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NITOAD IT Security Specialist 20-17 San Antonio, Texas

NITOAD IT Security Specialist
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 Specialist, 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 IT Security Specialist, a person must be a high school graduate or equivalent and have at least three years of general experience and two years of specialized experience. Higher education may be substituted for experience. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen 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; the ability to work collegially and recommend practical solutions.


The IT Security Specialist is responsible for planning, developing, implementing and supporting IT security initiatives within NITOAD. The IT Security Specialist is part of the team responsible for the implementation and maintenance of security equipment, software, documentation and policies. The specialist also supports security incident response activities including providing technical support for issues related to national security systems.  

Representative Duties:

  • Remain apprised of Judiciary security policies and procedures.
  • Assist the IT Security Manager in the development and administration of security policies and procedures that are compliant with Judiciary guidance.

  • Keep abreast of the latest security intelligence, including hacking methodologies, to proactively prevent security breaches.

  • Explore new and innovative security technologies, which will transform the information security posture of the organization. 

  • Monitor information systems and networks for security incidents and investigate where appropriate.

  • Using automated security tools, like Tenable Security Center, to conduct security risk and vulnerability assessments of information systems to identify weaknesses, risks, and protection requirements.

  • Coordinate with responsible IT personal to facilitate the patching and mitigation of identified vulnerabilities for both hardware and software systems; tracking all items to completion.

  • Develop, update, and maintain documentation related to all aspects of enterprise IT security systems.

  • Ensure milestones are completed in the appropriate order and on schedule.

  • Employ industry standard methodologies to create and implement repeatable processes across information technology security services to improve efficiency.

  • Provide technical support to Federal Defender IT personnel relating to IT security systems.

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. This position requires occasional travel.

Salary and Benefits: 
The starting salary will be commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the applicant within a range of $59,315 (JSP-9, Step 1) to $91,876 (JSP-13, 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 20-17), 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.