Bonneville Power Administration IT Specialist (INFOSEC) in Vancouver, Washington
Summary This position is located in the Controls and Communications organization (TTC) of, Transmission Technology Services (TT), Transmission Services (T), Bonneville Power Administration. A successful candidate in this position will serve as the System Security Officer (SSO) providing technical ownership, leadership and expertise for the development and implementation of BPA cyber security and regulatory compliance requirements applicable to System Protection and Control (SPC) systems. Responsibilities As a IT Specialist (INFOSEC), you will: Ensure the continued accessibility and availability of control and protection mission critical applications by analyzing and defining the security requirements for new enterprise applications; selecting, installing, and monitoring the performance of appropriate security tools, including firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and vulnerability self-assessment programs; and troubleshooting IT security problems that affect the availability of mission critical applications and recommending actions that will minimize risks. Develop and provide cyber security for metering, relays, substation LANs and other infrastructure used to control, monitor, operate, and maintain the high voltage transmission system while still enabling that infrastructure to continue performing the system's mission required function; integrates information systems security with other security disciplines Investigate all suspected cybersecurity incidents as they pertain to SPC systems in accordance with BPA policies and applicable plans; Deliver awareness and training to general users based on identified needs and within BPA policies and procedures; communicate management's commitment and the importance of cybersecurity awareness and training to general users. Assist in uniquely identifying (i.e., label), control, and track all applicable IT configuration items through the continuous monitoring process. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If you are selected for this position, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 22, 2021, or prior to onboarding, if hired after November 22, unless you request a legally required exception from this requirement. As part of onboarding, you will need to submit DOE's Certification of COVID-19 Vaccination for Prospective Federal Employees attesting to truthfulness that you are fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021, or prior to onboarding, if hired after November 22, 2021. Once onboard, you will then be required to provide proof of vaccination in DOE's MyEnergy system and certify the documentation you provide is true and correct under penalty of perjury. Providing a knowing and willful false statement on either DOE's COVID-19 Vaccination Form prior to starting or when providing proof of vaccination in DOE's MyEnergy system once onboard is punishable by fine and/or imprisonment (18 U.S.C. 1001) and will result in termination from Federal service. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Experience: You must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four (4) competencies listed below. The experience must be IT related and may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification) as appropriate. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail. 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. 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. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations. To meet this requirement you must demonstrate "Advanced" proficiency in each of the four competencies listed above as follows: Advanced - You can perform the actions associated with each of these competencies without assistance. You are recognized within your immediate organization as "a person to ask" when difficult questions arise regarding each of these competencies. Focus is on broad organizational/professional issues; You have consistently provided practical/relevant ideas and perspectives on process or practice improvements which may easily be implemented; You are capable of coaching others in the application of each of these competencies by translating complex nuances relating to each competency into easy to understand terms; You participate in senior level discussions regarding these competencies; You assist in the development of reference and resource materials in these competencies. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Experience in conducting 1) technical risk and vulnerability assessments of information technology systems, networks, and organizational data to recommend new policies, procedures, or processes to address vulnerabilities, risks, and protection needs, and 2) implement activities of a cybersecurity compliance program; e.g., coordinate projects that involve development, implementation, and enforcement of cyber security policies and standards. "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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. Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration. CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section. You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Education There are no specific education requirements or substitution of education for experience for this position. Additional Information The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across DOE. For general information on government-wide Telework polices visit: www.telework.gov Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 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