMINSTER, COWASHINGTON, DC
HOLLYWOOD, FLMIRAMARATLANTA, GAIDAHO FALLS, ID
LEMONT, ILCHICAGO, ILLEMONT, ILWARRENVILLE, IL
LEXINGTON, KYPADUCAH, KYBATON ROUGE, LAHACKBERRY, LA
NEW ORLEANS, LABOSTON, MACOLLEGE PARK, MDGERMANTOWN, MD
CHARLOTTE, NCPLAINSBORO, NJALBUQUERQUE, NMCARLSBAD, NM
LOS ALAMOS, NMLAS VEGAS, NVSCHENECTADY, NYUPTON, NY
CINCINNATI, OHPIKETON, OHALBANY, ORBETHEL PARK, PA
PITTSBURGH, PAAIKEN, SCCHARLESTON, SCOAK RIDGE, TN
FREEPORT, TXHOUSTON, TXWINNIE, TXMOAB, UT
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VANEWPORT NEWS, VARICHLAND, WAMORGANTOWN, WV


Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
Overview
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 10/01/2019 to 09/30/2020

  • Service

    Competitive

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 12 - 15

  • Salary

    $74,596 to $166,500 per year

  • Appointment type

    Multiple Appointment Types

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time

Locations

few vacancies in the following locations:

Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or relocation incentives may be authorized at the organization's discretion.

Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

This job is open to
  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

U.S. Citizens This public notice is to gather applications that may or may not result in a referral or selection.

Announcement number

TN-19-DOE-2210-OCDH

Control number

547371000

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    The Department of Energy is seeking motivated and highly-qualified candidates for exciting positions available in multiple locations throughout the United States.

    The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America‚Äôs security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

    To learn more about the Department of Energy, please visit the website at www.energy.gov



    Learn more about this agency
    Responsibilities

    This series covers positions that manage, supervise, lead, administer, develop, deliver, and support information technology (IT) systems and services. This series covers only those positions for which the paramount requirement is knowledge of IT principles, concepts, and methods; e.g., data storage, software applications, networking.  Additionally, these positions have a cybersecurity requirement which involves the security of and operations in cyberspace and encompasses the full range of threat reduction, vulnerability reduction, deterrence, international engagement, incident response, resiliency, and recovery activities, including computer network operations, information assurance, diplomacy, military, and intelligence missions as they relate to securing the global information and communication infrastructure.

    As an IT Specialist (Cyber Security), at minimum you will:

    • Evaluate system security plans and procedures, and assist in managing and directing the operations and functions of the office support contractors, addressing IT out-of-compliance issues, preparing, implementing, monitoring, and updating the project plan
    • Develop Plans of Actions and Milestones (POA&Ms) to correct findings of non-compliance
    • Initiate, direct and participate in the full life cycle of cyber security appraisals and network penetration testing of geographically dispersed and operationally diverse agency facilities
    • Develop and recommend new and/or revised inspection, evaluation, and penetration testing methodologies for cyber security appraisals
    • Provide recommendations on implementation strategies and policy recommendations based on industry best practices and governing directives
    • Assist the Division by conducting research, conducting investigations of cyber events to include those that potentially violate regulatory requirements
    • Collaborate with senior leadership, departmental and contractor managers and staff in scheduling, planning, coordinating, and implementing the Independent Oversight Cyber Security Appraisal Program.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required, however, dependent upon the program office some positions may require a higher percentage of travel.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    15 - Vacancies filled under this public notice may have varying levels of promotion potential and supervisory level, if any.

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment
    • You must be a United States Citizen.
    • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
    • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
    • Telework may or may not be eligible depending on the position requirements
    • May be required to complete a Financial Disclosure Statement

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

    These positions are to be filled under the OPM Government-Wide Direct Hire Authority for Certain Cybersecurity and Related positions for grades GS 12-15. This serves as a public notice for the use of the Direct Hire Authority in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3327 and 3330 and 5 CFR 330.  Under this recruitment procedure, applications will be accepted for each location/ installation identified in this Public Notice. There may or may not be actual/projected vacancies at the time you submit your application.

