Intelligence Research Specialist, GS-0132-11 / 12 / 13

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 16, 2020
Closes
Sep 23, 2020
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters (USCG), Deputy Commandant for Operations, Assistant Commandant for Intelligence, Counterintelligence Service (CGCIS), Analysis & Production Division, Washington, DC.

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Responsibilities

You will serve as a Counterintelligence Research, Development, and Acquisitions/Supply Chain Risk Management (RDA/SCRM) analyst, responsible for developing counterintelligence RDA/SCRM assessments and producing written products and briefings in support of various Coast Guard Counterintelligence Service (CGCIS) missions throughout the U.S. Coast Guard and the Intelligence Community.

Being a CG civilian makes you a valuable member of the team. Typical work assignments include:
  • Serving as a subject matter expert in RDA/SCRM activities, responsible for all source analysis of new acquisition projects to aid in threat identification for the development of countermeasures designed to detect and mitigate foreign penetrations, etc.
  • Conducting tactical, operational and strategic level analysis in support of various CGCIS missions and provides advisory and consultative services.
  • Producing products that inform Coast Guard and Intelligence Community (IC) stakeholders of counterintelligence anomalies, efforts by foreign intelligence entities to compromise Coast Guard programs and operations.
  • Prioritizing and scheduling analytic production in support of customer requirements, and coordinating/liaising/collaborating with relevant IC.
  • Maintaining a close working relationship with other agency counterparts on counterintelligence RDA/SCRM matters.
  • Serving as a counterintelligence RDA/SCRM analytic subject matter expert, coordinating, liaising and collaborating with subject matter experts at other Coast Guard intelligence production centers.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1 - 5 nights of travel may be required.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • The applicant is subject to pre-appointment and random drug testing.
  • This position requires a Top Secret/SSBI clearance.
  • Must be able to complete a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).
  • Must be willing to undergo CI Scope Polygraph
  • Incumbent must sign a non-disclosure statement.


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

This position is in the EXCEPTED SERVICE. Pursuant to 50 USC 3024(v), this position is being established in the excepted service as an element of the intelligence community within the U.S. Coast Guard.

Excepted Service appointments are appointments within the Federal Government that are excepted from civil service procedures and do not confer competitive status.

Qualifications

At the GS-11 level: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: Maintaining contacts and liaison with counterparts in other intelligence organizations; analyzing and evaluating raw data in a geographical or function area to produce finished intelligence reports; collecting reviewing, evaluating, interpreting, and performing first order analysis of law enforcement intelligence threats; conducting pre/post-mission intelligence briefings; and assisting in the identification of gaps in existing data and requesting research or reports necessary to strengthen intelligence in those areas.

OR at least one of the following if using education to qualify at this grade level:

(A) a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR

(B) 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. OR

(C) A combination of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in or related to the work of this position AND education graduate level education that provided the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position and experience. Experience and education combinations are computed by first determining the total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the total of qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at that grade level.

At the GS-12 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes performing complex and responsible analysis and production tasks relative to an assigned area(s) in political, economic, social, cultural, physical, geographic, technical or military conditions for one or more foreign countries; planning, implementing and maintaining data bases for all aspects of operations required to process all source material and the production of technical or operational intelligence; identifying intelligence gaps, specifics collection requirements to fill gaps, and develops analytical tools and methodologies to cope with the gaps; serving as a collection management representative.

At the GS-13 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: serving as a recognized expert throughout the Intelligence Community (IC) on Insider Threat including evaluating information and data to identify potential indicators of insider threat matters.

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.

Education

This position does not have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: 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. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here

Additional information

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.

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 at click here

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

Moving expense 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.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. 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. 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 required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this 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

How You Will Be Evaluated

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 self assessment questions that are based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:
  • Knowledge of counterintelligence RDA/SCRM analysis, including assessments, reports, and Intelligence Community products.
  • Knowledge of counterintelligence terminologies, methodologies, research and analytical techniques applied to the assigned specialty in order to perform difficult and complex work assignments.
  • Skill in interpretation, evaluation, and integration of intelligence information from all sources.
  • Skill in verbal and written communication to produce finished products, prepare and present briefings.
  • Knowledge with selective intelligence collection methods and systems, their capabilities and limitations and appropriate tasking methods.

  • 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.

    If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

    Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience; no points will be assigned.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness , National security

    Required Documents

    1. Your resume
    2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
    3. If qualifying based on education, submit a legible copy of your unofficial college transcript from an accredited college/university. The transcript copy must reflect the college/university name and/or logo. Applicants are highly encouraged to proactively order a copy of their official transcripts to be delivered to their home address so transcripts will be readily available if selected. If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts prior to establishing your start date. Foreign 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 institutions in the U.S. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here.
    4. If you are claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), submit a copy of your agency notice, most recent performance rating and most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level and duty location. If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. To be considered eligible, you must be placed in the well-qualified category for this position. Please see ICTAP eligibility.
    5. If you are claiming veterans' preference, submit the following documents. Please see Feds Hire Vets for detail.
    a. Veterans claiming 5 point veterans' preference must submit legible Member 4 Copy DD214(s) indicating Character of Service. 5-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application.
    b. 30% Disabled Veterans must submit their Member Copy 4 DD-214(s), which includes Character of Service, and VA Disability Letter with percentage of disability OR documentation of disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces which reflects a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.
    c. Other 10 point Preference Eligibles must submit applicable Member Copy 4 DD-214(s), which includes Character of Service, and provide documentation of your other 10 point preference. If claiming 10 point preference, you must provide required documentation described on the back of the SF-15 which proves that you are entitled to such preference. 10-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application.
    d. If you are a current active duty military member who does not have a DD214 and is claiming preference under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces indicating that you will be discharged or released under honorable conditions from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. Certifications must be on letterhead from the appropriate military branch and include the following information: military dates of service and expected discharge or release date, character of service, military rank, type of discharge and date when terminal leave will begin. Certifications must be signed by, or by direction of military members' military personnel offices, unit commanders or higher headquarters.
    6. OPM must authorize employment offers for former or current Political Appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information. Submit proof of your former or current status, such as your SF-50. Please see here.

    All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you are unable to submit your documents electronically, you may fax or mail the documents. A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with fax number and instructions to transmit the requested documents. The required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement. The mailing address is COMMANDANT (CG-123HQ), ATTN OFFICE OF CIVILIAN HUMAN RESOURCES (JOBS), US COAST GUARD, 2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE STOP 7912, WASHINGTON, DC 20593-7912.

    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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