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Job Title:Social Science Program Specialist (Victim Witness Assistance)

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:DAL-INV-680558-DEU-JLS

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 to Thursday, June 21, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0101-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - San Juan Puerto RicoView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the second largest investigative agency in the Federal government. Created in 2003 through a merger of the investigative and interior enforcement elements of the U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, ICE now has more than 20,000 employees in more than 400 offices in the United States and 47 foreign countries around the world. ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to http://www.ice.gov

NOTE:  It is important that applicants provide a valid email address and thoroughly read all correspondence.

Who May Apply:  All U.S. citizens

Organizational Location: This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, SAC San Juan, Puerto Rico.

·      The ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate is a critical asset in the ICE mission, responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States.

·      HSI investigates immigration crime, human rights violations and human smuggling, smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband, financial crimes, cybercrime and export enforcement issues. HSI special agents conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation.

·      In addition to criminal investigations, HSI oversees the agency’s international affairs operations and intelligence functions. HSI consists of more than 10,000 employees, consisting of 6,700 special agents, who are assigned to more than 200 cities throughout the U.S. and 47 countries around the world.

·          HSI conducts criminal investigations against terrorist and other criminal organizations who threaten national security. HSI combats worldwide criminal enterprises who seek to exploit America’s legitimate trade, travel and financial systems and enforces America’s customs and immigration laws at and beyond our nation’s borders.  

THIS IS A NON-BARGAINING UNIT POSITION. 

Note: One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Ability to pass background check and drug screen for fed employment
  • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations tab)
  • Complete Application Package (see How to Apply tab)
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with Selective Service

DUTIES:

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As a Social Science Program Specialist (Victim Assistance) you will perform the following duties:

  • Be responsible for providing direction, technical assistance, support and advice to field staff on a variety of federal victim assistance matters;
  • Have specific responsibility for aspects of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) response to child victims of crime-including child pornography, child exploitation, child sex tourism, and human trafficking.
  • Be responsible for administering federal legislation regarding the treatment and provision of services to victims of crime and with ICE police (which mirrors the  Attorney General guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance);
  • Independently establish and maintain liaison with ICE field offices, DHS and DOJ components, and other federal, state, and local officials and non-governmental agencies regarding victim assistance and/or victim cases;
  • Develop procedures, position papers, operational instructions, and decision memoranda, some bearing on complex issues or national impact;
  • Participate in the development of appropriate training materials for field staff;
  • Analyze victim oriented activities for common problems;
  • Manage interagency agreement (IAA) between ICE Victim Assistance Program and other federal agencies; manage IA budgets, track expenditures; and ensure effective utilization of IAA resources.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements:

1.     Degree: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

OR

2.     Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

OR

3.     Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, all applicants must also meet the GS-13 requirements.

You qualify at the GS-13 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:

·         Demonstrating extensive knowledge of the Federal criminal justice system, the procedures of law enforcement agencies as they relate to treatment and handling of federal victims of crime, and the interface of public and private agencies;

·         Demonstrating extensive knowledge of the procedures of law enforcement agencies as they relate to treatment and handling of child victims of federal crime, the multi-disciplinary approach to child exploitation and the interface with child protection agencies;

·         Demonstrating extensive knowledge of statutes, policies, and procedures for federal victim assistance and the Attorney General Guidelines on Victim and Witness Assistance as they relate to victims and/or child victims;

·         Experience with crisis intervention and direct service to victims.

 

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.  Qualification claims will be subject to verification.


 

Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 

Probationary Period: This is a full-time permanent position (Career/Career-Conditional appointment). Upon appointment to this position, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Proof of Education: If basing your qualifications on education, you must submit TRANSCRIPTS or list of college courses, with credit hours, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. (Prior to appointment, an official college transcript may be required.) This education must be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 an Assessment Questionnaire.  The questions are related to the following fundamental competencies (or Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) needed to perform the duties of this job: ability to plan, organize, and coordinate office activities, ability to establish and maintain liaison with high level public and Government officials, ability to communicate orally and in writing, and ability to determine and manage resources that are required for the job for which you are applying.

Based on your responses, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

  1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
  2. Well Qualified:  Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
  3. Qualified:  Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Applicants in the best qualified category will be referred to the hiring manager and may be called for an interview.

ICTAP/CTAP Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP/CTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is on the OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.  To be considered well qualified under ICTAP/CTAP you must be placed in the well qualified category for this position as described above. 

Veterans:  Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified.  Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are placed in the best qualified category above non-preference eligibles, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. This position is considered scientific/professional.  For more information regarding veterans' preference, please see: http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp


BENEFITS:

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select “benefits.”

 

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you need only submit a complete initial Application which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Required documents to support your minimum qualifications and eligibility (see Required Documents section below)

The complete initial Application must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, June 21, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
 
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 680558.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume showing relevant experience (education, training, and/or work experience; work experience should include job title, duties, employer's name, daytime telephone number and address, starting and ending dates, hours worked per week, and indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.
  • Veterans Documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate).
  • Proof of eligibility if applying for consideration under a priority selection program (e.g. ICTAP) or a special appointing authority.
  • List of college courses, with credit hours, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking, name and address of institution, ex. TRANSCRIPTS  Prior to appointment, an official college transcript may be required.

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted my mail or email.  If you need further assistance, contact the Human Resources Office representative listed on this announcement at least one day prior to the Thursday, June 21, 2012 for further instructions.

You must submit all required information by Thursday, June 21, 2012.  If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated soley on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.  Also, if you do not provide an email address, you may not be notified of the outcome of your application.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Janeen Saul
Phone: (214)905-8709
Email: JANEEN.L.SAUL@ICE.DHS.GOV
Agency Information:
ICE Dallas Service Center
7701 N Stemmons Freeway
6th Floor
Dallas, TX
75247
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews.  We will notify you by email the outcome after each of these steps has been completed.  Your status will also be updated on your USAJobs and Application Manager accounts throughout the process. We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications.  If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.


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Job Announcement Number:

DAL-INV-680558-DEU-JLS

Control Number:

318589900