Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.
Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage. In the Secret Service, we:
- Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
- Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
- Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure
More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur.
Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
This position is covered by Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO) and additional compensation may be paid at the rate of up to 25% of the base salary.
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The selectee will serve as a Supervisory Forensic Scientist in the Office of Investigations, Forensic Services Division. Typical work assignments include:
- Provides guidance and direction to subordinates to facilitate their career development; ensures that all assigned employees under his/her direction are fully trained in all phases of their responsibilities and have sufficient knowledge of program area and division activities to adequately resolve various work related issues; and ensures that Branch Chief level staff members actively participate in professional scientific meetings and seminars and join professional forensic scientific societies.
- Consults with the Chief Research Chemist and provides direction to the laboratory’s research programs; determines what research is necessary to obtain and maintain the most effective and efficient methods of analysis; establishes priorities, discusses progress, expands and curtails or cancels research projects; and evaluates the final results of each research project prior to submission for presentation and/or publication.
- Participates in formal policy conferences convened by the US Secret Service in order to formulate, adjust or redefine long-range planning of broad forensic science program objectives and performance goals for the laboratory; provides substantive counsel and influences major policy and program decisions; and prepares, monitors and revises long-range and annual manpower and monetary resources toward the accomplishment of the program goals established by US Secret Service.
- Periodically evaluates the overall effectiveness and adequacy of laboratory equipment and makes recommendations regarding the replacement, upgrading or augmentation of instrumentation and techniques used for examination of physical evidence; periodically evaluates the space and personnel requirements for the effective and economical operations of the laboratory as well as for the safety of the staff; and makes appropriate recommendations for changes.
- Serves as an expert witness in federal, state, military and local courts of law; and serves as the Laboratory Director of the Forensic Services Division with responsibility for managing and directing the provision of a full range of forensic services to the organization and its components.
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Who May Apply
This job is open to…
- Merit Promotion
- Status Candidates
- Former Overseas Employees
- Schedule A - Individuals with Disabilities
- Military Spouses
- Peace Corps
- Interchange Agreement Eligibles
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Conditions Of Employment
- U.S. citizenship is required.
Conditions of Employment If selected for this position, you will be required to:
- Obtain and maintain a top secret clearance. Completion of a single scope background investigation is required before appointment. For more information visit OPM Mythbuster Page.
- Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
- Submit to a polygraph examination prior to your appointment.
- Undergo Occasional travel.
1. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
2. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education; AND
You qualify for the GS-15 level if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level performing duties such as: manages and directs the provision of a multi-layer and full range of forensic servicesin an accredited laboratory, and makes major decisions relating to all programs of the laboratory; provides caseload management and technical directions as a forensic expert; reviews, evaluates and modifies operating policies and procedures; serves as an expert witness; and plans, controls, directs, and coordinates the work of the subordinates on the full range of forensic services; AND
Selective Placement Factor: In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered qualified for the position:
- Proficient in International Organization for Standardization 17025 requirements and the accreditation/assessment process.
National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience) 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.
Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. Qualifications Must Be Met: The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
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, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.
E-Verify Statement: 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.
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.
This position will require a credit check after initial job qualifications have been determined.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. A score will automatically be calculated based on your answers to the vacancy specific questions. All answers provided in the online process must be substantiated by your resume. Upon review, your resume and/or supporting documents need to support your answer choices and reflect the one year of specialized experience requirement, in order to be considered. If the one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level cannot be identified in your resume, you will be considered not qualified. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
- Ability to plan, direct, advise and instruct subordinates on the full range of quality assurance/proficiency testing of laboratory programs.
- Knowledge of theories, principles, practices and techniques in the field of forensic science.
- Knowledge of management budget, facility and administrative principles permitting the formulation of long-range forensic science programs and goals.
- Knowledge of the theory and operation of forensic laboratory instrumentation to effectively assess the laboratory’s equipment need, including the proper steps necessary for appropriate replacement and augmentation of the equipment.
- Knowledge of courtroom procedures and case law as it pertains to the admissibility of scientific evidence in order to be able to advise both legal and investigative personnel and laboratory staff members on the effective approaches used in the presentation of forensic laboratory results of analysis in courts of law.
Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. Veteran’s preference does not apply under Merit Promotion procedures. View VEOA information on Feds Hire Vets.
Military Spouse Appointing Authority: Executive Order 13473, dated September 28, 2008, authorized the noncompetitive appointment of certain military spouses to competitive service positions. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) codified implementing regulations at 5 CFR 315.612, effective September 11, 2009. For more information click here.
Interview Requirement: Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.
Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience, no points will be assigned.
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Background checks and security clearance
In addition to addressing the vacancy specific questions, you must also submit the following documentation:
- Resume - In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history should show work experience in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date, and include the number of hours worked per week.
- If you are qualifying based on education, or the position has an education requirement, or you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience, or you must submit a copy of your college/university transcript (unofficial is acceptable) it must show school name, student's name, credit earned, degree, and date awarded. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information. Those with Foreign education, click here.
- Special Priority Selection rights under ICTAP: Submit a copy of your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal (with at least a satisfactory rating),and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.
- Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 or other (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and/or documentation of service connected disability. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. View VEOA information on Feds Hire Vets.
- Are you a Military Spouse? If you are applying under Executive Order 13473, click here for required documents.
- Are you a current or former Federal Employee? Submit a copy of your SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing your tenure code, position occupied and highest grade and step. An award SF-50 does not contain the required information. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade and that supports your claim for time-in-grade. Also submit your performance appraisals and/or incentive awards.
- Are you claiming special appointing authority, such as Schedule A or VISTA/Peace Corps service? Submit proof of this eligibility. For additional information on special appointing authorities, click here.
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
This position is being advertised via CareerConnector which is an automated staffing system. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail. You must complete the application process and submit any required documents no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Instructions outlining the application process can be found at http://www.secretservice.gov/join/apply/. If you cannot apply online, you may contact the Talent & Employee Acquisition Management Division, Administrative, Professional and Technical Staffing Branch at firstname.lastname@example.org OR by calling (202) 406-6420 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:30 pm EST (excluding Federal holidays) prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. The Secret Service provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.
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