Personnel Security Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Dec 08, 2021
Closes
Dec 10, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

At the entry level of this position, you will:
  • Assists in the collection of appropriate security forms and information in order to initiate and process background investigations of all risk designations using established business processes.
  • Work with senior specialists to review and evaluate completed reports of investigations for adequacy and completeness, and identify any questionable or derogatory information and solicit additional information from applicants concerning derogatory information to resolve issues.
  • Manage, generate, and reconcile reports of personnel without a record of investigation on file by researching government databases and updating information as well as reviewing documents in databases for accuracy, adequate annotation, and completeness.
  • Provide information and assistance to organization officials regarding the impact of personnel security requirements on agency mission and formulate and recommend the development of guidelines, procedures, and other materials for use by operating officials.

When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses. NOTE: Career ladder promotions are not automatic, and all eligibility and qualifications requirements must be met in order to progress to the next grade level.

One or more positions may be filled (in the organization advertised and/or in other organizations).

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Pre-employment drug testing is required and random testing thereafter.
  • You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • If you are selected, a written participant agreement must be signed.


As required by Executive Order 14043, if you are selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by 11/22/21, or before onboarding with the agency if after 11/22/21, except in limited circumstances. For information about COVID-19 workplace safety at EPA, as well as resources and health and safety guidance, visit COVID-19 Safe Federal Workplace .

If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure form within 30 days of your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

If you are selected, the entire period served under the Recent Graduates program will be a trial period.

This position is designated as High Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation. All conditions of the pre-employment security process must be met before an official letter of employment can be issued with a report for duty date.

You will be required to obtain and maintain a top-secret security clearance.

Qualifications

We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-07 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-05 level defined as initiating, processing, and adjudication of background investigations for EPA employees, consultants, student interns, or non-Federal workers.
- OR 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement ( Superior Academic Achievement Definition ) degree in an academic discipline related to this position
- OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

To qualify for the GS-09 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-07 level defined as assisting in the formulation and application of EPA's security policies, procedures, systems, and programs involving the loyalty and reliability of people in accordance with the applicable laws, regulations, executive order, and directives.
- OR master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D., if related; degree in an academic discipline related to this position
- OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:
  • Skill in oral communication.
  • Ability to collect and organize information.
  • Ability to learn and follow established detailed business processes.
  • Skill in written communication.
  • Ability to read detailed reports for accuracy.
  • Skill in using tact, diplomacy, and discretion when addressing applicant investigation issues.
  • Ability to conduct research.
  • Skill in using databases to gather information.
  • Ability to meet timelines.
  • Ability to articulate technical information to non-technical audiences.
  • Skill in creating business documents and other materials.

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.

If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .

Education

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at EPA. Our excellence can only be fully realized by staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates are committed to advancing equity and inclusion in the Agency's workplace and mission. We encourage applications from candidates with a variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. At EPA, diversity is a vital element in bringing a balance of perspectives to bear on every challenge we face. We are committed to creating a diverse workforce because we know that the individual strengths and abilities of our employees make us a stronger organization. The more inclusive our employee base is, the greater the variety of ideas that are generated, and the more representative we are of the nation we serve. To learn more about how EPA values and supports our diverse workforce, visit Equal Opportunity Employment at EPA .

EPA participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .

This position is not in the bargaining unit.

This position is in the Pathways Recent Graduates Program, which provides individuals who have completed a qualifying associate's, bachelor's, master's, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate with an entry-level developmental experience with the potential to lead to a career in the Federal government. Upon successful completion of the program, you may be noncompetitively converted to a term or permanent position without further competition. For more information, see USAJOBS Information Sheet .

ATTENTION VETERANS: If you are a veteran (as defined in 5 USC 2108) who due to military service obligations was precluded from applying to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period (described in the "This job is open to/Clarification from the agency" section above), you have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon your release/discharge from active duty. In no event, however, may your eligibility period extend beyond 6 years from the date you completed the requirements for a qualifying degree or qualify career or technical education program.

Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed in the Overview section.

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

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