INVESTIGATIVE ANALYST

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Posted
Nov 19, 2020
Closes
Nov 26, 2020
Function
Analyst
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

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The primary purpose of this position is to to perform duties as an Investigative Analyst and Forensics Examiner with primary responsibility for Digital and Multimedia (D/MM) examinations by providing the resident expertise on the receipt, retention and disposition of D/MM materials and evidence in support of the DoD Criminal Investigative Organizations (DCIO).

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Responsibilities

  • D/MM Forensics Examinations serves as an investigative analyst and technical expert in the digital and multi-media (D/MM) forensic examination of materials and evidence.
  • D/MM Investigative Analysis contributes in developing and documenting standards for measuring the efficiency and effectiveness of D/MM forensics by field investigative operations.
  • D/MM Professionalism and Training Contributions works with the communities of interest for improved D/MM forensics development, capabilities and responsiveness.


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov
  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance.
  • PCS expenses will not be paid.
  • Recruitment incentives may/may not be authorized
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • This is a Testing Designated Position. The employee is subject to random drug testing.
  • This position requires the occasional travel away from the normal duty station.
  • The employee must be willing and able to travel on military and commercial aircraft.
  • The employee may be recalled to duty.
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • The employee may be required to work overtime as workload demands and in some cases with no-notice due to urgency of time sensitive matters.
  • Incumbent must possess and maintain a valid state drivers license. While conducting required coordination with various Military Criminal Investigative Organizations (MCIOs)
  • (cont'd) incumbent will be frequently required to travel, by vehicle, throughout the metropolitan Washington DC area.
  • Considerable standing, bending, stooping and lifting of heavy items is required on a routine basis.
  • Employee must be able to obtain and maintain CSSP Analyst required certification. Qualification period begins the date they start in the position (i.e., they must obtain the appropriate certification within 6 months of being assigned IA functions).


Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Administrative and Management Positions, Investigative Analysis Series, 1805

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-12, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes a thorough knowledge of the manner in which D/MM materials and evidence is collected at the crime scene, the management of crime scenes and the concerns of contamination and alteration of evidence and the proper methods used to package and preserve evidence for submission to a crime laboratory. This includes an understanding of the chain of custody and testifying in court. High level of knowledge of scientific techniques and procedures in the D/MM and forensic sciences gleaned from education and experience in the different fields to coordinate the examination of evidence, ensure the appropriate sequencing of exams, to recommend policies and procedures relating to evidence processing and to analyze and recommend solutions to unusual and complex situations.

FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-­grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-12 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-13 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks. NOTE: Applicants applying as VEOA candidates who are current GS civil service employees or are prior GS civil service employees within the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Excellent knowledge of a wide range of investigative analysis and understanding complexities of forensics examination procedures for D/MM materials and evidence processing and preparing meaningful report of findings or conclusions as a technical expert and advisor.

2. General level of knowledge of the functions and responsibilities of the DoD Criminal Investigative Organizations (DCIO), to understand their unique mandates as they relate to D/MM investigative analysis, forensic examination, and testimonial reporting. Familiarity with law enforcement investigative methodology in order to apply a high degree of originality and initiative in remote operating locations and field laboratories.

3. Knowledge and experience with D/MM principles, theories, concepts, methodologies and techniques, instrumental in the discipline of D/MM forensic examination, sufficient to solve a variety of difficult and complex work assignments. The employee generally knows how devices store information and means for extraction to pursue analysis, examination, and reporting for prosecutorial objectives.

4.Working knowledge of D/MM hardware to the component level is required. The employee should be familiar enough with D/MM hardware that they can identify the components from a box of parts.

5. High level of knowledge of the methods and techniques of fact-finding, analysis, and skillful application sufficient to identify problems and develop a plan of action to identify and mitigate deficiencies.

6. Ability to interpret, analyze, and evaluate information from a variety of sources in order to identify problems, reach logical conclusions and recommended actions.

7. Ability to assist in instructing others in D/MM investigative analysis and forensic examination techniques and appropriate documentation procedures. This includes an understanding of the chain of custody and testifying in court.

8. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to provide accurate and timely documentation of case folders/reports and maintain liaison with customers is required. Must possess enhanced interpersonal communication skills to include public speaking and the ability to convey technical information to practitioners and lay personnel alike. Ability to assimilate with, and understand the diverse requirements of the various DCIOs, while remaining operationally aligned with the DC3/CFL.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

120-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 120-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 120 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

Military Spouse Preference (MSP) Eligible: MSP applicants, if determined best qualified, must be selected at the full performance level and placed at the full performance level. You must include a completed copy of the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist dated within 30 days along with the documents identified on the checklist to verify your eligibility for MSP. Click here to obtain a copy of the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

The resume/documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

For additional information on what to include in your resume, click here .

Applicants who meet the requirements for and apply as a non-competitive eligible that meet minimal qualifications and other requirements of this position, will be given consideration as a non-competitive candidate and will be referred unless blocked by an individual with priority/preference.

APPRAISALS/AWARDS: Hiring Managers use objective methods and consider previous performance appraisals and awards in the selection process. Current Federal Civilian employees should list any relevant performance related rating and/or awards in your resume.

Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. Applicants who do not submit required documentation to determine eligibility and qualifications will be eliminated from consideration. Other documents may be required based on the eligibility/eligibilities you are claiming. Click here to view the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide and the required documents you must submit to substantiate the eligibilities you are claiming.
  • Online Application: Questionnaire
  • Resume: For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week (if part-time) and dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade, i.e. GS-0301-09. Current Federal Civilian Employees should list any relevant performance related rating (given within the last three years) and/or incentive awards in your resume. Do NOT include photographs (or links to social media such as LinkedIn ), inappropriate material, inappropriate content, nor personal information such as age, gender, religion, social security number, etc., on your resume.
  • Transcripts/Registration/License: If qualifying on education/position requires education, you must submit copies of your transcripts and if required for the position, submit an active, current registration/license.
  • Veterans: If claiming VEOA, VRA or 30% Disabled Veteran - Submit VOW certification memo or copy of the official DD-Form 214, which must include the character of service (i.e., with an honorable or general discharge). This will be annotated in block 24 on member copy 2, 4, or 7 of the DD-Form 214. If claiming 30% Disabled Veteran, you must also submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces. NOTE: All veterans claiming 10-point preference must also submit a SF-15 .
  • Current or Former Federal Civilian Employees (includes current Air Force employees): You must submit a legible copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action . The SF-50, block 24 must contain "1" or "2" AND block 34 must be a "1". Employees eligible under an OPM approved interchange agreement , block 34 may contain a "1" or "2".
  • Promotion Consideration: If you wish to be considered as a promotion candidate and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one-year time-in-grade requirements. You will need to provide additional SF-50s which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (examples of appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within-Grade, Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old).
  • ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The VOW Act requires federal agencies to treat an eligible active duty service member as a veteran, disabled veteran, and preference eligible (as applicable) when applying for civil service positions before the effective release or discharge date. Appointment of military members before the release or discharge date is permissible if the member is on terminal leave. At the time the active duty member applies for a civil position, he or she must submit a "certification" memo in lieu of a DD-Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty . Active duty members applying for a civil service position without submitting a valid certification memo or DD-Form 214 with their application will render the member ineligible for the position. The certification memo must originate from the member's military service branch on official letterhead and contain the following:
    • Name/Rank/Grade of Service Member
    • Branch of Armed Forces
    • Dates of Active Service (Start and End Date(s)
    • Expected Date of Discharge/Release from Active Duty
    • Terminal leave start date (if applicable)
    • Expected character of service/discharge and type of separation (i.e. separation or retirement)
    • Must be certified within 120 days of anticipated discharge
    • Signature by, or by direction of the adjutant, personnel office, unit commander, or higher headquarters commander.
    Note: The VOW Act provides tentative preference. If appointed, a DD Form-214 must be submitted upon receipt.

    OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS:
    Performance Appraisals for Current Federal Civilian Employees
    - Most recent performance appraisals (dated within last 3 years) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable.
    Awards for Current Federal Civilian employees - List any awards received within the last 3 years on the resume.
    Note: Applicant must not submit award SF50s-Notification of Personnel Actions (SF50s).

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