New job Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC) in Utah
Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC)
Company : US Department of Homeland Security
Salary : $37,674 - $59,907 a year
Location : Utah
This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Homeland Security Headquarters (DHS HQ).
DHS Recent Graduate appointments are intended to last for a 1-year period, unless the training requirements of the position warrant a longer and more structured training program.
All DHS-HQ announcements have a 5 business day open period due to the number of applications received.
Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security is calling. DHS Components work collectively to safeguard cyberspace, prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of positions. Make an impact, join DHS. The DHS Secretary's Cyber Honors Program is specifically designed for recent graduates or students pursuing an advanced degree in a cyber-related field. Upon successful completion of the one-year cohort-based program, participants may be converted to permanent, full-time employees.
Elements of the program include, but are not limited to:
- Cyber-related projects and/or experiences
- Program Orientation
- Networking Events
- Tours of DHS Cyber facilities
- Cyber Panels and Events, including sessions with cyber leaders and executives
- Job Shadowing and Reflections
- Participant Training Plan
- Mentoring partnerships
- Dedicated cohort program manager to increase cohesion and provide assistance to participants
In this position as a Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC) GS 2210 7/9, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision:
- Assist in the assessment of new systems design methodologies to improve software.
- Coordinate and provide technical support to cyber defense technicians to resolve cyber defense incidents.
- Assist with risk and vulnerability assessments of planned and installed information systems to identify vulnerability, risks and protection needs of activities.
- Assist with the integration of security programs with other IT programs and services throughout the organization.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
2210 Information Technology Management
- Information Technology Specialist (It Specialist)
Conditions of Employment
- U. S. Citizenship Required.
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
- You must successfully pass a background investigation.
- You must be able to obtain a Top Secret with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information or lower clearance as a condition of placement in this position. The security level is dependent on the position(s) to be filled at DHS HQ.
- You must be 16 years of age or older to apply.
- Shared Certificates Statement: Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions
- This position requires the selectee to sign a Recent Graduates Participant Agreement, which outlines the work schedule, intern responsibilities, work assignments, and program requirements.
- You will be required to complete at least 40 hours of formal interactive training every year that advances the goals and competencies outlined in your established Individual Development Plan (IDP).
- This program requires you to identify a mentor outside of your assigned chain of command within 90 days of your initial appointment date and to collaborate with the mentor throughout the program.
- You will be required to complete and sign a Individual Development Plan (IDP) within 45 days of your initial appointment date.
- You will be required to serve a trial period for the duration of the Recent Graduates appointment.
- The Pathways Program requires the incumbent to submit official or unofficial transcripts with your application and provide official transcripts prior to entrance-on-duty (EOD).
- Applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to a drug test to screen for illegal drug use. A final offer of employment is contingent upon a negative drug test result.
- You may be subject to random drug testing.
QualificationsTo be eligible for this position, you must be a recent graduate from a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate program from a qualifying educational institution within 2 years of June 01, 2021. Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.To learn more, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways/program/graduates/.
BASIC REQUIREMENT: 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.
You qualify for the GS-07 grade level if you possess one of the following:
A. One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-05 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). Specialized experience is defined as:
1) Assisting with hardware and software updates to systems;
2) Assisting with network monitoring and incident response; and
3) Researching new solutions for emerging cyber security threats
B. One full year of graduate level education in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks. One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
C. A bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics,operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks AND meet at least one of the requirements for superior academic achievement which is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership:
(1) Class standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.
(2) Grade-point average (GPA.) - Applicants must have a grade-point average of:
3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or
3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
(3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society - Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (external link). Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.
You qualify at the GS-09 grade level if you possess one of the following:
A. One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-07 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). Specialized experience is defined as:
1)Applying security requirements such as those resulting from laws, regulations or Presidential directives;
2) Assisting in conducting risk and vulnerability assessments of information systems; and
3) Researching new systems design methodologies to improve software quality.;
B. A Master's or equivalent graduate degree OR Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.
All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by June 01, 2021.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). 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.
Current General Schedule (GS) federal employees, and those that have served in GS positions within the last 52 weeks, must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade, or a combination of the next lower grade level and an equivalent band in the federal service by the closing of this announcement.
Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.
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; applicant's resumes and supporting documentation should only reflect education received from schools accredited by such institutions. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following Website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html .
You must submit a copy of all relevant transcripts for consideration. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted at time of application. Official transcripts will be required prior to entrance on duty (EOD).
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements. You must show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit OPM's web site at https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.htm#e4a for additional information on this topic.
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Employee Benefits." Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more. https://www.opm.gov/news/releases/2016/08/newly-established-leave-policy-gives-disabled-veterans-more-time-to-address-medical-issues-1/)
This position may be filled at the GS-07 or GS-09 grade level. Upon conversion, promotion up to the GS-12 grade level may occur without further competition.
The duration of a Pathways appointment under Sch D is a trial period.
Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.
Remote work may be available based on agency needs.
Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.
DHS may non-competitively convert Recent Graduates to a term or permanent position in the competitive service, provided that there is an available position. Recent Graduates converted to term appointments may later be non-competitively converted to a permanent competitive service position. Placement in the program does not guarantee conversion to a permanent appointment, nor is it mandatory. To be eligible for conversion, a Recent Graduate must:
- Successfully complete at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all of the program requirements outlined in the Recent Graduates Participant Agreement.
- Demonstrate successful job performance consistent with DHS's performance appraisal program;
- Receive written recommendation for conversion from their first-level supervisor; and
- Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate may be converted.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using a job questionnaire based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job:
If you are placed in the Best Qualified category, you will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.
- Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
- Customer Service - Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.
- Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
- Information Systems/Network Security - Knowledge of methods, tools, and procedures, including development of information security plans, to prevent information systems vulnerabilities, and provide or restore security of information systems and network services.
- Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
- Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
- Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans' preference above non-veterans within each category. Veterans who show proof they meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 level or higher. This position is not considered a scientific/professional position.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk
Trust determination process
- Your resume.
- Your responses to the job questionnaire. https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11092234
- Submit a copy of all current college transcripts. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted at the time of application.Prior to entrance-on-duty, an official college transcript will be required.Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information.
- Are you a veteran? Submit a copy of your Member 4 DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) that shows your type of discharge and character of service and/or documentation of service connected disability. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for form) and provide the required documentation (e.g. VA letter) listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans' information.
- Are you a current or former federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
- Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:-Position title-Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)-Agency-Beginning and ending dates of appointment
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This job is open to
Individuals who have graduated from an accredited educational institute or certificate program within the last 2 years or 6 years for Veterans.
Clarification from the agency
All United States citizens who are Recent Graduates. Applicants must have obtained a qualifying associate, bachelors, master's, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution, within the previous two years. Veterans precluded from applying due to their military obligation, have a two-year eligibility period that begins upon their release or discharge from active duty. Veterans have up to six years after degree completion to apply.