Program Analyst

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Oct 17, 2020
Closes
Oct 20, 2020
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

As our nation navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, CBP is committed to delivering our mission to safeguard America's borders and enable legitimate trade and travel. Staffing mission critical positions remains a high priority. Be reassured that CBP is still hiring, despite potential hiring process step delays due to restrictions to in-person activities.
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Responsibilities

Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Enterprise Services, Office of Acquisition, Business Operations Division, located in Arlington, VA.

Joining Customs & Border Protection (CBP), Office of Acquisition will allow you to provide expert advice and analysis to management on various functions and activities of management processes, systems, and mission support programs. This position starts at a salary of $121,316.00 (GS-14, Step 1) to $157,709.00 (GS-14, Step 10) with promotion potential to $157,709 (GS-14 Step 10). Apply for this exciting opportunity to strengthen the Department's ability to perform homeland security functions by developing, evaluating, and interpreting program management policies, analyzing mission-orientated programs, and generating and applying new hypothesis and concepts to improved effectiveness and efficiency of operations.

In this Program Analyst position you will become a key team member of Homeland Security professionals involved in performing a variety of planning and programming related functions to include; planning, developing, and executing business and acquisition management resources, procedures, policy, guidelines, and methodologies; evaluating current business management processes and procedures; recommending appropriate actions for use in the execution of acquisition programs; making recommendations to all levels of management; reviewing, evaluating, and planning of planning methodologies and controls, performance measurements, information systems, management techniques and theories, organizational structure, appropriation laws, and policies and directives required for successful program planning and execution. Typical work assignments include:
  • Serving as an internal consultant to management on specific business management and organizational development projects such as aligning organizational processes and facilitating new practices, and participating with top management in the development of organizational goals and timetables;
  • Responsible for overall schedule management of the acquisition program's requirements, making changes in their Integrated Master Schedules (IMS) to meet adjusted program milestones and developing and utilizing Schedule Risk Analysis (SRA) in support of the Government Accountability Office (GAO)/CBP schedule best practices;
  • Utilizing an IMS approach to perform the following duties such as providing the program with an overview of progress and realistic forecasts against a resource-loaded performance measurement baseline, assisting management with optimizing the overall execution strategy of their program, coordinating work flows, and assisting in the decision making process to mitigate risks and resolve challenges on a day to day basis;
  • Performing a full range of management analysis by applying established analysis principles, concepts and practices to a wide variety of difficult problems. Serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in policies in assigned areas of responsibilities related to: schedule, trend analyses, and acquisition program forecasting functions; and
  • Planning, developing, delivering, and attending briefings, presentations and conferences for supervisors and executive management; ensures accurate and appropriately concise information is available.


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Primary U.S. residency for at least three of the last five years (additional details below)
  • You may be required to pass a background investigation
  • CBP follows the DHS Drug-Free Workplace Plan for drug testing procedures
  • As an employee of CBP, you will be joining a workforce that is dedicated to accomplishing our mission while maintaining the trust of our Nation by strictly adhering to all government ethics standards. Your conduct will be subject to the ethics rules applicable to all Executive Branch employees, and to CBP employees specifically, as well as the criminal conflict of interest statutes. Once you enter on duty, these rules include obtaining approval for outside employment or business activity, to ensure such employment or business activity is not prohibited and does not interfere or conflict with performance of your official duties. Please review further details via the following link.


Qualifications

Specialized Experience: You qualify for the GS-14 grade level if you possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, performing duties such as:
  • Leading in the development of schedules in support of the Government Accountability Office (GAO)/CBP schedule best practices;
  • Leading Schedule Risk Assessments (SRA) on program and project schedules using adopted schedule software compatible with preferred scheduling software tools; and
  • Leading in developing, approving and maintaining Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) baselines in accordance with GAO and departmental best practices for scheduling.

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.

You must meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by 10/19/2020.

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.

Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link .

Residency: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by CBP. Individuals are required to have physically resided in the United States or its protectorates (as declared under international law) for at least three of the last five years. If you do not meet the residency requirement and you have been physically located in a foreign location for more than two of the last five years, you may request an exception to determine if you are eligible for a residency wavier by meeting one or more of the following conditions:
  • Working for the U.S. Government as a federal civilian or as a member of the military
  • A dependent who was authorized to accompany a federal civilian or member of the military who was working for the U.S. government
  • Participation in a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S. affiliated college or university
  • Working as a contractor, intern, consultant or volunteer supporting the U.S. government
Probationary Period: All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment. Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

Education

Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.

Additional information

Bargaining Unit: This position is not covered under the bargaining unit.

Telework: Telework may be available on a regular recurring or situational basis.

DHS Certification: This is a DHS Acquisition Certification covered position. DHS Level III certification in FAC P/PM(Program/Project Management) is required within 18 months of placement

Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best-qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. Other 10 point preference eligibles and veterans with 5 point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. View information on veterans' preference .

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.

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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.

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 resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use an assessment questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education, and training.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
  • Best Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF), and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined by the job analysis.
  • Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPF's and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
  • Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
  • The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
    • Knowledge of a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement acquisition program effectiveness and the improvement of complex management processes and systems;
    • Knowledge of analytical and evaluative methods, as well as measurement techniques in order to measure and evaluate the programs assigned; scheduling planning; projected impacts to programs; identify meaningful workload factors, techniques, and performance quality levels; advise management of unique conditions and issues that affect program activities; reconcile conflicting data; devise new methods to analyze findings and recommend strategies to improve implementation and evaluation of programs;
    • Ability to monitor progress using CBP adopted schedule software to ensure that realistic objectives and milestones are established, to clearly assign responsibilities, and to get mission requirements accomplished in a timely manner;
    • Ability in management and organizational principles and practices along with a comprehensive knowledge of planning, organizing, and direct team and task force efforts across organizational lines; and
    • Ability to prepare reports and effectively communicate, both orally and in writing with senior level officials.

    If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Preview the job questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10933290

    Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. View information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered eligible under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    • Your resume : A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and will be used for the purpose of reviewing your qualifications and determining what training, if any, would be required when placed. A resume in English is required. It must contain your full legal name, address, phone number, complete work history including a detailed description of your duties, the dates you performed those duties (MM/DD/YY), your hours worked per week, job title, as well as series, grade, and salary (if applicable). For additional required items, see the link above.
    • Your responses to the job questionnaire: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10933290
    • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? You must submit a separation notice; your most recent SF-50 (noting your current position, grade level and duty location); a copy of your most recent performance rating; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
    • Are you a veteran? To apply veterans' preference you must submit proof of eligibility as appropriate for your preference type:
      • Five Point Preference: DD 214 listing the character of service and either qualifying medal(s) or service period.
      • Ten Point Preference: DD 214 showing character of service and supporting documentation as listed on the Standard Form 15 (application for 10 Point Veterans' Preference). Submitting an SF-15 with your application is encouraged. Veterans with a service-connected disability must also submit a VA Disability Award letter dated 1991 or later, OR supporting documentation as listed in the SF-15.
      • If you are currently serving on active duty, you must submit a written statement from the armed forces certifying your dates of service, rank, expected character of service, and anticipated date of separation. If you apply with a written statement at this stage, your preference will be verified by a DD 214 upon separation from the military.
      • View more veterans' information .
    • Are you a current or former federal employee? If yes, it is recommended that you submit a copy of your SF-50(s) (Notification of Personnel Action) to support your experience. Examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, within-grade increases and accessions.
    • Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
      • Position title
      • Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)
      • Agency
      • Beginning and ending dates of appointment

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