Supervisory Information Technology Specialist

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Durban, South Africa
Added: March 20, 2024

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Salary is dependent upon the associated duty station which will be determined upon hire. You may look up salary listed on the OPM locality tables OPM Locality Pay Tables based on these Locality Pay Area Definitions .

The location of this vacancy is negotiable upon selection. The selectee may be co-located in one of our centers nationwide.

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This job is open to

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL) Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
  • Internal to an agency Current federal employees of this agency.

Clarification from the agency

Open to current employees of DOI who are serving on perm competitive svc appts; OR current DOI employees, regardless of current status, who are elig for consideration under a noncompetitive auth such as those specific to 30% disabled vets, Individuals with Disabilities, Pathways Interns & Recent Grads who are elig for noncomp conversion, etc.; OR current or former employees who are serving, or previously served, on temp or term appt in a land mgmt agency.



As a Supervisory IT Specialist (Security) within the Office of the Associate Chief Information Officer (ACIO), some of your specific duties will include:

  • Serves as the senior subject matter expert, principle technical advisor, and consultant to the ACIO by providing strategic leadership vision, direction, and coordination in support of the Departmental IT Security Program activities across the USGS.
  • Holds primary responsibility on all matters pertaining to the security of information and information systems supporting USGS assets including budget formulation and execution, security auditing, security awareness training, business security policy, and compliance reporting.
  • Serves as the lead advisor in network and system design to ensure implementation of appropriate system security policies, advises on developing system security contingency plans and disaster recovery procedures.
  • Provides expert technical, analytical, and managerial guidance for the planning, review, evaluation, implementation, coordination, and integration of IT security requirements.
  • Coordinates implementation of the Departmental IT Risk Management Framework, Assessment and Authorization, and associated enterprise-wide continuous monitoring process, procedures, and program to reduce the risk of vulnerabilities and weaknesses that could adversely impact the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of sensitive agency information and information systems.
  • Provides oversight in the monitoring of all USGS systems development and operations for IT security compliance.
  • Conduct risk and vulnerability assessments of planned and installed information systems to identify vulnerabilities, risks, and protection needs for the USGS.
  • Provides oversight to ensure USGS components are assessed and authorized to fully meet Federal computer security requirements.
  • Directs development, develops, and maintains USGS IT security policies, procedures, and guidance to ensure information systems confidentiality, integrity, and availability, to prevent and defend against unauthorized access to systems, networks, and data systems, and to address all applicable requirements, including those issued under Section 3553 of FISMA, and Section 11331 of Title 40.
  • Interprets Government-wide information security guidelines and establishes standards, policies, guidelines, and control techniques to ensure appropriate application, implementation, and compatibility of IT security on USGS systems.
  • Initiates, manages, coordinates, and assures maintenance of formal and informal documentation associated with the USGS IT Security Program.
  • Establishes USGS-wide IT Security education, awareness, and training for required employees and contractors.
  • Prepares and presents formal and informal briefings to chain-of-command management on assigned projects and to other bureau/offices involving cybersecurity services.

Requirements Conditions of Employment

Key Requirements

  • Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

  • This position requires completion of a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.
  • Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.
  • A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
  • Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.
  • If you are a Federal employee applying for a promotion (under merit promotion procedures) you must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.



Undergraduate Education: A year of undergraduate education is 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours or the equivalent of college study. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university for which high school graduation or the equivalent was a prerequisite.

Graduate Education: In the absence of specific graduate program information, a year of graduate education is 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours of graduate level college course work, or the number of credit hours the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

Experience : One year of work experience is twelve months working full-time (at least 35-40 hours per week). Part-time experience can be pro-rated (i.e., a year at 20 hours per week is credited as 6 months of experience). If your position consisted of mixed duties, experience credit is given for the percentage of time that you spent on qualifying duties (i.e., if you held a position for 2 years, full-time, consisting of 25% personnel work and 75% budget work, and then applied for a budget position you could calculate your experience as follows: 2 years = 24 months. 24 months x 75% [percentage of time spent on budget duties] = 18 months of qualifying experience.)

Basic Requirements

This standard allows qualification requirements to be met through education or experience.

Education : All academic degrees and coursework must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions. Undergraduate or Graduate Education: Degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.


Experience : 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. For the GS-5 through GS-15 (or equivalent) grade levels, individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below:

  • 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.

For GS-15:

Applicants must meet the following to qualify for the GS-14 level: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service that demonstrates accomplishment of computer project assignments that required a wide range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled.

Examples of such experience may include: leading the development of long-range plans for IT security systems that anticipate, identify, evaluate, mitigate, and minimize risks associated with IT systems vulnerabilities; identifying the need for changes based on new security technologies or threats, testing and implementing new policies, and instituting measures to ensure awareness and compliance; planning and coordinating the development of specifications to meet security requirements at the company/agency or wide area network (WAN) level; integrating security programs across disciplines including defining the scope and detail for security plans and policies applicable to the security program.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.


  • 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.
  • Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: .

Additional Information

Other Information:

  • Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.
  • USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.
  • The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
  • The Department of the Interior (DOI) places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspectives and encourages applications from all interested eligible candidates. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) are fundamental principles that guide the Department and allow us to successfully achieve our mission.

Agency Benefits:

  • USGS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework in accordance with the DOI Telework policy and with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis.
  • For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at: .
  • Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave , and holidays ; health, life, dental, vision, and long term care insurance, flexible spending accounts , and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System .

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