Fort George G. Meade Complex, MD
NSA/CSS Texas, San Antonio TX, TX
Pay Plan: GG, Grade: 07/1 to 14/10
Open: 2023-01-18, Close: 2023-04-30
The need to maintain our core Computer Science group is vital to provide the technical capabilities necessary to successfully execute NSA’s mission. The increased complexity of supporting NSA’s mission requires world class researchers, programmers, and developers who operate in teams in areas such as software engineering, information technology infrastructure, high performance computing, data science, architectures, computer security, and networking in order to design and develop advanced tools, techniques, and systems.
Computer Systems Security Managers (CSSMs) at the NSA play a vital role in maintaining the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of the Agency computing infrastructure. As a CSSM at the NSA, your responsibilities may include:
– Supporting a program, organization, system, or enclave
– Reviewing investigative processing of security incidents
– Developing or interpreting computer security policies
– Overseeing, evaluating and supporting the security authorization process
– Providing leadership, management and direction of cybersecurity activities
– Advising senior leadership (e.g., Chief Information Security Officer [CISO], Authorizing Official [AO]) on risk levels, and changes affecting the organization’s cybersecurity posture
– Advising senior leadership of information security programs, policies, processes, systems, and mission elements
NSA is in search of Computer Science professionals to solve complex problems, test innovative approaches and research new solutions to storing, manipulating, and presenting information. Apply your computer science expertise to projects that seek to create new standards for the transformation of information. If you want to develop technologies and tools and be a part of cutting edge innovations; join our team of experts! Help protect national security interests as part of the world’s most advanced team of computer science professionals!
The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position.
This position has a Cyberspace Workforce Improvement Program (CWIP) requirement. Candidates accepted to fill this position may be required to obtain a DoD 8570.01-M approved certification within six (6) months of assignment. Interested parties currently pursuing certification are also encouraged to apply. Additional requirements may be placed against the selectee, based on requirements defined within DoD 8140.01 and DoD 8570.01-M “Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program”.
Degree must be in Computer Science (CS) or related field (e.g., Engineering, Mathematics). Degrees in Information Technology, Information Systems, Information Security, Networking (Systems Administration), and Cybersecurity may be considered relevant if the programs contain, at minimum, a concentration of courses in the following foundational CS areas: algorithms; computer architecture (not network architecture); programming methodologies and languages; data structures; logic and computation; and upper-level mathematics.
Relevant experience must be in one or more of the following: design/development of computer or information systems to include engineering hardware and/or software over their lifecycle (i.e., requirements analysis, design, implementation, testing, integration, deployment/installation, and maintenance), programming, computer systems research, reverse engineering, or computer/network security. Completion of military training in a relevant area such as JCAC (Joint Cyber Analysis course) will be considered towards the relevant experience requirement (i.e., 24-week JCAC course will count as 6 months of experience). Cybersecurity Certifications (e.g., NET+, Security+, Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), and Certification Accreditation Professional (CAP) may count as a total of 1 year of experience.
Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree and no experience. An Associate’s degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.
Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 3 years of relevant experience or a Master’s degree plus 1 year of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree and no experience. An Associate’s degree plus 5 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.
Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 6 years of relevant experience or a Master’s degree plus 4 years of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. An Associate’s degree plus 8 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.
The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for experiential learning and strong problem-solving, analytic and interpersonal skills who is:
– Able to work effectively across several different functional areas in a collaborative environment
– Able to communicate effectively (both orally and written), individually and in teams
– Well-organized and able to handle multiple assignments
– Willing to take the initiative
– Willing to be innovative to achieve success
Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following is desired:
– Applying confidentiality, integrity, and availability principles
– Computer systems and networking operations, concepts and protocols
– Creating security processes for Agency Infrastructure Systems, adhering to standard agency security policies
– Applying cybersecurity and privacy laws, regulations, policies, and ethics
– Cyber threat and vulnerability mitigation
– Incident response
– Information assurance best practices
– Risk management processes (e.g., methods for assessing and mitigating risk)
– System and network protocols (especially TCP/IP, VOIP, wireless protocols)
– System and network security methodologies
– Vulnerability scanning and analysis
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary offers are based on candidates’ education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.
Salary ranges vary by location and work level. This position is hiring for Maryland and Texas.
Salary Range: $77,745 – $172,075 (Entry/Developmental, Full Performance, Senior Levels)
Typical work schedule is Monday – Friday, with basic 8 hour/day work requirements.
How to apply
U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.
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This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans’ Preference to 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 a veteran claiming veterans’ preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.
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