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Director of Cyber Policy Preparedness and Response

Company: Professional Diversity Network
Location: Washington
Posted on: February 10, 2024

Job Description:

The Director of Cyber Policy, Preparedness, and Response are carried out pursuant to the direction of the Secretary of the Treasury. More specifically, the Director of Cyber Policy, Preparedness, and Response, OCCIP, acts under the direction of the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection and the Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions, as part of the Office of the Under Secretary for Domestic Finance.
1. Provides analysis, evaluations, and technical assistance to senior Treasury officials with respect to initiatives in the program areas described in the Introduction, including initiatives relating to identifying cybersecurity threats and promoting critical infrastructure resilience of the financial services sector and preparing for coordinated crisis response. Identifies, prioritizes, and develops policy options and strategies for presentation to senior Treasury officials that mitigate and protect against significant threats, incidents, risks, and vulnerabilities within the financial services sector. Ensures that all such analyses are thorough, accurate, and authoritative, and makes recommendations concerning the relative benefits and risks associated with such options and strategies.

2. Formulates, plans, and recommends appropriate program changes in the program areas described in the Introduction. Consults with and furnishes authoritative advice to other Treasury staff in the development or expansion of programs affecting the mission, including the resiliency and preparedness of the financial services sector through such mechanisms as information sharing, education and awareness, exercises, preparedness planning, the development of guidelines for good practices, and international government cooperation.

3. With respect to the program areas described in the Introduction, consults with and furnishes authoritative advice to Treasury and Administration officials, including with respect to enhanced coordination among intelligence agencies, regulators, other government agencies, and the private sector. Helps to redefine and modify elements within the policy initiatives recommended for conformance to Administration and Treasury goals and objectives to address cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection policies. Briefs senior Treasury officials on the intricacies and implications of policy options and their projected effects on the U.S. economy and the financial sector.

4. Leads and represents Treasury's engagement with financial sector partners and other federal and state government agencies to respond during cyber incidents to bolster the U.S.'s and global financial system's resilience, make the financial system more secure, and help reduce the risk of and deter future malign cyber activity by improving the overall security. Identifies and promotes cybersecurity baseline protections and best practices to help the financial sector: (i)prepare for and reduce the likelihood of cyber incidents; (ii) minimize damage from incidents should they occur; (iii) protect consumers, public and private assets, and information from incidents; and (iv) promote cost-effective and expeditious recovery from incidents to normal operations, thereby minimizing cost to the sector and its customers.

5. Analyzes and evaluates the need for, and directs the analysis of, policy proposals and initiatives regarding the areas described in the Introduction to ensure that their objectives, approaches, and practices conform to current Treasury requirements and policies. Provides direction and leadership in the development of and presents technically-complex, often classified, sound proposals and options for dealing with cybersecurity issues, as well as clearly identifies deficiencies in existing policies, strategies, and regulations and possible outcomes. Advises senior Treasury officials regarding the need for new or improved policies or for new or modified legislation to effectively achieve the policy objectives of OCCIP; and participates in the initiation, design, and completion of such policies and proposals.
6. Establishes and maintains close and continuing contact and effective liaison with Treasury's policy offices and bureaus, congressional staff, high-ranking representatives of the financial services community, and state and local governments. Builds public-private strategy proposals for effectively providing cyber and physical threat information to financial services stakeholders; and enhances the consistency of information being provided to the private sector. Develops initiatives and programs that will increase private-sector engagement in public-private partnerships to improve cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection and resilience in the financial services sector.

7. The incumbent heads OCCIP's responsibilities as described in the Introduction and provides the office with executive leadership and oversight in these areas consistent with the direction of the DAS. The incumbent supervises, manages, and directs staff to accomplish these functions of the office.

8. Incumbent performs other duties as assigned.

Conditions of Employment

  • Initial appointments are required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
  • Financial disclosure is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top-Secret/SCI clearance.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

    Qualifications: The Office of Domestic Finance is dedicated to supporting equitable and sustainable economic growth and financial stability through the formulation of policies aimed at bolstering the resilience of financial institutions and markets, as well as increasing access to credit for small businesses and low to moderate income communities. We are currently seeing candidates who demonstrate a steadfast commitment to managerial excellence, coupled with the drive and creativity to innovate. The successful candidate will be tasked with leading a team, providing advisory support, overseeing operations, and assuming responsibility for key initiatives within the office. Applicants must meet the requirements for the position and demonstrate in your resume that you possess the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). It is recommended that your resume emphasize the levels of responsibility, scope and results.

