What We Do: The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) helps advance software engineering principles and practices and serves as a national resource in software engineering, cyber security, and process improvement. The SEI works closely with defense and government organizations, industry, and academia. Our core purpose is to help organizations to continually improve the quality and security of software-intensive systems.
Position Summary: The Accredited Systems Administrator (ASA) is a hands-on information system administration and security at the SEI. Are you a cleared IT professional with great Windows systems administration experience? Are you interested in DoD Informational Assurance (IA) and industrial security roles? If so, then this ASA role in Arlington, VA may be the opportunity for you. As an SEI ASA, you would join our dedicated Information Assurance team within the Office of the CIO (OCIO IA). Join us to help create, improve, and operate secure services for classified work at the SEI.
Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:
Education/Training: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field, or equivalent combination of training and experience. Current Microsoft server certifications such as MCSA Windows Server 2008, etc.
Licenses: One or more of: CAP, CASP CE, Security+CE, SSCP, GSEC
Experience: Three or more (3+) years of system and network administration experience using modern system administration tools in a Microsoft Windows infrastructure. At least two years under government cognizance (e.g., DISA, DSS) confirming audit records and STIG compliance for accredited Windows systems.
Skills/Abilities: Proficiency in Windows administration commands/utilities and processes such as those used to manage software, Group Policy Objects, and other aspects of Active Directory. Experience applying analytical skills to solve server and network problems based on examination of events/alerts and system logs.
Mobility: Infrequent business travel required (e.g., training, other SEI locations, etc.) Computer hardware installation and configuration required at times involving objects typically <= 30 pounds (heavier objects with assistance).
Environmental Conditions: Normal office conditions, close contact with computer displays for prolonged periods of time.
Mental: Skill at communicating with parties with diverse perspectives (e.g., IT administrators, IA professionals, researchers, etc.) to review options and resolve issues, sometimes under pressure. Temperament and maturity to self-motivate and prioritize tasks with input from a remotely located manager is critical to success in this role.
Other: You will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance. You need to meet and maintain DoD 8570-M readiness requirements within six (6) months of employment at SEI’s expense. Additional work hours may be necessary at times (e.g., you may need to stay at or report to work during incidents and/or emergencies).
Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:
Licenses: Active CISSP (or Associate), GSLC, CISM, GSEC
Experience: Prior experience as an associate ISSO / ISSM (IAO/IAM) in a small-scale classified enclave. Prior use of the HBSS and ACAS tool chains, Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) validation tools, and awareness of NISPOM IS-relevant rules are valuable skills.
Other: Active Department of Defense security clearance.
- Ensures server(s) and client stations are operating efficiently and resolves issues impacting their use.
- Recommends and performs modifications to improve server/service performance and reliability.
- Shares information with other IA team members to increase situational awareness of operational status.
- Executes proper handling (e.g., safe storage, proper marking, approved destruction) of equipment, documents and media used in the operation and maintenance of accredited systems.
- Contributes information relating to new equipment and facility needs each budget planning session to improve and create services.
- Implements information system safeguards and local operating procedures to satisfy certification requirements and works with the ISSM and ISSO in Pittsburgh to align SEI practices to Arlington operations.
- Works under limited supervision from a remote manager as a member of the IA team. Most work is performed independently, or with others in the IA, IT, and Security teams.
- Maintains and securely operates services based on guidance from the ISSM, FSO, and senior management.
- Identifies user and systems issues and resolves most issues independently.
- Information security issues and complex operational problems are handled collaboratively with IA teammates and folks in the IT or Security staff.
- No formal staff supervisory responsibilities, but may task other personnel in order to address infractions or post-inspection issues.
- Conducts training for new users of the systems in scope.
Job Functions or Responsibilities:
- 25% - Install, configure, and maintain accredited servers, workstations and network devices in accordance with most current STIG or other relevant documents. Work with users to solve problems related to the systems.
- 15% - Review server logs directly or with analysis tools to discern operational anomalies, including operational threats (e.g., resource contention/exhaustion) and security concerns; addresses and/or discusses these with IA colleagues or IT as appropriate.
- 10% - Report on the operational status of accredited information systems based on reviews and scans to accrediting agencies, possibly through established channels such as ACAS, HBSS, etc. We review extraordinary findings within the entire IA team.
- 10% - Perform C&A duties including the submission of accreditation documents prepared by or in collaboration with the SEI ISSM. Coordinate IS-related self-inspection activities and SVA / CCRI preparations for accredited systems in Arlington and are the on-site IA contact for the local DSS IS representative in Arlington.
- 10% - Help SEI staff members be more effective in their mission by facilitating access to accredited resources. This involves performing classified IS user indoctrination briefings and IT accounts / credentials creation for classified systems, including required recordkeeping (account lifecycle, DoD IAA training status, policy acknowledgements, etc.).
- 10% - Support the FSO to prepare for traditional security inspection activities, self-inspections, etc. Function as the secondary COMSEC custodian for the SEI Arlington office responsible for device inventory, key management and loading, etc. Provide backup FSO/CSSO coverage as directed.
- 15% - Cover enterprise IT duties in a supplemental capacity as directed.
- 5% - Participate in training and professional development opportunities to keep current with evolving and new technologies and regulations.
100% Total Effort
Organizational Chart: CIO < Deputy CIO < ASA
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