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 Senior Agency Information Security/Risk Officer - Alexandria, Virginia, United States

Job information
Posted by: National Credit Union Administration 
Hiring entity type: Banks and Financial Svcs. 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: US$205305 - 205306
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Computers - IT Management
Computers - Software Engineer
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 474800000_Alexandria_VA / Latpro-3561066 
Date posted: Aug-01-2017
State, Zip: Virginia, 22301


Job Overview

Job Overview

We have been recognized as one of the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government", ranking 9th when compared to similarly sized organizations! NCUA excelled in the area of Effective Leadership categories of Fairness and Empowerment. Particularly noteworthy, NCUA ranked 2nd among Veterans; 3rd among Hispanics and African Americans; 4th among women, men, and employees with disabilities; and 4th among Asians. Apply now to become part of one of the Federal Government's "Best Places to Work".

Invest in your nation's future, make a difference in your community...gain from the experience. At the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) you're not just a number, working to make quotas or improve the bottom line, you have the opportunity to make a difference. NCUA is the federal agency that charters and supervises federal credit unions and insures savings in federal and most state-chartered credit unions across the country through the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF), a federal fund backed by the full faith and credit of the United States Government. To learn more about NCUA's structure, diversity, and history click on the following links:

NCUA Structure

NCUA Diversity

NCUA History

NCUA is seeking an executive to serve as the Senior Agency Information Security/Risk Officer within the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).  As the Senior Agency Information Security/Risk Officer, your major role will be to work side-by-side with peer NCUA Executives responsible for the agency's privacy, continuity and physical security management, and external facing cyber security examination and supervision programs. 

Qualified non-competitive NCUA Senior Staff Position candidates only:  If you are a non-competitive NCUA Senior Staff candidate, your resume will be reviewed to determine if you meet the qualification requirements.  If you are qualified, your name and resume will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration without going through the ERB rating and ranking panel.  Non-competitive Senior Staff candidates are those who hold or previously held on a permanent basis an NCUA Senior Staff position at a level higher than or equal to the position being advertised. 


As the Senior Agency Information Security/Risk Officer, you will:

Lead efforts to safeguard and protect agency IT assets, resources, and information. 

Inform the agency's key executive staff and Board on a continuing basis about important IT cyber security policy and program developments, exchange views and information and formulate plans, policies and courses of action.  

Provide direction to the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Infrastructure and Operations Director and serves as a second level supervisor to approximately 15 additional staff.

Serve as the agency's senior expert in developing and enhancing the security controls for NCUA's legacy information systems, emerging capabilities, and supporting nationwide network and infrastructure.  

Serve as agency expert in facilitating the quarterly Office of the Executive Director (OED) Cyber Security Meetings. 

Serve as the principal adviser to the Board, Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, CIO, and NCUA executives responsible for privacy, cyber security matters including setting the strategy and vision, developing short and long range IT security budgets, resource needs, program plans and goals, and actionable road map for safeguarding and protecting the agency's IT assets and information and meeting the many Federal laws and guidance as mandated by Federal Legislation, Presidential Directives and Executive Orders, Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and other oversight bodies. 

Provide executive leadership and oversight for the agency's infrastructure operations program and is responsible for the policy, operations, and oversight of a wide range of telecommunications services for internal and external stakeholders (NCUA workforce, credit unions, state examiners, citizens, third party service providers, and others). 

Oversee audits, monitor, and enforce information technology security policies, procedures, and controls and directs the implementation and maintenance of the agency information security program.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required to attend or speak at forums and conferences.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • If you are a current NCUA employee, your relocation expenses are authorized in accordance with NCUA relocation policies. If you are not a current NCUA employee, NCUA will pay to move your household goods in accordance with NCUA's relocation policies.

Who May Apply
This job is open to... Status Candidates. All current and former federal employees with competitive status, reinstatement eligibles, Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles, Veterans (VEOA and 30% Disabled), and special non-competitive appointment eligibles (e.g., Persons with Disabilities, Certain Military Spouses, Peace Corps and Vista Volunteers, etc.).

Questions? This job is open to 6 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • This position is an Essential Continuity Position.
  • A probationary period may be required.
  • You must complete a Public Financial Disclosure Form.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.
  • This position is subject to drug testing.


You must have one year (12 months) of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the CU/GS-15 level in the public or private sector.   Qualifying specialized experience must include experience serving as a senior official or executive managing a staff or division with responsibility for formulating an agency or organization's information technology security policy, identifying and analyzing internal and external information systems security threats, and serving as a technical adviser for all agency or organization security matters to ensure information technology assets are protected. 

You must provide specific details in your resume as to how your work experience meets the specialized experience for this position. Please include the month, year, and hours worked for each position held. Failure to provide specific details in your resume may result in an ineligible rating due to not meeting the specialized experience. Ensure that your experience and accomplishments reflect the Executive and Technical Competencies. Please provide the name, email address, and telephone numbers of three professional references.  
Please ensure that your experience and accomplishments reflect the Executive and Technical Qualifications below.

EXECUTIVE QUALIFICATIONS:   You must clearly demonstrate in your resume that you possess all the executive qualifications listed below. We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.  

PLEASE NOTE:   Although it is not required, applicants are encouraged to address the Executive and Technical qualifications separately.

  1. Leading Change.   This qualification encompasses the ability to develop and implement an organizational vision, which integrates key national and program goals, priorities, values, and other factors.  Inherent to it is the ability to balance change and continuity, to continually strive to improve customer service and program performance within the basic government framework, to create a work environment that encourages creative thinking, and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity.
  2. Leading People. This qualification involves the ability to design and implement strategies which maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization's vision, mission and goals.
  3. Results Driven. This qualification stresses accountability and continuous improvement. It includes the ability to make timely and effective decisions and produce results through strategic planning and the implementation and evaluation of programs and policies.
  4. Business Acumen.   This qualification involves the ability to acquire and administer human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner which instills public trust and accomplishes the organization's mission, and to use new technology to enhance decision-making.
  5. Building Coalitions/Communication.   This qualification involves the ability to explain, advocate and express facts and ideas in a convincing matter, and to negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally. It also involves the ability to develop an expansive professional network with other organizations, and to identify the internal and external policies that impact the work of the organization.

Technical/Professional Qualification:   Skill in establishing and/or sustaining an agency-wide IT security vision, strategy, and operational environment for identifying, analyzing, and mitigating internal and external risks that pose a threat to the resiliency of NCUA's information and IT systems.

You must meet the qualifications for this position by the closing date of this announcement.

Security Clearance

Top Secret/SCI

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You will receive an email that your resume has been received from the USAJOBS website. You can check the status of your application by logging back into your USAJOBS account.


In addition to the standard benefits offered by Federal agencies, NCUA offers additional benefits to its employees. These benefits, some at minimal cost, are some of the best and most competitive in both the private and public sectors.  More information can be found by clicking here .

Other Information

SALARY: Salary is set by the NCUA Board, unless delegated to the Executive Director, and is based on the position's and the individual's potential contribution to the agency's overall strategic goals and the executive qualifications of the successful candidate. OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS: You must serve a one-year managerial probationary period if you have not done so. A managerial probationary period must be completed even if you have completed a supervisory probationary period. SELECTIVE SERVICE: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. You may register or check status of your registration by visiting the Selective Service website at:



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