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Job Title:Director, Security Services and Assessments Division

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Transportation Security Administration

Job Announcement Number:FAM -12-527838

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 to Wednesday, October 24, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

SW-1801-02

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

02

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VAView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to all U.S. Citizens.

This position is in the Transportation Security Executive Service (TSES) and is located in the Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service (OLE/FAMS), Security Services and Assessments (SSA) Division in Arlington, VA.

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.

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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KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship.
  • You must complete a favorable Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance.
  • You must pass Drug and Alcohol Screening, subject to random drug tests.
  • You must have prior experience in a primary law enforcement position.
  • See "Other Information" section for additional important requirements.

DUTIES:

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This is a secondary law enforcement position. Under the authority of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (PL 107-71, November 19, 2001), the incumbent functions as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer and performs the duties and responsibilities assigned to Federal Air Marshals.

As the Director, Security Services and Assessments (SSA) Division, you will provide executive level leadership and direction to a large staff, consisting of law enforcement, technical specialists, and administrative personnel. You will oversee the overall planning, direction, and coordination of OLE/FAMS security management and assessment programs. You will report directly to the Assistant Administrator and Deputy Assistant Administrator, OLE/FAMS and serve as a primary advisor and authoritative consultant to the AA/Director OLE/FAMS Director and Executive Staff on security management and related issues, planning and directing the management of activities related to security services and assessments. You will establish and maintain strategic direction and direct major functional area programs aligned to the security and assessment branches within SSA, to include the following sections: 1) Sensitive Security Information (SSI), Special Security, Physical Security, Personnel Security, Security Management, Workplace Violence Prevention, Insider Threat, Security Assessments, Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Reimbursement Program, Canine Training and Evaluation, and Operations Compliance. You will advise the OLE/FAMS Director and Executive Staff on ongoing initiatives to improve organizational security programs within SSA.

Respective to the Security Branch, you will oversee the implementation of all laws and regulations regarding the development, maintenance, safeguarding and disclosure of SSI; the development, implementation and maintenance of all security policies and procedures specific to access to Sensitive Compartmented Information, ensuring all indoctrinated personnel are in compliance with the appropriate standards to support TSA’s mission; the development, implementation and maintenance of physical and facility security policies and procedures to ensure a safe work environment for TSA employees and visitors;  the implementation of security awareness programs and policies, being responsible for all personnel and physical security assets for all of TSA, for the administration of suitability and security eligibility determinations of the workforce; and prevention and mitigation of workplace violence incidents through training and assessment.

Respective to the Assessments and Support Program Branch, you will be responsible for overseeing the insider threat awareness training, investigations and referrals; the proper implementation of vulnerability assessments to the transportation sector, including aviation, surface and maritime facilities, on global basis and based on legislative, regulatory, and directed requirements; the partial reimbursement to state and local authorities to help defray the cost of the post 9/11 enhanced LEO presence in support of the passenger screening checkpoint at commercial airports nationwide; the procurement, training, deployment, and certification of explosives detection canine teams to deter and detect the introduction of explosive devices into the transportation system; and the management assessment program, records management, and in partnership with TSA Program Offices, reviews policies to determine any impact on law enforcement positions and coordinates the review and dissemination of policies.

You will establish and maintain liaison with other Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as with the airline industry, representing the OLE/FAMS Director in field office business matters. You will provide executive-level leadership, directing the work of subordinate managers and performing a wide range of managerial duties including: planning; communicating vision and objectives; assigning tasks and responsibilities; setting priorities; monitoring and evaluating performance; coaching and developing employee capabilities; and, taking, recommending or approving corrective/disciplinary actions, as appropriate. You will establish and communicate to subordinate managers both short and long range program plans, goals, requirements and priorities.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for this position, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the level of the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required for successful performance. You would typically gain this experience by working within this field or a field of work that is closely related. Such experience may include applying TSA/Federal law enforcement and/or security laws, directives and regulations to recommend solutions to security issues and problems; managing related support activities such as training operations; technology solutions; budget, human resources, and/or material resources for a large security-oriented complex. This could also include establishing and maintaining strategic direction and directing major security management related programs.

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 in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section of the Job Opportunity Announcement. 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. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.

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

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

SECURITY CLEARANCE: This position requires a TS/SCI (Top Secret/Secured Compartmentalized 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.

LAUTENBERG AMENDMENT: This position may require the incumbent to carry a firearm. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922(g)(9)). A 'misdemeanor crime of domestic violence' is generally defined under the statute as any offense involving the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by the victim's current or former domestic partner, parent, or guardian. The term 'convicted' as defined in the statute, excludes any person whose conviction has been expunged, set aside, or pardoned, or any person whose civil rights have been restored unless the pardon, expungement or restoration of civil rights expressly prohibits the possession of firearms or ammunition.

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 the 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 and approximately 2,800 Behavior Detection Officers, each day at more than 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.


 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the mandatory factors listed below. When describing your qualifications, be sure to furnish examples and describe the context in which you applied your knowledge, discuss how you used skills relevant to the position, indicate the complexity and scope of your work, discuss the impact of your work products and services, note the level of people with whom you interacted, and explain the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed.

Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs):

The Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed below must be addressed; failure to address all PTQs precisely as worded in a separate narrative statement will eliminate you from consideration. Number each of your responses with the PTQ number you are addressing and provide specific examples of your experience, education and accomplishments that are applicable. Please limit your responses to no more than two pages for each PTQ. Please DO NOT incorporate your PTQ responses into your resume; instead submit your answers separately from your resume. Please DO NOT put any part of your Social Security Number (SSN) on your PTQ responses.

1. Demonstrated executive level experience and ability to lead law enforcement and security management programs in a large, geographically dispersed organization.

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

3. Ability to independently develop and manage programs for a large and complex organization, including the ability to engage in strategic planning, define program objectives, develop innovative approaches, provide oversight, communicate roles and coordinate team work.

4. Ability to establish individual and organizational performance measures that ensure accountability, evaluation and continuous improvement.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

You will also be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Please DO NOT incorporate your ECQ responses into your resume; instead submit your answers separately from your resume. Please DO NOT put any part of your SSN on your ECQ responses. Please refer to the Office of Personnel Management's website, http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf, for additional information about ECQs.

Former and current SES/TSES members in a Career SES/TSES position and graduates from a Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program (CDP) certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board are EXEMPT from providing ECQ responses.

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.


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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; 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:

  • This position is a secondary law enforcement position and, as such, provides for the continuation of law enforcement retirement coverage for those currently encumbering a covered position. Provisions for continued law enforcement retirement coverage include: Applicants currently covered by the Civil Service Retirement System who are in a primary or secondary position under 5 USC 8336(c) must transfer to this secondary law enforcement position without a break in service exceeding 3 days, in order to maintain their law enforcement retirement coverage. Applicants currently covered by the Federal Employees' Retirement System in a rigorous position under 5 USC 8412(d) must have been in that position for at least 3 years before transferring directly, without a break in service exceeding 3 days, to this secondary position. All candidates currently covered by Federal law enforcement retirement coverage as cited in this notice are subject to mandatory separation age requirements in accordance with applicable statutes.
  • DHS TSA employees may be subject to 24-hour on call duty in the event of an emergency. This service may require irregular working hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the position description. Selectee must be able to relocate to emergency sites with little advance notice and function under intense physical and mental stress.
  • FITNESS PROGRAM: Positions filled from this announcement are subject to the Federal Air Marshal Fitness Program to include regular participation in a physical fitness program and quarterly physical fitness assessments.
  • MEDICAL STANDARDS: Selectees are required to meet the entry and recurrent medical standards of the Federal Air Marshal Medical Examination Program.
  • 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.
  • TSA may pay a Relocation Incentive and/or a Permanent Change of Station travel allowance to a current Federal employee who must relocate to accept the position, or may pay a Recruitment Incentive to an individual who is a new Federal appointee.
  • 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.


HOW TO APPLY:

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PLEASE NOTE: ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MUST BE RECEIVED IN OUR OFFICE BY 11:59 PM ET (Eastern Time) ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS JOB OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT. THIS INCLUDES BOTH ONLINE AND MAILED APPLICATION MATERIALS. IF WE DO NOT RECEIVE ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION BY THE CLOSING DATE, YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Your application MUST include:

1. Resume.  Uploaded resumes will not be accepted for this position. You must create and submit your resume using USAJOBS Resume Builder. This resume may be reused for future applications. Click Here: USAJOBS Resume Builder

2. Applicable supporting documents (see Required Documents Section)

Click the "Apply Online" button below and follow the prompts to apply. If you are unable to access the automated application system, we may need to reset your password. Please call the TSA HRAccess Executive Services Office (ESO) Help Desk at 877-872-7991 (TDD 877-872-7992) between the hours of: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday.

If you are unable to apply online, please call the ESO Help Desk at the number listed above for assistance.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to a resume, you must submit the following applicable supporting documents:

  • PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (PTQs)
  • EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs), if applicable. If you are a current or former SES/TSES member in a Career SES/TSES position, or a graduate from a SES Candidate Development Program certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board, you are EXEMPT from providing ECQ responses. To exercise this exemption without being disqualified for failure to provide ECQ responses, you must provide one of the two following documents:
    • Candidate Development Program certificate, if applicable. If you are a graduate of a SES Candidate Development Program, which resulted in certification of your executive qualifications by the Qualifications Review Board, please include a copy of your OPM Candidate Development Program graduation certificate.
    • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action - If you are a current or former SES/TSES member in a Career SES/TSES position, please submit a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, indicating your Career SES/TSES status. This is required of TSA employees as well as all others who wish to claim exemption from ECQ submission.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HRAccess ESO Help Desk
Phone: 877-872-7991
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 877-872-7992
Email: ESO@tsa-hraccess.com
Agency Information:
DHS/Transportation Security Administration
DO NOT SEND POSTAL MAIL
Merrifield, VA
22180
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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 expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.

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Job Announcement Number:

FAM -12-527838

Control Number:

328532100