Computer Systems Architect/System Administrator (Hawaii Location) – Mid/Experienced Level

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Honolulu, HI

Computer Systems Architect/System Administrator (Hawaii Location) – Mid/Experienced Level
Honolulu, HI

Posted: 2019-07-30 – Closing: 2019-09-30

Responsibilities
The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information.

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

Skills
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#, C++, Java, Assembly, Python, Perl, Ruby, Bash, Node.js, Spark, Puppet, SALT, KAFKA, HADOOP, Visual Basic, Microsoft PowerShell)
– 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
On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.

This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday. Positions may require being on call.

NSA/CSS Hawaii is located on the island of Oahu, north of Honolulu, HI. Living in Hawaii offers an enormous range of benefits to include experiences you may not find at any other NSA location. Enjoy warm weather year round. 72 degrees is considered chilly weather in the winter time, and aside from the occasional rain showers, sunny and breezy weather gives the opportunity to explore a variety of outdoor activities every weekend. Activities include hiking, surfing, sailing, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, whale watching, zip lining, swimming with dolphins, active volcano tours, stand up paddle boarding, ATV riding, horseback riding, cruises and more! The list goes on and on. Every weekend and holiday is a mini vacation. Additionally, Hawaii offers a culturally diverse environment and almost every kind of culinary experience imaginable. Hawaii is also home to very rare bird and plant species found nowhere else on earth. The other 6 Hawaiian Islands are an average of a short 30 minute flight. Experience the spirit of Aloha while working a unique mission and helping your country!

The agency offers an array of benefits to include Federal Employee Health Benefits, Dental/Vision Insurance, Federal Employee Group Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Federal Long Term Care Insurance, Retirement Plans, and the Thrift Savings Plan. In addition, employees have access to a wide range of opportunities for external continuing education, inter-agency education and training, career guidance counseling, temporary medical leave assistance, travel opportunities, and financial coaching, to name a few.

*Candidates hired for a position in Hawaii may be eligible to receive an annual recruitment incentive, not to exceed three years.

Position Summary
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!

Qualifications
Salary Range: $81,571 – $108,643 (Full Performance)

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

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.

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).

Salary Range: $91,444 – $140,170 (Senior)

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

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.

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).

How To Apply – External
To apply for this position, please click the ‘Apply’ button located at the top right of this posting. After completing the application for the first time, or reviewing previously entered information, and clicking the ‘Submit’ button, you will receive a confirmation email. Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from noreply@intelligencecareers.gov.

Please attach an unofficial copy of your transcripts when applying for this position. Providing a copy of your transcripts is especially critical since the minimum qualifications for this position require a CS/CE degree OR a degree that demonstrates a concentration of CS coursework. For example, degrees in Computer Networking, Information Science, Information Systems, Information Technology, Information Security, Information Assurance, Cyber Security, and Digital Forensics MAY be considered for this position IF your coursework/transcripts demonstrate a concentration of CS coursework. Foundational CS coursework includes the following courses: Computer Architecture, Programming Languages, Data Structures, and Algorithms.

***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. 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.

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.

Please note that you may be asked a series of questions depending on the position you apply for. Your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application and will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Be sure to elaborate on experiences in your resume. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing.

Please Note: Job Posting could close earlier than the closing date due to sufficient number of applicants or position no longer available. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

DCIPS Disclaimer
The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.

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