Security Operations Functional Area Lead

Job Locations US-MD-Rockville
Information Technology
Regular Full-Time


We are seeking a Security Operations Functional Lead to join our team supporting the NIH NCI CBIIT - ECSS contract in Rockville, MD. 


The National Institutes of Health (NIH)-wide IT environment consists of every type of platform, network, system, and facility to be found in any civilian Federal Government agency. This includes, but is not limited to, different types of operating systems such as LINUX/UNIX (all flavors), Windows, and others, and hardware such as IBM-compatible PCs, Apple PCs, tablets, mobile devices, etc.  These are supported and accessed via an overall NIH Network (NIHnet) supporting many buildings in the Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Frederick, Maryland areas.  The NCI is one of 27 NIH Institutes and Centers (IC). The NCI network is a part of the NIHnet which is managed by NCI and provides controlled network access, central file and print services, NCI enterprise and custom applications, and web hosting services for the institute. 


TekSynap is a fast growing high-tech company that understands both the pace of technology today and the need to have a comprehensive well planned information management environment. “Technology moving at the speed of thought” embodies these principles – the need to nimbly utilize the best that information technology offers to meet the business needs of our Federal Government customers.


We offer our full-time employees a competitive benefits package to include health, dental, vision, 401K, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability plans, vacation time and holidays.

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Responsibilities & Qualifications


  • Oversees all aspects of the Operational Security task area, leading a team on large and small projects or a significant segment of large and complex projects
  • Analyzes new and complex project-related problems and creates innovative solutions that normally involve the schedule, technology, methodology, tools, resource management, solution components and financial management of the projects
  • Gathers and provides requirements analysis and ensures functional testing
  • Monitors the performance of each task or group of tasks and manages all problems and accomplishments
  • Serves as technical authority for specific tasks and participates in solutions of systems problems with new technology
  • Provides on-site and technical direction as necessary


  • 8+ years’ experience leading and delivering in security operations programs for comparably sized federal agencies and security programs
  • Possess and maintain an ITIL Foundations Certification within 3 months of award
  • B.S. degree in a relevant field
  • Shall have one or more of the following industry-recognized certifications:
    • Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP)
    • GIAC Certified Enterprise Defender (GCED)
    • GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)
    • Certified Network Defender (CND)
    • Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
  • 3+ years of experience managing complex federal vulnerability management programs
  • 3+ years of incident management experience
  • Must be able to obtain the NIH Level 6 Public Trust security clearance
  • Proven ability to consistently understand, evaluate and assess risks associated with web applications, operating systems, and complex networking architectures
  • Demonstrated expertise in analyzing and providing clear and concise risk reports, dashboards, and other visualizations to federal risk executives, system operators, and system stakeholders
  • Knowledge of and experience overseeing the evaluation and testing of CIS benchmarks for incorporation into organizational baselines and images for operating systems, COTS and Open-Source software products
  • Knowledge of and experience overseeing the administration of desktop and infrastructure security tools including but not limited to: Anti-malware/Anti-virus software, Data Loss Prevention software, endpoint detection and response (EDR), vulnerability assessment tools, asset discovery and management software, Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM), Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB)
  • Knowledge of and experience supporting enterprise-wide penetration testing remediation to comply with agency remediation standards in a federated model like NIH's
  • Knowledge of an experience using industry leading cyber security tools including Tenable Nessus, FireEyeHX, Cylance Protect with Optics and Splunk
  • Knowledge of and experience managing leading software assurance activities including but not limited to using automated vulnerability scanning tools (e.g., AppScan, NetSparker, and API/micro-service security scanning tools) to ensure agency/customer software products are free of known defects before deployment and post-deployment (i.e. reducing time for ATO from months to weeks)


Additional Job Information


  • Establish Focus
  • Change Management
  • Develop Others
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Interpersonal Awareness
  • Build Relationships
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Technical Expertise
  • Initiative
  • Foster Innovation
  • Results Oriented
  • Teamwork
  • Customer Service


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Location: Rockville, Maryland
  • Type of environment: Office
  • Noise level: Medium
  • Work schedule: Schedule is day shift Monday – Friday. May be requested to work evenings and weekends to meet program and contract needs.
  • Amount of Travel: 10%


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to handle, feel, touch; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is regularly required to lift up to 10 pounds. The employee is frequently required to lift up to 25 pounds; and up to 50 pounds. The vision requirements include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.



Citizenship:  United States

Clearance requirement: Must be able to obtain the NIH Level 6 Public Trust security clearance



Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.



In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. TekSynap does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law (referred to as “protected status”). This nondiscrimination policy extends to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment as well as the use of all company facilities, participation in all company-sponsored activities, and all employment actions such as promotions, compensation, benefits, and termination of employment.


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