UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF KANSAS
Position Title: IT Security Specialist – Vacancy # KC 20 – 01
Location: Kansas City, Kansas
Closes: Open until filled
Salary Range: $42,733 – $58,853 (CL 25/1 – 26/25) *Starting salary up to $76,521 (CL 26/61) for exceptionally qualified candidates or prior federal employees
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we value diversity in our workforce.
The IT Security Specialist is responsible for administering the information technology security policies, documentation, procedures and compliance within two court units – the District Court and the U.S. Probation Office. The incumbent plans, develops, implements, and supports the IT security initiatives within the district. The IT Security Specialist will collaborate with other IT personnel to identify and document system deficiencies or vulnerabilities and the resulting corrective actions. The incumbent also acts as a back-up to the full-time IT User Support Technician.
The IT Security Specialist provides actionable advice to improve IT security and serves as a team lead to fulfill the security objectives of the court and comply with policies established by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The incumbent will actively engage users in security best practices and draft policies for both technical and non-technical personnel. The incumbent will also develop and deliver training to a variety of users.
- Keep abreast of national security policies and procedures which are disseminated by the Administrative Office.
- Advise and assist the IT Manager and local court management in the development and administration of local court unit security policies and procedures that are compliant with national policy and guidance.
- Explore new and innovative information technology policies that will constructively transform the information security posture of the court units. Make recommendations to local court management regarding best practices and implement those changes approved by the court.
- Using automated security tools like NESSUS and SPLUNK, regularly conduct security risk and vulnerability assessments of planned and installed information systems to identify weaknesses, risks, and protection requirements.
- Develop, update and maintain documentation related to all aspects of enterprise IT systems.
- Assist with the management of information security projects (or security-related aspects of other projects) to ensure milestones are completed in the appropriate order and on schedule.
- Create and employ methodologies, templates, guidelines, checklists, procedures, and other documents to establish repeatable processes across the court’s information technology security services to ensure compliance.
- Coordinate with IT personal to facilitate the patching and mitigation of identified vulnerabilities for both hardware and software systems.
- Coordinate with national IT governance structures to identify, document, and coordinate the remediation of vulnerabilities and improvements identified during IT security assessments or audits.
- Perform IT technical support assistance to local court personnel.
General Experience: Must be a high school graduate and have performed at least two years of progressively responsible technical, administrative, or other work that indicates the possession of, or the ability to acquire, the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. Some or all of the two years of required general experience may be substituted with education above the high school level.
Specialized Experience: Specialized experience in progressively responsible technical or administrative positions requiring the regular and recurring application of procedures that demonstrate the ability to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such work should have involved the routine use of specialized terminology and automated software and peripherals. Educational substitution is not available for specialized experience. If hired at a grade lower than CL 26, promotion potential exists up to grade CL 26 without further competition. The length and complexity of a candidate’s work experience dictates the pay grade for which he or she is eligible, as detailed below:
CL 25 ($42,733 to $69,508) – One year of specialized experience equivalent to grade 24 required.
CL 26 ($47,075 to $76,521) – One year of specialized experience equivalent to grade 25 required.
Preferred Experience: Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field. CompTIA A+ and Network+ Certifications. Experience with recent versions of software including Microsoft Active Directory, Windows 7/10, Office 365, Outlook. We value direct experience developing and drafting company or agency policies and procedures and well as the evaluation of IT practices and systems for vulnerabilities. Professional experience identifying training needs and meeting them internally or externally. IT audit or compliance experience is also desired.
The successful applicant will also possess:
- Excellent customer service skills and the ability to deal with a wide variety of people tactfully and courteously;
- Accuracy and attention to detail;
- Structured writing skills related to documentation, polices and compliance work;
- Initiative and an eagerness to learn and take on new challenges;
- Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple assignments with frequent interruptions;
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
- Strong collaboration skills with IT and other court staff;
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and use sound judgment;
- Professional demeanor and strong work ethic;
- Excellent computer skills and ability to work with a variety of programs and applications.
This is a full-time position which is eligible for the Federal Judiciary’s comprehensive benefits package which includes ten paid federal holidays, annual and sick leave, health and life insurance, dental and vision insurance, retirement plan, matching, tax-deferred and/or Roth Thrift Savings Plan, flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care and long-term care insurance.
To apply for this position, please submit the following items combined into a single, pdf document:
1) a cover letter,
2) a resume, and
- Complete applications should be submitted by email to: HR@ksd.uscourts.gov
- The Application for Employment form is available on the Court=s website under the Forms/Employment tabs. Please note that there are separate forms for PC and Mac users. Please save the form to your computer before filling it out. If filled out in the browser, information will be lost.
- PLEASE NOTE: The subject line of the e-mail must include both the position title (IT Security Specialist) and the position number (KC 20-01)
*** THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER ***
The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the job announcement, any of which actions may occur without any prior written notice. This position is subject to mandatory favorable background checks. The U.S. Courts require employees to adhere to a Code of Ethics and Conduct. Due to the volume of applications received, the Court may only communicate to those individuals who will be interviewed for open positions. Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid. Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work for the United States Government.