Information Technology Security Officer

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Job Specifications
Classification Level: 
CL 30
Salary Range: 
$91,398 - $148,574
Los Angeles
Opening Date: 
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Closing Date: 
Open until filled (Applications received by September 8, 2017 will be given priority consideration)
Number of Positions: 
Vacancy Number: 
Job Type: 
Full Time
Position Overview: 

Be part of the federal judiciary where high level, cutting edge technology serves the administration of justice!

The Office of Information Technology of the United States District Court for the Central District of California is seeking an Information Technology Security Officer who possesses excellent leadership skills and is well versed in all aspects of information technology, and capable of management of IT security initiatives for all divisions of the court.  The Information Technology Security Officer is also responsible for all aspects of IT security policy, planning, development, implementation, training, and support for the court unit.  This position reports to the Director of Information Technology.

The Central District of California consists of three divisions with five courthouse locations, three of which are located in downtown Los Angeles, and more than 500 staff. Travel within or outside the district, to divisional offices (as needed) and/or to attend meetings, conferences or training, is required.

Representative Responsibilities: 
  • Review, evaluate, and make recommendations on the court’s technology security program, including automation, telecommunications, and other technology utilized by the court. Promote and support security services available throughout the local court unit.
  • Provide technical advisory services to securely design, implement, maintain, or modify information technology systems and networks that are critical to the operation and success of the local court unit. Perform research to identify potential vulnerabilities in, and threats to, existing and proposed technologies, and notify the appropriate managers of the risk potential.
  • Collaborate with the Administrative Office of IT Security and the Office of the Circuit Executive to assist with the implementation of security policies and promote the Judiciary Information Technology Security Program, while also working with court departments to establish and raise the security baseline of the court and Judiciary.
  • Provide advice on matters of IT security, including security strategy and implementation, to judges, court unit executives, and other senior court unit staff.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of local court unit security policies and guidance, the remediation of identified risks, and the implementation of security measures.
  • Develop, analyze, and evaluate new and innovative information technology policies that will constructively transform the information security posture of the court unit. Make recommendations regarding best practices and implement changes in policy.
  • Provide security analysis of IT activities to ensure that appropriate security measures are in place and are enforced. Conduct security risk and vulnerability assessments of planned and installed information systems to identify weaknesses, risks, and protection requirements. Utilize standard reporting templates, automated security tools, and cross-functional teams to facilitate security assessments.
  • Assist with the identification, implementation, and documentation of security safeguards on information systems. Manage information security projects to ensure milestones are completed in the appropriate order, in a timely manner, and according to schedule.
  • Prepare justifications for budget requests. Prepare special management reports for the court unit, as needed.
  • Create and employ methodologies, templates, guidelines, checklists, procedures, and other documents to establish repeatable processes across the courts’ information technology security services.
  • Establish mechanisms to promote awareness and adoption of security best practices.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Candidate must have specialized experience which includes progressively responsible administrative, technical, and professional experience that provided an opportunity to acquire skills including interpersonal work relationships needed to work with those all levels of an organization.
  • Candidate must have a BA/BS degree in computer science, business or public administration management or a related field.
  • Candidate must possess a sound knowledge of current information technology concepts, principles and theories.
  • Candidate must be a problem solver who is results oriented with the ability to resolve issues promptly.
  • Candidates must have an exceptional customer service attitude.
  • Candidates must have the ability to interact and communicate effectively and tactfully (orally and in writing) with people of diverse backgrounds, including judges, court executives, law enforcement personnel, court personnel, attorneys, and the general public, to provide information while complying with regulations, rules, and procedures and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated success directing the planning, coordination and integration of IT security initiatives.
  • The successful candidate must consistently exhibit the highest standards of excellence and integrity, and display, at all times and to all persons, a courteous, professional and cooperative attitude.


  • Experience analyzing IT security problems and issues and providing solutions to top management.  
  • Thorough knowledge of current information technology concepts, principles and theories.
  • Familiarity with legal terminology, federal court processes and functions of the court.
  • Experience working in a court or with high level personnel.
  • Experience justifying budget expenditures for security initiatives.
  • Experience working with outside contractors, vendors and agencies.
  • United States District Court employees are entitled to federal benefits such as:  A defined benefit pension plan; a retirement savings plan including generous matching contributions; paid vacation and sick leave; ten paid holidays per year; and choosing from an array of insurance plans including health, life, dental, vision, long term disability, long term care, and flexible spending programs.
  • Commuter subsidies are available to employees who utilize public transportation to and from work.
  • Extensive on-line training options. Travel for in-person training and professional conferences is available, funds permitting.
  • Federal court employees can pursue an on-line certificate and degree programs in judicial administration through Michigan State University, partially subsidized, funds permitting.
Information for Applicants: 
  • As a condition of employment, the successful candidate is required to undergo an FBI background check. 
  • The successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States currently seeking citizenship or intending to become a citizen as soon as they meet the eligibility requirements.
  • This position is subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) participation for payment of net pay.
  • Expenses associated with interviews or relocation will not be reimbursed.
  • The United States District Court requires employees to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Federal Judicial Employees, which is available on the Court’s website:


For priority consideration, application packets should be submitted by email to Attached documents must be in PDF format and the email should reference the position title and Vacancy No. 17-33. Complete application packets must include the following:

  1. a cover letter;
  2. a resume; and
  3. an application for Federal Branch Employment (visit the court’s website at to download the job application).

Due to the volume of applications received, the Court will communicate only with those individuals who will be interviewed. Applicants scheduled to interview should advise the Human Resources staff if any accommodation will be necessary to interview.

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this announcement, commence interviews immediately, withdraw the announcement, or fill the position at any time, any of which actions may occur without notice.

The Federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer