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Hanover, Maryland
Jan 13, 2021
Jan 21, 2021
Full Time


This position in the Vetting Risk Operations Center (VROC), an office within the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA), Department of Defense (DoD)
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As a SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL SECURITY SPECIALIST you will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Directing the work of six to twelve Personnel Security Specialists who draws conclusions and makes decisions based on the review, and evaluation of investigation applications or reports which contain conflicting information or evidence.
  • Reviewing and evaluating adverse information received for Department of Defense contractors and Federal employees and submit detailed requests for additional investigation when a favorable security determination cannot be made based upon the information received.
  • Providing advice and assistance to the Personnel Security Specialists when they are working complicated cases concerning national security, criminal conduct, alcoholism, drug involvement, financial irresponsibility, mental disorders, or misuse of information technology systems, and writes recommendations for interim suspension action in cases with issues so serious that they may have an immediate impact on the national security.
  • Overseeing the entire operations of a Branch that consists of the above-mentioned Personnel Security Specialists.
  • Reviewing and evaluating the adequacy and efficiency of Branch operations to provide prompt and effective security clearance service.
  • Keeping the Division Chief advised concerning the status of all functional areas within the Branch.
  • Performing short- and long-range planning, makes work assignments and adjustments as necessary to accomplish the mission of the office.
  • Planning, organizing, designing, and carrying out analyses and evaluations of Continuous Evaluation and Personnel Security processes as it relates to contractor clearances.
  • Analyzing policies, processes, and operations of the Branch to determine areas where enhancements, improvements, modifications or other changes may improve systems or programs as they interrelate with each other.
  • Developing and proposing new policies and processes.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 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): Authorized
  • TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is telework eligible
  • Incumbent is required to attain the Security Fundamentals Professional. Certification (SFPC) within two (2) years of entry on duty. Certification must be maintained in accordance with program rules


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 by01/19/2021

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: Supervising and directing work of Personnel Security Specialists engaged in drawing conclusions and making decisions based on the review, and evaluation of investigation applications or reports which contain conflicting information or evidence. Ensuring compliance with current DoD directives, regulations, and policies.

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:
1. Creative Thinking.
  • Uses imagination to develop new insights into situations and applies innovative solutions to problems; designs new methods where established methods and procedures are inapplicable or are unavailable
2. Customer Service.
  • Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
3. Leadership.
  • Influences, motivates, and challenges others; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations.


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.

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:

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
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High 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:
  • If area of consideration is limited to the local commuting area, you must reside within 50 miles of the position's location(s) unless otherwise specified. Please ensure your resume reflects your current/commuting address as this will be used in determining whether or not you meet this eligibility requirement.
  • Narrative responses in the assessment questionnaire do not replace content in your resume or vise a versa. Experience must be described in both places for qualification determinations.

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
  • If applying for Veteran's preference, please provide a copy of your DD214 showing character of service, SF-15 Form and VA letter showing final percentage, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty. {REMOVE IF DCSA ONLY}


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

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