    Positions are located agency-wide and may be filled as permanent, term, or temporary with a full-time or part-time work schedule. Pay will vary by geographic location.

    Appointments made with this authority are processed as a new appointment into the Civil Service.

    The vacancies filled through these appointments have varying levels of background investigative requirements, up to a Top Secret - DOE "Q" clearance.

    Status and Non-Status applicants from outside DOE selected under this authority are required to serve a mandatory one (1) year probationary period. A DOE career status employee selected for this position may be required to serve a new one (1) year probationary period, pursuant to 5 CFR 315.802.

    A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check.

    All positions are subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations.

    Positions may be designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) and subject to testing for illegal drug use. A negative drug test must be obtained prior to being appointed into these positions and will be subject to random testing thereafter.

    Qualifications

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

    Applicants must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.

    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.

    In addition to the competencies, a qualified candidate's online application and resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.  

    The specialized experience listed are the minimum requirements for the series, each particular vacancy may have additional experience necessary to meet the applicable grade level.  A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate  the above competencies and at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for these positions are defined as:

    GS-12:  You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to:

    • demonstrate experience with a full range of computer, information, cyber, and telecommunications security issues to assure effectiveness within a large organization information security program
    • provide advice, and instruction on cyber security issues
    • participate in the collection and analysis of technical and management data associated with the agency cyber security programs
    • maintain continued technical liaison with the appropriate staff elements throughout the agency
    • exchange information in connection with cyber security requirements

    GS-13:  You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to: 

    • provide technical advice, counsel, and instruction on cyber security issues
    • initiate, direct and participate in the full life cycle of cyber security appraisals and network penetration testing of geographically dispersed and operationally diverse agency facilities
    • participate in the collection and analysis of technical and management data associated with the agency cyber security programs
    • maintain continued technical liaison with the appropriate staff elements throughout the agency
    • exchange information in connection with cyber security requirements; prepare various reports, briefings, summaries, and progress reports pertaining to this area
    • prepare and recommend new and/or evaluations, and penetration testing methodologies for cyber security appraisals

    GS-14:  You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to:

    • provide technical advice, counsel, and instruction on cyber security issues
    • initiate, direct, and participate in the full life cycle of cyber security appraisals and network penetration testing of geographically dispersed and operationally diverse agency facilities
    • participate in the collection and analysis of technical and management data associated with the agency cyber security programs
    • maintain continued technical liaison with the appropriate staff elements throughout the agency
    • exchange information in connection with cyber security requirements
    • prepare various reports, briefings, summaries, and progress reports pertaining to this area; prepare and recommend new and/or evaluations, and penetration testing methodologies for cyber security appraisals
    • collaborate with senior level Departmental personnel and contractor managers and staff in scheduling, planning, coordinating, and implementing an Independent Oversight Cyber Security Appraisal Program (or equivalent)

    GS-15:  You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to:

    • provide technical advice, counsel, and instruction on complex cyber security issues
    • initiates, directs and participates in the full life cycle of cyber security appraisals and network penetration testing of geographically dispersed and operationally diverse agency facilities
    • participate in the collection and analysis of technical data associated with the agency cyber security programs; maintain continued technical liaison with the appropriate staff elements throughout the agency
    • exchange information in connection with cyber security requirements
    • prepare various reports, briefings, summaries, inspection guidance, and progress reports pertaining to this area
    • present data to an audit team, perform spot audits, defend compliance positions or create plans and procedures designed to meet regulatory requirements
    • Develop and recommend new and/or revised inspection, evaluation, and penetration testing methodologies for cyber security appraisals

    "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    OPM Qualification Standards for the GS-2210 series can be found at the following website: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/2200/information-technology-it-management-series-2210-alternative-a/

    CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

    This public notice may be used to fill multiple positions as needed; therefore, applicants must meet the qualifications at the time the applications are reviewed.

