Physical Security Specialist (Electronic)
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Who May Be Considered: All U.S. Citizens and Status Candidates including the following:
- Current federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service
- Former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service
- Persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special hiring authorities (click here for a list of authorities)
- Persons eligible under an Interchange Agreement (click here to view a list of covered agreements)
- Veterans applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) - Veterans' preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after substantially completing at least three consecutive years of active duty (click here for information on veterans)
- Individuals with disabilities (See more information under "Other Information" below)
- Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) Authority
Competitive, merit promotion, and/or non-competitive referral lists may be issued based on the needs of the agency.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
Appointments are subject to the availability of funds.
Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities concerning, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.
- 50% or Greater
- Overnight travel of 1-5 nights per month may be required.
To qualify for the Physical Security Specialist (Electronic) position you must meet the following:
For the GS-9
Have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-07 level or equivalent in the Federal service: 1) Providing support to Identify technical problems or malfunctions in security systems (including electronic systems); 2) Completing electronic security surveys to identify possible vulnerabilities and threats to facilities; 3) Providing input on corrective actions for security requirements that need to be implemented; and 4) Working with clients to ensure electronic countermeasures are implemented.
Have completed a master's or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., in a related field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of this position.
Have a combination of graduate education as described in 'B' and specialized experience as described in 'A' that, when combined; equal 100% of the qualification requirement. NOTE: Only graduate education in excess of the first 18 semester hours may be used in this calculation.
For the GS-11
Have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 level or equivalent in the Federal service: 1) Monitoring project statuses to document security concerns; 2) Identifying technical problems or malfunctions in security systems (including electronic systems); 3) Recommending integrated electronic security systems for leased buildings to ensure physical security requirements are met for the safekeeping of highly sensitive records; and 4) Advising clients on innovative or emerging physical security technology.
Have successfully completed three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D.; or successfully completed a Ph.D.; or equivalent degree, e.g., LL.M., at an accredited college or university in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your college transcripts (official or unofficial) to support your claim.
Have less than one year of experience as described in A and less than 3 years of graduate level education as described in B. However, I have a combination of specialized experience and graduate level education beyond the Master’s level that when combined, equals at least 100% of the total requirement.
For the GS-12
Have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 level or equivalent in the Federal service: 1) Inspecting security systems (including electronic systems) to identify technical problems or malfunctions in order to make repairs; 2) Performing complete system tests after work is complete to certify acceptance of work and contract compliance; 3) Recommending integrated electronic security systems for leased buildings to ensure physical security requirements are met for the safekeeping of highly sensitive records; and 4) Developing and maintaining working relationships with clients to coordinate and implement electronic security systems projects.
INFORMATION REGARDING EDUCATION
For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor must indicate how each course fulfills the specific education requirement (i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned).
NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Applicants can verify accreditation here. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
Special Instructions For Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit here.
Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
New employees must serve a one year probationary period.
Conditions of Employment
- This position is a Critical sensitive position and the tentative selectee must undergo and successful complete a single scope background investigation for a Secret/ SSBI clearance as a condition of placement/retention in this position.
- Relocation expenses will not be paid.
- After appointment, you may be subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
- Drug Test: Must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result before you can be appointed into this position.
- This position has been designated as included in the bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 USC Section 7112 (b) (6)."
- Essential Personnel: This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operations events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, and acts of terrorism or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5 U.S.C.7501-7533 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable)
- Motor Vehicle Operation: You must possess a valid automobile driver's license at the time of appointment and maintain a valid automobile driver's license for the duration of employment in this position.