Supervisory Security Specialist

Falls Church, Virginia
Aug 23, 2019
Aug 28, 2019
Full Time


The incumbent supervises security and emergency management personnel engaged in developing policy, standards, procedures, and evaluating the effectiveness of current policies and practices within all security and emergency management programs. Serves as an advisor to senior staff and provides guidance and assistance to supervisors and employees on all areas of security and emergency management regulations, policies and laws and effectively assists management in program-related responsibilities.
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Duties include but are not limited to the following:
  • Participates in the immediate and long-range planning, development, and analysis of unique needs of the Bureau related to national and departmental security and emergency management programs and policy areas affecting various areas of EOIR personnel, physical, industrial and information security and emergency management resources.
  • Participates in the development of operational and budgetary plans including Unified Financial Management Systems (UFMS) with top-level managers and key officials as it relates to security and emergency management policies and procedures.
  • Provides management with options and recommendations for effective security program and policies and advises on the regulatory and legal requirements of various security policies national and Departmental.
  • Leads and provides oversight to non-supervisory security and emergency management staff and team members in the continual operations, analysis and evaluation of security, HSPD-12/PIV card access programs, processes, procedures and emergency management policies, and implementation goals throughout the EOIR.
  • Studies statutes, policies, regulations, guidance, and procedures of the DOJ, EOIR, and OPM to determine applicable requirements and best methods or techniques to support the required level of manpower and fiscal resources and consultant and advisory services necessary for successful security resource management and mission accomplishment.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation, credit check, and drug test.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • Moving and Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
  • One year supervisory probationary period may apply, if not previously met.


In order to qualify for the Supervisory Security Specialist position, you must meet the following time in grade requirements and minimum qualifications:

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-13 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-14 evel. (Please submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No Award or General Adjustment SF-50's will be accepted). Time-in-grade requirements also apply to VEOA applicants having held a GS position in the past year.


Minimum Qualifications GS-14:
Must have at least one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the Federal performing the following duties: 1) Advising senior leadership regarding technical issues on the selection and application of physical security systems and equipment for organizational facilities; 2) Evaluating contract offers for physical security systems; 3) Developing plans to manage material resources in achieving physical security systems program objectives; 4) Evaluating security and emergency management programs to ensure all are operating effectively; AND 5) Supervising security systems and emergency management subordinates in accomplishing objectives and operations.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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Additional information

(Please submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No Award or General Adjustment SF-50's will be accepted). Time-in-grade requirements also apply to VEOA applicants having held a GS position in the past year.

This position is open to Competitive Merit Promotion, Non-Competitive, and Special Hiring Authority eligibles. You must meet the requirements for one of the following categories to be eligible.

1. A current permanent competitive service employee; former Federal employee who achieved career status in the competitive service; or former Federal employee who served on a career conditional appointment without achieving career status in the competitive service who was separated less than three years ago. You must submit an SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional (Tenure field is 1 or 2); AND status in the competitive service (Position Occupied field is 1).

2. A Veteran applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing an honorable discharge. To be eligible, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed 3 or more years of active service. NOTE: Current career/career conditional federal employees applying under VEOA must submit a qualifying SF-50 to show they meet time-in-grade.

3. A 30% or more Disabled Veteran. You must submit your DD214, a completed SF-15, and letter from the VA dated 1991 or later.

4. Military spouses are eligible if their active duty military spouse: 1) receives a Permanent Change of Station move; 2) has a 100% disability rating; or 3) died while on active duty. Please submit supporting documentation.

5. Schedule A: DOJ welcomes and encourages applicants from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advance on the basis of merit. Documentation of eligibility under Schedule A can be obtained from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e. state or private); or any Federal agency, state agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. Territory that issues or provides disability benefits. This letter must be separate from any Veterans Preference documentation.

6. A Former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteers Appointment. Please submit documentation to be considered.

7. Veterans eligible for a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA). You must submit a copy of your DD-214. NOTE: VRA only applies to positions at the GS-11 level and below.

8. Other non-competitive authorities (please see announcement language for applicable authorities).

9. A current or former Land Management Bureau employee who has served at least 24 months under a time-limited competitive appointment who is eligible for appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act.

Active Duty Service Members-You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the certification is signed. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applicants applying under merit promotion procedures will be rated in accordance with the EOIR's Merit Staffing plan. Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

You will be rated based on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) or competencies:
  • Manages Human Resources
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Technical Competence

In order to be rated as meeting the minimum qualifications, we must be able to determine from your application package that you have the specialized experience that is required. Your resume MUST contain your full name, address, phone number, and employment information such as:
  • Employer name and location for each position held.
  • From and to dates (or from date to present for current position), which include the month and year for each position held.
  • Grade levels held for each federal position.
  • Detailed descriptions of experience under each position held. (Applicants must provide specific supporting examples to show that they meet the qualifications of the position shown in the announcement.)
  • Any submitted documents not required or requested for this vacancy will not be considered (i.e. training certificates, case filings, letter of recommendations, etc.).

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by the closing date of this announcement, which includes:
1. Your Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. (Please see the How You Will Be Evaluated section)
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents (submit if applicable to you):
  • Current and former Federal employees: Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing proof of status. This must include the type of service (competitive or excepted), career status (career or career conditional), and highest grade and step held on a permanent basis, and the highest full performance level (FPL or highest promotion potential) of held position(s).
  • Merit Promotion and VEOA applicants: SF-50 reflecting time-in-grade requirements. This must include your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, type of service (competitive or excepted) and career status (career or career conditional).Examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, within grade/range increases, and SF-50s one or more years old. General Adjustment and Time off or Cash Award SF-50's will not be accepted.
  • If you are a veteran and you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit a DD214,"Certificate of Release from Active Duty," which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. For competitive service positions, active duty service members expecting to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days: you may be granted tentative preference by submitting a "certification" document in lieu of a DD-214. This "certification" is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of the submission of the certification. Veterans' preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veterans' preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
  • If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference based on service-connected disability, in addition to the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference," plus the proof of entitlement of this preference, which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. For more information on veterans' preference, see
  • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP/ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), most recent performance appraisal, SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, full performance level, and duty location with your application.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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