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Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) 

EOE StatementWe are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Req Number PAC20-0003  
Category Information Security  
Division PacArctic LLC  
Location PAC Washington, DC  

PacArctic, LLC is looking for a highly qualified, experienced and self-motivated individual to perform the duties of an Information Systems Security Officer in the Washington DC area. This is a full time position on-site with a DHS client supporting a Technology Office at the program level.


We offer competitive compensation and an extraordinary benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance, 401K with company matching, flexible spending accounts, paid holidays, three weeks paid time off, and more.

Responsibilities & Duties performed are as follows:

  • Implement and enforce information security policies and procedures.
  • Perform security risk assessments as part of the Risk Management Framework (RMF) and NIST Publications (800-53, 800-37).
  • Perform assessments of Information security controls to identify control gaps.
  • Remediate system vulnerabilities identified by SCAP scans.
  • Security Authorization but they need to monitor and oversee.
  • Monitor, oversee, and maintain Security Authorization (SA) Packages including conducting compliance reviews.
  • Monitor the status and expirations of Authority to Operate (ATO) and initiate action early enough to ensure the SA process is completed before systems becomes operational or current ATOs expire.
  • Work closely with system owners and/or program managers to ensure resources are available to both conduct and to participate in SA processes.
  • Ensure documents are created in Information Assurance Compliance Systems (IACS) and are submitted to the proper stakeholders for validation.
  • Coordinate and work closely with the proper Security Control Assessor (SCA) and the Authorizing Official (AO) before and during the security authorization process to ensure all stakeholders are aware of requirements, processes, and expectations.
  • Participate in security categorizations with system owners in cooperation with other organizational stakeholders.
  • Work with the AO and system owner to determine if controls (in addition to Agency and Department controls) are necessary to mitigate risks at an acceptable level.
  • Work to leverage and supplement Department and Agency security processes with a program strategy tailored for systems to provide continuous monitoring.
  • Work with the system owner to ensure mandatory configuration settings are established and implemented for information technology products in accordance with federal, DHS, and component policies.
  • Draft, submit and manage IT system Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M).
  • Advise and assist the Government System Owner (SO) with the Lifecycle SA process and develop a Systems Security Plan (SSP).
  • Maintain and manage a repository of SA project documentation is stored.
  • Work closely and act as the system liaison with developers to identify the appropriate certification and approval processes.
  • Develop understanding of systems and applications into security test plans.
  • Coordinate and lead SA actions and system testing with appropriate security personnel.
  • Prepare and Review Vulnerability Remediation Plans (RP).
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with stakeholders and government leadership.
Position Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • Ten (10) years of experience in Information Security, with a concentration on SA and ISSO responsibilities as it applies to the US Government, or 8+ years and a master’s degree in Cyber Security.
  • Extensive experience developing A&A packages, FISMA and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
  • Active Public Trust security clearance.
  • At least one Cyber Security Certification (e.g. Security +, CISSP, CISM, etc.).
  • Must have the ability to efficiently and effectively communicate (verbal and written) with government and contractor personnel, including senior government leadership.
  • Must have the ability to efficiently and effectively prioritize task and multi-task while demonstrating and maintaining professionalism and sound judgement.
  • Be prepared to take full responsibility for the performance of IA Compliance Validation Tests, reports, and tracking.
  • Must have the knowledge and ability to provide the government with security-related best practices regarding business processes, related technologies, and methods for enhancing and preserving security measures.
  • This position requires a clearance and/or badge that involves an extensive background and credit check.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Possess an advanced Cyber Security Certification (CISSP, CISM, CASP).
  • Possess a B.A. or B.S. degree in related field.
  • Extensive knowledge of DHS requirements security requirements (i.e. DHS 4300).
  • Be a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the fields of NIST publications, FISMA requirements and reporting, privacy data identification and handling, security engineering, certification and accreditation (C&A) procedures, security architecture, vulnerability assessments, computer forensics, computer network defense, and policy development.
  • The ability to manage multiple priorities from different government customers simultaneously and the ability perform under deadlines and in a quick moving environment and organization.

Working Environment & Conditions

This position is primarily indoors, consistent with a standard office position and has a noise level of mostly low to moderate. The incumbent is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. The work load may require the incumbent to stand for extended periods of time. The incumbent must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Includes travel to local, remote and out of state locations.

Our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The company is an equal opportunity employer. The company shall not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity (except where gender is a bona fide occupational qualification), national origin, age, disability, military/veteran status, marital status, genetic information or any other factor protected by law. We are committed to equal employment opportunity in all decisions related to employment, promotion, wages, benefits and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.

The company is dedicated to seeking all qualified applicants. If you require an accommodation to navigate or to apply to a position on our website, please contact Heaven Wood via e-mail at or by calling 703-488-9377 to request accommodations. This contact information is used for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire on a status of your application.

Travel Requirements Location is Washington, DC. Occasional travel within the metro area may be required.  
Security Clearance US Citizen and able to obtain a Public Trust Clearance  
About our Company

PacArctic provides high-end federal acquisition support services, cultural resource surveys, professional facility management and critical infrastructure protection, as well as business transformation and process improvement services. Additionally, PacArctic provides program management of specialized IT services such as employee assistive technologies, photogrammetry utilization for native rock art recording, and geographic information systems (GIS) program management for transportation planning needs.

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Our Equal Opportunity Policy EOE Minorities/Female/Protected Veterans/Disabled. Shareholder Preference in accordance with Public Law 88-352  

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