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Job Title:Detection Systems Specialist

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:U.S. Secret Service

Job Announcement Number:OPO-SF003-13-DE

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 $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 to Monday, July 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2101-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Washington, DC

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States citizens **This vacancy is being concurrently advertised under(OPO-SF003-13-MP)merit promotion procedures. For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here.

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.

Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage. In the Secret Service, we:

  • Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
  • Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
  • Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure

Joining the Secret Service, Office of the Protective Operations, Special Operations Division, will allow you to oversee and operate various radar and air surveillance detection systems. Apply for this exciting opportunity to impact the efficient and effective performance of state of the art radar and air surveillance detection systems which are used in support of the U. S. Secret Service investigative and protective mission. This Detection Systems Specialist position starts at a salary of $62,467 (GS-11, step 1), with promotion potential to $115,742 (GS-13, step 10). For more information on the Secret Service click here.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. citizenship is required.

DUTIES:

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The selectee will serve as a Detection Systems Specialist in the Office of Protective Operations, Special Operations Division. Typical work assignments include:

  • Oversee and/or operates various radar and air surveillance detection systems.
  • Ensures appropriate working relationship with other entities to enhance the effectiveness of the air detection system.
  • Interprets and utilizes sophisticated, computerized radar data (speed, bearing, range, and altitude) on a real-time basis to develop vector information.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements:

Graduate Education: Major study -- air traffic management, aeronautical science, or other fields related to this position.

OR

Specialized Experience:
GS-11: 
You qualify for the GS-11 level (starting salary $62,467) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-9 level performing duties such as: Operating various radar and air surveillance detection systems to detect, identify, interpret and track suspect aircraft; OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in areas such as air traffic management, aeronautical science, or other fields related to this position; OR  LL.M., if related  from an accredited college or university; OR  A combination of specialized experience, as described above, and related graduate level education, beyond the first two years of graduate level study.

GS-12:  You qualify for the GS-12 level (starting salary $74,872) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level performing duties such as: Overseeing and operating various radar and air surveillance detection systems and ensuring appropriate liaison working relationships with other entities to enhance the effectiveness of the air detection systems.

AND

Selective Placement Factor: In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered qualified for the position:

1. Applicant must have experience in the interpretation of radar and other air surveillance data in order to detect and track airborne vehicles of interest.

2. Applicant must have demonstrated experience in receiving airborne surveillance information from multiple sources, evaluating that information, and disseminating it to appropriate users.

Qualifications Must Be Met: The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


Conditions of Employment If selected for this position, you will be required to:

  • Obtain and maintain a top secret clearance. Completion of a full field investigation is required before appointment.
  • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
  • Certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so, if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959.
  • Submit to a polygraph examination prior to your appointment.
  • Undergo frequent travel.  
  • May perform substantial amounts of irregular overtime.
  • Extensive physical activity required.
  • Complete a pre-employment medical examination (including vision, hearing, cardiovascular and mobility of extremities) by an authorized Government physician and be determined physically fit to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties. You will be required to undergo regular physical examinations and to maintain a level of physical fitness in accordance with the standards and policies of this agency.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, a score will automatically be calculated based on your answers to the vacancy specific questions to place you in one of three categories. All answers provided in the online process must be substantiated by your resume. Upon review, your resume and/or supporting documents need to support your answer choices and reflect the one year of specialized experience requirement, in order to be considered and deemed eligible. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

  • Knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations governing air traffic control procedures in both civil and military operational environments.
  • Ability to communicate essential information clearly, concisely, and quickly.
  • Skill in projecting aircraft movements in a three dimensional spatial environment and predict tactical responses bases on those projections.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories: 1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria. 2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria. 3. 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. 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. This position is not considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans' preference, please click here.


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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 http://www.dhs.gov/careers and select "benefits."

OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

HOW TO APPLY:

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This position is being advertised via CareerConnector which is an automated staffing system. 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. You must complete the application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Instructions outlining the application process can be found at www.secretservice.gov/online_application_procedures.shtml. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact the Human Capital Division and an employment packet will be sent to you. The employment packet must be completed and received within the Human Capital Division no later than the closing date (Eastern Standard Time) of this vacancy announcement. The Secret Service provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to addressing the vacancy specific questions, you must also submit the following documentation:
  • Resume - In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history should show work experience in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date, and include the number of hours worked per week.
  • Special Priority Selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP: Submit a copy of your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal (with at least a satisfactory rating),and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.
  • Are you a Veteran? Submit a DD-214 (Member Copy 4) and/or documentation of service connected disability. If a DD-214 (Member Copy 4) is not available, other documentation listing the beginning and ending dates  of active service and the type of discharge must be submitted to verify eligibility. 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Capital Division
Phone: 202-406-6420
Fax: 999-999-9999
TDD: 202-406-5390
Email: hrsupport@secretservice.gov
Agency Information:
United States Secret Service (DHS-USSS)
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Washington, DC
20223
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Fax: 999-999-9999

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eligibility. Best-qualified applicants will be referred for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You may check the status of your application for this position by going to www.usajobs.gov. Click on the "My USAJOBS" tab, enter your user id and password, and click on "My Applications". You will also receive an email notification regarding your application status. For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here.

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Job Announcement Number:

OPO-SF003-13-DE

Control Number:

347576000