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Cybersecurity Engineer

National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

This is a Contract position in Quantico, VA posted March 26, 2020.

Job SummaryASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Cybersecurity Engineers capture, refine, and translate information systems security requirements for IT systems and component products. They support the development of computer systems and/or the modification of computer applications and programs to integrate information system security protocols. They monitor security controls, assess threats and vulnerabilities, mitigate adverse impacts, and/or perform computer forensics on NGA systems and networks.Additional Job InformationADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Duties associated with the work role, band level, and supervisory responsibilities of this position.* Captures documents and refines security requirements.* Conducts exhaustive market studies to determine acceptable options.* Effectively applies system-testing principles, methods, and tools to plan and structure system tests.* Defines security requirements for systems based on system architecture and operational environment.* Supports the development of architectures and designs for security systems.* Develops, coordinates, implements, and maintains a comprehensive cross-domain strategic plan.* Provides robust engineering services for cross-domain, and associated technology.* Accurately captures customer, mission, Intelligence Community partners, and national leadership’s needs and requirements.* Plans, proposes, and coordinates cross-domain initiatives within the information technology component, NGA and the broader Intelligence Community. Represents NGA’s interests with external organizations such as the National Cross Domain Strategic Management Office (NCDSMO).* Ensures technical quality and timeliness of work produced, and collaborates with NGA and GEOINT equities to the highest levels.* Conveys critical aspects and activities to NGA corporate entities, the mission partners, and the broader cross-domain community via strong, well-developed briefings.* Maintains awareness of mission partner activities, and identifies and resolves challenges.* Promotes collaboration and cooperation between internal Information Technology cross-domain organizations, NGA and mission partners, and Commonwealth partners.* Advises senior leadership within and external to NGA on the engineering of cross-domain projects, including implications of technological advances for assigned area.* Guides the development and implementation of integrated project plans to support capability improvements and/or NGA invest/divest decisions affecting mission partners. Drives NGA technology investment and insertion through consistent, coordinated representation.* Educates NGA and IC counterparts on cross-domain capabilities; facilitates collaboration across the Intelligence Community to improve cross-domain for customers, stakeholders, and automated systems.Additional Application Requirement: You may be asked to complete one or more assessments in addition to the application you submit on this website as part of your application to NGA. These assessments may include but are not limited to:* Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to describe your job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, or other characteristics that are aligned with the mandatory and desirable qualifications of this job posting. The information you provide in the application you submit must support the response you provide to this questionnaire.You will receive an email to describe any additional assessments required. Please monitor your emails and complete any required assessments as soon as possible.Mandatory QualificationsMANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online applications must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement’s mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:* Demonstrated technical management or engineering experience.* Demonstrated experience with integrating information security requirements.* Demonstrated experience with any of the following: Local Area Network (LAN), Wide Area Network (WAN), routing, switching, and firewall technologies.* Demonstrated skills developing and/or applying cybersecurity principles, policies, practices, standards, or controls.* Systems integration experience in large, geographically separated, multi-domain enterprise environments.EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Information Assurance, or a related field, or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems, or networks. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of coursework in any area listed in option A, plus experience in systems engineering, IT standards development, IT security testing, IT security engineering, implementation, and integration, or a related area that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals 4 years. -OR- C. Experience: A minimum of 4 years of experience in systems engineering, IT standards development, IT security testing, IT security engineering, implementation, and integration, or a related area that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work. -AND- LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS: Information Assurance System Architect and Engineer Level 1 -OR- Information Assurance Technician I (IAT I) certification -OR- Technical Level III Certification (as outlined by the DoDD 8140.01), must be obtained as directed by management. -AND- Relevant Competencies: IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies: Attention to Detail, Customer Service, Oral Communication, and Problem Solving.Highly Desired QualificationsQUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:* Demonstrated data security and data science experience.* Minimum 2 years of demonstrated experience working with cross domain technology.* Minimum 2 years of demonstrated code development using modern language such as Java, Python, PHP, C++, and etc.* Minimum 1 year leadership skills, interpersonal skills and the ability to liaise cross-organizationally.* Information Assurance System Architect and Engineer Level II certification in accordance with the DoD 8140 and 8570.* Experience with virtual and cloud computing and data technologies and concepts; experience with developing system security requirements.* Demonstrated ability to balance security compliance with program cost, schedule, performance, or mission needs.Additional Job RequirementsYou 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.Pay, Benefits, & Work SchedulePROMOTION 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.Band 05 $142,701 – $170,800PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are not authorized. 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. For more information on the array of benefits programs, please visit https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/nga/ngabenefits.htmlCover LetterApplicants 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. Applicants should place their narrative information in the Cover Letter / Other Professional Details field.Who may applyExternal Applicants OnlyHow to applyApplication submission involves applying using the Intelligence Community’s Applicant Gateway on-line application process. ONLY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.How will I be evaluated?APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages:* All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria,* 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,* Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through an interview process.Military retiree applicants, if selected, may be impacted by the 180-day appointment restrictions of DODI 1402.01. HD personnel will provide additional information if applicable.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.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 recruitment@nga.mil. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.Conditions of EmploymentAs a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.* U.S. Citizenship Required* Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information)* Polygraph Test Required* Position Subject to Drug Testing* Two Year Probationary Period* Direct Deposit RequiredDCIPS DisclaimerNGA 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. 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 your application.