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Job Title:Chemical Security Inspector

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:National Protection and Programs Directorate

Job Announcement Number:FS-820391-AC13

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,443.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, January 11, 2013 to Thursday, January 31, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1801-09/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Memphis, TN United StatesView Map
Fort Snelling, MN United StatesView Map
Madison, WI United StatesView Map
Albuquerque, NM United StatesView Map
Buffalo, NY United StatesView Map
More Locations  (5)

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Secure the Homeland
Proud to Protect

*The Chemical Security Inspector GS-1801-09/11/12/13 positions are part of the bargaining unit.*

*This announcement has been extended until 1/31/13.*

 

Are you interested in a job where your primary purpose will be to serve on a team of Regional Field Chemical Security Inspectors, planning and conducting inspections of the critical chemical infrastructure and assets posing the highest risk of vulnerability to terrorist attack and theft and diversion of hazardous Chemicals of Interest (COI) as prescribed in the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) as well as plan, organize, schedule and conduct on-site inspections of ammonium nitrate facilities?  Then consider joining the Field Operations Branch (FOB), Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD), Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP), National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Come work with the best to prevent and deter terrorist attacks, protect against and respond to potential threats, ensure safe and secure borders, welcome immigrants and visitors, and promote the free-flow of commerce.  This mission of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is carried out every day by the dedicated men and women who answer the noble calling of public service with courage and enthusiasm.  With a diverse and critical mission, we lead the unified national effort to secure America.  In today's interconnected world, our country's security challenges are constantly evolving.  To meet these challenges, DHS fosters a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation.

In Headquarters, we coordinate, plan, and guide the Department's work across all DHS components.  You could enjoy a career that includes research, administration and management, legal work, budget and finance, cyber security, infrastructure protection and intelligence analysis.  Our services touch every U.S. citizen, and our goal is to secure our country across land and sea.  Come join the team who is "Proud to Protect".  

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM: All U.S. Citizens and Status Candidates.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement should the need arise.

 

Appointment is subject to the availability of funds.

 

Candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a valid State Driver's license.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship is required. OGE-450 Financial Disclosure Required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Relocation Expenses may be authorized.
  • Overnight travel of 6-10 nights per month may be required.
  • May be medically monitored. Must attend chemical security training.
  • Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO) pay may be authorized.

DUTIES:

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  • Plan, coordinate, assist with and conduct on-site physical inspections/audits, documentary and data reviews, personnel interviews, incident investigations and site vulnerability analysis of chemical facilities as a member of a regional field operations team.
  • Assist and/or lead in the production of field reports and briefings following inspections, compliance assistance visits, incident investigations and other events as requested or deemed necessary by senior DHS officials. 
  • Provide support for and maintain cognizance of the enforcement of administrative sanctions, including the termination of chemical facility operations, as prescribed by law, through participation in enforcement action planning and post-execution operational phases and reports.
  • Provide specific, clear, concise, accurate and detailed chemical facility inspection data for inclusion into reports and briefings to aid in supporting possible preventative, corrective, and/or administrative action.
  • Participate with Federal, State, local and tribal officials as well as chemical industry private sector officials in emergency preparedness activities (i.e., conferences, exercises, workshops, seminars etc.) and serve on collaborative tasks forces and committees relevant to developing further chemical security awareness.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for the GS-09 level, you must meet at least one of the following:
A. One full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-07 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) that involved knowledge of homeland security, infrastructure protection, information security, intelligence and law enforcement information, and information analysis, along with knowledge of analytical and investigative techniques.  This experience must include activities such as: 1) performing inspections to determine if violations have occurred; 2) conducting investigations using accepted inspection, investigation, enforcement, and/or compliance principles, concepts, and methodologies and problem solving techniques; 3) preparing reports to both private and public sector personnel. NOTE: The contents of your resume must support your claim of specialized experience. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.


OR


B. Completion of a Master’s degree or two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education (36 semester units or the number of units your school uses to describe two graduate years of academic study) from an accredited college or university in a program that provided the knowledge, skills and abilities to do the work of this position. Examples of qualifying fields may include Safety Engineering, Industrial Hygiene Inspection, Chemical Engineering, and Process Safety Engineering, but would not, for example, include Chemistry or Criminal Justice without documented relevant supplementary coursework. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify this education. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.

