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Job Title:Program Analyst

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Science and Technology Directorate

Job Announcement Number:GV-785239-DS-13

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$77,585.00 to $119,935.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, November 30, 2012 to Friday, December 07, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0343-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
New York, NY United StatesView 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.

The purpose of this position is to serve as an analyst and advisor to management on the evaluation of the effectiveness of National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) programs. You will be the focal point for ensuring the strength of organizational planning and programming processes through program analyses and reviews to identify issues needing attention and resolution and critical evaluation of legislative proposals, executive orders and regulations that impact NUSTL programs and operations.

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) which tests, evaluates, and analyzes homeland security capabilities and serves as a technical authority to first responder, state, and local entities and promotes the successful development and integration of homeland security technologies into operational end-user environments.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • 1-5 nights of travel per month required
  • Overtime occasionally required
  • Permanent Change of Station expenses may be authorized

DUTIES:

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·         Interface with the S&T Finance and Budget Division on basic budget issues as they relate to long-range planning of programs and objectives. 

·         Conduct independent analyses of the programs and crosscutting activities and provide independent analyses to the supervisor. 

·         Support strategic planning efforts, including development of and updates to NUSTL’s Strategic Plan and associate planning documents based on policies, directions, initiative and legislation.  

·         Advise senior DHS management officials on strategic and multi-year planning and programming issues for NUSTL on their compliance with planning and programming guidance. 

·         Prepare reports, memoranda, briefing papers and other written materials for internal use or outside publication.

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QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-12:

To qualify for this position at the GS-12 level, you must possess one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) which required you to perform all the following duties: 1) use standard analytical and evaluative methods to measure, evaluate and improve program effectiveness, organizational productivity or program operations; 2) ensure that program work processes and administrative operations conform with  pertinent laws, regulations, policies and precedents; 3) draft findings and recommendations; and 4) effectively communicate findings and recommendations verbally.  NOTE: The contents of your resume must support this response.

GS-13:

To qualify for this position at the GS-13 level, you must possess one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) which required you to perform all the following duties: 1) conduct program analyses and reviews of scientific research and development programs with homeland security risk reduction missions; 2) interpret and analyze resource and performance measures to evaluate programs' effectiveness and efficiency; 3) develop reports and presentations on findings from evaluation and studies, and on options for resolving programs' problems and for enhancing programs' efficiency of operations; 4) analyze and critically evaluate legislative proposals, executive orders and regulations to determine program compliance or identify needed corrections;  and 5) persuade management to accept plans, findings, determinations, and recommended courses of action. NOTE: The contents of your resume must support this response.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.  

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for SECRET clearance as a condition of placement in this NON-CRITICAL SENSITIVE position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use a job questionnaire to place you in one of the three categories based on your experience, education and training. The knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job are:

 

  1. KNOWLEDGE OF BUDGETARY POLICIES AFFECTING THE FINANCING AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF PROGRAM/PROJECTS

  2. SKILL IN PLANNING, ORGANIZING AND DIRECTING THE WORK OF PROGRAMS/PROJECTS REQUIRING SUBSTANTIAL RESOURCES OR CHANGES IN ESTABLISHED PROCEDURES

  3. KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY FIELD AND WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION RISK-REDUCTION MISSION AS IT RELATES TO PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING FUNCTIONS

  4.  SKILL IN COMMUNICATING ORALLY

  5. ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY IN WRITING

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

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

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the well qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

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 qualify.   Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher.  For information on veterans' preference, please click here.


On November 21, 2011, President Obama signed the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-56). The VOW Act amended chapter 21 of title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.) by adding section 2108a, “Treatment of certain individuals as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligibles.”


This job opportunity announcement (JOA) include Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-56). Active duty service members who have begun their civilian job search prior to discharge or release from active duty will know how their application will be considered.

a.Applicants who are active duty service members and apply for federal employment shall be conserved for competitive service positions and granted tentative veteran’s preference status when they submit a certification, in lieu of a DD-214, when applying to a federal job.
b.A certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies that the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date of certification is signed.


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 http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/careers/content_multi_image_0016.shtm."



OTHER INFORMATION:

Promotion Potential: This position may be filled at the GS-12 or GS-13 level. If selection is made at the GS-12 level, promotion to the GS-13 level may occur without further competition.

Selectee may be required to serve a one-year probationary period

Relocation Expenses may be paid.

 

Veterans, and people with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.   If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the additional proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans.

If you are a person with disabilities see http://www.usajobs.gov/IndividualsWithDisabilities, you may qualify for a Schedule A appointment (a special authority used to hire people with mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities who have documentation from a licensed medical professional or other entity (such as rehab counselor)?  If you qualify for Schedule A, you must submit appropriate documentation. For more information to determine your eligibility or to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, you may click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Friday, December 07, 2012 . 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.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your résumé, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX , document your responses to the assessment questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire , and use the official FAX coversheet found here .

Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  1. Your résumé.
  2. Your responses to the job questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  3. Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed.   Those with foreign education, click this link .
  4. Are you a veteran? Submit Copy of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) that shows your type of discharge and character of service. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans' information.
  5. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? Submit:
    • a copy of your agency notice,
    • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
    • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, duty location and full performance level.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Deborah A. Shreve
Phone: (415)281-7087
Email: DEBORAH.SHREVE@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
DO NOT SEND POSTAL MAIL
Washington, DC
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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 after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information." We expect to make a final job offer within 60 after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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Job Announcement Number:

GV-785239-DS-13

Control Number:

332221100