Intelligence Research Specialist
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.
This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A). The Primary purpose of this position is to promote understanding of threats through intelligence analysis, gather information and intelligence pertinent to homeland security, share the information necessary for action, and manage intelligence for the Homeland Security Enterprise.
Promotion Potential: This position is being filled at the full performance level.
This is a permanent appointment in the Excepted Service and will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment may be required to serve a two (2) year trial period.
This position does not confer non-competitive conversion to the competitive service. Acceptance of an excepted service appointment from applicants in the competitive service will require a written statement of understanding when voluntarily leaving the competitive service. Veteran's preference requirements do not apply to Title 50 appointment authority.
All DHS-HQ announcements have a 5 business day open period due to the number of applications received.
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.
Occasional travel - Overnight travel 1-5 nights per month may be required.
Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Relocation expenses are authorized for I&A Employees Only.
Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for TOP SECRET/SCI SECURITY LEVEL clearance as a condition of placement in this SPECIAL SENSITIVE SENSITIVITY LEVEL position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
Pursuant to Executive Order 12654 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.
You qualify for the GS-14 grade level (starting salary $112,021) if you possess at least one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-13 grade level (obtained in the private or public sectors) which included conducting unclassified and classified all-source finished intelligence analysis on cyber threats to inform customers and guide their policies and operations. This experience includes:
- Producing and completing all-source (unclassified and classified) finished cyber intelligence assessments that use advanced structured analytic techniques and adhere to the highest level of Intelligence Community Directive 203 analytic tradecraft standards;
- Preparing and conducting all-source cyber intelligence briefings to provide senior customers with critical understanding of the cyber threat;
- Advanced technical knowledge of cyber threat actor tactics, techniques, and procedures and demonstrated use of cybersecurity information such as sensor data in all-source finished intelligence analysis.
In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered qualified for the position:
1. Demonstrated expertise in Intelligence Community Directive 203 analytic tradecraft standards and demonstrated ability to author and complete all-source finished cyber intelligence assessments rated overall as excellent under this standard.
2. Technical knowledge of cyber threat actor tactics, techniques, and procedures as demonstrated in the incumbent's use of cyber security information such as sensor data in all-source cyber finished intelligence products.
Note: Current Federal employees on a developmental career ladder position under the same series as this announcement: If selected and you advance to the next higher grade level prior to establishment of an entry on duty date, you may be hired at the higher grade level and continue the career ladder progression identified in this announcement.
All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Employee Benefits."
This position may be filled at the full performance level.
Selectee may be required to serve a two-year probationary period
Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses may be paid to I&A employees only.
If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.This position is designated as Emergency Essential. Emergency Essential personnel must be able to serve during a continuity of operation event 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).
Current or Former Political Appointees: 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 or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.
This position does not confer non-competitive conversion to the competitive service. Acceptance of an excepted service appointment from applicants in the competitive service will require a written statement of understanding when voluntarily leaving the competitive service.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 90 calendar days of the initial issue date of the referral list. Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.
By applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for other similar positions.
You may be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and is subject to random drug testing for the duration of service with DHS.
DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using a job questionnaire to assign numerical scores on a scale of 100. Applicants who meet the qualification requirements for the position are assigned a rating of 70 or more and are eligible for appointment. The competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job are:
1. Ability to produce and complete all-source cyber finished intelligence assessments of highly complex cyber threat topics that require minimal editing; are accurate, clear, concise, and well organized; and adhere to the highest level of Intelligence Community Directive 203 analytic tradecraft standards.
2. Technical knowledge of cyber threat actor tactics, techniques, and procedures and demonstrated use of cyber security information such as senor data in all-source finished intelligence analysis.
3. Ability to initiate, lead, mentor, recognize, value, build, and leverage collaborative and constructive networks to share knowledge and achieve results.
4. Skill in application of judgment and tact in personally dealing with senior decision-makers and high-level technical and management officials.