The U.S. Secret Service, Office of Technical Development and Mission Support, Technical Security Division, is responsible for providing a technically secure environment for the President at the White House, Vice Presidential Residence, and such places that the President and Vice President may be temporarily located and providing technical security for other protectees during travel and at their residences, as directed or requested. For more information on the Secret Service click here.Learn more about this agency
The Office of Technical Development and Mission Support, Technical Security Division is looking for talented individuals to provide overall planning, coordination, management, execution and control for electronics engineering Research and Development (R&D) program areas in support of the U.S. Secret Service's dual missions of investigation and protection.
The incumbent will use their knowledge of and mastery in applying a comprehensive range of electronics engineering theories, concepts, principles, standards and methods sufficient to perform and advise on one or more of the following activities:
- Researches, develops, tests and evaluates Radio Frequency (RF) active and passive equipment for various operational requirements;
- Researches, tests and evaluates x-ray, metal detection and other systems for the latest technological advances in concealed weapon and object detection;
- Researches and evaluates existing and emerging laser, night vision, infrared, thermal and electro-optics technologies in support of operational requirements;
- Researches, maintains and develops enhancements for radar systems;
- Researches and develops new technologies to enhance capabilities in areas including tagging, tracking, surveillance and lawful wiretaps;
- Researches and develops systems for technical surveillance countermeasures;
- Researches and develops building access control and area intrusion detection technologies and products;
- Monitors developments in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), UAS countermeasures and biometric technologies;
- Provide overall program and project planning, coordination, management, and quality assurance for interrelated technical areas;
- Serve as a senior scientist on specialized projects and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders in developing, formulating, planning, managing, directing and executing operational programs, thus promoting best practices and enhancing the agency’s investigative and protective missions;
- Participate in interagency ad-hoc working groups;
- Serve as an expert and advisor on acquisition management and implementation (e.g. pre-solicitation documentation, source selection); serve as a Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) in managing awarded contracts;
- Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to assure that mission requirements and performance metrics are met, utilizing best practices and applicable scientific methods to ensure “real time” data/information throughout the contract/program life cycle;
- Prepare and provide briefings for USSS leadership and other stakeholders;
- Support fixed-site and temporary-site operations;
- Prepare operational and maintenance specifications and guides for end-users; provide training and technical briefings to end-users regarding the use, installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of equipment.
50% or less - Frequent domestic travel is required; and foreign travel on a limited basis.
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Conditions Of Employment
- U.S. citizenship is required.
- Security Clearance: Top Secret (Tier 5) security clearance. For more information visit OPM Mythbuster Page.
- Must successfully complete a polygraph examination
- Pass a drug test (urinalysis)
- Shift work may be required
- 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 you have registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, or certify you are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.
- Obtaining Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) certification maybe required after hired.
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:
GS-12: To qualify for the GS-12 (starting salary $86,335) you must have a least one year of specialized experience performing such duties as contributing to team-based electronics engineering projects; developing Statements of Work (SOW) and solicitation packages, evaluating proposals and providing technical oversight during contract performance; assisting in the resolution of engineering or scientific issues relative to ongoing studies requiring a fresh approach to resolve new problems; and representing an agency in interagency meetings, workshops, national and international conferences and meetings with respect to existing technologies and the feasibility of new advances in countermeasure technologies.
GS-13: To qualify for the GS-13 (starting salary $102,663) you must have a least one year of specialized experience performing such duties as participating in and monitoring specialized countermeasure research and/or developments; managing projects and programs; serving as the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) preparing Statements of Work (SOW), schedules, cost estimates, and other contracting documents; planning and conducting equipment/system evaluations; developing technical standards; program planning and coordination; serving as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to USSS management and other government agencies or contractor personnel with respect to existing technologies and the feasibility of new advances in countermeasure technologies; coordinating with other government agencies, industry and academia with regards to protective technologies; and preparing and presenting technical program and narrative information related to the following areas; active and passive radio frequency systems, detection systems, electro-optic technologies, system engineering, system integration, etc.
GS-14: To qualify for the GS-14 (starting salary $121,316) you must have a least one year of specialized performing duties such as leading and monitoring specialized countermeasure research and/or developments; concurrently managing multiple projects and programs; serving as the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) preparing Statements of Work (SOW), schedules, cost estimates, and other contracting documents; planning and conducting equipment/system evaluations; developing technical standards; program planning and coordination; serving as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to USSS management and other government agencies or contractor personnel with respect to existing technologies and the feasibility of new advances in countermeasure technologies; coordinating with other government agencies, industry and academia with regards to protective technologies; and preparing and presenting technical program and narrative information related to the following areas; active and passive radio frequency systems, detection systems, electro-optic technologies, system engineering, system integration, etc.
Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) is defined as: Electronics Engineering Series 0855 (opm.gov)
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under ICTAP, you must meet the basic requirement and specialized experience as described above for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
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Please see the Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) referenced in the "Qualification" section.
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.
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This position may require a credit check after initial job qualifications have been determined.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
"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.”
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:
- Extensive professional knowledge and skill in applying a wide range of electronics engineering concepts, principles, standards, theories and techniques sufficient to develop and direct program planning, management and direction for investigative and protective electronics engineering programs.
- Extensive scientific and professional knowledge of and skill in applying advanced operational, technical and programmatic requirements for the design, development and/or enhancement of RF equipment, radar systems, metal detection/concealed weapon systems, x-ray systems, technical surveillance/surveillance countermeasure and intrusion and biometrics technologies.
- Professional-level skill in oral and written communications to effectively and accurately communicate technical information, and prepare and present persuasive arguments.
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Please 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.
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.
The USSS offers its employees a wide range of benefits including:
- Low-cost Federal health and life insurance
- Paid Holidays
- Leave for personal, recreational, and health needs
- Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) Plan)
- Flexible work schedules
- Transit and child care subsidies
- Tuition reimbursement and student loan repayment
- Training and development
- Recruitment bonus or relocation bonus may be available
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
Instructions for Submitting Resumes and Applicable Documents
All resumes, un-official college transcripts, and certifications must be submitted to EEngineer21@usss.dhs.gov and include work experience in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date, and include the number of hours worked per week. You must submit college transcripts and/or other relevant document(s) referenced in the Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) (see Qualifications section) with your resume to receive consideration.
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. To be considered well qualified, you must meet the specialized experience and OPM's Individual Occupational Requirements as listed in the Qualifications Section.
Agency contact information
Talent & Emp Acq Mgmt Div
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Washington, District of Columbia 20223
Do you have a passion for public service? The United States Secret Service (USSS) is looking for you! The USSS is a premier law enforcement organization with two (2) 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 crimes or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the USSS we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity, and courage.
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- Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
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- Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure
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