Information Technology Specialist

POSTED ON 3/23/2021 AVAILABLE BEFORE 5/28/2021
Department of Energy Hired Organization Address Anchorage, AK Full Time

Job Posting for Information Technology Specialist at Department of Energy

The Department of Energy is seeking motivated and highly-qualified candidates for exciting positions available in multiple locations throughout the United States.

The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

To learn more about the Department of Energy, please visit the website at www.energy.gov



Qualifications:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

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.

In addition to the competencies, a qualified candidate's online application and resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.  

The specialized experience listed are the minimum requirements for the series, each particular vacancy may have additional experience necessary to meet the applicable grade level.  A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate  the above competencies and at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for these positions are defined as:

Specialized Experience:

GS-09:  You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to:

  • Conducting risk and vulnerability assessments of planned and installed information systems to the network to identify weaknesses, risks, and protection needs etc. using programs designed specifically for this purpose.
  • Installing and maintaining software and hardware, controls current versions and future releases of applications software, and documents the physical configuration of an information system.
  • Ensuring that the hardware and software components of the network infrastructure are properly configured and that the security features and controls appropriate to the intended level of system operation are properly set.

GS-11:  You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to:

  • Evaluate and initiate appropriate action on requests to satisfy new/unique requirements for the security of various operating systems.
  • Maintaining systems, networks, security, and connectivity to ensure sound security principles.
  • Supporting information security activities, initiatives policies, procedures and programs.

GS-12:  You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to:

  • Maintaining systems, networks, security, and connectivity to ensure sound security principles.
  • Utilizing computer-based system applications and software including databases and inventory systems sufficient to monitor and track program requirements (i.e., SharePoint), milestones and schedules.
  • Testing and maintaining network infrastructure including software and hardware to ensure sound security principles.
  • Evaluate and initiate appropriate action on requests to satisfy new/unique requirements for the security of various operating systems.

GS-13:  You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience includes,

  • Integrating, maintaining, and enhancing information management and information technology programs to provide systems, tools, and analytical capabilities.
  • Maintaining and coordinating activities (such as Network/IT Infrastructure Upgrades, Network/IT Resource deployment or Net) to support an organization's office automation efforts.
  • Supporting information security activities, initiatives policies, procedures and programs for the security of various operating systems.
  • Coordinating development and implementation of policies and standards for classified network systems regarding sharing and safeguarding classified information.

GS-14:  You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to:

  • Integrating, maintaining, and enhancing information management and information technology programs to provide systems, tools, and analytical capabilities.
  • Managing an organization's office automation efforts to integrate, maintain, and enhance the organization's information management and information technology programs to provide systems, tools, and analytical capabilities in support of the organization's mission and operations.
  • Utilizing computer-based system applications and software including databases, computer-aided design, and inventory systems sufficient to monitor and track program requirements (i.e., SharePoint), milestones and schedules.
  • Coordinating development and implementation of policies and standards for classified network systems regarding sharing and safeguarding classified information computer network.

GS-15:  You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to:

  • Implementing, managing, maintaining, and coordinating activities (such as Network/IT Infrastructure Upgrades and Network/IT Resource deployment) both technical/non-technical, for short/long-term milestones to support an organization's office automation efforts.
  • Integrating, maintaining, and enhancing information management and information technology programs to provide systems, tools, and analytical capabilities.
  • Providing in-depth and independent information technology guidance, services, advice, and recommendations to leadership on information security matters.
  • Performing network monitoring and intrusion detection ensuring sound security principles.

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

OPM Qualification Standards for the GS-2210 series can be found at the following website: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/2200/information-technology-it-management-series-2210-alternative-a/

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

This public notice may be used to fill multiple positions as needed; therefore, applicants must meet the qualifications at the time the applications are reviewed.

Responsibilities:

This series covers positions that evaluate the adequacy of, and recommend new or revised, IT security policies, standards, and procedures; review and analyze IT aspects of proposals and integrity studies to determine adequacy and conformity with security requirements; conduct or participate in assessments, audits, appraisals, program reviews, and inspections and surveys, as needed, ensuring effective operations of assigned program areas; analyze existing and/or proposed IT systems for the purpose of identifying and resolving associated security risks by recommending, coordinating and/or employing state-of-the-art technology and cost-effective solutions relative to electronic data acquisition, storage, manipulation, management, movement, control, display, switching, interchange, transmission, encryption and assurance.

As an IT Specialist (INFOSEC), at minimum you will:

  • Ensures the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems, networks, and data through the planning, analysis, development, implementation, maintenance, and enhancement of information systems security programs, policies, procedures, and tools.
  • Administers information technology (IT) principles, methods, and security products to protect and maintain the availability, integrity, confidentiality, and accountability of information system resources.
  • Implements and advises on IT security policies and procedures to ensure the protection of information transmitted from installation using Local Area Networks (LAN), Wide Area Networks (WAN).
  • Accomplishes risk analysis, security testing, and certification due to modifications or changes to computer systems.

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