Department of State - Agency Wide Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC) in Arlington, Virginia

  • Duties



This position is located in the Cyber Threat Analysis Division, Office of Cyber Threat and Investigations, Directorate of Cyber and Technology Security, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Department of State. The Cyber Threat Analysis Division provides indications and warnings via extensive analysis and reporting of cyber threats impacting the Department's critical infrastructure; consolidates and analyzes information and data to produce a comprehensive, all-source threat picture of the Department's critical infrastructure; serves as the Department's "information broker" for cyber threat information; conducts active outreach and liaison with national and international law enforcement and intelligence community entities that have significant cyber security responsibilities; produces comprehensive cyber threat assessments and analyses of entities that may pose a threat to the Department's information infrastructure; assists in determining the threats posed to the Department's critical IT infrastructure by merging cyber threat information and analysis; produces cyber threat advisories, special reports, and comprehensive threat assessments on threats to and potential vulnerabilities of, Department networks; conducts independent vulnerability assessments of the Department's IT systems; identifies vulnerabilities through a combination of assessments, testing, and advanced analyses of the Department's network resources; and, conducts advanced analyses of malicious activity against the Department's critical infrastructure.

The incumbent serves as an IT Cybersecurity Specialist with responsibility for participating in and providing expert IT support for criminal investigations of cybersecurity threats targeting Department networks and systems, both domestically and overseas, conducted by various Bureau investigative entities. The incumbent also maintains liaison with counterparts in other agencies and serves on committees and working groups in the cybersecurity area.

This position is not eligible for telework.

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  • Plans and conducts comprehensive analysis, assessment, and reporting of global cybersecurity threats affecting the Department's critical IT infrastructure including highly sensitive networks, systems, and data.

  • Conducts proactive collection, analysis, and reporting of relevant, all sources cyber threat intelligence that provides the information needed to take all actions required to mitigate serious cyber security threats.

  • Maintains liaison with counterparts in other intelligence and law enforcement agencies especially those with cybersecurity responsibilities. Serves on committees, task forces, and working groups as an expert in the analysis and assessment of cybersecurity threats and in identifying actions necessary to proactively secure vital IT assets including critical systems, networks, and data, from such threats.

  • Conducts continuing research and analysis of new methods and practices for protecting the Department’s critical IT infrastructure from global cyber security threats. Conducts analyses of new tools to ensure Department resources are properly utilized to adequately protect Department information.

  • Researches and prepares papers, reports, and briefings that provide thorough analyses and assessments of the current global cyber threat environment and associated risks to the Department’s IT infrastructure. Briefs management on new and emergent threats to the Department's global networks and systems.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Agency Employees Eligible for Promotion or Reassignment and Employees in the Agency Overseas Development Program (ODP) Exercising Reemployment Rights Only

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  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5CFR 300, Subpart F.


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.

If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants applying for the GS-13 grade level must meet the following requirements:*Have IT-related experience demonstrating EACH of the four competencies AND specialized experience listed below:*

  1. Attention to Detail - Incumbent demonstrates a high level of attention to detail by applying personal knowledge and management ability to identify particularities unique advanced cyber threats, malicious code, and other threats to the Department’s critical network infrastructure. Incumbent provides sound recommendations for mitigating, improvements or updates to computers security policies, and is meticulous in the application of crucial technical specifications and requirements as they relate to security. The ability to analyze and apply specialized network security methods and analytical techniques involving network security systems is enhanced by attention to the fine points of identifying and neutralizing cyber threats.

  2. Customer Service - Incumbent demonstrates a high level of ability to serve customers by advising and counseling managers or other officials to accept and implement findings and recommendations on remediation of malicious code and explain how it operates and affects individual workstations, servers and networks. Assess results of network vulnerabilities to identify possible areas of compromise, and provide recommendations for information security protection. Assists with corrective action when security deficiencies or violations are suspected or detected and works with other elements within the Bureau to assure remediation and forward looking actions are taken to bolster security postures. Incumbent provides assistance and guidance regarding available security products and services.

