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Pay Range:
$54,972 to $103,639 / Per Year
Job Grade:
GS-2210-9/12
Schedule:
Full-Time
Duration:
13 Months
Apply by: 2017-10-16 Published: 2 months ago

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation.

DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters.

We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.

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Every day, our Information Technology Specialists (Information Security) manage and provide information system security programs and policies, assess system design methodologies, integrate security programs, provide technical guidance, and evaluate new security technologies.

This position of INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST (INFORMATION SECURITY) (TERM) starts at a salary of $54,972 GS-09 step 01 grade level, with promotion potential to $103,639 GS-12 step 10 grade level.

Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Information Technology, located in Washington, DC within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here.

This announcement is issued under the Direct Hire Authority to recruit for positions for which the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer has a critical hiring need.

This position is not in the bargaining unit.

This position is not considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.

Relocation expenses are authorized if you are a USCIS employee assigned to the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations program and have been approved for rotation from an overseas assignment.

Relocation expenses for USCI employees assigned to an OCONUS location will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Note: USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy.

Basic Qualifications: For all positions individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.

The employing agency is responsible for identifying the specific level of proficiency required for each competency at each grade level based on the requirements of the position being filled.

Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

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.

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.

Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

GS-09: In addition to the basic qualifications above, you qualify at the GS-09 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, which is equivalent to the GS-07 level in the federal government, that equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position.

You must have experience performing the following duties: Applying basic security principles, practices, and procedures in the administration of an information security program; Assisting in identifying need for changes based on new security technologies or threats; Assisting in the production of communication materials for cybersecurity information sharing.

OR: You may substitute a Master's degree or two full years of graduate education leading to such a degree in any field, or a J.D. or L.L.B. degree for experience required at the GS-09 grade level.

Such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.

Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise two years of graduate education.

If that information is not available, use 36 semester or 54 quarter hours.

If you are qualifying based on education your degree must be 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.

GS-11: In Addition to the requirements at the lower grade level(s), to qualify at the GS-11 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, which is equivalent to the GS-09 level in the federal government, that equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position.

You must have experience performing the following duties: Identifying need for changes to systems based on new security technologies or threats; Responding to user problems by analyzing and resolving incidents or breakdowns; Producing communication materials for cybersecurity information sharing.

OR; You may substitute a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent degree) or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in any field, or L.L.M. if related for experience at the GS-11 grade level or such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.

Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise three years of graduate study.

If that information is not available, use 54 semester or 81 quarter hours.

If you are qualifying based on education your degree must be 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.

GS-12: In Addition to the requirements at the lower grade level(s), to qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, which is equivalent to the GS-11 level in the federal government, that equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position.

You must have experience performing the following duties: Implementing IT security policies and strategies governing the operation of information systems and networks; Monitoring use of data files or regulating access to prevent or defend against unauthorized access to systems; Identifying and correcting information system security violations, incidents, or breakdowns; Verifying that sensitive or classified information systems meet the appropriate safeguards required by regulations or statutes.

Please read the following IMPORTANT information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable), as it relates to this job opportunity.

Please be clear and specific when describing your work history as we cannot make assumptions regarding your experience.

Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information: Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job) Duties (be specific in describing your duties) Employer's name and address Supervisor name and phone number Start and end dates including month, day and year (e.g.

June 18 2007 to April 05 2008) Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week) Salary Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

Federal Experience If you are using current or prior federal experience as a basis for qualifying for this position, the grade levels and length of employment (mm/dd/year) at each grade level must be listed in your work history.

This information will be further validated if selected for this position.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience) 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 criteria 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 service.

Please provide the dates and amount of time/hours worked earning this experience.

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