OR

 

C. Combination of education and specialized experience - A combination of the graduate level education and specialized experience as described in "A" and "B" above which can be combined to meet 100 percent of the requirement. If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3rds.  To calculate the percentage of qualifying graduate education, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree, in excess of 18 semester hours, and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then take number the number of months experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify using this option. NOTE: The contents of your resume must support this response and you must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify this education. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.

 

To qualify for the GS-11 level, you must meet at least one of the following:
A. One full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) that involved knowledge of homeland security, infrastructure protection, information security, intelligence and law enforcement information, and information analysis, along with knowledge of analytical and investigative techniques.  This experience must include activities such as: 1) conducting security/vulnerability inspections and incident investigations on the physical and technical security of facilities; 2) identifying potential areas/processes of compliance vulnerability and risk to develop corrective actions to security and enforcement issues; and 3) presenting inspection report findings to both private and public sector personnel. NOTE: The contents of your resume must support your claim of specialized experience. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.


OR

B. Completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education (54 semester units or the number of units your school uses to describe two graduate years of academic study) from an accredited college or university in a program that provided the knowledge, skills and abilities to do the work of this position. Examples of qualifying fields may include Safety Engineering, Industrial Hygiene Inspection, Chemical Engineering, and Process Safety Engineering, but would not, for example, include Chemistry or Criminal Justice without documented relevant supplementary coursework. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify this education. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.

OR

 

C. Combination of education and specialized experience - A combination of the graduate level education and specialized experience as described in "A" and "B" above which can be combined to meet 100 percent of the requirement. If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3rds.  To calculate the percentage of qualifying graduate education, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree, in excess of 36 semester hours, and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then take number the number of months experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify using this option. NOTE: The contents of your resume must support this response and you must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify this education. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible. 
 
To qualify for the GS-12 level, you must have the following:

A. 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) that involved knowledge of homeland security, infrastructure protection, information security, intelligence and law enforcement information, and information analysis, along with knowledge of analytical and investigative techniques.  This experience must include activities such as: 1) reviewing the storage, manufacturing, processing, shipping and/or receiving of hazardous chemicals or chemicals of interest to ensure the security of the process; 2) conducting on-site physical inspections, documentary reviews, personnel interviews and site vulnerability analyses of chemical facilities; and 3) providing specific detailed and accurate chemical facility inspection data for reports and briefings to management. NOTE: If you do not have experience conducting on-site chemical security inspections/reviews/audits, you will not be found qualified for this grade level. The contents of your resume must support your claim of specialized experience. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.


To qualify for the GS-13 level, you must have the following:
A. 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) that involved knowledge of homeland security, infrastructure protection, information security, intelligence and law enforcement information, and information analysis, along with knowledge of analytical and investigative techniques.  This experience must include activities such as: 1) reviewing the storage, manufacturing, processing, shipping and/or receiving of hazardous chemicals or chemicals of interest to ensure the security of the process; and 2) conducting on-site physical inspections, documentary reviews, personnel interviews and site vulnerability analysis of chemical facilities; and 3) reviewing and evaluating the physical, personnel, information and cyber security plans and countermeasures of chemical facilities against the Risk Based Performance Standards codified in Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). NOTE: If you do not have experience conducting reviews of chemical facilities using CFATS Risk Based Performance Standards, you will not be found qualified for this grade level. The contents of your resume must support your claim of specialized experience. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.


Education:

For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), please indicate through your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor how each course fulfills the specific education requirement, i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned.

NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement).  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx.  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Special Instructions For Foreign Education:  If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Time-in-Grade Requirements: Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal service.  All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

New employees must serve a one year probationary period.

 

Conditions of Employment

  • Candidates may be required to participate in medical monitoring.
  • Candidates must obtain and maintain a valid State Driver's License.
  • Candidates will be required to perform certain essential duties in close proximity to large quantities of the most hazardous chemicals and chemical production processes in the world under all weather conditions.
  • Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime Pay (AUO) may be authorized.
  • Frequent and often unscheduled travel (50% of the time) may be required within your geographical area of operation or anywhere else in the US or its associated territories as required by DHS HQ.
  • Candidates will be required to attend and successfully complete the chemical security training.
  • If selected, you will be required to file an OGE 450 Confidential Financial Disclosure Report annually.
  • Candidates must sign a Mobility Agreement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category.   The categories are defined as follows:

Best Qualified – Demonstrates better overall or key knowledge, skills, or abilities for a specific position.

