Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, 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.
Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future. The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders.
Joining the Secret Service, Office of Protective Operations, Uniformed Division will allow you to be a part of a mission to protect facilities and venues secured for U.S. Secret Service protectees. Throughout its history, the Uniformed Division has accomplished this mission through a tradition of honor, integrity, and a commitment to excellence.
The Chief position salary is $161,900 (LE-0083-11) in the Office of Protective Operations, Uniformed Division. For more information on the Secret Service click here.
Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
- Occasional Travel
- If a final job offer is extended, relocation expenses may be authorized to the Washington, DC area
You qualify for the Chief position if you possess one year of specialized experience performing duties such as providing supervision, leadership and program direction to a law enforcement unit/agency/command; enforcing county, state and federal laws, statues and ordnances; communicating with high-ranking law enforcement and government officials in a variety of situations; and maintaining liaison with sworn law enforcement community members to establish work procedures and methods to enhance mission accomplishment.
Upon review, your resume and/or supporting documents need to reflect the one year of specialized experience requirement, in order to be considered. If the one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level cannot be identified in your resume, you will be considered not qualified.
The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
- Knowledge of laws, statutes and ordinances of the United States;
- Knowledge of standard law enforcement practices, methods and techniques;
- Knowledge of management principles and practices and of supervisory techniques;
- Skill in executing dignitary protection, large-scale security operations, emergency and continuity of operations planning, and counterterrorism efforts;
- Ability to communicate with high-level government officials as well as with members of the general public in a variety of situations; and
- A high standard of physical skill and conditioning necessary to pursue, apprehend and physically restrain suspects.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.
The Secret Service follows stringent guidelines relating to illegal drug usage. An applicant's history is reviewed and a determination for employment is made according to our guidelines. For more information regarding the U.S. Secret Service drug guidelines please click here.
General Medical Requirements:
As determined by the Office of Personnel Management, the duties of this position require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of fingers, wrist, elbows, shoulders, hips and knee joints is required. Arms, hands, legs and feet must function sufficiently in order for applicants to perform the duties satisfactorily.
Since the duties of this position are exacting and involve the responsibility for the safety of others under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability. Any condition that would hinder full, efficient performance of the duties of this position or that would cause the individual to be a hazard to himself/herself or to others is disqualifying.
There are also specific medical requirements for this position, and any chronic disease or condition affecting the respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, nervous, genitourinary, and other systems that would impair full performance of the duties of the positon may also be disqualifying.
Conditions of Employment you will be required to:
- Possess uncorrected visual acuity of no worse than 20/60 binocular. Possess corrected visual acuity of 20/20 or better in each eye. (Note: Lasik, ALK, RK, and PRK corrective eye surgeries are acceptable eye surgeries for Uniformed Division members. Applicants will be considered eligible for the Chief position provided specific visual tests are passed. The following are waiting periods for visual tests: Lasik-3 months after surgery, PRK-6 months after surgery, and ALK and RK-one year after surgery).
- Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 30 decibels (A.S.A. or equivalent I.S.O.) in either ear in the 500, 1000, and 2000 Hz ranges. Applicants must be able to hear the whispered voice at 15 feet with each ear without the use of a hearing aid.
- Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
- Disclose any prior drug use, attempted use, and/or experimentation.
- Carry and use a firearm. Maintaining firearm proficiency is also mandatory. You will be ineligible to occupy this position if at any time you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, unless you received a pardon or your conviction was expunged or set aside.
- Certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so, if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959.
- Obtain and maintain a top secret clearance. Completion of a single scope background investigation is required before appointment.
- Be appointed to this position under a proposed excepted appointment which is limited to 3 years and 120 days. Upon completion of this period, you will either be converted to career status or separated based on the expiration of the appointment.
The Chief is the highest-ranking member of the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division police force. Uniformed Division personnel assure the protection of the President, Vice President, their families, designated embassies, and other specified Federal property at all times. The Uniformed Division works under the operational direction of the Assistant Director for Protective Operations.
At the direction of the Assistant Director Protective Operations, the Chief plans, directs and supervises the work of uniformed, specialists, technical and support employees engaged in carrying out the mission and function of the Uniformed Division.
Serving within the Office of Protective Operations, the Chief:
- Manages the programs, operations and activities of the Uniformed Division to ensure proper and necessary protection is afforded the President, Vice President, their families, designated embassies, and other designated federal property;
- Represents the agency in the issuance of permanent and temporary memoranda setting forth authority, responsibility and the duties of the various ranks, grades and positions established with the organization;
- Performs long-and short-range planning and development of Uniformed Division programs and operations;
- Maintains liaison with the law enforcement community and other divisions of the United States Secret Service to establish interdivision work procedures and methods ensuring efficient and effective mission accomplishment;
- Prepares periodic reports for the Assistant Director concerning the activities and conditions of the force;
- Ensures enforcement of the laws, statutes, and ordinances of the United States and of the District of Columbia by all subordinate employees;
- Enforces mandated protective responsibilities as described under Title 18, United States Code, Section 3056A;
- Responds either directly or through designated representative, to emergencies on a 24-hour / 7-day a week basis;
- Coordinates with the Office of Training to develop and implement training programs for Uniformed Division personnel; and
- Performs other duties as assigned.