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NITOAD IT Security Manager 20-16 San Antonio, Texas

NITOAD IT Security Manager
Job Location: 
San Antonio, Texas
Date Posted: 
Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas is accepting applications for the position of IT Security Manager, National Information Technology Operations and Applications Development (NITOAD), located in San Antonio, Texas. This is a temporary position for one year and a day, with the option to convert to a permanent position with acceptable job performance. The NITOAD branch supports the federal defender program’s staffed offices in 204 locations throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam. The federal defender program operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters by appointment from the court to individuals unable to afford counsel.


To qualify for the position of NITOAD Branch IT Security Manager, a person must be a high school graduate or equivalent and have at least three years of general experience and five years of specialized experience. Higher education may be substituted for experience. Applicants must be US citizens or be eligible to work for the federal government. A candidate must have a general understanding of office confidentiality issues, such as: attorney/client privilege; read, analyze and interpret common technical journals and documents; apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form; the ability to analyze and apply relevant policies and procedures to office operations; exercise good judgment in a mature and diplomatic manner; communicate orally and in writing; recognize and analyze problems and recommend practical solutions; identify and evaluate pertinent facts and regulations, policies and precedents; maintain technical competency by reading/following technical journals/documents; function in a team environment; skills in interpersonal communication, especially being able to communicate with different groups of people, from end users with little technical knowledge to senior Federal Defender Services’ (FDO) staff.


The IT Security Manager will be responsible for oversight of the information security program within the Federal Defender system, ensuring compliance with Judiciary guidelines. The IT Security manager will develop and oversee NITOAD security initiatives supporting the mission of the organization and protecting sensitive client and case related information. The Security Manager will supervise various security teams, serving as the escalation point for critical issues. The IT Security Manager will serve as a source of expertise on IT security, providing advice to upper management as necessary. 

Representative Duties: 

  • Administer security programs intended to identify and minimize system vulnerabilities.

  • Review proposed new systems, networks and software designs for potential security risks; recommends mitigation or countermeasures and resolves integration issues related to the implementation of new systems within existing infrastructure.

  • Coordinate regular security posture assessments on all internal and external networks; coordinates vulnerability assessments and penetration testing activities.

  • Direct the Security Operations Center (SOC) efforts to identify, investigate, prioritize and resolve issues that could affect the security of FDO information assets.

  • Lead cybersecurity incident response efforts.

  • Exercise supervisory and personnel management responsibility in directing work of subordinate staff, including providing feedback on work product.

  • Prepare long-range plans for IT security systems that anticipate, identify, evaluate, mitigate and minimize risks associated with IT system vulnerabilities.

  • Prepare and present briefings to senior management officials on complex or controversial IT security issues.

  • Participate in the development of policies, procedures and guidelines related to FDO IT security issues.

  • Prepare or select IT security training materials and assists the NITOAD branch chief in coordinating and conducting training programs for federal public defenders, computer systems administrators, and other defender organization personnel.

  • Establish mechanisms to promote awareness and adoption of security best practices.

  • Lead implementation and support projects within the constraints of time, budget, and scope. 

A bachelor’s degree is preferred. This position is classified as “high sensitive.” Employment will be considered provisional pending the successful completion of an initial 10-year background investigation with updates performed every five years thereafter. Continued employment will depend upon the successful completion and favorable determinations based on investigation results.

Salary and Benefits: 
The starting salary will be commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the applicant within a range of $91,876 (JSP-13, Step 1) to $108,569 (JSP-14, Step 1) per annum. The salary of the successful applicant will be commensurate with the person’s qualifications and experience. The position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service. The position does offer federal government employee benefits, including health and life insurance programs, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit).
How to apply: 

Qualified persons may apply by submitting a letter of interest (mentioning announcement number 20-16), a résumé, and a list of three references to: Maureen Scott Franco, Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas, 7550 IH-10 West, Suite 200, San Antonio, Texas 78229 No electronic submissions will be considered unless they are submitted through or This includes emails to the Defender. For applicants with disabilities, this organization provides reasonable accommodations, which are determined on a case-by-case basis. To request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, contact Victoria B. Longoria, Personnel Administrator, at (210) 472-6700. More than one position may be filled from this announcement. Position announced February 13, 2020 subject to the availability of funds; open until filled. 

The Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.