Legislative Director

Arlington, Virginia
Jul 18, 2017
Aug 02, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

About the Agency

Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. For additional information about our agency please: Click Here

This position is also being announced through Government-Wide procedure under Announcement #HQ-OLA-17-339329-G. Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Government-Wide procedures must apply to both announcements.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel up to 5%, required for airport visits and outreach tours.

  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI Clearance.
  • You must pass Drug and Alcohol Screening, subject to random drug tests.
  • You may be required to complete a one-year Supervisory Probation Period.
  • Travel required up to (5) percent for airport site visit and outreach tours
  • To qualify for the SV-K Pay Band (equivalent to GS-15), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-J or GS-14/15 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience is defined as:

    • providing oversight of congressional relations (e.g., Congressional inquiries, information requests from external stakeholders) to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies; and,
    • working directly with Members of Congress, their staff, and congressional committees.

    You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

    Top Secret/SCI


    If selected for this position, you will serve as the Legislative Director in the Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

    Duties include:

        • Serving as a technical expert on congressional matters working with senior management to identify and jointly resolve problems in a fast-paced office.
        • Providing expert advice on the agency's legislative strategy in order to promote the agency's initiatives and priorities with Congress.
        • Planning, constructing, and directing legislative strategies and promoting solid working relationships and effective communication with Members of Congress and their staff.
        • Managing a team of legislative affairs specialists and assisting them in resolving congressional inquiries and/or interactions with Members of Congress and their staff.
        • Working independently and often under a tight deadline to develop solutions addressing concerns raised by individual Members of Congress, their staff or oversight committees.
        • Drafting comprehensive, thoughtful, and well-written agency testimony or talking points for senior leadership for congressional hearings and briefings, which may include navigating the complex interagency clearance process.

    Supervisory/Managerial duties includes serving as a first line supervisor for the organization; assigning work, setting priorities, and reviewing and evaluating work and performance of subordinates; approving leave; coaching and developing employees; recommending corrective or disciplinary actions; assisting in budget planning and projecting short-term needs; managing projects within assigned resources; resolving routine problems that typically impact the objectives of the organizational unit; and coordinating with customers outside the immediate organization.

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