Lead Social Science Research Specialist (Public Notice Flyer)

Washington, D.C
Jun 22, 2021
Jun 29, 2021
Analyst, Research
Full Time


Joining the Secret Service, Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information, Protective Intelligence and Assessment Division, National Threat Assessment Center will allow you to apply a wide range of behavioral and social science research principles, concepts, and methods which are related to the prevention of targeted violence, threat assessment, terrorism, criminal behavior and protective intelligence.For more information on the Secret Service click here.

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The selectee will serve as a Lead Social Science Research Specialist in the Office of Strategic Intelligence and information, Protective Intelligence & Assessment Division, National Threat Assessment Center. Typical work assignments include:
  • Creates detailed project task lists for Social Science Research Specialist that communicate project deadlines and ensures that they are met; and provides expertise and guidance to junior staff in regards to the development of complex qualitative research, training, and information sharing projects in the area of targeted violence, other types of violence, terrorism, and protective intelligence.
  • Serves as coach, facilitator and/or negotiator in coordinating team initiatives and in consensus building activities among team members.
  • Identifies and distributes a balanced workload in regards to studies, projects, and research tasks to employees based on their skill level and expertise; and modifies or adjusts workload to meet established priorities and project deadlines.
  • Independently researches, learns and applies a wide range of innovative and complex qualitative and quantitative methods to research projects in the area of targeted violence, other types of violence, terrorism, and protective intelligence that improves team effectiveness, efficiency, and work products.
  • Prepares reports and maintains records of work accomplishments and administrative information, as required, and coordinates the preparation, presentation, and communication of work-related information to the supervisor.

Travel Required

25% or less - Occasional travel may be required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required.

If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Obtain and maintain a top secret Tier 5 clearance. For more information visit OPM Mythbuster Page .
  • Submit to a polygraph examination prior to your appointment.
  • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
  • Must be able to work holidays, evenings, weekends and during inclement weather and government shutdowns as required to support operations.
  • Will be subject to on-call and irregular work hours
  • Certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so, if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959.


You must demonstrate at least one (1) year of the defined specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level and meet the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR).

Specialized experience is defined as performing duties such as:

GS-14: You qualify for the GS-14 level (starting salary $122,530) if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level performing duties such as: providing guidance and direction to junior staff in researching, analyzing, compiling and interpreting researching results.


OPMs Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) is defined as:



See Qualifications section

Additional information

Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crimes or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the USSS we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity, and courage.

The Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information's (SII), Protective Intelligence Division (PID), is responsible for providing producing threat assessments for USSS protected persons and facilities. In addition, the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) conducts large -scale research projects that have had a great benefit to Federal Government. The information gained thru this research is directly applied to the USSS protective mission and is shared with our public safety partners. NTAC works closely with the public, municipal, state and federal partners to ensure public safety.

**Student Loan repayments, recruitment bonuses and relocation bonuses may be available**

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

"This announcement is being filled using the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) direct-hire authority. Agencies may appoint candidates directly to jobs, without regard to the provisions of Title 5 U.S.C.3309 through 3318. Applicants who meet the basic requirement and specialized experience for the position will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to the announcement."

See Qualifications section

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

See How To Apply section

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.