Cyber Security ATO Educational Specialist

Key Role:

Work with government leaders and system owners to understand Authority to Operate (ATO) packages, review information systems for compliance, and support the organization comply with NIST SP 800-53 controls requirements. Aid system owners to review control implementation statements for compliance with VA policy, work with system teams to review and update their POA&Ms, and help system teams to navigate the Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) Governance Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) tool throughout each of the RMF steps. Document policies through Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Learn, understand, and explain role requirements across the organization. Facilitate requirement discovery sessions with VA leadership to better understand gaps in policy and tool comprehension. Apply requirements discovery to provide tools, documents, activities, and education to improve policy and tool comprehension. This position requires support during core business hours of 8AM to 5PM (EST), Monday through Friday. This position is open to remote delivery anywhere within the U.S., to include the District of Columbia.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of experience with Risk Management Framework (RMF)

  • 2+ years of experience with eMASS

  • Experience supporting system ATO processes and documenting through job aids, SOPs, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), or memos

  • Experience training or mentoring junior team members

  • Experience taking complex RMF concepts and distilling them into simple concepts in educational materials

  • Knowledge of NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 4

  • Ability to engage with both staff and leadership to facilitate meetings, analyze policy documents and associated training and educational documents against authorization requirements to identify gaps

  • Ability to establish a schedule to address outstanding requirements, and coordinate directly with system team stakeholders

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Public Trust or Suitability/Fitness determination based on client requirements

  • HS diploma or GED and 18+ years of experience with IT or Bachelor's degree in CS, IT, or Engineering and 10+ years of experience with IT

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience with enterprise ATO reporting

  • Experience supporting system RMF requirements, including creating artifacts, control implementation details, and POA&Ms

  • Experience with artifact generation and review

  • Experience as a trainer or teacher

  • Ability to work independently and in teams

  • Possession of excellent written and verbal communications skills


Applicants selected may be subject to a government investigation and may need to meet eligibility requirements of the U.S. government client.


The proposed salary range for this position in Colorado is 100,000 to 126,000. Final salary will be determined based on various factors.

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