There is one basic component of your experience that defines the qualifications. These components are:
1. Specialized experience
To qualify at the AP-3 level (equivalent to the GS-9/11 in the Federal Service), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the AP/AO-2 level in the Federal Service AND IF you are a current Federal employee, you must have 52 weeks or more at the AP/AO-2 level or higher in the Federal Service to meet the time-in-grade/band requirement (the AP/AO-2 level is equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal Service).
Specialized experience: Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of creditable specialized experience include:
Specialized experience is experience that is closely related or in the line of work of the position to be filled, Examples of work experience at this level include Conducting research, compiling data, assisting in analysis, assisting in developing policies and procedures, and safeguard mechanisms. Providing guidance to internal and external customers. Collaborating with staff in conducting surveys and compliance reviews in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and agency policies. Providing input and support to related functions within agency where staff responsibilities overlap other disciplines. When appointed, serving as a liaison with other offices, agencies, and contractors. Providing professional advice, recommend policy, procedures, and corrective actions to ensure goals and objectives are accomplished, and adhering to regulations and policies. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. Click here for more information.
To qualify at the AP-4 level (equivalent to the GS-12/13 in the Federal Service), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the AP-3 level in the Federal Service AND IF you are a current Federal employee, you must have 52 weeks or more at the AP-3 level or higher in the Federal Service to meet the time-in - grade/band requirement (the AP-3 level is equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal Service).
Specialized experience is experience that is closely related or in the line of work of the position to be filled, Examples of work experience at this level include developing new methods, approaches, and procedures in data gathering and analysis techniques; devising strategies on how to overcome significant problems; providing advisory and/or specialized services and ensuring compliance with relevant regulations and laws; assessing and evaluating the impact of various studies, tests, and investigations in their respective specialty area that may have an impact on public health, safety and security; and interpreting complex laws and regulations. It also includes independently conducting security assessments and reviews in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, directives, and policies. Providing professional advice, recommending policy, procedures, and corrective actions to ensure goals and objectives are accomplished and providing advisory services to customers at multiple levels related to a variety of security issues. Competencies include: interpersonal skills, writing ability, analytical skills, and project management. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. Click here for more information.
All supporting documents in the "How to Apply" section must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. All applicants are rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. An automated ranking system, based on the online application process is used. Before a certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume is reviewed carefully by an HR Specialist to assure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met, (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions, (c) the resume addresses experience and education relevant to this position, and (d) copies of any required documents are submitted. To preview questions please click here.
Your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the applicant assessment questions. High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.
If you are found to be one of the top quality candidates or are eligible for special hiring authorities and will be referred to the selecting official for job consideration, you may be asked to develop a written response to narrative/essay type questions in the second round of the application process. If this applies to you, you will be contacted by an agency representative. Please keep your records updated with your current email address.
The automated system will place applicants in categories based on their responses to the online job related assessment questions, which are based on the duties and competencies required of the position. Competencies for this position include: language, mathematics, information processing, analytical, communication, leadership, personal characteristics (i.e. integrity and professional development), technical skills and knowledge, government laws/regulations, information technology fluency, and industry awareness. The categories are qualified, well qualified, and best qualified. Best qualified is the top category. Veterans who meet qualification requirements and have adjudicated veterans preference will be placed at the top of the category they fall into based on their answers to the assessment questions; this could be one of several categories, however, non-veterans cannot be selected over veterans that are in the same category. Only candidates in the top category are referred to the selecting official, unless categories are merged. Adjudicated veterans are those who meet the requirements for preference and submit legible documentation by the closing date of the announcement. A member 4 copy of the DD-214 must be submitted, or a letter from the Veterans Administration specifying eligibility as a disabled veteran, and in either case, documents must specify an honorable discharge. For disabled veterans, the SF-15 is requested; in the absence of an SF-15, the VA letter specifying eligibility for preference and an honorable discharge is sufficient, assuming all requirements for preference are met.