Security Specialist, GS-0080-09/11/12
Occasional travel - Some travel may be required.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
Applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-9 level:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service.
Examples of specialized experience at this grade level includes: Assisting in making security clearance adjudication, suitability determinations and recommendations; determining eligibility for access to classified or sensitive information and granting personnel security clearances/accesses in the presence of minor derogatory information (e.g., traffic violations, misdemeanors at least 5 years in the past, and similar situations); experience responding to questions involving Personnel Security and Suitability for service-related matters
OR applicants may substitute successful completion of 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education or Master's or equivalent graduate degree (such as an LL.B or J.D).
OR a combination of appropriate specialized experience (as described above) and graduate education (as described above) that is beyond the first year of progressive graduate study to meet the qualification requirements.
Applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-11 level:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service.
OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related
OR a combination of education and experience.
Examples of specialized experience at this grade level includes: managing SCI personnel Security clearances, and preparation and submission of required documentation for physical accreditation of new SCIF spaces; conducting SCI briefings, indoctrinations, indoctrination assistances for other federal agencies, and debriefings; conducting annual SCI security awareness training throughout the AOR; providing comprehensive management and oversight of the maintenance and physical accreditation of SCIFs; and assisting with the procurement, repair and installation of information systems; and ensuring information systems are installed in compliance with national and agency policies and are properly accredited.
Applicants must have at least one full year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service.
Examples of specialized experience at this grade level includes: managing SCI personnel Security clearances, and preparation and submission of required documentation for physical accreditation of new SCIF spaces; conducting SCI briefings, indoctrinations, indoctrination assists for other federal agencies, and debriefings; conducting annual SCI security awareness training throughout the AOR; providing comprehensive management and oversight of the maintenance and physical accreditation of SCIFs; implementing SCI physical security policy; ensuring accreditation criteria for each SCIF remains current, focusing on physical, personnel, TEMPEST and Information Assurance programs; ensuring all SCIFs are operating in compliance with DNI and Coast Guard accreditation standards; assisting with the procurement, repair and installation of information systems; and ensuring information systems are installed in compliance with national and agency policies and are properly accredited.
Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.
National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.
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.
This position does not have a positive education requirement.
Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations. If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete/make updates to the OF-306 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, or imprisonment.
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Recruitment incentives may be authorized.
If selection is made below the full performance level, the incumbent may be promoted up to the target grade without further competition, if all legal and regulatory requirements are met and when recommended by the supervisor. However, promotion to the full performance level is not guaranteed and is dependent on successful performance at the lower grade level(s).
All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.
For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. See the required documents section of the announcement.
More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 45 days from the date the certificate was issued.
If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-795-6262. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line assessment to place you in one of three categories.
The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are:
- Knowledge of principles, policies, and practices of security administration.
- Knowledge of personnel security, physical security and information security.
- Knowledge of national intelligence security policy and control manuals
- Skill in oral and written communication.
- Ability to analyze and resolve complex problems.
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
1. Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined by the job analysis.
2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
3. Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.
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