Information Technology Specialist (Infosec) (9 Month Roster) (Direct Hire) (Public Notice)

Internal Revenue Service | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 2/12/2024
Description Positions under this announcement are being filled using a Direct Hire Authority (DHA).

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WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? Visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.govWHAT IS THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) DIVISION?

A description of the business units can be found at: https://www.jobs.irs.gov/about/who/business-divisions

Vacancies will be filled in the following specialty areas:
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

The following are the duties of this position at the full working level. If this vacancy includes more than one grade and you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and receive training to help you grow in this position.
  • Reviews and analyzes IRS information security policies and procedures to ensure they are up-to-date, comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other binding standards, meet or exceed senior leadership expectations for the security and resilience of agency systems and data, and that any changes take into account the impact on users of these systems.
  • Serves as expert technical advisor on agency-wide information security and privacy programs to comply with federally mandated security requirements and commonly accepted industry security best practices while advising on integrating IT programs with other business programs of equivalent complexity within the IRS. Defines current and future business environments, analyzes gaps and develops plans for transitioning to the target state.
  • Oversees and manages all five phases of project management lifecycle for IRS IT Cybersecurity organizations. Leverages organizational indicators to anticipate, prevent, or resolve large-scale technical problems. Looks across business units or IT divisions and directly engages in removing obstacles and overcoming challenges. Recognizes potential impacts and implications of decisions on the entire organization.
  • Develops new concepts, procedures, and methodology in IT security while advising other IT experts throughout the IRS, Treasury, and in other agencies, to develop the overall program area and to identify mission-related work and/or how it may impact other IT initiatives. Oversees and manages the identification, evaluation, and reporting of information security, data protection, and insider threat risks in a manner that meets compliance and regulatory requirements, while aligning with and supporting the risk posture of the enterprise
Vacancies filled under this public notice may have varying levels of promotion potential and supervisory level. Some jobs have the potential for noncompetitive promotion depending on how the position is structured. If you are selected at a lower grade level for a job with promotion potential, you will receive training to help you grow in the position. For jobs with promotion potential, promotions may occur after you have:
  • met time-in-grade requirements.
  • performed at an acceptable level of competence; and
  • demonstrated your ability to perform work at the next higher grade level.
Federal experience is not required. The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement OR time of referral:

BASIC REQUIREMENT:
Experience must include Information Technology (IT) related experience that demonstrates each of the following four competencies: 1) Attention to Detail, 2) Customer Service, 3) Oral Communication and 4) Problem Solving.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

GS-7 LEVEL: To be eligible for this position at this grade level, you must meet one of the following requirements.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position must have been in an IT field or work where the primary concern was the subject matter of the IT application. The assignments must have shown completion of the following, or the equivalent: Interviewing subject-matter personnel to get facts regarding work processes, and synthesizing the resulting data into charts showing information flow; operating computer consoles where this involved choosing from among various procedures in responding to machine commands or unscheduled halts; scheduling the sequence of programs to be processed by computers where alternatives had to be weighed with a view to production efficiency; preparing documentation on cost/benefit studies where this involved summarizing the material and organizing it in a logical fashion; working directly with customers in obtaining information needed to establish or change accounts; translating detailed logical steps developed by others into language codes that computers accept where this required understanding of procedures and limitations appropriate to use of a programming language.

OR

EDUCATION: 1 full academic year of graduate education at an accredited college or university in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics or technology management
OR 1 full academic year of graduate education in one or more of the fields identified above that required the development or adaption of applications, systems or networks.

OR

Superior Academic Achievement may be met by having a bachelor's degree, with one of the following: A GPA of 2.95 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last 2 years of study, or a GPA of 3.45 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all courses in the major field of study or those courses in the major completed in the last 2 years of study, or rank in the upper one third of the class in the college, university, or major subdivision, or membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. Note: Grade point averages should be rounded to one decimal point. For example, 2.95 is rounded to 3.0, and 2.94 is rounded to 2.9. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an Honor Society.

OR

COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION At least 1 year of combined graduate education and experience as defined in paragraphs above.

GS-9 LEVEL: To be eligible for this position at this grade level, you must meet one of the following:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Experience in an IT field or work where the primary concern was the subject matter of the IT application. The assignments must have shown completion of the following, or the equivalent: Analysis of the interrelationships of pertinent components of the system; Planning the sequence of actions necessary to accomplish the assignment; and Personal responsibility for at least a segment of the overall project.
OR
EDUCATION: A master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, statistics, operations research, engineering or technology management. OR A master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree in one or more of the fields identified above that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.
OR

COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: At least 1 year of combined graduate education and experience as defined in paragraphs above.

GS-11 LEVEL: To be eligible for this position at this grade level, you must meet one of the following:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Experience that demonstrated an accomplishment of computer project assignments that required a range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques. For example, assignments would show experience in developing modifications to parts of a system that required significant revisions in the logic or techniques used in the original development. Must have been in an IT field or work where the primary concern was the subject matter of the IT application. The assignments must have shown completion of the following, or the equivalent: Knowledge of the customary approaches, techniques, and requirements appropriate to an assigned computer applications area or computer specialty area in an organization; planning the sequence of actions necessary to accomplish the assignment where this entailed coordination with others outside the organizational unit and development of project controls; adaptation of guidelines or precedents to the needs of the assignment.

OR

EDUCATION: You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. OR equivalent doctoral degree in computer science, information science, information systems management, mathematics, statistics, operations research, engineering or technology management; OR equivalent doctoral degree in one or more of the fields identified above that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks. OR

COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION At least 1 year of combined graduate education and experience as defined in paragraphs above.

**Qualifications continued in Education**
For more information on qualifications please refer to OPM's Qualifications Standards.

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