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  1. Overview
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Senior Watch Officer

Department:Department Of State

Agency:Department of State - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:DS-2013-0268

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, March 28, 2013 to Friday, April 12, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0080-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time, Non Permanent - Temporary Non-Status Position: one year renewable up to four years

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location:
Arlington, VA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to all U.S. citizens


"You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined."


"More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur."

JOB SUMMARY:

The men and women of the US Department of State with their skills, character and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America's diplomacy. Civil Service employees support the foreign policy mission from offices in Washington, DC and worldwide.

Join us in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world as we formulate, represent and implement US foreign policy. Choose from hundreds of career possibilities - there's something for everyone!

This is a non-status, non-permanent position.  You do not acquire a competitive or excepted service status from this position.

 

The Senior Watch Officer is assigned to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, International Programs Directorate, Office of Regional Directors (DS/IP/RD). The Senior Watch Officer provides specialized management and operational support to the Regional Security Officer (RSO) Baghdad Tactical Operations Center (TOC) and serves as the TOC's primary point of contact regarding personnel, equipment, and facility issues. 

 

The duty location for this position is in Arlington, VA with frequent extended travel to Iraq.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Medical clearance is required.Overseas travel may be required.
  • Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Statement of Employment & Financial Interest required prior to appointment.

DUTIES:

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-Advises and assists the Tactical Operations Center Agent-in-Charge (AIC) with coordination of Regional Security Officers air, ground, and personnel response assets during emergencies, as well as coordinates the deployment of Embassy assets for medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), K9 explosive alerts, suspicious package, and white powder incidents.

-Monitors the Embassy emergency phone and radio systems, and coordinates the first responder and security forces response in support for all Chief of Mission personnel and properties on the Embassy Compound. 

-Reviews classified and unclassified email queues for threat and/or security incident-related items and apprises the Tactical Operations Center Agent-in-charge and other relevant personnel as necessary. 

-Coordinates flight arrivals and departures to and from U.S. Embassy Baghdad's Helicopter Landing Zones with the American Embassy Emergency Response Team, Office of Security Cooperation and other relevant Embassy units.

-Establish policies and standard operating procedures as need to coordinate or improve the operations of the Regional Security Officer Tactical Operation Center. 

-Monitors domestic and international events, and determine relevancy and impact to Tactical Operations Center and Embassy operations. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.  Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized
experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the
Federal service which provided the applicant
with the particular knowledge, skills and
abilities to perform the duties of the position.
Qualifying specialized experience must
demonstrate the following:

 

-Experience coordinating air, ground and personnel response operations during emergencies, as well as the ability to coordinate the deployment of Embassy assets for medical evacuation, K9 explosive alerts, suspicious package, and white powder incidents. 

-Experience with the operations of the Baghdad Tactical Operations Center (TOC) to serve as the Tactical Operations Center primary point of contact regarding personnel, equipment, and facility issues.

-Experience working with security operations and requirements at high threat overseas posts including emergency response capabilities and procedures to establish program policies and standard operation procedures.

-Experience identifying classified and unclassified threats and security incidents related to emergency response operations.

 

There is no substitute of education for
specialized experience for the GS-14 position.


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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

 

-Knowledge of air, ground and personnel response operations during emergencies, as well as the ability to coordinate the deployment of Embassy assets for medical evacuation, K9 explosive alerts, suspicious package, and white powder incidents. 

-Knowledge of the operations of the Baghdad Tactical Operations Center (TOC) to serve as the TOC's primary point of contact regarding personnel, equipment, and facility issues.

-Knowledge of security operations and requirements at high threat overseas posts including emergency response capabilities and procedures to establish program policies and standard operation procedures.

-Ability to analytically define requirements, assess effectiveness of current programs, and implement improvements where needed.

-Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to provide advice and assistance, develop and interpret policies and procedures, maintain liaison, prepare and present briefings and reports, and defend recommendations for changes in operating methods and practices.

-Ability to identify classified and unclassified threats and security incidents.


Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity.  In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.  This information should be clearly identified in your resume.  Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration.  For tips on writing your resume, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center.

If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience.  This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this job opportunity.  Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.


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BENEFITS:

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The Bureau of Diplomatic Security has a program that allows personal services employees to be reimbursed for their health premium costs that they incur during their period of performance.  The program pays up-to-5% of the employee's base salary or up to 50% of the insurance premium cost (not to exceed 5% of a GS-15/Step 10 salary equivalent) towards either an individual policy or a family policy.  To be eligible for this Health Insurance Reimbursement Program, the employee must provide proof of insurance coverage and the cost of the premium for which s/he is responsible.

 

Former Military Service and Annual Leave Accrual Rates:

 

Personal service employees entering on duty with prior military service can credit their years of uniformed military service for higher annual leave accrual rates.  Please submit a copy of your most recent DD-214 form for consideration of higher annual leave accrual rates.

 

All official international travel will require MEDVAC insurance prior to departure.  This insurance will be reimbursed in full upon proof of insurance coverage and cost.  



OTHER INFORMATION:

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HOW TO APPLY:

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Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.

To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  This information will be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State Automated Application System.

You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.

STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable).  Cover letter is optional.  If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume.  Please see the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.

STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the Gateway to State automated application system.  These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this job opportunity.  

STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the Department's automated application system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement.  For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here.

Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET

ALTERNATE APPLICATION PROCEDURES

NOTE:  If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax.  Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.

NOTE:  Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section.  Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department's automated system "Gateway to State".

3. Transcripts - if you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application.  If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

4. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you MUST submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application.

All documentation, applicable to you, must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.  If the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility or you fail to submit any of the required documents, it will disqualify you from being considered for this job opportunity.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

EA Klink
Phone: 571-345-3761
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: KlinkEAJ@state.gov
Agency Information:
U.S. Department of State
1801 N. Lynn St
SA-20 9th fl
Attn: DS/EX/HRM
Rosslyn, VA
22091
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews.  After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation.
 
You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

1. Upon receipt of your application.
2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
3. After the certificate is issued.
4. After final selection is made.

For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here.

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Job Announcement Number:

DS-2013-0268

Control Number:

340721000