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Job Title:Instructional System Specialist, Designer

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Defense Security Service

Job Announcement Number:DSS-13-824551-B

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Friday, February 01, 2013 to Tuesday, February 12, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Linthicum Heights, MD United StatesView Map


US Citizens and current and former federal employees


Department Of Defense
Defense Security Service

On behalf of the Department of Defense and other U.S. Government Departments and Agencies, the Defense Security Service supports national security and the warfighter through our security oversight and education missions.  DSS oversees the protection of U.S. and foreign classified information and technologies in the hands of industry under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) and serves as the functional manager for the DoD security professional development program.  We provide security education, training, and professional development services as the functional manager for the DoD security professional development program, and for other U.S. Government personnel and contractor employees, and representatives of foreign governments, as required.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs ARE NOT authorized.
  • This is an EXCEPTED SERVICE position.
  • Area of Consideration: US Citizens and current and former federal employees


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This Position is in the Excepted Service under Title 10, Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). This is a Full Time permanent position.


Excepted Service includes all positions in the executive branch of the Federal Government which are specifically excepted from the competitive service by or pursuant to statute, by the President, or by the Office of Personnel Management, and which are not in the Senior Executive Service.


Title 10 (Public):  Open to All U.S. Citizens.  If you have never been a federal employee you would apply public.
Merit:  Open to current and former Federal employees. SF50's showing series and grade must be provided.


This position is located in the Center for Defense Security Excellence (CDSE).  The DSS CDSE enhances the proficiency and performance of the DoD's military and security professionals through teaching the policy and procedures of various DoD security programs in addition to offering security awareness and professional development opportunities.

As an Instructional System Specialist, Designer, you will: 

• Serve as an Education Specialist/Instructional Systems Designer (ISD) to support the work of the Department of Defense Security Training Council (DSTC).
• Respond to training and education requirements analysis, certification and qualifications program development and implementation.
• Evaluate DoD security training and education programs to ensure alignment with established DoD competencies and skill standards.
• Work with the DSTC, the Defense Intelligence Training and Education Board (DITEB), the Training subcommittee of the Performance Accountability Council (PAC), the Intelligence Community Security Education and Training Council, and other security training and education councils to identify and codify security education, training, and certification requirements and promote the professionalization of DoD security professionals through the development of certification programs. 


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This is a General Grade GG-13 position in the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Duties of this position are at the GS/GG-1750-13 level.
To qualify for this position at the GG-13 level you must have specialized experience equivalent to the GS/GG-12 grade level. Specialized Experience is defined as: Ttraining and education requirement analysis, certification and qualifications program development and implementation; Adult education, learning theory, and instructional technology in both instructor-led and distance learning environments; Development of instructor guides and lesson plans, training presentations, student materials, and job aids. 



Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours appropriate to the work of the position to be filled. The course work must have included study in at least four of following five areas:

(1) learning theory, psychology of learning, educational psychology: study of learning theories as they related to systematic design, development, and validation of instructional material.

(2) Instructional design practices: study of the principles and techniques used in designing training programs, developing design strategy and models, and applying design methods to the improvement of instructional effectiveness.

(3) Educational evaluation: study of the techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of instructional/educational programs, including developing written and performance tests and survey instruments, and determining reliability and validity of evaluation instruments.

(4) Instructional product development: study of techniques appropriate for developing training materials, including identifying learner characteristics, specifying objectives, applying training strategy, validating training materials, and evaluating training:

(5) Computers in educating and training. Study of the application of computers in education and training, including selecting appropriate computer software.


Education must be from an accredited college or university accredited by an organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education. See

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

We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received in this office by 11:59PM EST on the closing date in order to be considered.



OVERTIME: Occasionally
TRAVEL: Requires periodic temporary duty (TDY) travel to locations within and outside of the continental United States

PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS): Costs are not authorized
(You must successfully pass a pre-employment drug test for this position. If you decline to take the drug test, it will be considered a declination for employment.)
SECURITY REQUIREMENTS: Critical Sensitive (Top Secret)

This position requires a Top Secret security clearance - This position is designated critical sensitive, as defined in DoD 5200.2-R, Personnel Security Program, and therefore requires that a personnel security investigation be adjudicated for security eligibility on a pre-appointed basis.  This requirement may take 120 days or longer to process.

Other Notes:

A two-year trial period  will be required; if a trial period has not been previously completed.

Must possess legal and personal qualifications to operate a passenger-type motor vehicle and travel via passenger aircraft.


Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:

1. Skill in developing instructional products.
2. Comprehensive knowledge of principles of adult education and learning theory.
3. Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. If you are qualified for this job and are found among the top candidates you will be referred to the selecting official for further review.


Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in being removed from consideration for this position. 


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees:


Veterans’ Preference:  If you are claiming 5-point or 10-point veterans’ preference, you must submit documentation described in “Required Documents.”

EEO Policy Statement:
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Legal and Regulatory Guidance:

If you need additional assistance please contact:

DSS Excepted Service Applicant


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To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents.  To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

We strongly encourage you to apply online.

If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX:, document your responses to the questionnaire To view a copy of the questionnaire please select View Occupational Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here: You must also cite Vacancy Identification Number 824551


  • Resume showing relevant experience; (cover letter optional)
  •  Most recent SF-50 showing series and grade.
  • Veteran's Preference documentation: DD214, VA letter, SF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference
  • Transcripts must be submitted due to Basic Education Requirement outlined under Qualifications.




DSS Applicant Excepted Service
Phone: (614)692-2886
Fax: (614)693-1513
Agency Information:
Defense Security Service
3990 East Broad Street
Building 306
Columbus, OH
43213-2526 Fax: (614)693-1513


Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt.  Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses.  A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official, and you will receive a notification of referral.  The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.

View Occupational Questionnaire

All Veterans: You are required to submit a DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4).  Veterans claiming 10 Point Preference in addition to your DD 214, you are required to submit a completed SF-15 and, supporting documents outline on the SF-15.

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