  3. Oral Communication - Incumbent demonstrates a high level of skill in communicating orally ensuring that systems, networks, and data users of all levels of technical sophistication and all levels of management and personnel are aware of, understand, and adhere to system security policies and procedures and best practices. Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information. Makes clear and convincing oral presentations and can vary the presentation to meet the technical level and managerial level of the audience. Understands protocol and has the ability to properly handle sensitive information in a presentation. Has experience and is comfortable with briefing all members of the government including congress and senior USG officials.

  4. Problem Solving - Incumbent clearly demonstrates the ability to solve and prioritize problems by identifying vulnerabilities and their associated exploit vectors. Ability to assess security events and malicious applications, code and intrusion attempts to determine impact and implement corrective actions that ensure the rigorous application of information security policies, principles, and practices. Quickly assess security risks and protection needs to resolve issues and problems. AND

Have at least 1 full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service which provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. * Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:*

-Experience applying information technology security theories, principles, concepts, methods, and practices to provide technical advice and analysis of cyber security threats affecting an organization's IT infrastructure.

**-Experience working with global network infrastructure and its use in providing connectivity between systems to analyze and assess the vulnerability of the infrastructure to cyber threats.

  • Experience providing advice and guidance, preparing and presenting reports and briefings to senior management, and defending recommendations for new program initiatives.**

-Experience utilizing cyber tools and technologies that aid in the analysis of malicious software and provide deep packet capture analysis capabilities.

NOTE: In order to qualify for this position, your experience MUST be IT related; the experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification), as appropriate.

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-13 position.


See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

Additional information

For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or

More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

  • Ability to plan and conduct analysis of complex global cyber security threats.

  • Ability to work in a global network infrastructure.

  • Knowledge of IT systems and/or telecommunications networks.

  • Ability to clearly and accurately communicate technical information to all audiences.

  • Knowledge of investigative program operations.

  • Ability to develop, interpret, and apply policies governing information technology throughout the agency.

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. 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). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week. For assistance with creating a resume, please click here.

Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100. Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position and earn a score of at least 85 (when applicants are rated in a range of 70 to 100) to receive consideration for special priority.

If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this job opportunity. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview. To preview questions please click here.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Top Secret

  • Required Documents


Required Documents

All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

  1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

  2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department's automated system "Gateway to State".

  3. Transcripts - if applicable, see the Qualifications section of the announcement. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

  4. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you must submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application by the closing date.

  5. Current eligible DOS employees (per 3 FAM 2315) including non-competitive applicants must submit a SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows the effective date, position title, series, grade, salary, tenure, position occupied, full promotion potential, AND submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal that includes the final rating. If a performance appraisal does not exist, is incomplete or unavailable, a Form DS-1812 (Applicant Appraisal) or equivalent form from another agency signed by the current supervisor is acceptable. Mid-year progress reviews will not be accepted.

  6. If you are a current Overseas Development Program (ODP) participant who is returning from your overseas assignment you must submit a signed copy of your Mobility Agreement.

  7. CTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See link below:

CTAP Considerations

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.

  • Benefits



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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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.

To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. This information will be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State Automated Application System.

You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.

STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable). Cover letter is optional. If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume. Please see the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.

STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the Gateway to State automated application system. These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this job opportunity.

STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the Department's automated application system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement. For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here.

Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET


NOTE: If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.

NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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Agency contact information
Julianne Bledsoe






U.S. Department of State 1801 N. Lynn St SA-20 9th fl Rosslyn, Virginia United States

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Next steps

After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration for possible interviews in approximately two weeks after the announcement closes. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability review and/or security background investigation, which generally take an average of at least two to six months.

You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

  1. Upon receipt of your application.
  2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
  3. After the certificate is issued.
  4. After final selection is made.

For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here.

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  • Fair & Transparent
Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/17/2018 to 05/24/2018

Salary: $96,970 to $126,062 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent