Applicants are NOT required to submit a cover letter. The entire cover letter cannot exceed the specified limits provided in the Cover Letter field (3,000 characters). Pages exceeding this limit will not be considered. THE COVER LETTER IS RECOMMENDED BUT IS NOT REQUIRED FOR EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION WITH THE NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY.
Title, PP, Series, Band
Information Systems Security Specialist
Pay Band, Salary Range – Ext
Band 03 $66,510 – $123,234
Permanent Change in Station
PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are not authorized.
NGA Marketing Message
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the World Leader in Geospatial Intelligence.
Imagine being able to identify anything on, above, or beneath the Earth’s surface and display that information visually to provide a meaningful foundation for decision-making to ensure the safety of the world. That’s the job of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
We analyze imagery and data from many sources and incorporate it into visual displays of essential information for use in national defense, homeland security, and safety of navigation.
Central to the success of our mission are the extraordinary talents and skills of our teams of analysts and other professionals. We need the best minds to provide the information edge, continuing NGA’s role as the premier provider of Geospatial Intelligence worldwide.
Know the Earth… Show the Way… Understand the World
ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Information Systems Security Specialists ensure that information systems security (ISS) policies are implemented and maintained throughout the life cycle of NGA systems and networks. They perform investigative triage and forensics on NGA systems and networks, conduct investigations of unauthorized devices, equipment, and security incidents (e.g., data spills, AIS misuse, malware), and provide investigative coordination and support to Federal law enforcement entities. They also promulgate ISS policies; monitor systems and networks; investigate mishandling of classified information; and audit personnel and systems for fraud, waste, and abuse.
PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: Promotion opportunities allow applicants at all band levels to be considered. Qualifications for NGA positions do not include specific time-in-band requirements. NGA will emphasize quality of experience, rather than duration, and assess how the quality of the experience demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for successful job performance in the NGA occupational structure.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Information Systems Security Specialists ensure that information systems security (ISS) policies are implemented and maintained throughout the life cycle of NGA systems and networks. They perform investigative triage and forensics on NGA systems and networks, conduct investigations of unauthorized devices, equipment, and security incidents (e.g., data spills, AIS misuse, malware), and provide investigative coordination and support to Federal law enforcement entities. They also promulgate ISS policies; monitor systems and networks; investigate mishandling of classified information; and audit personnel and systems for fraud, waste, and abuse.
MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online resumes must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement’s mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:
1. Experience in Computer System & Network Security.
2. Experience in Information Assurance with interviewing techniques.
3. Ability to communicate verbally, or in sign language, and through written presentations to brief complex and detailed issues to management.
4. Experience in applying research skills in order to present viable options and recommendations for various security issues and performing investigations.
5. Experience interpreting security policies.
6. Demonstrate the ability to create positive peer relationships in pursuit of mission requirements.
EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Must obtain the Technical Level III Certification as outlined by the DoD 8570.1M, within a determined command timeframe.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:
1. The incumbent may possess experience in computer security and network forensic techniques to identify signs of computer network intrusions, malware infection, and advanced persistent threats.
2. The incumbent may possess competency with regard to regulations governing information security, computer security and applying Computer Forensic Techniques.
3. The incumbent may possess industry standard certifications such as: CISSP, SSCP, EnCE, CFCE, GCFA, or CEH.
4. It is highly desirable for the incumbent to possess certification from the Criminal Investigator Training Program, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center – or other Federal Law Enforcement equivalent.
Special Info External
– Direct Deposit Required
– Two Year Probationary Period
– U.S. Citizenship Required
– Position Subject to Drug Testing
– Security Clearance Required
– Top Secret
– Sensitive Compartmented Information
– Polygraph Test Required
Applicant Evaluation Process
APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages:
1. All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria.
2. Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to determine the best-qualified candidates.
3. Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through an interview process.
Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. This description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted.
As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.
In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives.)
All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.
NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at [email protected] The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee’s base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee’s annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Promotions may be conducted during the annual pay for performance process or throughout the year via the Assignment Opportunity Notices (AON). Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.
This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans’ Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans’ preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in our ERecruit application.
This position is funded by the National Intelligence Program (NIP).
Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family. Here are some of the highlights:
You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. You are also eligible for Flexible Spending Accounts, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance and Life Insurance Coverage. Additionally, Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement.
Additional information and further details can be located at OPM’s website, http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/Guide-Me/New-Prospective-Employees/
New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System-Revised Annuity Employees (FERS-RAE). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS or FERS, you may continue in this program. Additional details can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/fers-information/
Federal employees are entitled to at least 13 days of vacation leave as well as 13 days of sick leave each year. Depending on years of service, employees can earn up to 26 days of vacation leave each year. In addition, Federal employees get 10 days paid holiday each year. This allows employees time to spend with their families and to pursue their own individual interests and avocations. More information can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/
In addition to federal benefits, NGA employees are also eligible for a suite of benefits offered only to the Intelligence Community (IC). The Compass Rose Benefits Group (CRBG) offers insurance products and services to all IC civilian employees. Compass Rose benefits include: Term Life Insurance, Group Accident Plan, Income Replacement, and Long Term Care Insurance. For more information on this highly-restricted opportunity, please visit the Compass Rose website: http://www.compassrosebenefits.com
How To Apply
Application submission involves applying using NGA’s on-line application process. Application Instructions can be found by visiting: http://www.intelligencecareers.gov/NGA
All announcements close at 7:59PM EDT on the closing date listed. Be sure to complete and submit your application by that time in order to be considered.
ONLY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
What To Expect Next
After visiting https://www.nga.mil/Careers and applying via NGA’s on-line application process, applicants can follow their status via that same NGA on-line application functionality. Several other topics relating to what is involved in the hiring process and how long it takes can be found by visiting http://www.intelligencecareers.gov/NGA and choosing Frequently Asked Questions.
You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.
Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.