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    Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, we serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, we secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and public transit systems, thus protecting our transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce.
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    As the Regional Security Director (RSD), Surface Operations, you will serve as the senior management official and technical expert for TSA on matters involving surface transportation security operations within the assigned geographic area of responsibility (AOR). As the RSD, you will place particular focus/attention in creating the most effective and efficient adaptive security solutions for the surface transportation network within your AOR. Your oversight will include Mass Transit and Passenger Rail; Freight Rail; Highway and Motor Carrier; Pipeline Sections and a supporting role to USCG in Maritime branches. In this regard, you will be responsible for strategic input for surface transportation security operations management and services across the surface transportation sector within your AOR. The responsibilities of the position not only have agency-wide impact and influence, but national impact and scope. As the Regional Security Director, you will provide innovative and expert leadership in the implementation of surface transportation security operations policies, procedures, and operational activities in accordance with applicable Federal and Departmental policies, procedures, laws, and directives.

    Major duties include:

    • Serving as a principal advisor to the Assistant Administrator (AA), Surface Operations on surface transportation security management programs, Federal regulation requirements and methods as it relates to U.S. surface transportation networks.
    • Building strategic industry partnerships, engaging trusted industry operators and advisory groups on a regular basis.
    • Providing expert security guidance to executive industry association partners and government sectors on surface transportation security operations issues. Working closely with surface industry partners to coordinate national surface transportation security operations development. Providing expert transportation security information at industry-sponsored conferences/meetings.
    • Maintaining a network of surface industry operators for purposes of ensuring that there is current and consistent information regarding TSA policies and activities and their impact on surface transportation partners. As appropriate, you will be responsible for pursuing industry partner buy-in and establishing mutual accountability.
    • Serving as the industry surface transportation security operations expert for TSA. Understanding and appropriately implementing transportation security regulations, as well as developing and facilitating the implementation of surface transportation security operations and regulations; maintaining awareness and/or knowledge of the most current, impacting, and proposed/enacted legislation in the area of surface transportation security operations. Understanding and supporting the collaborative environment with surface transportation security partners, to include using non regulatory means to enhance surface transportation security and raise the security baseline.
    • Administering the delivery and communication of surface transportation security, work plans, inspections and operations.
    • Overseeing all support requirements for coordinating the dissemination of Guidelines, Directives and Program Changes related to surface transportation security policies. Monitoring and reviewing all outstanding security policies, directives, and emergency amendments affecting the industry for relevance.
    • Engaging executive industry partners to raise the security bar through addressing the impact of threat information on their operations, and where applicable, the supply chain, the security of the traveling public and commercial goods within the surface transportation sector.
    • Serving as the principal interface with executives in the surface industry within your AOR concerning risk-based security.
    • Maintaining cybersecurity as a core mission of TSA, and continually seeking methods to educate surface transportation security partners on adopting a holistic risk management approach to defend against malicious cyber-attacks.
    • Establishing organizational performance metrics in accordance with TSA's mission, vision, goals, and strategic objectives. Measuring security metric improvement over time for the industry.
    • Continually assessing the effectiveness of operations and programs within his/her AOR and adjusting as needed to meet emerging priorities.
    • Keeping the AA, Surface Operations apprised of overall operations, current status, and anticipated challenges.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Position requires occasional travel.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0340 Program Management

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
    • You must complete a favorable Tier 5 Background Investigation (T5).
    • You must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance.
    • You must pass Drug Screening, subject to random drug tests.
    • This position requires Financial Disclosure.
    • Must sign mobility agreement upon selection.
    • Please see Requirements section for additional conditions of employment

    You must meet the qualification requirements of this position no later than the closing date of the job opportunity announcement.

       Conditions of Employment:

    • MOBILITY:  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in the wake of 9/11 to strengthen the security of the nation's transportation systems while ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA employs a risk-based strategy to secure U.S. transportation systems, with nearly 50,000 Transportation Security Officers, each day at approximately 450 airports nationwide. The agency continuously sets the standard for excellence in transportation security through its people, processes, technologies and use of intelligence to drive operations.

      As a member of the TSES, you may be subject to frequent changes in posts of duty and positions. Mobility is a condition of employment, so you must be prepared to accept, without objection, the judgment of your superiors concerning reassignments for operational and/or career development purposes, or for other reasons determined to be in the best interest of the Transportation Security Administration. Upon appointment you will be required to sign a Mobility Agreement.
    • This is an Emergency Essential position.
    • You will be required to serve a probationary period of one year unless you previously completed the probationary period in a SES/TSES position.
    • When you enter on duty, you will be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 278. You will need to provide this information annually.
    • RSD positions are not permanent assignments; the max length of a duty assignment is generally two consecutive tours of duty. The initial tour is 36 months, with agency approval a second tour up to 24 months. During your assignment, an employee from Human Capital will work with you to complete a career assessment and to identify future position interests.  Using this information, and in consideration with future leadership vacancies, you will be transitioned into another role based on your skills and the agency leadership needs at the termination of your initial assignment.
    • Applicants may identify preferred locations. TSA will attempt to place employees based on identified locations but cannot guarantee placement in the identified location. Final determination will be made at the discretion of TSA.


