Senior Watch Officer

Washington, D.C
Oct 24, 2021
Nov 01, 2021
Full Time


This assignment is a 1-year non-reimbursable assignment.

We encourage you to read the entire announcement prior to submitting your application.

The incumbent serves as a Senior Watch Officer located within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Operations Support Office, CBP Watch.

Required to hold and retain a Secret clearance for the duration of the assignment; TS/SCI preferred.

Open to CBP personnel within the Washington, DC commuting area.
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The CBP Watch maintains global situational awareness of CBP employees and activities with 24/7, comprehensive situational awareness of the intelligence and operational environments, and provides the Office of the Commissioner, CBP's front line leadership and operators, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the whole-of-government a complete, accurate, and timely operating picture that serves as the foundation of communications and information for and within the national border security environment. The Senior Watch Officer will support the operational environment at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels, and proactively address threats and incidents.

The employee selected for this temporary supervisory DHS JDP assignment will partner with law enforcement operations leads, Intelligence Research Specialists and subject matter experts to ensure the accurate and timely reporting of all significant incidents to senior CBP and DHS Officials, and will oversee the CBP Watch operations to ensure timely reporting of incidents and ensuring procedures and policies are followed. Additional responsibilities are, but are not limited to, the following:

- Perform the full range of team leadership duties and provides administrative and technical supervision for accomplishing the work of the unit;

- Gather, review, and collate message traffic to alert appropriate leadership and organizations to new developments and significant changes to their area of responsibility;

- Assist in the preparation, analysis, development, review, and implementation of CBP Watch policies, procedures, and standards;

- Plan and direct activities, and partners with Intelligence Research Specialists on the analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of data to assess its relevance and determine the significance of impact for a major geographical area;

- Direct staff in conceptualizing, planning, drafting, and presenting analytic products and preparing executive communications materials;

- Lead and oversee the deployment of a variety of data analysis tools, techniques and procedures, using advanced analytics to position the office to target complex, domestically and internationally focused illicit finance threats;

- Produce CBP Watch operational and intelligence products, both written products and oral briefs, under supervision, and develop written products/oral briefings of findings to supervisor prior to presenting to superiors; and

- Establish and leverage a network within CBP, the Intelligence Enterprise, and the Intelligence Community to obtain information significant to other agencies.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current Customs and Border Protection employee
  • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment.
  • Must NOT have any pending/outstanding disciplinary actions
  • Must have achieved a minimum of "meet expectations/proficiency" on latest performance appraisal/evaluation
  • Must be currently at the grade level of the detail. *No Temporary Promotion Opportunity*
  • The program does not apply to members of the Military service or contractors.
  • Must complete DHS 250-2 Application Form.? Supervisory signature is required.? Please see "Required Documents" section for form.


Qualifications required:

- Knowledge of CBP structure, missions, programs, and organizational relationships to meet the mission of agency.

- Knowledge of CBP, DHS, and Intelligence Community databases and tools, as well as familiarity with GIS capabilities to gather, review, collate, and analyze all-source intelligence and information.

- Knowledge of using a Common Operating Picture and/or common Intelligence Picture in an intelligence-based law enforcement environment.

- Skill in analyzing procedures, organizations, and other subjects wide in scope, and composed of many important, complex tasks.

- Skill with research and analysis of all source information and intelligence.

- Skill in presenting information in oral and/or written forms.

- Ability to represent the organization, within DHS, and to resolve different and entrenched viewpoints.

- Ability to lead a dynamic, fast-paced team, work independently with minimal oversight, and be responsive incidents and emerging threats.

Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this Joint Duty assignment opportunity announcement.

Be clear and specific when describing your work history since human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
  • Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
  • Name of Federal agency
  • Supervisor name, email, and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

  • Education

    EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    **DHS does not offer any additional benefits beyond that which the Federal employee is already receiving.

    If the position requires a security clearance, employees must have a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance to placement AND must maintain that level of clearance while performing in the position.

    Selected applicants for a JDA are requested to fulfill the items below during the JDA:
  • Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
  • Complete the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Progress Plan to include:
    • Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the JDA.
    • Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the JDA.
    • Phase 3: Complete a final review within the last 30 days of the JDA.
  • Complete 12 hours of professional development using Skillsoft courses, videos, and books in conjunction with the established assignment objectives for the JDA.
  • Attend each of the DHS Joint Duty Program Director's quarterly webinars (1 hour per quarter).

  • 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 a job questionnaire based on the competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this Joint Duty Assignment.

    If you are among the best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. After reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination will be made. You must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

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

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    1. Resume: Do not include any personally identifiable information (PII) i.e., home address, social security number, or date of birth. Your resume must clearly demonstrate you have experience which meets the requirements of this position as outlined in the "Qualifications" section.

    2. SF-50: Submit a copy of your official SF-50 (no text version) or other official "Notification of Personnel Action" document which shows the following information:
  • Your appointment in the Federal service
  • Tenure
  • Grade and Step
  • Full performance level
  • If your SF-50(s) does not provide the information needed to make a final determination for qualification, you will be found ineligible for the position.

    3. DHS Joint Duty Assignment Application Form signed by your supervisor. Please click on the following link to access the required form DHS Form 250-02 .

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