Information Technology (Cybersecurity)

Department of Energy - Agency Wide | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 8/01/2022
Description
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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.

  • Vacancies filled under this public notice may have varying levels of promotion potential and supervisory level, if any.
  • Positions may be filled as permanent, term, or temporary with a full-time or part-time work schedule.

As an IT Cybersecurity Specialist, 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.

You must meet the four IT Competencies listed in the "Education Requirements" section and the "Specialized Experience" to qualify for this series as described below.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-07
: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position includes:

  • Assisting in supporting IT security systems; AND
  • Participating in defining IT security requirements; AND
  • Review IT requests or problems and assists in analyzing requirements to determine the methods and procedures to be used.

OR EDUCATION: Completed 1 year of graduate level education. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

OR SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Based on a bachelor's degree that is demonstrated through class standing (upper 1/3 of class); grade point average (3.0/4.0 overall or 3.5/4.0 in major), or election to membership in a qualifying national scholastic honor society. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-09: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position includes:

  • Providing technical assistance and information concerning routine issues regarding cybersecurity issues; AND
  • Researching current and emerging cybersecurity trends and concerns; AND
  • Responding to requests for information on IT procedures and processes; AND
  • Integrating information systems security with other security disciplines.

OR EDUCATION: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or two (2) full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED.)


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-11: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position includes:

  • Developing, implementing, and coordinating activities designed to ensure, protect, and restore IT systems, services, and capabilities; AND
  • Monitoring and evaluating systems compliance with IT security requirements; AND
  • Providing advice and guidance in implementing IT security policies and procedures in the development and operation of network systems.

OR EDUCATION: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three (3) full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-12: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position includes:

  • Developing, implementing, and coordinating activities designed to ensure, protect, and restore IT systems, services, and capabilities; AND
  • Monitoring and evaluating systems compliance with IT security requirements; AND
  • Providing advice and guidance in implementing IT security policies and procedures in the development and operation of network systems; AND
  • Maintaining a full range of security issues to assure effectiveness within a large organization information security program.

NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-12 level.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-13: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position includes:

  • Providing technical advice, counsel, and instruction on cyber security issues; AND
  • Participating in the collection and analysis of technical and management data associated with the agency cyber security programs; AND
  • Exchanging information in connection with cyber security requirements; prepare various reports, briefings, summaries, and progress reports pertaining to this area; AND
  • Preparing and recommending new and/or evaluations, and penetration testing methodologies for cyber security appraisals.

NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-13 level.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-14: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position includes:

  • Providing technical advice, counsel, and instruction on cybersecurity issues; AND
  • Initiating, directing, and participating in the full life cycle of cyber security appraisals and network penetration testing of geographically dispersed and operationally diverse agency facilities; AND
  • Participating in the collection and analysis of technical and management data associated with the agency cyber security programs; AND
  • Maintaining continued technical liaison with the appropriate staff elements throughout the agency; AND
  • Preparing various reports, briefings, summaries, and progress reports pertaining to Cybersecurity.

NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-14 level.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-15: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position includes:

  • Providing technical advice, counsel, and instruction on cybersecurity issues; AND
  • Initiating, directing, and participating in the full life cycle of cyber security appraisals and network penetration testing of geographically dispersed and operationally diverse agency facilities; AND
  • 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; AND
  • Prepare various reports, briefings, summaries, inspection guidance, and progress reports pertaining to this area; AND
  • Present data to an audit team, perform spot audits, defend compliance positions, or create plans and procedures designed to meet regulatory requirements; AND
  • Develop and recommend new and/or revised inspection, evaluation, and penetration testing methodologies for cyber security appraisals.

NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-15 level.

"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: OPM Qualification Standards for the GS-2210 series.

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

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