<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />The National Institutes of Health is seeking to hire IT Specialists (INFOSEC). If you are an energetic, motivated and IT savvy individual with a passion for information security then please consider this your opportunity to join one of our dynamic Institutes here at the NIH.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />If selected you will serve as an Information Security Specialist responsible for a wide range of complex assignments and projects relative to information systems and security matters. As an expert, you will ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems, networks, and data. Initiate, develop, implement, and evaluate the security programs designed to anticipate, assess, and minimize system vulnerabilities such as intrusion detection or access authentication programs. Serve as a principal contact for coordination, implementation, and enforcement of information security policies. Recommend ways to protect the organization's information and information systems. Provide expert advice, counsel, and instruction to employees and supervisors on security issues. Review and evaluate security incident response policies and identify the need for changes based on new technologies or threats. Participate in creating and maintaining system-security plans, contingency plans, risk assessments, and certification statements. <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 13 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>U.S. Citizenship requirement or proof of being a U.S. National must be met by closing date.</li> <li>Position is subject to a background investigation.</li> <li>Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.</li> <li>Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />In order to qualify for this IT Specialist (INFOSEC), GS-2210, you must have IT related experience demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience obtained in either the private or public sector, and/or completion of specific, intensive training that demonstrates that I possess all of the following four competencies: <ul> <b>Attention to Detail</b> – is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail;</li> <b>Customer Service</b> – 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;</li> <b>Oral Communication</b> – 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;</li> <b>Problem Solving</b> – identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.</li> </ul> <b>AND</b><br /><br /><b>In order to qualify at the GS-12 level:</b> You must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector typically gained in the IT field or through performing IT related tasks such as: conducting systems security evaluations, audits and reviews, providing advice and instruction on security issues, and participating in the development and implementation of security programs designed to anticipate, assess, and minimize system vulnerabilities such as intrusion detection or access authentication programs.<br /><br /><b>AND</b><br /><br /><b>In order to qualify at the GS-13 level: </b>You must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector typically gained in the IT field or through performing IT related tasks such as: developing, implementing or evaluating the IT security programs of an organization, reviewing and evaluating security incident response policies, and identifying where there is a need for changes based on new security technologies or threats, providing advice and instructions to staff on IT security issues, and/or working with other IT specialists to build secure Web enabled applications.<br /><br />For the position in the National Institute on Drug Abuse experience in Apple OS security is preferred.<br /><br />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 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.<br /><br />Preview assessment questionnaire before you apply: https: apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10537609 <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application . <ul> <li>This position is designated as a " non-emergency/teleworker " position and the selected candidate will be considered a " non-emergency/teleworker " employee. In the event of a closure, you must be available to telework or request leave.</li> <li>At the supervisor's discretion, this position may offer work schedule flexibilities : [telework].</li> <li>A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.</li> <li>For positions in NIAID – NIH may repay certain outstanding Federally-insured student loans to facilitate the recruitment and retention of highly qualified people. Recipients will be determined on a case-by-case basis based on organizational need, specific case justification, and budget limitations.</li> <li>A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee's entrance on duty. Recipients will be determined on a case-by-case basis based on organizational need, specific case justification, and budget limitations.</li> <li>We may make additional selections for similar positions across the entire Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) within the local commuting area(s) identified in this vacancy announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with any interested selecting official(s) at HHS. There is no option to opt-out as your information will not be shared with other hiring agencies outside of HHS.</li> <li>The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.</li> <li>The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />The position(s) advertised in this announcement are covered by a direct hire authority. Traditional rating and ranking of applicants, including category rating, does not apply to this vacancy. You will be initially evaluated against the basic qualifications only. Qualified applicants will be referred for consideration in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management direct hire guidelines . Veterans' Preference does not apply to positions covered by a direct hire authority.<br /><br />To determine your qualifications and referral status, a review of your resume and supporting documentation may be made and compared against your responses to the vacancy questionnaire. Because your rating is based on both your responses to the questionnaire and documentation you submit, please make sure that your self-ratings are supported by the information you provide in your application. Your qualifications and self-ratings may be verified at any time during the application and selection process through quality review, interview questions, work samples, demonstrations, reference checks, and any other means. Inflated or unsupported qualifications may affect your rating. Any misrepresentation or material omission of facts on the assessment questionnaire or in any other materials you submit in support of your candidacy (including but not limited to the application), or in any oral statements you may make during the selection process shall be sufficient cause to end further consideration of your candidacy. Persons listed as having knowledge of your past accomplishments or experience in your application may be contacted for verification purposes at any time. Verification may, but need not, begin prior to receiving an offer. <br /><br />To be considered well qualified for the purposes of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must demonstrate that you substantively exceed the basic qualifications and meet all eligibility, physical, medical, suitability, and all other requirements. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> Suitability/Fitness <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><strong> REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS </strong><br /><br /><strong>RESUME:</strong><br /><br />Your resume must thoroughly describe how your skills and experiences align to the criteria defined in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement and it must support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. We cannot assume you have performed the necessary experience required for this position regardless of your employment history or academic career.<br /><br />To ensure all of the essential information is in your resume, we encourage you to use the USAJOBS online Resume Builder . <strong>If you choose to use your own resume, you must ensure it contains all of the required information and you organize it so we can associate the following information for each </strong><strong>experience/position<strong>:</strong></strong> <li>Job title</li> <li>Name of employer</li> <li>Beginning and ending dates of employment (month/day/year format)</li> <li>Hours worked per week. We will assume full-time unless otherwise stated. We will prorate part-time employment in crediting experience.</li> <li>Detailed description of job duties, accomplishments, related skills, and responsibilities to include any supervisory/managerial responsibilities and number of staff supervised (if applicable)</li> <li>Series and grade or equivalent (if a federal position)</li> If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying on the basis of education, you need to list your education history including the type of degree and your major of study. If the position requires a certain number of credit hours, you are strongly encouraged to list the relevant courses in your resume.<br /><br /><strong>Do not include a photograph or video of yourself, or any sensitive information</strong> (age, date of birth, marital status, protected health information, religious affiliation, social security number, etc.) on your resume or cover letter. <strong>We </strong><strong>will not access web pages linked on your resume or cover letter to determine your qualifications. </strong><br /><br />For resume writing guidance, please visit the following resources: NIH Jobs website , USAJOBS Resource Center , and the USAJOBS Resume Writing Video Tutorial .<br /><br /><strong>ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE:</strong><br /> You must submit a completed assessment questionnaire.<br /><br />All of the above information is necessary to determine your qualifications for the position. Please help us make an informed decision regarding your eligibility by providing complete and thorough information on your experience and qualifications. Not providing all of required information may result in a determination that you do not meet minimum requirements for the position (e.g., an ineligible rating) or a lower rating.<br /><br /><strong> Required Documentation for Career Transition Claims </strong><br /> Visit our websites to claim selection priority through the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): <ul> <li>- CTAP: https: jobs.nih.gov/announcement-links/CTAP.htm </li> <li>- ICTAP: https: jobs.nih.gov/announcement-links/ictap.htm </li> </ul> <br /> If you do not provide the required information, we will assume you are not eligible or you do not wish to be considered for any preference or eligibility.<br /><br />Please do not submit any other supplementary documentation that is not requested of you. To protect your personal information, we will only send your resume and cover letter to the selecting official or hiring manager. <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.