Deputy Chief of Staff

Washington, D.C
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 27, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), DHS Headquarters, Science & Technology Directorate, Office of the Chief of Staff (COS).

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as an inhouse, nationally recognized authority and leader in a scientific area supporting the agency's mission.
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As a Deputy Chief of Staff GS 0301 15, your typical work assignments may include:
  • Acting as a liaison with other organizations to ensure that the S&T Directorate goals are achieved.
  • Advising on the development of strategic plans and special initiatives.
  • Leading the strategic engagement planning effort to stakeholders advocating for the Directorate's mission.
  • Shaping agency activities to meet the needs of the homeland security enterprise, while advocating to leverage the activities of other government agencies, international research establishments, academic institutions, and private industry.
  • Providing critical advice to the Under Secretary, Deputy Under Secretary, and Chief of Staff on research, innovation and transition of appropriate technologies to the Directorates customers.
  • Providing advice on increasing progress toward accomplishing program goals, improving service delivery and overcoming identified operational weaknesses.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U. S. Citizenship Required
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • You must be able to obtain a Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance
  • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test
  • Current federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements.
  • Selectee will be required to complete ethics orientation within three months of appointment and submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450, within 30 days of appointment.
  • Selectee may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • Selectee may be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.


Specialized Experience:
Specialized Experience: You qualify for the GS-15 grade level (starting salary $144,128) if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal government, performing duties such as:
  • Advising on the formulation of strategic plans and policies.
  • Serving on panels, committees, and technical groups at the Federal, national, and international levels, giving technical presentations and briefings.
  • Experience overseeing and budgeting communications programs and executive secretariat functions to determine resource assignments and needs of the office
  • Serving as an advisor on major issues and problems affecting policies, long-and short-term program and homeland security initiatives.
Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.

All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

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.

Current General Schedule (GS) federal employees, and those that have served in GS positions within the last 52 weeks, must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade, or a combination of the next lower grade level and an equivalent band in the federal service.

Note: Current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows competitive service appointment ("position occupied" block 34 on the SF-50 should show a "1"), tenure group (block 24 should show a 1 or 2), grade, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF50s include promotions, With-in Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s dated a year apart within the same grade/job). If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION AS A STATUS CANDIDATE.

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 or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.


Not Applicable

Additional information

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Employee Benefits." Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more. (

Selectee may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
Selectee may be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.
Selectee will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form.
Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.

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, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

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 minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using a job questionnaire based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job:
  • Comprehensive experience in designing, planning and executing a strategic engagement program.
  • Decision Support
  • Knowledge of basic budgetary and financial management principles and techniques as they relate to long range planning of programs and objectives.
  • Manages and Organizes Information
  • Mastery skill to plan, organize, and implement programs, plans, and proposals involving substantial agency resources that may require extensive changes in established approaches and policies.
  • Oral Communication
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Reasoning
  • Research
  • Written Communication

You will then be placed within one of three categories based on your responses: Qualified, Well Qualified, or Best Qualified. If you are placed in the Best Qualified category, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

To preview the job questionnaire and application, click here

If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you will be removed from consideration or your score will be lowered.

Consideration may be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience. No points will be awarded.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Department of Homeland Security, you are not CTAP eligible. View information about CTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website . To be considered well qualified under CTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of [85] for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

  • Your résumé.
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire.
  • Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Prior to appointment, an official college transcript may be required.
  • Are you current DHS employee? Must Submit:
    Your most recent SF-50 showing your current grade and tenure; (you may be removed from consideration if not submitted).
    An SF-50 showing highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different from your current grade. NOTE: Performance award, Realignment, and Detail SF-50s will not be accepted as proof of grade and tenure.
    Please provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards.
    If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide an SF-50 or SF-50s which shows the length of time in the current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, With-in Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with dates that show proof of you holding the grade for at least a year) to support meeting time in grade requirements. (NOTE: You may need to submit more than one SF-50.)
  • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the DHS Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)? Submit: - a copy of your agency notice, - a copy of your most recent performance rating, and - a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which notes your current position, grade level, duty location and full performance level.
  • 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
    - 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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