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IT Security - Senior/Specialist #0668

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

Are you looking for:

  • Excellent benefits?
  • Career growth opportunities?
  • An opportunity to make a difference in your community?
  • A culture of respect, commitment and trust?
  • An opportunity to be part of a team of dedicated professionals responsible for providing safety and security to the citizens of the State of Washington
  • Work/Life balance opportunities such as:
  • Infants at Work
  • Telework, and 
  • Alternate Work Schedules
  • Qualification for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.  For information on this program click on Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program."

Why should you apply with our agency?

Troopers patrolling the highways are the most visible part of this agency.  However, there are over 1,200 civilian employees who serve behind the scenes supporting the agency mission.  To name just a few, we have:

  • 911 dispatchers who are the critical vital link between calls for assistance and emergency response;
  • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers that work to inspect commercial vehicles to ensure safe and efficient travel on public highways;
  • Deputy State Fire Marshals who help prevent fires in homes and workplaces;
  • Forensic Scientists who process evidence that assists in prosecuting criminal cases;
  • IT Specialists  who leverage technology to enhance and sustain business processes, public safety infrastructure, and statewide emergency communications
  • Records staff that process criminal information to ensure crimes are reported accurately so that offenders do not end up working with vulnerable people
  • Administrative staff who provide exceptional customer service and respond to information requests while ensuring the agency runs smoothly and efficiently

Apply today and join us in providing "Service with Humility"!

This is what you will do:

The Network Security Architect/Engineer position provides technology leadership for IT security in network infrastructure and transport systems, which enables the agency to effectively engage in its public safety activities.  The position sets direction and defines the network security technology infrastructure.

  • The position is responsible for analyzing and implementing the network security infrastructure in compliance with the WA State Office of the Chief Information Officer (State OCIO), WA State Office of Cyber Security (OCS), United States Department of Justice's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS), and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) security requirements.
  • The position reviews agency SOPs and policies to ensure compliance with the State OCIO, OCS, CJIS, and CALEA security policies.
  • This position is responsible for the direction, engineering, and implementation of maintenance and enhancement of information system security programs, policies, procedures and tools of the WSP statewide data WAN & LANs, Microwave transport WAN, Radio Frequency conventional/trunked WAN, and voice recording core.
  • The position develops and implements the IT Security actions that ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the IT infrastructure of the Washington State Patrol.
  • This position also oversees the monitoring of internal and external network transport connections for security policy breaches and overall performance.
  • When security incidents arise, it is the responsibility of this position to identify, isolate, remediate, and document damage, cause, and take action to design and implement changes to equipment security settings, policies and formulate future actions of the agency in protecting WSP and other agencies data transport assists.
  • This position is also an active position in the WSP COOP and Disaster Recovery teams.


This position will supervise one IT Security - Journey level position.


This position is issued a cellular phone and email device and is expected to monitor it Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and periodically when off duty and respond to notices and/or calls within two hours.  Occasional off-shift or weekend work may be necessary.


You may be required to travel as part of your work to access various work settings including data centers and remote communications sites.  Travel includes typical rural and urban environments and may require 4 wheel drive utilization.  You may travel on unimproved roads and this travel may result in overnight stays.

Required Qualifications:

  • Four years of Information Technology (IT) experience in consulting, analyzing, designing, installing, programming, and/or maintaining network security hardware and software or providing customer or technical support in IT,
  • OR two years of working experience AND an Associate's degree in Information Technology.
  • Two years' experience as a senior-level information technology security professional in an enterprise organization.
  • Four years of experience in implementation of allof the following:
  • Cisco firewalls, authentication servers, intrusion prevention and detection systems, wireless infrastructure, and virtual private networks
  • Digital circuits, including IP addressing, sub-net addressing and well known port types
  • Router Access Control Lists and Firewall Rule Sets
  • Common Authentication and transmission protocols and security procedures
  • Industry standard encryption protocols and methodologies

  • Must obtain and maintain a valid Washington State Driver's License

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science or higher in Computer Science or Information Technology.
  • Two years' experience as a supervisor, manager, or project manager in an IT related field
  • Familiarity with commonly accepted IT industry standards and best practices

 The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The agency will verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers will be cause for rejection of potential employment.  


If you have questions regarding this announcement, please contact Melodie Wulfekuhle at (360) 704-2307 or melodie.wulfekuhle@wsp.wa.gov.


Please complete the on-line application process at www.careers.wa.gov.  Please include a resume and letter of interest explaining how you meet the qualifications for this position as outlined in the job posting.  Provide clear, detailed information about your education and job-related experience.




 Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veterans Preference MUST attach a copy of their Form DD214, or other verification of military service, that shows the type of military discharge. Typically this is found on the Member 4 version of the Form DD214. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers.


 Note: Applicants claiming veteran's preference points must attach the documentation with each on-line application. If you do not provide appropriate documentation to qualify for these preference points, the points will not be awarded. Preference will not be granted until service documents are verified. Documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement.


 For additional information on Veterans Preference and guidance on how to determine if you are eligible, click here. 

We thank you and are grateful for your service.


The hiring authority reserves the right and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision at any time.  Candidate evaluation will be ongoing.  It will be to the applicant's advantage to submit application materials as soon as possible. 


The candidate evaluation and selection process will include a preliminary screening of application materials for qualifications, clarity and completeness.  The applicants who meet or exceed the required qualifications and possess the most competitive background in directly related experience, knowledge, and training may be invited for interviews and testing by one or more panels. 



Prior to a hire, a polygraph examination and background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Applicants are required to sign release of information forms and will not have access to any investigative materials, files, or results.  The Washington State Patrol has strict guidelines relating, but not limited to, personal and employment characteristics, arrests, convictions, and illegal drug usage, etc.

During the polygraph examination, candidates are required to sign an assessment sheet and participate in an oral interview process to verify responses to the Personal Background Evaluation, the Personal History and Background Questionnaire, and a Pre-Employment Interview.  Untruthful or misleading answers or omissions will be treated as a falsification which will be cause for rejection of potential employment.



Education verification is part of the selection process.  If selected as a top candidate, all position required or applicant specified education must be verified.  If High School diploma or equivalent is required but the applicant indicates a degree has been earned, the accredited degree will be accepted in place of the High School diploma or equivalent.  Please do not send these transcripts at the time of application.  If you are selected as a top candidate you will be contacted by the Human Resource Division and asked to provide transcripts at the appropriate time.


Upon hire, must possess a Washington State driver's license and maintain such licensure during employment with the WSP.  The applicant must possess a current, non-probationary, and non-restricted valid driver's license.  History of restrictions on license or driving record due to vehicle operation or control will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 


Persons with a disability, who need assistance in the application or assessment process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 704-2317.  Applicants that are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.


The Washington State Patrol actively supports Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in the workplace, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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