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Mission Assurance Continuity Specialist – Mid/Experienced (N1208670)

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NSA National Security AgencyFort George G. Meade Complex, MD
Pay Plan: GG, Grade: 11/1 to 13/10
Open: 2023-05-05, Close: 2023-05-19

-Manage, plan, exercise, and administer Continuity of Government (COG) and Continuity of Operations (COOP) programs.
-Provide qualitative or quantitative analysis, consulting, and workable solutions for actions and issues related to continuing mission in response to localized acts of nature, accidents, technological emergencies, and military or terrorist attack-related incidents that caused initial mission degradation.
-Ensure mission assurance policies are applied to all strategies, planning, investments, and operations; prescribe, adopt, and maintain mission assurance standards and practices for all NSA/CCS architecture, infrastructure, facilities, systems, training, and operations;
-Plan to sustain NSA/CSS missions and functions before, during and following disruptions; assist in planning and preparing COOP plans down to the lowest level necessary; coordinate with customers, suppliers, vendors and partners to ensure the COOP plans are complete and coherent and integrated with facilities and information technology contingency plan; and, implement, test, and exercise procedures to determine, validate, and sustain the viability of all COOP plans and call list procedures.
-Apply high levels of critical thinking, innovation, creativity and discretion when making decisions or carrying out actions. When appropriate, follow defined guidelines within an established framework of clearly defined procedures and select which standard procedures are most applicable to specific circumstances.
-Work in environments where guidelines require synthesis of data and application of general principles both in the field and from related fields and apply broad precedents to make work decisions.

Job Summary
NSA is looking for someone to support Continuity of Government (COG) and Continuity of Operations (COOP) programs. If you possess experience and knowledge to support sustainable mission response to acts of nature, technological emergencies, and/or military attack-related incidents, apply today!

The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position.

Degree in a relevant subject matter (e.g., Information Technology, Information Assurance, Information Security, Continuity Planning, and Emergency Management) is preferred, but a degree in any field is acceptable.

Relevant experience must be in Information Systems Contingency Planning (ISCP), disaster recovery, risk assessment/management, business continuity, emergency management, infrastructure protection, mission assurance, and/or continuity planning. IC/DoD experience in a related field will be considered. FEMA Certified Continuity Practitioner Level 1 or 2 (or private equivalent- DRII) is preferred.


Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 3 years of relevant experience or a Master’s degree plus 1 year of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 7 years of relevant experience or an Associate’s degree plus 5 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.


Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 6 years of relevant experience or a Master’s degree plus 4 years of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 10 years of relevant experience or an Associate’s degree plus 8 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

-Perform audits, inspections, and investigations in accordance with government regulations and make appropriate recommendations for improvement.
-Report results and findings from assessments, investigations, and evaluations to appropriate parties.
-Conduct risk assessments on affiliates, facilities, operations, or systems.
-Develop training curricula (for example, content, learning objectives).
-Deliver formal training.
-Evaluate training (e.g., courses, methods, materials, content, assessments).
-Develop disaster recovery/COOP/reconstitution plans.
-Develop scenarios for, and facilitate, the exercise of NSA continuity plans.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary offers are based on candidates’ education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Salary Range: $78,592 – $145,617 (Full Performance/Senior)

Work Schedule: This is a full-time position, Monday-Friday, with basic 8 hour/day work requirements between 0600 to 1800 hours (flexible).

How to apply
U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.

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This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans’ Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans’ preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

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