Well Qualified – Possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position, but does not necessarily meet the definition of best qualified.

Qualified – Meets the minimum qualifications standards, including any selective placement factors, for a specific position.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • KNOWLEDGE OF THE LAWS, REGULATIONS AND PRINCIPLES PERTAINING TO CHEMICAL SECURITY INSPECTION
  • ABILITY TO PERFORM CHEMICAL SECURITY INSPECTIONS UNDER THE CHEMICAL FACILITY ANTI-TERRORISM STANDARDS (CFATS)
  • ABILITY TO PERFORM ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS
  • ABILITY TO LIAISE EFFECTIVELY WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
    (ex: federal agencies, state, local and tribal government officials, and/or private sector officials)
  • ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY ORALLY
  • ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY IN WRITING

Application of Veterans' Preference:   Category rating and selection procedures place those with veteran's preference above non-preference eligible within each category.  Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.   Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at

http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to GS- 13.

Background Investigation:

This position is a noncritical sensitive position and the tentative selectee must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for a Secret clearance as a condition of placement/retention in this position.

Other Information:  

This position has been designated exempt from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 USC Section 7112(B)(6).

All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.

Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/).

 

HOW TO CLAIM VETERANS PREFERENCE (FedsHireVets.gov):

If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the  SF15 . If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at  www.archives.gov/veterans.

If you are a veteran within 120 days of dischargeyou must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.

If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteranyou must submit all additional proof required by the  SF15 , and if applicable, a completed  SF15. If you don't have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at  http://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ or call 1-800-827-1000.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your Résumé and other supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section below.
  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire 

A complete Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of Thursday, January 31, 2013.

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 assessment questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov/.

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 FS820391.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment 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:

The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1.          Your Résumé

2.          A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3.          Other supporting documents

-      Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

-      College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education

-      SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal service)

Current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows competitive service appointment, tenure group, grade, and salary.   If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF50s include promotions, With-in Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s over one year old).   If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof.  Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment.  IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION AS A STATUS CANDIDATE.

If you are a displaced Federal employee within in the local commute area of this announcement, you must include ALL the following documents to receive ICTAP consideration for this vacancy:

1.     Proof you are a displaced Federal employee under 5 CFR 330.702 . (e.g., one of the following:  RIF Separation Notice;  Notice of Proposed Removal for Declining a Transfer of Function; Agency certification of inability to place after  termination of work-related disability compensation; OPM Notice of Termination of Disability Annuity; or certification of a Military Reserve Technician or National Guard Technician special disability retirement annuity.) 

2.   SF-50s (Notification of Personnel Action) sufficient to show all of the following : 1) that you held career/career-conditional competitive status in your position of record; 2) the promotional potential of your position of record; and 3) the duty location of your position of record. (NOTE: You may need to submit more than one SF-50.)  

3. Most Recent Performance Appraisal (This requirement does not apply if you qualify for ICTAP due to injury compensation or disability annuity).

 

Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan (I/CTAP):  To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above (or rated at 85 or above under merit promotion procedures) on the rating criteria for this position. For information on how to apply as a CTAP or an ICTAP eligible see www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

San Francisco Services Branch
Phone: (415)281-7094
Email: SANFRANCISCO@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
USOPM San Francisco Services Branch
San Francisco Federal Building
90 Seventh Street Suite 13-300
San Francisco, CA
94103

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official.  If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

Additional Duty Location Info

Many vacancies in the following locations:
Memphis, TN United StatesView Map
Fort Snelling, MN United StatesView Map
Madison, WI United StatesView Map
Albuquerque, NM United StatesView Map
Buffalo, NY United StatesView Map
San Francisco, CA United StatesView Map
San Antonio, TX United StatesView Map
Brea, CA United StatesView Map
Pittsburgh, PA United StatesView Map
Louisville, KY United StatesView Map

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Job Announcement Number:

FS-820391-AC13

Control Number:

335472900