Chemist (Public Notice Flyer)

Washington, D.C
Nov 09, 2019
Nov 17, 2019
Full Time


Do you have a passion for public service? The United States Secret Service (USSS) is looking for you! The USSS is a premier law enforcement organization with two (2) critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations.Our team members continue a tradition of excellence-whether investigating financial crimes or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. We serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity, and courage.

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The Secret Service is seeking to hire talented individuals to:
  • Provide overall program and project planning, coordination, management, and quality assurance for interrelated technical areas including, but not limited to:
    • Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) threat detection and countermeasures;
    • Infrastructure protection;
    • Protective equipment for CBRNE safety

· Serve as a senior scientist on specialized projects and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders in developing, formulating, planning, managing, directing and executing operational programs, thus promoting best practices and enhancing the agency's investigative and protective missions;

· Develop, test, and evaluate tools, systems and protocols for the detection, containment and disposition of CBRNE materials;

· Participate in interagency ad-hoc working groups for CBRNE detection and protection protocols;

· Serve as an expert and advisor on acquisition management and implementation (e.g. pre-solicitation documentation, source selection); serve as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) in managing awarded contracts;

· Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to assure that mission requirements and performance metrics are met, utilizing best practices and applicable scientific methods to ensure "real time" data/information throughout the contract/program life cycle;

· Prepare and provide briefings for USSS leadership and other stakeholders;

· Support fixed-site, temporary-site and laboratory operations; and

· Prepare operational and maintenance specifications and guides for end-users; provide training and technical briefings to end-users regarding the use, installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of equipment.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required.

  • Security Clearance: Top Secret
  • Successfully complete a polygraph examination
  • Pass a drug test (urinalysis)
  • Shift work may be required
  • Must be able to work holidays, evenings, weekends and during inclement weather and government shutdowns as required to support operations
  • Certify you have registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, or certify you are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.


You must demonstrate at least one (1) year of the defined specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level and meet the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR).

Specialized experience is defined as performing such duties as:
  • GS-13: performing duties such as: applying theories, concepts, principles, standards, and methods in the fields of chemistry; evaluating capabilities or vulnerabilities associated with hazards detection systems; and providing advice on the feasibility, collection, interpretation and application of scientific information for the advancement of protective and/or investigative technologies associated with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and/or explosive (CBRNE) threat agents.
  • GS-14: performing duties such as: leading initiatives, proposals, projects, research and other activities to support protective and investigative countermeasures for chemical threat agents; applying comprehensive scientific theories, concepts, principles, standards, and methods; advising management and administration on program development; developing, testing, evaluating, and deploying protocols and CBRNE detection systems; implementing solutions to capability gaps or vulnerabilities; serving as Contracting Officer's Representative (COR); and providing consultative advice on the feasibility and application of scientific studies and advances in scientific technologies and processes.


OPMs Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) is defined as:


See Qualifications section

Additional information

Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crimes or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the USSS we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity, and courage.

The Office of Technical Development and Mission Support (TEC), Technical Security Division (TSD), is responsible for providing a technically secure environment for the President at the White House, Vice Presidential Residence, and such places that the President and Vice President may be temporarily located and providing technical security for other protectees during travel and at their residences, as directed or requested.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

See Qualifications section


The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
  • Mastery of and skill to apply the concepts, principles, theories and techniques of chemistry sufficient to provide program planning, management and direction for protective and/or investigative technology development and transition
  • Demonstrated skill in interpersonal management for the purpose of establishing and maintaining effective and cooperative relations with a variety of management, administrative and scientific/ engineering staff
  • Knowledge of and skill in locating, identifying and acquiring equipment, personnel and materials needed for multiple chemical science projects, within dynamic timeframes and budgetary constraints
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with contracting rules, methods and regulations in order to serve as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR), develop statements of work and solicitation packages, evaluate proposals and provide technical oversight during contract performance

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

See How To Apply section

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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