Analyst (Watch Analyst)

Job Description

Halfaker and Associates, an award winning high growth small business, creates innovative and practical technology solutions in the areas of Advanced Analytics, Software Engineering, IT Infrastructure and Cyber Security to help government organizations perform their critical missions.  Our commitment to excellence and our vision to “Continue to Serve” has resulted in steady growth and an expanding client base across government agencies in the health, defense, security and intelligence sectors.  Headquartered in Arlington, VA, we have employees nationwide and were recently named a 2016 Top Work Place by the Washington Post. Please take a moment to browse through our website and learn more about what it means to serve with Halfaker.


Halfaker has an opening for a Analyst (Watch Analyst) to join our talented, dynamic team in support of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Infrastructure Coordinating Center (NICC) program. The key responsibilities for this position include:


  • Prepare technical reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends
  • Follow up reports with meaningful interaction with appropriate government and other contractor representatives
  • Work closely with private industry and/or other government agencies to gain necessary information and direct personnel to appropriate action with regard to information generation and other communication priorities
  • Coordinate with the National Operations Center (NOC), Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP), National Cyber Communications and Integrations Center (NCCIC), and other government agencies and Critical Infrastructure Key Resources (CIKR) owners & operators
  • Participate in tests and exercises to maintain preparedness and improve coordination
  • Supervise others actions during exercises and provide feedback and after action reporting
  • During incidents, triage information from a variety of resources and conduct initial analysis of the incidents and events
  • During major incidents or events, collect and review input to national-level situational awareness
  • Serve as a 24×7 customer service interface for CIKR partners by collecting (via email and phone), tracking, and facilitating responses to requests for information and assistance
  • Conduct daily teleconferences with CIKR stakeholders
  • Provide access to approved DHS situation reports, bulletins, press releases, and other important documents to serve industry partner’s continuity-of-business information needs

Required Skills

  • Must be willing to work shift work as a salaried employee
  • Must have a TS/SCI
  • 3+ years experience working in an operations center
  • College graduate (BA or BS) preferred but will substitute significant military experience or other operations experience
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, handle multiple, concurrent activities with short turn-around times with multiple internal and external customers
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Enjoy working in a team environment
  • Candidates must be US citizens and will be required to undergo a background investigation in order to be granted access to classified information
  • Knowledge of National Incident Management System (NIMS) structure, emergency management operations, and background knowledge of critical infrastructure sectors
  • Capable of synthesizing, synopsizing, and presenting information at an executive level
  • Must also demonstrate the ability to conduct research, analysis, and technical writing skills
  • Must be able to perform triage on questions, issues, or events involving the nation’s critical infrastructures and key resources.
  • Personnel shall have experience in operating during high-tempo mission critical operations
  • Possess a general understanding of cybersecurity and cyber related current events and how they could impact critical infrastructure
  • Has working/user based knowledge of social media and has ideas about how to implement it as an intelligence gathering tool

Required Experience

  • In depth experience or knowledge on cybersecurity and the intersection with critical infrastructure
  • The following certifications will be required after start (can be obtained online for free)
    • FEMA IS-100B
    • FEMA IS-546
    • FEMA IS-547
    • FEMA IS-700A
    • FEMA IS-701A
    • FEMA IS-800B
    • FEMA IS-821
    • FEMA IS-860A


Halfaker & Associates is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

Job LocationArlington, Virginia, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular



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