Fort Meade, Maryland
Fort Gordon, Georgia
San Antonio, Texas
Pay Plan: GG, Grade: 07/1 to 15/10
Open: 2022-08-01, Close: 2022-09-30
The need to maintain our core Computer Science group is vital to provide the technical capabilities necessary to successfully execute NSA’s mission. The increased complexity of supporting NSA’s mission requires world class researchers, programmers, and system and operations developers who collaborate in teams in areas such as software engineering, information technology infrastructure, high performance computing, data science, cloud and system architectures, computer security, and networking in order to design, develop, and implement advanced tools, techniques, and systems on to NSA’s infrastructure.
The National Security Agency (NSA) currently has opportunities for highly motivated Computer Systems Architects to design and build the information technology framework of the future across the NSA.
Computer Systems Architects at NSA use commercial and government developed hardware, software, networking, and security products to:
– drive information technology projects
– produce compliance results for established project requirements and IT architecture
– modernize IT architecture through analysis of research and introducing changes based on evolving project requirements
– integrate industry trends, emerging technologies and standards, and new vendor features
– collaborate with experts in technical and application teams to identify, evaluate, and recommend technical solutions to support project requirements
– define and analyze data requirements, mapping legacy data stores and formats to logical and physical data models
– propose standard ways for information transport between IT systems and stored within corporate knowledge databases
– perform architectural alignment of the enterprise logical data model and physical data models
NSA is in search of Computer Science professionals to solve complex problems, test innovative approaches and research new solutions to storing, manipulating, and presenting information. We are looking for you to apply your computer science expertise to projects that seek to create new standards for the transformation of information. If you want to develop technologies and tools and be a part of cutting edge innovations ‘ join our team of experts! Help protect national security interests as part of the world’s most advanced team of computer science professionals!
*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position.
This position has a Cyberspace Workforce Improvement Program (CWIP) requirement. Candidates accepted to fill this position will be required to obtain a DoD 8570.01-M approved certification within six (6) months of assignment. Interested parties currently pursuing certification are also encouraged to apply. Additional requirements may be placed against the selectee, based on requirements defined within DoDD 8140.01 and DoD 8570.01-M ‘Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program’.
Degree must be in Computer Science (CS). Related fields (e.g., Engineering, Mathematics) may be considered relevant if the programs contain, at minimum, a concentration of courses in the following foundational CS areas: algorithms; computer architecture (not network architecture); programming methodologies and languages; data structures; logic and computation; and advanced mathematics (for example, calculus, discrete mathematics). Information Technology (IT) or Information Systems (IS) degrees may be considered relevant if the programs contain the amount and type of coursework equivalent to a CS major.
Relevant experience must be in the design/development of computer or information systems and include engineering hardware and/or software over their lifecycle (i.e., requirements analysis, design, implementation, testing, integration, deployment/installation, and maintenance), programming, computer systems research, reverse engineering, and/or computer/network security. Completion of military training in a relevant area such as JCAC (Joint Cyber Analysis course) will be considered towards the relevant experience requirement (i.e., 24-week JCAC course will count as 6 months of experience).
Entry Level (Grade: 7-9)
Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree and no experience. An Associate’s degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.
Full Performance (Grade: 11-12)
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. 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.
Senior Level (Grade: 13-14)
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 and 2 years of relevant experience. 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.
Expert Level (Grade: 15)
Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 9 years of relevant experience or a Master’s degree plus 7 years of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree plus 5 years of relevant experience. An Associate’s degree plus 11 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.
The ideal candidate is a self-starter with a desire for continual learning and strong problem-solving, analytic, and interpersonal skills who is able to:
– work in a team environment
– adapt to change
– provide innovative solutions
– communicate effectively
– multi-task across multiple projects
Specialized skills and experience in one or more of the following is required:
– System administration with Windows, UNIX, and/or Linux
– Programming and scripting experience (e.g., C, C++, Java, Assembly, Python, Perl, Ruby, Bash, Node.js, Spark, Puppet, SALT, KAFKA, HADOOP)
– Database design/development (e.g., NiFi, MongoDB)
– Network protocols and hardware
– Virtualization fundamentals
– Cloud architecture
– Security architectures and appliances
– Firewalls Boundary device solutions/architecture
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: $74,682 – $176,300 (Entry – Expert) All Locations
On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.
Monday – Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 to 1800 (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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