    As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Professional/Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the equivalent of the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state and local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations.

    To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed below.  We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including results of your actions.

    The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME-ONLY. Therefore, evidence of each ECQ and PTQ must be CLEARLY REFLECTED in your resume.

    If you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES/TSES member or a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been previously certified by OPM's Qualifications Review Board, you are not required to address the ECQs.  However, you MUST address all PTQs in your resume.  Current and reinstatement eligible SES/TSES members please include with your application a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) documenting your career appointment to the SES/TSES.  SES CDP graduates, please include a copy of your OPM certificate.

    Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs):

    1. Knowledge of surface transportation security standards, regulations and transportation grant program sufficient to manage a national program.

    2. Knowledge of the relationships between Department of Homeland Security components and programs and private sector organizations and/or other governmental departments, bureaus, and equivalent organizations in monitoring, networking, and managing surface transportation security.

    3. Knowledge of government crisis management plans contingency measures/conditions, and risk/vulnerability assessment methodologies.

    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

    ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

    ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

    ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

    ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

    ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.


    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, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    Note: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two-months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime. 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.

    Certificates will be issued on an as needed basis, as vacancies occur. The applicant pool will be honored for a period of 6 months.

    DRUG TESTING: You must pass a pre-employment drug test. In addition, you may be subject to random drug testing during employment.

    SECURITY CLEARANCE: This position requires a TS/SCI (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information) clearance that must be completed prior to appointment. You will be subject to a 5-year periodic investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance.  


    Additional information

    • The TSA, an excepted service agency, was established by Public Law 107-71, the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), on November 19, 2001. ATSA provides TSA with the authority to modify and develop its own human capital program, provided such modifications are consistent with 49 USC 40122.
    • This is an excepted service position. However, there is an interchange agreement with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and TSA that enables Career TSES members who have been approved by the Qualifications Review Board at OPM to qualify for Senior Executive Service (SES) positions without additional competition.
    • You will be required to serve a probationary period of one year unless you previously completed the probationary period in a SES/TSES position.
    • When you enter on duty, you will be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 278. You will need to provide this information annually.
    • Veteran's Preference does NOT apply SES/TSES positions.
    • TSA policy requires verification of Selective Service registration for male applicants born after 12/31/59. For more information: Click Here
    • View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated on the quality and extent to which your resume shows that you possess the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) outlined in the “Qualifications” section of the Job Opportunity Announcement. Your resume may be evaluated by an SES/TSES rating and ranking panel, and afterwards, highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The TSA Executive Resources Council (ERC) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority. Only the selectee will be required to write Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) narratives. Unless you have already been certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by the QRB before appointment can occur.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness, National security

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    Required Documents

    1. Your Resume, which incorporates both Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs) responses. (Uploaded resumes must include contact information and for qualifications determinations your resume should contain hours worked per week, the dates of employment, and the level of your experience.)

    2. Associated Questionnaire.

    3. Current SES/TSES members: You must provide a copy of the specific SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which documents conversion or appointment, without time limitation, to the SES/TSES (except current TSA employees).

    4. Reinstatement Eligible SES/TSES members: You must provide a copy of the specific SF-50 which documents conversion or appointment, without time limitation, to your formal SES/TSES position as well as any Federal agency document which confirms your successful completion of an SES/TSES probationary period. (Note: a second SF-50 dated more than a year after SES/TSES conversion or appointment, which documents continued unlimited assignment to the same SES/TSES position, will suffice to document completion of the SES/TSES probationary period).

    5. Graduates of an OPM approved Candidate Development Program (CDP) which resulted in certification by the OPM QRB: You must provide a copy of a QRB endorsed program graduation certificate. 

    6. If you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES/TSES member or a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been previously certified by OPM's Qualifications Review Board, you are not required to address the ECQs.

    7. Non-SES/TSES members: You must provide a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (except current TSA employees). SF-50 must demonstrate a tenure code of "1" or "2" in block 24, if it does not then your application may not receive consideration.  

    NOTE:  An award SF-50 (i.e. cash or time off award) does not indicate grade, pay band or level and will not be accepted.

    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.

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    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.

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    How to Apply


    1. Resume which incorporates both ECQ and PTQ responses. Uploaded resumes will be accepted for this position. If you would like to create and submit your resume using USAJOBS Resume Builder, please follow the link provided. Click Here: USAJOBS Resume Builder
    2. Applicable supporting documents (see Required Documents Section).

    We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the HC ServeU Customer Care before the closing of this announcement for alternative options on how to apply.   Please email your question or concern to HC-ServeU@tsa.dhs.gov.  An "Employment Packet" will be sent to you via mail which must be completed and returned no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard/Daylight Time on the closing date of the JOA.  An email address unique to you is required to apply even if you are submitting a paper application.

    When contacting the HC ServeU Customer Care please provide your contact information, the Job Announcement Number of the position you are interested in, and your questions or concerns.

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    DHS/Transportation Security Administration
    Springfield, Virginia 20598
    United States
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    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

    Next steps

    Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We will notify you of the outcome of these steps when they have been completed. You may also check your application status by visiting the Candidate Portal. 

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/613361100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.