Intelligence Research Specialist
Occasional travel - Overnight travel may be required 25% of the time.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
This is an Excepted Service position. This appointment will not confer Competitive Service career-conditional or career tenure status. This means that if you are selected, you would have to compete with other applicants in open competition to meet requirements for another Federal position, unless you meet the requirements for reinstatement. Applicants who voluntarily convert from the competitive service, Senior Executive Service, or other pay systems to a non-time limited appointment under this excepted service authority are not afforded “fallback rights” to the pay system previously assigned prior to conversion.
Conditions of Employment
- Eligible candidates for this position must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance AND qualify for a Q clearance.
- As a condition of appointment to this position, you will be subject to pre-employment/pre-appointment testing for illegal drug use under the U.S. Department of Energy Employee Drug Plan. If you are selected you will be provided information regarding drug testing. Failure to undergo testing or positive findings resulting from the test will eliminate you from further consideration for this position. If selected for and appointed to this position you will be subject to random drug testing while employed.
- Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12). A selectee's appointment is contingent upon compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity.
- During off-duty hours, incumbent may be required to return to assigned duty station to perform one or more of the duties cited herein or to provide support to DOE policy makers, particularly during crisis periods.
- May be asked to participate in activities requiring exposure to hazardous conditions.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
For the GS-13, A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:
- Experience providing to the review and evaluation of intelligence reports and raw data to develop informed conclusions based upon knowledge of foreign nuclear technologies, weapons, security and/or arms controls.
- Experience participating in the production of a finished intelligence assessments on foreign nuclear technologies, weapons, security and/or arms controls.
- Experience participating in the management of a research portfolio to include timely and periodic maintenance and reporting of tasks and projects to management and providing review and remedial action on assigned intelligence products.
- Experience preparing briefings to senior DOE policy makers and/or support to projects related to nuclear non-proliferation, counter-proliferation, and nuclear weapons-related issues.
To qualify for the GS-12 level, applicants must possess one of the following:
To qualify based solely on SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE at the GS-12 Grade Level, a qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.
At the GS-11 Grade Level, specialized experience for this position is defined as:
- Experience assisting with the review and evaluation of intelligence reports and raw data to develop informed conclusions based upon knowledge of foreign nuclear technologies, weapons, security and/or arms controls.
- Experience assisting with the management of a research portfolio to include timely and periodic maintenance and reporting of tasks and projects to management and providing review and remedial action on assigned intelligence products.
- Experience providing customer support to DOE and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) managers and senior officials.
Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!
- Knowledge of the topics and areas of foreign nuclear proliferation, nuclear programs, nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear material security, nuclear terrorism, and/or nuclear weapons development.
- Knowledge of the U.S. Intelligence Community, its component agencies, and related intelligence disciplines.
- Ability to make clear and convincing presentations and arguments concerning complex analytic and management issues, and to advocate, defend, negotiate, and fully justify positions and recommendations.
- Skill in oral and written communication.
- Ability to brief policymakers and/or senior members of the Intelligence Community on issues and analyses related to foreign nuclear capabilities and intentions.
"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.
CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.
You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
There is no positive education requirement for this position, and education cannot be substituted for experience.
The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
- New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify
- Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
- If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
- More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
- Some positions may require completion of a trial period of 2 (two) or 1 (one) year.
- Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
- All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
- This position is not included in a bargaining unit.
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications necessary for this position. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to determine if your qualifications meet the criteria for referral to the selecting official. This position is in the excepted service and is being filled in accordance with 50 U.S.C. 3024(v). All candidates that meet all of the minimum requirements of this position as stated in the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement will be referred to the selecting official.
Selecting official may check references on those applicants referred for consideration. References will be checked on the selectee prior to an employment offer.
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