Supervisory Transportation Security Specialist

Springfield, Virginia
May 01, 2021
May 06, 2021
Full Time


Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. For additional information about our agency please: Click Here

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This detail assignment will be executed within the scope of a Branch Manager position located in the Policy, Plans, and Engagement/Aviation/ Plans & Engagement Branch. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration (TSA). This position will be responsible for providing oversight in promoting and developing intelligence-driven, risk-based policy. The incumbent designs and defines efficient security policy development and processes, and ensures alignment of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) interests both internally and externally. Typical assignments will include, but are not limited to:
  • Directing efforts in the development of new and revised policy documents and general guidance, security programs and amendments, regulations, directives, and emergency amendments.
  • Directing workforce in defining a more secure body of policy that allows greater freedom of movement for people and goods while ensuring cost-effectiveness and respect to the privacy rights of operator passengers, and shipments.
  • Developing clear and concise policy while meeting appropriate regulatory requirements, assesses risk mitigation and trade-offs, ensures cost-effectiveness, evaluates the impact of policy options for domestic and international transportation systems, and resolves all but unique problems without the intervention of higher-level management.
  • Collaborating with other TSA components when developing policy, including Security Operations, Chief Counsel, and other key industry stakeholders. Coordinating efforts of Industry Engagement Managers (IEMs) and interagency liaison personnel to communicate with and solicit input from major representatives, airlines, airports, and other stakeholders.
  • Receiving, reviewing and analyzing industry and cross-industry best practice standards and intelligence summaries to identify gaps and issues, implements strategies to resolve issues, and recommends actions and policies to be developed based on risk-reduction.
  • Engaging operational components to gather relevant risk-reducing assessments and metrics to establish baselines of actual performance, engaging industry leaders in developing/implementing measurable risk reduction strategies, and measuring risk reduction on current industry performance vs. standards and/or requirements.
  • Evaluating the impact and risk of proposed policies on core TSA operations and workforce, transportation operations, passengers, shipments, and other stakeholders, developing tools to weigh policy risk, cost, and other impacts, and performing work that is typically governed by established policies, procedures and organizational objectives that frequently leave room for discretion.
  • Exercising a full range of supervisory and personnel management authorities and responsibilities in directing work of subordinate staff.
  • Promoting compliance and ensuring that all personnel actions are taken in accordance with the TSA Affirmative Action Plan and the TSA's Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) program policies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
Detail - This is a temporary detail assignment.


Conditions of Employment

  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" section
  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.

****Applicants must submit their resume and Supervisory Candidate Endorsement by the closing date of the detail announcement. The Supervisory Candidate Endorsement Form can be found on the following TSA Human Capital link: Click Here *****


Please see the Duties Section.



Additional information

DURATION OF DETAIL: For current K Band applicants - Detail NTE 1 year (with the option to extend up to an additional 1 year at management's discretion)

For current J Band applicants - Temp Promotion NTE 6 months (with the option to extend up to an additional 18 months at management's discretion)

Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) for the detail assignment is not authorized.

More than one position may be filled for this detail announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

See Requirements Section.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Supervisory Candidate Endorsement Form

If you do not submit required documentation described in this detail opportunity announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this temporary assignment.

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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