    Qualified applicants will have gained experience of this nature at or above the (GS)-15 grade level or its equivalent in the public or private sector. To be qualified for this position, your resume must address the Mandatory Technical Qualifications required for the position. It is recommended that corresponding MTQs be annotated in parenthesis within your resume. As such, your resume must demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:

    • Directing the work of an organizational unit
    • Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects
    • Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance.
    • Supervising the work of other managers and exercising important policymaking, policy determining, or other executive functions.

      Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and address all Mandatory Technical Qualifications (In Your Resume) and Executive Core Qualifications will result in your application being disqualified. The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions. All applicants that are not already QRB certified, must submit a separate written narrative addressing the ECQs. Your narrative must address each ECQ separately and should contain at least two examples per ECQ describing your experiences and accomplishments/results. The narrative should be clear and concise, emphasizing your scope and level of responsibility, the complexity of programs managed, your initiatives and accomplishments, and the results of your actions.

      The narrative must not exceed 10 pages. NOTE: Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates who have been certified by OPM do NOT need to address the ECQs:

      • Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision
      • Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organizations vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building
      • Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility
      • Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management
      • Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating

        Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Continual Learning, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Public Service Motivation. The Fundamental Competencies are crosscutting and should be addressed over the course of each ECQ narratives.
        When completing Executive Core Competencies, applicants should follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Result (CCAR) model outlined in the guide.

        • Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
        • Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
        • Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
        • Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

          Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Website. You are strongly encouraged to review OPMs Guide to SES Qualifications for specific examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements.

          All applicants must address each of the MTQs in the resume. Applicants who fail to address the MTQs in the resume will be disqualified and no longer considered for the position. In addition to the ECQs, applicants must possess the following technical qualifications that represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. You must fully address each MTQ to be rated for further consideration.

          MTQ 1: Candidate has experience leading cybersecurity policy, critical infrastructure protection preparedness and response, and/or cyber intelligence related activities.

          MTQ 2: Candidate has extensive knowledge and experience coordinating information sharing and other policy priorities among intelligence agencies, regulators, other government agencies, and the private sector.

          MTQ 3: Candidate demonstrates experience leading an office or other organization and managing human resources.How You Will Be Evaluated
          You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

          1. Applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements will be eligible for consideration in this process. Applicants will be rated based on the quality and extent of their leadership skills, technical experience, and accomplishments, as shown in their resume and as described in their Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications narratives.

          2. Applicants are required to address the Mandatory Technical Qualifications in the RESUME. Applicants are required to submit a separate narrative statement specifically addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). These narratives are mandatory for consideration in the process. The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service and are in addition to the job-specific Technical Qualifications included in the resume. To assess the executive potential of each candidate, applicants must demonstrate their experience relevant to each ECQ. The ECQ narrative must show specific examples of the applicant's accomplishments and experience as it relates to the OPM-defined competencies and associated ECQs. Each example should clearly describe the setting in which the experience was acquired (e.g., organizational size, level, budget, and challenges), the specific actions taken to address the challenges, and the impact/result the action had on the organization/agency/government/public. Examples should clearly correlate to the experience listed in the applicant's resume.

          3. a. Current or former career Senior Executive Service employees are not required to address the ECQs, but it is MANDATORY to provide the Technical Qualifications narrative, a resume, and a SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your career appointment status in the SES. b. SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) graduates who have not been appointed to a career Senior Executive Service appointment are not required to address the ECQs, but it is MANDATORY provide a resume, address the Technical Qualifications in the resume, and a copy/proof of your OPM QRB certification.

          4. Qualified applicants will be evaluated by a panel of current agency executives. Those determined best qualified will advance in the process and may be offered the opportunity to participate in the interview process. The selectee must already be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) or receive certification prior to being appointed to this position. Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications is available at
          Required Documents

          1) Resume. Must address each of the MTQs in the resume. NOTE: If resume does not clearly demonstrate the TQs in the resume, applicants will be disqualified and no longer considered for the position.

          2) A separate narrative of 10-pages or less that addresses the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Pages beyond the first ten (10) will not be considered in the process. Current and former career Senior Executive Service employees and graduates of a SES Candidate Development Program who have been certified by OPM's QRB are not required to address the ECQs. ECQ narratives are MANDATORY for all other applicants in order to be considered.

          3) SF-50 (or other personnel action that verifies civil service). Current Federal employees must submit their most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents current tenure, position title, series, and grade level. Current or former SES must submit a SF-50 that documents career appointment status in the SES.

          4) Proof of OPM QRB Certification. SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) graduates that have not been appointed to the SES must submit a copy of their OPM QRB Certification. This document should be uploaded under the "other document type" field.

          Applicants who fail to submit ALL required documents WILL NOT receive consideration for this position. Application will result in an "Incomplete" rating. NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTATION BY 11:59 P.M. EST ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

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