National Security Agency (NSA)
Computer Systems Architect/System Administrator (Georgia Location) - Experienced Level
At a glance
Location: US-GA-Augusta Map
Posted: 03/20/2020
Closing: 04/19/2020
Degree: Not Specified
Type: Full-Time
Experience: Not Specified
National Security Agency (NSA)
Job description

NSA Overview

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) located at Fort Gordon, Georgia 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

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

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.

Ft. Gordon is located on the southwest side of Augusta, the second largest city in Georgia. It is the home of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence. Augusta is located on the Savannah River and offers a full range of seasons. A short, breezy spring leads into a long, warm and often hot summer! Autumn arrives with a long period of mild, sunny weather and is followed by a short, moderate winter with infrequent cold snaps and rare occasions of snow or ice. The average annual temperature is 64.3 degrees; August averages a low of 68.4 and January has an average high of 56.5.

Augusta offers a wealth of attractions including the Riverwalk, the Morris Museum of Art, the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, and many historical sites. The major airline hubs of Atlanta and Charlotte, Atlantic Ocean beaches and the Blue Ridge Mountains are all within easy driving distance. Home of the Augusta National Golf Club and Tournament (the Masters), the area has numerous golf courses, including a course at Ft. Gordon. Clark's Hill Lake boasts over 1,200 miles of shoreline for water activities. If the arts attract you, there is an Augusta Ballet, Symphony, and Opera. The Augusta Arts Council sponsors an annual ethnic arts festival, Arts in the Heart of Augusta. Free concerts, classic movies, and community events are held regularly at the Riverfront Amphitheater.

Housing is very affordable, and you get more for your money. There are possible real estate entitlements for CONUS moves. Additionally, residents of Georgia may be eligible for college benefits including scholarships and financial aid. The State of Georgia hosts a website, that has additional information.

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!

Salary Range: $93,822 - $140,146 (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).

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***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.

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.

Computer Systems Architect/System Administrator (Georgia Location) - Experienced Level