Information Technology Specialist

Department of Energy | Bruceton, PA

Posted Date 10/01/2019
Description

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’s 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



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.

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.

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