    Education

    Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
    Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

    Additional information

    The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
    • This public notice is to gather applications that may or may not result in a referral or selection.
    • More than one selection may be made under this hiring authority.
    • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
    • Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
    • Positions may be filled at varying levels of leadership, ie Team Lead, Manager, Supervisor.
    • Supervisory positions may require a 1-year probationary period, if not yet completed.
    • New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify
    • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
    • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.

    EEO Policy: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/EEO_Policy_Statement

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy:  https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Reasonable_Accommodation_Policy_Statement

    Veterans Information: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Veterans_Information  
    Telework:  www.telework.gov
    Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Under this Direct-Hire authority, applicants are required to meet minimum qualification requirements at the grade level(s) of interest. Veteran's Preference, Schedule A, Category Rating, and other methods of consideration DO NOT APPLY under Direct-Hire Authority regulations.

    Appointments made under this authority may be processed as new appointments to the Civil Service. Current Civil Service employees would, therefore, be given new appointments to the Civil Service. Status and Non-Status applicants from outside DOE selected for this position may be required to serve a mandatory one (1) year probationary period. Selected applicant may also be required to serve a mandatory one (1) year supervisory probationary period, if not already completed.

     
    If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.


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    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
    If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

    ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.

    • Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.
    • For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
    • For paid work experience, please indicate your starting salary for each position and the highest salary you earned (if different).
    • Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
    • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.

    Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable.  It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

    If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

    Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

    Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.

    Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits
    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    This is a public notice that is open for 12 months.  

    For your security, your session in our online application system will "time-out" if you are inactive for a certain period of time. We recommend that you preview the assessment questions before you apply and prepare all of your information prior to beginning the application. If you do get "timed-out" you will have to log back in to USAJOBS and re-visit the vacancy announcement, you can then click "Update Application" to finish where you left off.

    Steps to submit a complete application:

    1. Click the "Apply Online" button. If you are not already logged in, you will need to do so.
    2. You must have a complete resume associated with your USAJOBS account. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and instead require that you submit a USAJOBS-formatted resume using the Resume Builder.
    3. You will be prompted to select a resume and any documentation you have attached to your USAJOBS account before you are transferred to the Department of Energy's online application system. Please be aware that any document you select before being transferred to our system, will not automatically be received. You must take steps to download your documents from USAJOBS during the "Documents" step within our online application system (see Step 6).
    4. If you are a first-time applicant to the Department of Energy, you'll be asked to register an account first. If you are a returning applicant, you will skip this step and go straight to the application portion.
    5. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
    6. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation. If you selected documents from USAJOBS prior to being transferred to our application system (Step 3), you will need to click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process. These documents ARE NOT automatically transferred! It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure all required documents are either faxed, uploaded, or transferred from USAJOBS successfully. If you are unsure that your documents went through, please contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement BEFORE the vacancy closes.
    7. After reviewing your submission in the final step, you must click "Submit Application" at the bottom of the page. If you leave the application before clicking Submit, your application will not be received.

    If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.


    NEED HELP?

    • If you experience any difficulties with the online application process (anything after you have clicked the 'Apply Online' button): contact the HR Office listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are receiving any kind of error message, please be ready to provide a screenshot or at a minimum, the error message text and number. If necessary, we will put you in touch with the technical support number if we are unable to assist you personally. 
    • If you need help with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account password/profile issues, or Resume Builder): please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center and select a topic of inquiry. Or, you may reach out to USAJOBS directly for support, by visiting the USAJOBS Contact Us page. We regret that we are unable to support any issues with USAJOBS, as this service is not maintained by the Department of Energy.
    • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Office listed on this announcement during normal business hours to discuss your situation.

    Agency contact information Bradley Bock Bradley Bock
    Phone

    240-474-2788

    Fax

    000-000-0000

    Email

    Bradley.Bock@HC.DOE.gov

    Address

    Department of Energy
    1000 Independence Ave SW
    Washington, District of Columbia 20585
    United States
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    After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in our application tracking system. Once this happens, if you have elected to receive e-mail updates, you will be notified through your USAJOBS registered e-mail address. If you have not elected for e-mail updates, you can review your current application status in USAJOBS at any time. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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