Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Nov 17, 2020
Nov 24, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA), Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE), Certification Division. The CDSE develops education and training products, services, and course curricula, and administers specialty courses such as those for personnel security, physical security, information security, industrial security, special access programs, and information systems security.
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As a PROGRAM ANALYST you will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Executes role as a Security Certifications Program Manager, performing functions and overseeing processes for assigned certifications, to include maintaining integrated master schedule, monitoring cost, schedule, and performance. Conducts analyses, identifies problems, proposes solutions, and take actions. Executes, monitors, and maintains assigned certifications and credentials. Prepares Program Management Reviews (PMR) and briefs leadership and co-workers.
  • Conducts analyses, identifies problems, proposes solutions and take actions. Executes, monitors, and maintains assigned certifications. Prepares PMRs and briefs leadership and co-workers.
  • Leads project meetings and working groups with internal and external customers to collaborate and identify actionable solutions.
  • Leads integrated process teams including internal DCSA and external DoD Component and Federal Agencies as required.
  • Identifies and disseminates security-related products to a DoD-wide customer base. Promotes use of educational modules and information and service enhancements to standardized security briefings.
  • Conducts ad-hoc security certification and commercial testing program presentations.
  • Promotes networking among security professionals. Assists in determination of the availability of existing products to meet specific security certification training or awareness objectives. Further, assists in the development of new certification and career support products and resources to meet organizational or situational needs.
  • Disseminates information about product sources and the availability of new materials to support certification programs. Reviews publications from outside sources and analyses and integrates information for use by components, agencies, and contractors.
  • Assists in coordination and critical reviews of tools and products regarding security certifications, commercial testing platform, and other related programs.
  • Leads cooperative efforts with and among DoD, intelligence, and federal agencies in the development of assessments, products, and publications.
  • Assists in conference and workshop planning and briefings at various locations to security professional and other specialized groups.
  • Maintains expert knowledge of multi-disciplinary security programs to include general, industrial, information, personnel, insider threat, anti-terrorism, and physical security.
  • Maintains expert knowledge of program management processes, tools, and techniques.
  • Leads in the development of plans, objectives, policies, processes and procedures to implement and monitor the development and sustainment of security professional development programs, commercial testing, credential, and activities for communities of practice. These communities of practice included Federal security professionals, Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency security personnel, DoD and Federal personnel adjudicators, and security professionals within private industry.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Male born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents received by 11:59PM EST will be considered
  • This is a Drug Testing designated position
  • Position is a (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under U.S.C. 1601
  • WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
  • OVERTIME: Occasionally
  • TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible
  • PCS (Permanent Change of Station): Maybe Authorized
  • TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is telework eligible
  • Incumbent is required to attain and maintain the Security Fundamentals Profesional Certification (SFPC), Security Asset Protection Professional
  • Certification (SAPPC), and Security Program Integration Professional Certification within two (2) years of appointment to this position.


The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See: for OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by 11/23/2020

Applicant must have directly applicable experience that demonstrates the possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies necessary for immediate success in the position. Qualifying experience may have been acquired in any public or private sector job, but will clearly demonstrate past experience in the application of the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Specialized experience required for this position is: Managing Certification and Credentialing programs; Monitoring cost, schedule and performance; Proposing solutions and taking actions; Leading programs, projects, preparing briefs in order to maintain and support the operational readiness of security programs and assigned certification and credential programs; Knowledge in critical thinking, communications, teamwork and interpersonal skills.

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:

1. Attention to detail
  • Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
2. Developing Others
  • Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by inspiring and providing a learning environment of ongoing feedback and opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods, enabling employees to address skill gaps and realize their highest potential. Actively encourages and supports enhancement of a joint perspective.
3. Oral Communication
  • Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
4. Security
  • Knowledge of the laws, regulations, and guidelines related to securing personnel, facilities, and information, including the requirements for handling, transporting, and protecting classified information and proper reporting of security incidents.


Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

Additional information

DCSA, as a newly designated Defense Agency is undergoing a multi-year transformation that includes a significant expansion of predecessor agencies' authorities and responsibilities. Mission accretion and associated growth in personnel and resources requires deliberate coordination and planning across operations and support activities to achieve effective outcomes while simultaneously establishing and integrating new activities, initiatives and projects. The new organization will be comprised of nearly 13,000 government and contractor personnel operation throughout the United States and overseas supporting stakeholders across the federal government.

Employees Serviced by DLA: Civilian Federal employees who receive human resources servicing through the Defense Logistics Agency DO NOT need to submit supporting documentation if applying through merit promotion. Your record in Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF) will be used to verify your eligibility. It is your responsibility to ensure the required documents are in your eOPF for verification purposes. If your documents are not in eOPF, you must submit them to the announcement you are applying for at the time of application. Failure to submit all of the documents on time will result in automatic disqualification.

In accordance with DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, veterans preference is not required to be applied when considering candidates with prior Federal competitive or excepted service who have completed a probationary or trial period and have not been separated for cause. Therefore, veterans preference will not be applied to applicants with current federal service, or former federal civilian service meeting the above criteria.

Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

Other Notes:

Re-employed Annuitant: This position does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at:

Incumbent is required to attain and maintain the Security Fundamentals Profesional Certification (SFPC), Security Asset Protection Professional Certification (SAPPC), and Security Program Integration Professional Certification within two (2) years of appointment to this position.

Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a two-year trial period.

If selected, Federal employees currently serving in the competitive service must acknowledge that they will voluntarily leave the competitive service by accepting an offer of employment for a DCIPS excepted service positions.

If selected, non-DCIPS candidates must acknowledge in writing that the position they have been selected for is in the excepted service and covered by DCIPS.

Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.

All current and former Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive); or similar Notification of Personnel Action documentation, i.e., Transcript of Service, Form 1150, etc.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on 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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc.).

Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

The following documents are REQUIRED

1. Your resume:
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the dates of employment (i.e., Month/Year to present).
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
2. Veteran's Documents
  • DD214 showing character of service, SF-15 Form and VA letter showing final percentage, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty.

If selected, additional documentation may be required prior to appointment.

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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