IT Specialist

Job Overview

Summary

What exciting career opportunities await you at CDC?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the agency Americans trust with their lives. As a global leader in public health, CDC is the nation’s premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency. Whether we are protecting the American people from public health threats, researching emerging diseases, or mobilizing public health programs with our domestic and international partners, we rely on our employees to make a real difference in the health and well-being of people here and around the world.

This position is being filled through the Direct Hire Authority for this occupation and is open to all US Citizens.

All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply. Applications received as a result of job fairs, recruitment events, and emergency hiring mechanisms in support of this hiring initiative will also be accepted during the duration of the direct-hire authority.

This announcement is being used to create an inventory of qualified applicants for IT Specialist (INFOSEC) positions and will be used to fill immediate and future vacancies.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of the Director (OD), Office of the Chief Operating Officer (OCOO), Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (OCISO), Atlanta, Georgia.

Announcement is amended to extend the closing date.

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical location.

CDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Duties

As an Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC) you will:

  • Serve as an advisor to the Chief Information Security Officer on matters relating to security vulnerabilities and threats to CDC’s computer systems.
  • Develop corresponding security countermeasures necessary to protect technical, complex, sensitive and classified information processed on CDC computer equipment.
  • Provide technical support and assist in preparing and implementing policy guidance to CDC.
  • Evaluate adequacy and/or develop new or revised information security policy, standards and procedural guidance and support for the protection of information technology systems.
  • Work closely with program and project activities to develop safeguards for the computers that are connected to CDC networks.
  • Review and analyze technical aspects of proposals and integrity studies for CDC and CDC contractors to determine adequacy and ensure executive, statutory, regulatory and HHS requirements are effectively met.
  • Participate in identification and analyses of CDC information security policy issues, deficiencies, and problem areas through review and analyses of reports, contacts, surveys, inspections and facility reviews.
  • Review operational and technical security aspects associated with specific sites and facilities to determine vulnerability and threat.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Domestic 5%

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background investigation is required.

Qualifications

Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service as defined in the next paragraphs.  Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position.

GS-11:  Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service which includes experience in maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of automated data processing operations through performance of IT security and information assurance activities.

GS-12:  Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of automated data processing operations through performance of IT security and information assurance activities; participating in identification and analyses of information security policy issues, deficiencies, and problem areas through review and analyses of reports, and contacts.

Additional Qualifying experience for the GS-11/12 grade level requires IT-related experience that demonstrated each of the following four competencies:  Attention to detail; customer service; oral communications; and problem solving.

  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.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:
For the GS-11 level
: 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent Doctoral Degree

There is no education substitution for the GS-12 level.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Your education and work experience may be combined to meet the qualification requirements of this position at the GS-11 level.

Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the education requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://wwwdev.cdc.gov/employment/newhire/foreigned.html.

Conditions of Employment:

1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS “E-Verify” System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

5. One-year probationary period may be required.

6. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid:  No

7. Bargaining Unit Position:  No

8. Drug Screening Required:  No

9. Recruitment Incentive may be authorized:  No

10. Research position: No

11. Promotion potential: Yes.    This position has promotion potential to GS-12.  Promotion to the next grade level is at management’s discretion and is based on your meeting qualifications and time-in-grade requirements, demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and administrative approval. Promotion to the next grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

12. Supervisory position: No

13.  Annual Leave for non-federal service authorized:  May be authorized
14.  Incumbent may be subjected to 24-hour on-call in the event of an emergency.  This service may require irregular working hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include other than those specified in the major duties.

 

Security Clearance

Public Trust – Background Investigation

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