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IT Specialist

Montgomery Village, Maryland Department of Health and Human Services

If you are an energetic, motivated and information technology 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. Position will be located within the following Offices:

The National Institutes of Health,Office of the Director (OD), Executive Office (EO) and Office of Extramural Research (OER) .

The National Eye Institute (NEI) , Office of the Director (OD), Information Technology Branch (ITMB).

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.

Travel Required
Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
2210 Information Technology Management


Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship requirement or proof of being a U.S. National must be met by closing date.
Position is subject to a background investigation.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
Must have IT related experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training that demonstrates that you possess each of the following four competencies: 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:

AND for the GS-12: 1 (one) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Government obtained in either the private or public sector, 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.

And for the GS-13: 1 (one) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Government obtained in either the private or public sector, 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.

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.

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If you are unable to or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

At the supervisor’s discretion, this position may offer work schedule flexibilities : [telework, remote work, compressed schedules, flexible schedules].
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.

– A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.
– PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps should also to this announcement in order to receive consideration.
– We may make itional selections for similar positions within the commuting area(s) of the locations listed through this vacancy announcement.
– 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.
– The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not to this vacancy. You will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Qualified applicants will be referred for consideration in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management direct hire guidelines. Veterans’ Preference does not to the direct hire recruitment procedures.

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 substantively exceed the basic qualifications and meet all eligibility, physical, medical, suitability, and all other requirements.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Public Trust – Background Investigation

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
Required for All Applicants

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.

To ensure all of the essential information is in your resume, we encourage you to use the USAJOBS online Resume Builder . 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 experience/position :

Job title
Name of employer
Beginning and ending dates of employment (month/day/year format)
Hours worked per week. We will assume full-time unless otherwise stated. We will prorate part-time employment in crediting experience.
Detailed description of job duties, accomplishments, related skills, and responsibilities to include any supervisory/managerial responsibilities and number of staff supervised (if applicable)
Series and grade or equivalent (if a federal position)
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.

Do not include a photograph or video of yourself, or any sensitive information (age, date of birth, marital status, protected health information, religious affiliation, social security number, etc.) on your resume or cover letter. We will not access web pages linked on your resume or cover letter to determine your qualifications.

For resume writing guidance, please visit the following resources: NIH Jobs website , USAJOBS Resource Center , and the USAJOBS Resume Writing Video Tutorial .

Assessment Questionnaire:
You must submit a completed assessment questionnaire.

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.

Required Documentation for Career Transition Claims
Visit our websites to claim selection priority through the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):

– CTAP: ************************************************
– ICTAP: *************************************************
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.

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.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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 .

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.


A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

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