Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC)

Department of Energy | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 10/01/2021
Description
These positions are to be filled under the OPM Government-Wide Direct Hire Authority for Information Technology Management (INFOSEC) Positions for grades GS 09-15. 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.
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.
This series covers positions that evaluate the adequacy of, and recommend new or revised, IT security policies, standards, and procedures; review and analyze IT aspects of proposals and integrity studies to determine adequacy and conformity with security requirements; conduct or participate in assessments, audits, appraisals, program reviews, and inspections and surveys, as needed, ensuring effective operations of assigned program areas; analyze existing and/or proposed IT systems for the purpose of identifying and resolving associated security risks by recommending, coordinating and/or employing state-of-the-art technology and cost-effective solutions relative to electronic data acquisition, storage, manipulation, management, movement, control, display, switching, interchange, transmission, encryption and assurance.

As an IT Specialist (INFOSEC), at minimum you will:
  • Ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems, networks, and data through the planning, analysis, development, implementation, maintenance, and enhancement of information systems security programs, policies, procedures, and tools.
  • Administer information technology (IT) principles, methods, and security products to protect and maintain the availability, integrity, confidentiality, and accountability of information system resources.
  • Implement and advise on IT security policies and procedures to ensure the protection of information transmitted from installation using Local Area Networks (LAN), Wide Area Networks (WAN).
  • Accomplish risk analysis, security testing, and certification due to modifications or changes to computer systems.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have IT-related experience demonstrating the following four 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.
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:

Specialized Experience:
GS-09: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to:
  • Conducting risk and vulnerability assessments of planned and installed information systems to the network to identify weaknesses, risks, and protection needs etc. using programs designed specifically for this purpose.
  • Installing and maintaining software and hardware, controls current versions and future releases of applications software, and documents the physical configuration of an information system.
  • Ensuring that the hardware and software components of the network infrastructure are properly configured and that the security features and controls appropriate to the intended level of system operation are properly set.
GS-11: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service.
  • Evaluating and initiating appropriate action on requests to satisfy new/unique requirements for the security of various operating systems.
  • Maintaining systems, networks, security, and connectivity to ensure sound security principles.
  • Supporting information security activities, initiatives policies, procedures and programs.
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.
  • Maintaining systems, networks, security, and connectivity to ensure sound security principles.
  • Utilizing computer-based system applications and software including databases and inventory systems sufficient to monitor and track program requirements (i.e., SharePoint), milestones and schedules.
  • Testing and maintaining network infrastructure including software and hardware to ensure sound security principles.
  • Evaluating and initiating appropriate action on requests to satisfy new/unique requirements for the security of various operating systems.
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.
  • Integrating, maintaining, and enhancing information management and information technology programs to provide systems, tools, and analytical capabilities.
  • Maintaining and coordinating activities (such as Network/IT Infrastructure Upgrades, Network/IT Resource deployment or Net) to support an organization's office automation efforts.
  • Supporting information security activities, initiatives policies, procedures and programs for the security of various operating systems.
  • Coordinating development and implementation of policies and standards for classified network systems regarding sharing and safeguarding classified information.
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.
  • Integrating, maintaining, and enhancing information management and information technology programs to provide systems, tools, and analytical capabilities.
  • Managing an organization's office automation efforts to integrate, maintain, and enhance the organization's information management and information technology programs to provide systems, tools, and analytical capabilities in support of the organization's mission and operations.
  • Utilizing computer-based system applications and software including databases, computer-aided design, and inventory systems sufficient to monitor and track program requirements (i.e., SharePoint), milestones and schedules.
  • Coordinating development and implementation of policies and standards for classified network systems regarding sharing and safeguarding classified information computer network.
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.
  • Implementing, managing, maintaining, and coordinating activities (such as Network/IT Infrastructure Upgrades and Network/IT Resource deployment) both technical/non-technical, for short/long-term milestones to support an organization's office automation efforts.
  • Integrating, maintaining, and enhancing information management and information technology programs to provide systems, tools, and analytical capabilities.
  • Providing in-depth and independent information technology guidance, services, advice, and recommendations to leadership on information security matters.
  • Performing network monitoring and intrusion detection ensuring sound security principles.


FEDERAL REQUIRMENT FOR COVID-19 VACCINATION:
As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If you are selected for this position, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 22, 2021, or prior to onboarding, if hired after November 22, unless you request a legally required exception from this requirement.

As part of onboarding, you will need to submit DOE's Certification of COVID-19 Vaccination for Prospective Federal Employees attesting to truthfulness that you are fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021, or prior to onboarding, if hired after November 22, 2021. Once onboard, you will then be required to provide proof of vaccination in DOE's MyEnergy system and certify the documentation you provide is true and correct under penalty of perjury. Providing a knowing and willful false statement on either DOE's COVID-19 Vaccination Form prior to starting or when providing proof of vaccination in DOE's MyEnergy system once onboard is punishable by fine and/or imprisonment (18 U.S.C. 1001) and will result in termination from Federal service.

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