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Job Title:INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH SPECIALIST

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:DAL-INV-931240-MP-JLS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, July 29, 2013 to Thursday, August 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0132-09/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location(s):
Arecibo, PR United StatesView Map
San Juan, PR United StatesView Map
Mayaguez, PR United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Department of Homeland Security Employees Only

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.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is the principal investigative arm of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the second largest investigative agency in the Federal government.  Created in 2003 through a merger of the investigative and interior enforcement elements of the U. S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, ICE now has more than 20,000 employees in more than 400 offices in the United States and 47 foreign countries around the world.  ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation.  For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to http://www.ice.gov. 

Who May Apply: 

  • Current Department of Homeland Security employees who are serving on a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service; as well as current Department of Homeland Security employees serving under a VRA appointment
  • Current Department of Homeland Security employees who meet the established criteria in an Office of Personnel Management Interchange Agreement
  • Displaced Department of Homeland Security employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) 
  • Persons with Disability - individuals with mental retardation; a severe physical disability; or a psychiatric impairment which has been certified by a licensed medical professional, vocational rehabilitation specialist or any Federal, State or District of Columbia agency that issues or provides disability benefits.  These individuals must already be employed by DHS to apply.

For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

Organizational Location: These positions are located in the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, RAC Mayaguez, RAC Arecibo, and SAC San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

  • The ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate is a critical asset in the ICE mission, responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States.
  • HSI investigates immigration crime, human rights violations and human smuggling, smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband, financial crimes, cybercrime and export enforcement issues.  HSI special agents conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation.
  • In addition to criminal investigations, HSI oversees the agency's international affairs operations and intelligence functions.  HSI consists of more than 10,000 employees, consisting of 6,700 special agents, who are assigned to more than 200 cities throughout the U. S. and 47 countries around the world.
  • HSI conducts criminal investigations against terrorist and other criminal organizations who threaten national security.  HSI combats worldwide criminal enterprises who seek to exploit America's legitimate trade, travel and financial systems and enforces America's customs and immigration laws at and beyond our nation's borders. 

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid. 

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation and drug screen
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with Selective Service

DUTIES:

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As an Intelligence Research Specialist you will perform the following duties: 

  • Utilize a wide variety of research sources;
  • Direct liaison to develop an intelligence base of information from which to draw inferences and summaries;
  • Prepare reports, assessments, materials for publications, statistical summaries and other material concerning program operations;
  • Provide forecasts of the level and types of activities that impact the law enforcement communities;
  • Provide briefings to law enforcement and intelligence officials on techniques and procedures involved in research and analysis activities.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You qualify at the GS-09 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as: 

  • Providing assistance to senior specialists in the collection of intelligence information to identify trends, patterns, profiles, estimates and studies;
  • Reviewing data, research and analysis to develop and produce intelligence products;
  • Assisting in the implementation of intelligence collection plans by carrying out specified portions or segments of specific projects;
  • Processing and evaluating volumes of intelligence information from a variety of sources;
  • Identifying and recommending solutions to analytical problems;
  • Disseminating intelligence products using prescribed methods.

You qualify at the GS-11 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:

  • Processing/evaluating intelligence information and identifying/recommending solutions to a wide range of analytical problems;
  • Analyzing intelligence data from a variety of sources to develop trends/patterns/profiles/estimates/studies;
  • Preparing preliminary/finished intelligence products and disseminating the products to the appropriate officials;
  • Participating in liaison activities;
  • Ensuring that intelligence data is properly classified/stored/handled in accordance with pertinent directives.

You qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:

  • Applying (and modifying, if necessary) established intelligence practices to specific problems which involve variables;
  • Preparing intelligence reports/collection manuals/instructions to field collectors;
  • Evaluating incoming reports/information;
  • Making agreements/commitments at meetings and conferences in accordance with previously received instructions;
  • Performing liaison functions with other organizations, including effectively presenting the organization's needs and establishing harmonious working relations with counterparts.

You qualify at the GS-13 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:

  • Reviewing/processing/evaluating intelligence information from a variety of sources using creative methodologies to develop trends/patterns/profiles/estimates/studies, and tactical interdiction information as well as to solve unusual problems;
  • Developing intelligence collection plans, including the most complex/difficult assignments; collecting intelligence to support specific long range planning/programs/activities;
  • Selecting the proper methods of dissemination for intelligence products, disseminating intelligence products, researching/analyzing information to develop and publish intelligence products;
  • Participating in/leading inter-agency committees/making agreements/commitments in accordance with received instructions.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.  Qualification claims will be subject to verification.


