Supervisory Transportation Security Specialist (Cyber-Policy) - Military Veterans

at Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Springfield, Virginia

Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. For additional information about our agency please: Click Here

This Supervisory Transportation Security Specialist (Cyber-Policy) position is located in the Cyber Security Section, Surface Division, Policy, Plans, and Engagement, Operations Support (OS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Engages with industry stakeholders across all transportation modes to collaboratively develop cybersecurity policy and cyber risk mitigation measures, and provides guidance, oversight, and direction for the lower-band section staff supporting the Industry Engagement Managers across all transportation modes.
  • Uses advanced technical knowledge and experience of surface transportation cybersecurity to advance the objectives of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) mission by engaging with executive level industry and governmental entities.
  • Assists in developing countermeasures, through policy, to report and mitigate risks and consequences to surface transportation systems. Collaborates with transportation stakeholders and other government agencies involved in the development of new and updated policies and capabilities to mitigate cybersecurity risks to the transportation system.
  • Coordinates with the modal Industry Engagement Managers to ensure effective communication of this information with transportation industry stakeholders.
  • Receives and analyzes industry and cross-industry best practice cybersecurity standards, develops key mitigation policies that are designed to reduce risks to the nation's critical cyber infrastructure, participates in cybersecurity partnerships with and across critical infrastructure owners, operators and state, local, tribal and territorial government, promotes collaborative efforts to reduce risks and threats to critical information, enterprise, communications, and control systems, participates as a presenter in conferences and symposia relating to cybersecurity initiatives, builds national-level cybersecurity coalitions to promote information sharing, and participates in cybersecurity training and exercises for surface transportation stakeholders.
  • Serving as a supervisor and directs all aspects of the work of subordinate employees including planning and assigning, reviewing and evaluating work and performance, setting priorities, coaching and employee development, approving leave and recommending and/or approving disciplinary actions.
  • Manages subordinate employees, providing ongoing feedback regarding performance and progress towards meeting Section, Branch and Division priorities and objectives. Oversees work which directly impacts the mission of the Branch, Division and the entire TSA.

This position is also being announced through Government Wide procedures under Announcement #HQ-OS-PPE-21-001030-G. Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Government-Wide procedures must apply to both announcements.

Supervisory/Managerial Probationary Period Requirements: Unless previously completed, you must satisfactorily complete a one-year supervisory probationary period to continue in this supervisory/managerial position.

Specialized Experience Statement: To qualify for the SV-K Pay Band (equivalent to GS-15), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-J or GS-14 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as:

  • Recommending changes to practices and procedures to better conform to security policies, directives, and regulations; and
  • Advising leadership or management officials on cybersecurity policies and programs; and
  • Developing and executing cybersecurity policies which impact all surface modes of transportation; and
  • Collaborating with stakeholders or other government agencies to implement changes in aviation security policies.

Note: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime. 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.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Resumes must include the following:

  • Narrative description of duties with start and end dates (including the month and year) for work experience.
  • State the number of hours worked in a position (i.e. full-time or part-time). If part-time, state the total number of hours worked per week.
  • Performance level (i.e. band or grade)

You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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

  • Practical knowledge of cybersecurity policies, regulations, processes, and procedures sufficient to engage with industry stakeholders across all transportation modes to collaboratively develop cybersecurity policy and cyber risk mitigation measures, and provide guidance, oversight, and direction for the lower-band section staff supporting the Industry Engagement Managers across all transportation modes.
  • Advanced knowledge of cybersecurity and surface modes of transportation methods and techniques sufficient to represent TSA while working to resolve highly complex cybersecurity problems with broad discretion to make adjustments and recommendations to facilitate industry engagement and TSA’s mission.
  • Advanced knowledge of cybersecurity concepts and principles in addition to policy development processes and procedures sufficient to direct and monitor section activities to include providing oversight and direction for the section to define the desired state of cybersecurity policy and to develop policy through the examination of cyber risks facing the various modes of surface transportation.
  • Advanced knowledge of project management methods and techniques sufficient to assist, as required, in the collaborative assessment of transportation stakeholder cyber systems and vulnerabilities considering a variety of cyber-attack scenarios and their potential impact on those systems.
  • Advanced oral communication skills sufficient to make clear and convincing oral presentations, listen effectively, and clarify information as needed.

Springfield, Virginia

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in the wake of 9/11 to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems while ensuring the freedom of movement for people and commerce. Within a year, TSA assumed responsibility for security at the nation’s airports and deployed a Federal workforce to meet Congressional deadlines for screening all commercial airline passengers and baggage. In March 2003, TSA transferred from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Homeland Security.

TSA employs a risk-based strategy to secure U.S. transportation systems, working closely with stakeholders in aviation, rail, transit, highway, and pipeline sectors, as well as the partners in the law enforcement and intelligence community. The agency will continuously set the standard for excellence in transportation security through its people, processes, technologies and use of intelligence to drive operations.

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