Physical Security Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Nov 21, 2020
Closes
Nov 25, 2020
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

All DHS-HQ announcements have a 5 business day open period due to the number of applications received. This announcement will be open for 5 business days OR until the first 100 applications have been received, whichever happens first.
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Responsibilities

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Security Officer, Headquarters Support, Visitor Management and Access Control,Washington, District of Columbia.

Duties performed:
  • Provide guidance and advice for the development and implementation of policies, processes and procedures related to the functional areas in security administration, personnel security, physical security, cyber security, information security, and industrial security programs
  • Advises managers on new developments and advances in security processes, methods, techniques, systems and devices
  • Performs vulnerability identification, risk analysis, assessment of evolving threats, information security, physical security, and information technology security
  • Develops and coordinates vulnerability reduction measures; performs protective action planning and implementation
  • Participates in the development and management of training programs designed to develop government expertise in the protection and response activities related to security administration
  • Interprets new policies, procedures, standards, training and methods to ensure compliance relating to preventing, identifying and protecting information, personnel, property, facilities,operations, or material from unauthorized disclosure, misuse, theft, sabotage, or loss
  • Provides advice and guidance to higher-level officials, other security specialists, subject matter specialists throughout the Directorate, staff of Federal, State and local public safety and law enforcement agencies, representatives of private sector organizations and contractors on policy interpretation and application Prepares reports, communications and other documentation required to support the Directorate's position related to office projects and programs
  • Collaborates and coordinates with Federal, State, local and private sector stakeholders to develop security enhancement, safeguard strategies, share information, and provide subject matter expertise to develop programs and special projects


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/).
  • One-year probationary period may be required.
  • Must meet Time-In-Grade requirements.
  • A pre-employment drug test is required.
  • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application.
  • DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • License required: No
  • Pre-employment physical required: No
  • Bargaining Unit Position: No
  • Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.
  • Promotion Potential: This position is at the full performance level.


Qualifications

GS-13

Must have at least one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the next lower level (equivalent to the GS-12) in the Federal service, serving as a security specialist or in a closely related occupation performing the following types of duties:
  • Providing policy advice and technical expertise to enable industry compliance with security standards and regulations;
  • Monitoring new developments and advancements in security and advising senior management and decision makers on modifying or updating security processes, methods, techniques, systems and devices;
  • Developing and recommending responses to unique security problems;
  • Analyzing existing information security, personnel security, physical security, cyber security, and/or industrial security programs in order to anticipate potential issues or possible attacks;
  • Working with program managers, security specialists within and outside the organizations, and Federal, State and local safety and law enforcement agencies on security matters; and
  • Implementing security programs.

  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.

    NOTE: 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.

    Education

    Not Applicable.

    Additional information

    Note: DHS continues to take necessary steps to keep our workforce safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. If you receive a final job offer to onboard, please complete the onboarding forms and submit them electronically in an expeditious manner. Your start date may be delayed if the action above is not completed.

    Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for Top Secret clearance as a condition of placement in this SCI position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

    Pursuant to Executive Order 12654 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.

    Current or Former Political Appointees: 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.

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP): This program applies to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP eligibility. Well-Qualified includes those applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. For information on eligibility criteria and required documentation, go to: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

    Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/ ).

    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 basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an Assessment Questionnaire. The questions are related to the following fundamental competencies (or Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) needed to perform the duties of this job:
    • Administration and Management
    • Partnering
    • Planning and Evaluating
    • Technical Competence
    • Writing


    Based on your responses, you will receive a score from the Assessment Questionnaire. Those applicants who score the highest will be referred to the hiring manager and may be called for an interview. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.

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

    For Competitive Merit Promotion Applicants: The highest rated candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

    For Noncompetitive Appointment Eligibles: All qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

    To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10936234

    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
    National security

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your resume showing a detailed description of your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates with the month and year and hours worked per week (if less than 40) for each paid and non-paid work experience job title listed.
    2. Other supporting documents ( only submit if applicable to you ):
    • Are you a current DHS employee? Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that demonstrates your eligibility for consideration, e.g., length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases); your current promotion potential; etc.
    • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)? If so, submit:
      • A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;
      • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action'', documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
      • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
      • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
    • 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; and
      • Beginning and ending dates of appointment.
    • You may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards.

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