Substitution of Education for Experience:

In lieu of experience you must meet one of the following to qualify for a GS-09 position:

You may substitute successful completion of a master's or equivalent graduate degree, 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or a L.L.B/J.D. degree for the experience required at the GS-9 level.  This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university.  Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise two years of graduate education.  If that information is not available, use 36 semester hours or 54 quarter hours.

In lieu of experience you must meet one of the following to qualify for a GS-11 position:

You may substitute successful completion of a Ph.D. 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 an accredited college or university for experience required at the GS-11 level.  This education must demonstrate the skills needed to do the work.  One 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, 54 semester hours or 81 quarter hours should be considered as satisfying the 3 years of full-time study requirement.

Combining Education and Experience:

Combinations of graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for the GS-09 grade level. If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert them to semester hours by multiplying by 2/3rds. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours earned towards a graduate degree, in excess of 18 semester hours, and divide by 18 semester hours. Then take the number of months experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.

Combinations of graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for the GS-11 grade level. If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert them to semester hours by multiplying by 2/3rds. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours earned towards a graduate degree, in excess of 36 semester hours, and divide by 18 semester hours. Then take the number of months experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.

There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 and GS-13 grade levels.

Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 

Time in Grade: Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal service.  Time in grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. 

Probationary Period: This is a full-time permanent position (Career/Career-Conditional appointment).  Upon appointment to this position, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Security Clearance: This position requires a security clearance.  If selected for this position, you should be able to obtain and maintain a minimum of a Secret clearance.  If selected for a position with a duty location of Washington, DC, you will be required to obtain a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI), which requires that both you and members of your immediate family be U.S. citizens.

Travel: You will be required to travel occasionally.

Overtime and Shift Work: Regular and recurring overtime and shift work is required.  You must be available for such assignments.

Training: You will be required to attend the Basic Intelligence Threat and Analysis Course (BITAC), which is located in Virginia.  The five-week course is designed for Department of Homeland Security intelligence analysts, providing them with an introduction to the department's intelligence operations and the structure and activities of the other U.S. Intelligence agencies.  This technical training must be successfully completed as well as agency specific intelligence training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, GA., according to the standards of the agency.  Failure to do so will be grounds for mandatory removal from the position.  Such failure will result in either reassignment to a different position, demotion, or separation by appropriate procedures.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an Assessment Questionnaire.  The questions are related to the following fundamental competencies (or Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) needed to perform the duties of this job: 

  • Knowledge of Federal laws, regulations, precedent decisions, policies, and procedures;
  • Skill in the use of investigative and detection techniques and procedures from automated databases;
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate intelligence information;
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing. 

Based on your responses, you will receive a score from the Assessment Questionnaire between 70 and 100.  Those applicants who score the highest will be referred to the hiring manager and may be called for an interview. 

Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligible: If you have never been a Federal employee, you are not eligible to apply under CTAP.  This program offers displaced DHS employees priority for jobs within the agency from which they are separating.  For more information, please see: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/

To be considered well qualified under CTAP, you MUST earn a score of 85 or above on the rating criteria developed for this position.  In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

 


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:

Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected.  Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you need to submit a complete initial Application which includes: 

  1. Your resume
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Required documents to support your minimum qualifications and eligibility (see Required Documents section below) 

The complete initial Application must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, August 08, 2013

Please note: If materials are not received by the closing date, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.  Also, if you do not provide an email address, you may not be notified of the outcome of your application. 

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 931240.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email.  If you need further assistance, contact the Human Resources Office representative listed on this announcement at least one day prior to the closing date for further instructions. 

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf, and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  1. Resume showing relevant experience (education, training, and/or work experience; work experience should include job title, duties, and employer's name, daytime telephone number and address, starting and ending dates with month and year, hours worked per week, and indicate if we may contact your current supervisor)
  2. Your responses to the occupational questionnaire
  3. Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable).  Prior to appointment, an official college transcript may be required. This education must be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Those with foreign education click this link.
  4. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)? 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, and duty location
  5. Are you a current or former Federal employee? Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that indicates grade, status, tenure and the full performance level (FPL) of the position held.  Please do not submit an SF-50 for a cash/time off award.
  6. Are you claiming Persons with Disability Preference? Submit a letter, record or statement issued from a licensed medical professional, vocational rehabilitation specialist or any other Federal, State or District of Columbia agency that issues or provides disability benefits. 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Janeen Saul
Phone: (214)905-8709
Email: JANEEN.L.SAUL@ICE.DHS.GOV
Agency Information:
ICE Dallas Service Center
7701 N Stemmons Freeway
6th Floor
Dallas, TX
75247
USA

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 of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed.  Your status will also be updated on your USAJOBS account throughout the process.  We expect to make a selection within 60 days of the closing date of this announcement.  If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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Job Announcement Number:

DAL-INV-931240-MP-JLS

Control Number:

348192200