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Job Title:Insurance Examiner (Casualty)

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Science and Technology Directorate

Job Announcement Number:GV-847630-WRB-13

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,467.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 to Monday, April 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1163-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC 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 primary purpose of this position is to review applications from firms seeking liability protection for anti-terrorism products or services sold or deployed under provisions of the Supporting Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act by applying comprehensive knowledge of statistical, economic, mathematical and business principles, concepts and criteria to analyze risk for applications.

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology Directorate, Research and Development Partnerships Group.

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.
  • Overtime work may be occasionally required.

DUTIES:

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Major Duties of this GS-11 position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Lead, manage, and coordinate economic review of Supporting Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act applications to apply the factors set forth in the SAFETY Act Final Rule, 6 C.F.R. Part 25 (Section 25.5) to prepare a recommended insurance limit and discuss supporting rationale
  • Manage multi-faceted program activities to implement provisions of the SAFETY Act
  • Evaluate prospective services, products, and other technologies to prevent, detect, identify, deter, or respond to acts of terrorism
  • Lead and conduct economic reviews to identify, analyze, and evaluate risk factors to be applied in recommending liability insurance requirements
  • Plan, organize, and conduct conferences or other outreach activities to publicize SAFETY Act awareness and resources

Full performance of this position is GS-12.  Duties remain the same but GS-11 duties are performed under closer supervision until the full performance level is met.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

To meet Basic Qualifications for this position, you must meet one of the following:

A. Possess a bachelor's or higher degree in one of the following: Major study -- finance, business administration, economics, accounting, insurance, engineering, mathematics, banking and credit, law, real estate operations, statistics, or other fields related to the position, such as agriculture, agricultural economics, farm, livestock or ranch management, or rural sociology. NOTE:  Submit a copy of your transcript (official or unofficial) to verify this education.

OR

B. Have experience in the following:   applying laws, regulations, and administrative rulings in the performance of such work as determining the kind and amount of insurance necessary to protect the security of government or comparable business loans and the interest of the borrower under loan programs; determining the ability of motor carriers to qualify as self-insurers; analyzing rates and risk classifications to determine their reasonableness; experience in insurance specialties such as casualty or marine; performing pension cost reviews; or similar duties.


ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS


In addition to meeting the Basic requirements listed above, you must also meet one of the following to qualify for this GS-11 position.

A. Have one year comparable GS-09 level experience (gained in public or private sector work) that included all of the following: 1) coordinate with divisions to review regulatory insurance claims related to casualties or professional liability; 2) conduct outreach program management to manage multi-faceted insurance claims; 3) study market insurance trends to project insurance liability requirements; and 4) coordinate and provide training of insurance liability requirements during conferences.  NOTE:  Your resume must contain specific experiences as listed above, otherwise your eligibility may be affected.

OR

B. Have a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related in the following: finance, business administration, economics, accounting, insurance, engineering, mathematics, banking and credit, law, real estate operations, statistics, or other fields related to the position, such as agriculture, agricultural economics, farm, livestock or ranch management, or rural sociology. NOTE:  Submit a copy of your transcript (official or unofficial) to verify this education.

OR

C.  Have a combination of experience listed in item A and education listed in item B.  I have converted my experience and education into percentages required in A and B above and those percentages equal 100 when added together. NOTE:  Submit Transcripts



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

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 LEGAL LIABILITY, TERRORISM INSURANCE, AND RISK ANALYSES
  2. ABILITY TO RECOMMEND THE AMOUNT OF LIABILITY INSURANCE THAT A COMPANY SHOULD CARRY
  3. ABILITY TO ANALYZE FINANCIAL RISK MITIGATION AND EVALUATIONS
  4. SKILL IN ORGANIZING AND PRESENTING COMPLEX INFORMATION
  5. SKILL IN WRITTEN AND ORAL COMMUNICATION

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 has promotion potential to GS-12.

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

Selectee will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form. 

Relocation Expenses will not be paid.

Veterans 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.




HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Monday, April 01, 2013 . 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:

William R. Bridges
Phone: (210)659-7621
Email: WILLIAM.BRIDGES@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 days 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-847630-WRB-13

Control Number:

340098500