Community Planner

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Sep 13, 2019
Closes
Sep 20, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Who May Be Considered:
  • Status Candidates
  • Veterans
  • Land Management Eligibles under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act .
  • View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

Learn more about this agency

Responsibilities

Joining the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) means being part of the team focused on securing the Nation's physical and cyber infrastructure against threats to public health and safety, economy, and national security. Within CISA, the Infrastructure Security Division focuses on protecting critical infrastructure from all hazards by managing risk and enhancing resilience through collaboration with the critical infrastructure community, which includes private sector owners, operators, and employees; State, local, tribal, and territorial officials; and other Federal agencies.

Visit www.dhs.gov/cisa to learn more about CISA and how you can be part of the team to Defend Today; Secure Tomorrow.

In this position, you will serve as a Community Planner.Typical work assignments include:
  • Executing the Infrastructure Security Division (ISD) national program aimed at enhancing the resilience of regional and community infrastructure.
  • Establishing and maintaining the organization's plan for engaging stakeholders to achieve collective objectives and increasing the resilience of the Nation's critical infrastructure.
  • Developing strategies, based on emerging threats, needs, and gaps to recommend and influence Federal, State, Local, Tribal, Territorial (FSLTT) government officials in the development and improvement of local policies, procedures, and directives related to resilient critical infrastructure design and community planning;
  • Identifying potential points of failure, interdependencies, and possible cascading effects, and develops recommendations for increasing resilience in the face of these risks.
  • Providing leadership and advice to state, regional, and local planners on identifying priorities, establishing resilience objectives, identifying dependencies among infrastructure systems, and, developing cooperative relationships leading to joint technical efforts in planning projects to resolve unusually complex issues.


Travel Required

25% or less - Overnight Travel of up to 5 nights per month may be required.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required.
  • You must be able to obtain and hold a Secret security clearance.
  • Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements.
  • New employees must serve a one year probationary period.
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative test result prior to appointment to this position. After appointment, you may be subject to periodic random drug testing.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized. Other recruitment incentives may be authorized.
  • This position has been designated excluded from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 USC Section 7112(B)(6).
  • All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.
  • Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
  • Essential Personnel: This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operation events 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).


Qualifications

You qualify for the GS-14 grade level (starting salary $117,191.00) if you meet one of the following basic requirements:

A) Have a bachelor's or higher degree in community planning; or related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration that included at least 12 semester hours in the planning process, socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, urban and regional economic analysis, and development finance.

--OR--
B) Have a combination of education and experience courses equivalent to a major in one of the above disciplines, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the above disciplines of which at least 12 semester hours were in the planning process, and socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to the above basic requirement you must possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-13 grade level performing the following duties:
  • Providing guidance on projects to develop resilience plans involving critical infrastructure.
  • Collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to execute infrastructure and community plans.
  • Maintaining partnerships to enhance resilience measures and programs at the Federal, State, Local, Tribal, Territorial (FSLTT) level; and
  • Work with organizational stakeholders to implement strategies for assisting owners/operators in establishing procedures to restore capabilities following an incident.

  • 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.

    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, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    Qualifications Must Be Met
    The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Time-in-Grade
    Current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade level or equivalent grade band in the federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met by closing date of this announcement.

    Submit a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that demonstrates your eligibility for consideration, e.g., length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases); your current promotion potential; proof of permanent appointment if applying based on an interchange agreement; etc. Please note: While a General Adjustment and/or Award SF-50 may be your most recent SF-50 it typically DOES NOT show proof of Time in Grade. Thus, you may have to submit more than one SF-50 as proof of Time in Grade.

    Education

    Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information.

    Additional information

    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.

    Merit promotion and/or non-competitive referral lists may be issued based on the needs of the agency.

    More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

    Appointments are subject to the availability of funds.

    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 Benefits. Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

    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.

    E-Verify:
    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.

    Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , persons with disabilities , and those covered under the Interchange Agreement possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the documentation that is required, click on the links in Who May Be Considered section or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

    You are encouraged to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, please use the Alternate Application link listed in the Other Information section of this vacancy announcement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online if at all possible. Applying online, through your USAJOBS account, will expedite the application process and allow you to check your application status as well as verify the documentation submitted with your application. If you utilize the Alternate Application method, your USAJOBS account will not display this application and you will not receive status updates.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Applicants will be evaluated on their resume 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 an Assessment Questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:

    • Advising
    • Critical Infrastructure Program Management
    • Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience
    • Partnering


    Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are best qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

    Candidate who apply under Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume, supporting documentation submitted and their responses to the assessment questionnaire.

    If you are determined qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10564407

    Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Program (I/CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not I/CTAP eligible. View information about I/CTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under I/CTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Interview Requirement: Interviews may be required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration. The interview process may consist of a in-person or phone panel interview.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Secret

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

  • Your resume
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire
  • Your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) to show proof of time-in-grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions and with-in grade/range increases)
  • Your college transcripts
  • If your application is rated as well-qualified (score 85 or above) and you are claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Program (I/CTAP)? Submit:
    • a copy of your agency notice,
    • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
    • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.


    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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