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Job Title:Baggage Handling System Test Area Specialist - SV-0301-G/H

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Transportation Security Administration

Job Announcement Number:HQ-OSC-TA62-13-570795

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$48,891.00 to $92,407.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 01, 2013 to Friday, February 15, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

SV-0301-G/H

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

H

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to all U.S. Citizens.

Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 24.22%.

This position is located 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, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life.  In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. For additional information about our agency please:
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KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" in "Other Information" section

DUTIES:

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This Baggage Handling Systems (BHS) Test Area Specialist position is located in the Office of Security Capabilities (OSC) in the Operations Support Division, TSA Systems Integration Facility (TSIF)/Test and Evaluation Branch, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Test and Evaluation Branch is responsible for overseeing and managing the infrastructure of the Passenger, Checked Baggage, Trace and Cargo Laboratories.

 

Typical duties include:

  • Analyzing and evaluating screening equipment to assess overall system capabilities, limitations, and impact on operations.
  • Developing plans and procedures that evaluate Test Area operations and recommending changes or improvements in equipment.
  • Identifying staff, equipment, or facilities required to support screening systems operations, as well as overseeing preventative maintenance plans to ensure compliance with TSA policies.
  • Overseeing security system and equipment reconfigurations and integration activities for both the Checked Baggage Inspection Systems (CBIS) and Cargo Screening Systems (CSS) areas, including ensuring power and networking requirements are provided.
  • Monitoring the CBIS and CSS areas for proper operation and ensuring configurations meet required standards.
  • Overseeing security equipment related activities such as equipment delivery, set up and calibrations/integrations, equipment movement and recalibration within the TSIF, acceptance testing, and preventative maintenance to ensure equipment is operating properly prior to test and evaluation.
  • Serving as a tour/escort lead to the Test Manager when hosting scheduled tours or visits by agency personnel, guests, and VIPs.
  • Establishing test and evaluation reporting techniques to assist the Test Manager in collecting and reporting critical system data.   
  • Inputting BHS system performance and maintaining equipment databases for maintenance related issues for large conveyance systems.
  • Performing fact finding analysis of program data, assisting in operating and maintaining databases, tools, and dashboards.

The major duties described above reflect the full performance level of this position. Typically, the lower pay band (G Band) performs the same duties but will receive more guidance and training; and/or projects/work assignments may be less complex.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for the SV-G Pay Band (equivalent to GS-11), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-F Pay Band or GS-9 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience includes:

  • assisting in the coordination of maintenance problems, interpreting and evaluating maintenance requirements, and assessing operational capabilities of screening equipment;
  • assisting in planning, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating programs in a test and/or operational environment (i.e., checked baggage, passenger screening, and cargo screening systems); and
  • assisting in evaluating a screening system, process, or technology to determine operational effectiveness and suitability in an operational environment.

OR

Education: Completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field; or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M., if related.

 

OR

Combining Education and experience: Combinations of successfully completed progressively higher level graduate education (beyond the second year) and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements, and may be computed by first determining the total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the band level; then determining the education as a percentage of the education required for the band level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for the position.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: Education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university in the amounts indicated above meets the requirements for this position. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. One (1) year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.

Applicants who meet the qualifications listed above based on education or a combination of education and experience must provide proof of education, such as a list of completed college courses or the date and school of degree (including the number of semester or quarter hours) or transcript(s) from an accredited college or university.

The information must be provided as an attachment to the application by the closing date of the announcement. If selected, you must supply a transcript(s) or certification of degree.

 

To qualify for the SV-H Pay Band (equivalent to GS-12), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-G Pay Band or GS-11 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience includes:

 

  • applying knowledge of industrial types of networks (i.e. Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), and Programmable Logics Controllers (PLCs)), and ensuring proper equipment configurations are followed during installation, operation, and maintenance functions;
  • operational experience in operating, maintaining, and integrating various inline screening processes and technologies (i.e. Checked Baggage Inspection Systems (CBISs), Cargo Screening Systems (CSS), and Baggage Handling Systems (BHS)) in determining operational effectiveness and suitability; and 
  • experience in deploying and integrating Transportation Security Technology in order to ensure proper equipment installations are performed by equipment vendors or contractors, and maintenance or modification actions are properly performed.


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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience and/or related education as reflected in your resume and supporting documentation.  You are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the competencies required for this position. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your category placement may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

When completing the assessment questionnaire for this position, you will be prompted to elect if you wish for your application to be considered as External (where Veterans' Preference applies), as Status (current or former Federal Employees), and/or Internal to TSA as a current permanent or competitive temporary employee.  At that time, please select the answer(s) that apply to you and your application to this position.
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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; 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:

Conditions of Employment:  

May be exposed to long periods of standing and walking. Recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, and lifting test items such as carry-on/checked baggage and boxes weighing up to 75 lbs is required.

 

Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code, including regulations which apply to displaced Federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) of other agencies, and employment with TSA does not confer "Competitive Status" that generally results from selection and service in Competitive Service agencies.  The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established an Interchange Agreement, which allows most permanent TSA employees to apply and be considered for vacancies in Competitive Service agencies.  Information from OPM on this or other Interchange Agreements is available at: http://www.opm.gov.

To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.  

TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.

Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is not authorized. Qualified non-competitive eligible candidates may be referred for consideration on a separate, unranked list. More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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Please Note: All of the following must be received in our office by 11:59 PM EST (Eastern Standard Time) on the closing date of this announcement. This includes both online and mailed application materials. If we do not receive all required information by the closing date, your application may not be considered.

Your application must include:

1. Resume
2. Self Assessment Questionnaire for this position
3. 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 HR Access Help Desk at 1-877-872-7990 between the hours of: 7:00AM - 8:00PM ET Monday - Friday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM ET Saturday, or 11:00AM - 4:00PM ET Sunday.  

If you are unable to apply online, please call the Help Desk at the number listed above for a printed Employment Packet which will be sent to you for completion and return to this office.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to a resume and the assessment questions, you must submit copies of any of the following documents if you are applying based on current or former Federal Government Status (if you are not a current TSA employee), Veterans' Preference, or education or a combination of education and experience:

SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action - Current TSA employees are not required to submit an SF-50 to support eligibility for internal/status consideration.

If you are not a current TSA employee: you must submit your most recent personnel action SF-50
(or equivalent document) to support your eligibility for Status consideration.  If you elect Status for the consideration of your application without submitting an SF-50 demonstrating your current or previous permanent Federal employment status, and you are not a current TSA employee, your application may not receive Status consideration.

DD-214 - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other appropriate documentation to prove your entitlement and to provide verification of an Honorable Discharge. Failure to provide this documentation will result in your application not receiving 5-point preference.

SF-15 and VA Letter - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference based upon a Compensable Disability, Widow or Spouse Entitlement, or as a Purple Heart recipient, you must submit your DD-214 or other proof of entitlement; an SF-15, and the required proof of disability, i.e., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later. Failure to provide this documentation will result in your application not receiving 10-point preference.

Transcripts - If you wish to qualify for this position based on your education, submit copies of your transcript(s) from accredited colleges or universities for each school attended.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR Help Desk
Phone: 877-872-7990
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 877-872-7992
Email: Helpdesk@TSA-HRAccess.com
Agency Information:
DHS/Transportation Security Administration
Shared Service Center
2650 Park Tower Drive
Suite 201
Merrifield, VA
22180
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We will notify you of the outcome of these steps when they have been completed. You may also check your application status by visiting the Candidate Dashboard.

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Job Announcement Number:

HQ-OSC-TA62-13-570795

Control Number:

336834900