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Job Title:Civil Engineer

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:U.S. Secret Service

Job Announcement Number:TEC-TF164-13-MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 to Wednesday, August 14, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0810-13/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Washington, DC

WHO MAY APPLY:

  • Current Federal employees serving under a career or career conditional appointment
  • Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility
  • Persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under Special Hiring Authorities
  • Persons eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998
  • 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 US Secret Service Office of Technical Development and Mission Support, Technical Security Division (TSD) will allow you to develop state-of-the-art protective and investigative equipment, procedures, and countermeasures.  Scientists and engineers of the US Secret Service use an integrated approach to ensure the safety of protectees and facilities. The Technical Security Division (TSD) provides a technically secure environment for the President, Vice President, and other protectees.  TSD employees plan for and provide protection against the full spectrum of potential threats through robust prevention, preparedness, detection, and response. This Civil Engineer position starts at a salary of $89,033 (GS-13, step 1), with promotion potential to $136,771 (GS-14, step 10). For more information on the Secret Service click here. For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here.

    KEY REQUIREMENTS

    • U.S. citizenship is required.

    DUTIES:

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    The selectee will serve as a Civil Engineer in the Technical Security Division. Typical work assignments include:

    • Developing and executing short and long range plans, goals and objectives of the Engineering Research and Development Branch; developing, executing and monitoring the program budget, proposals and contracts; serving as the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR). Planning and monitoring engineering projects for the Division; advising on implications and feasibility of programs; exercising internal controls and assuring safety effectiveness.
    •  Serving as an expert technical advisor internally and externally; briefing employees, supervisors and other officials. 
    •  Assuring the feasibility and application of scientific studies and advances in protective and investigative technologies.
    • Developing and recommending plans for future initiatives, proposals, projects, and activities; presenting and justifying the most feasible approach for recommended programs.


    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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    Basic Requirements:

    1. Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

      OR

    2. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

      1. Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

      2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

        Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.

        Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

      3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

      4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.

    AND

    You qualify for the GS-13 level (starting salary $89,033) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level performing duties such as: Applying comprehensive civil engineering theories, concepts, principles, standards, and methods; evaluating capabilities or vulnerabilities associated with civil engineering projects and discipline-specific topics; and providing consultative advice on the feasibility and application of new scientific studies and major advances in protective and/or investigative civil engineering technologies.

    You qualify for the GS-14 level (starting salary $105,211) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-13 level performing duties such as: Applying comprehensive civil engineering theories, concepts, principles, standards, and methods; performing and/or advising on one or more of the following protective or investigative research and development program management areas: construction, object inspection, security criteria for facilities, structural analysis and hardening, vehicle barriers, vulnerability assessments, materials testing, finite element analysis/modeling, and other engineering areas; providing consultative advice on the feasibility and application of new scientific studies and major advances in protective and/or investigative civil engineering technologies. 

    Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. 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.
    • Frequent domestic travel is required; and foreign travel is required on a limited basis.
    • Extensive standing, walking, stooping, stretching and ladder climbing is required to maneuver rough terrain.  These activities are required to climb in, out on or around machinery, weapons and vehicles.  Work requires lifting heavy items up to 75 lbs.

    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. A score will automatically be calculated based on your answers to the vacancy specific questions. 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:

    • Skill in project management and contract administration as it relates to developing, executing and monitoring the program budget, proposals and contracts. 
    • Ability to present information to internal and external audiences.
    • Knowledge in applying civil engineering concepts, principles, and practices as it relates to developing, recommending and proposing future technical initiatives and programs.

    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 rated at a minimum score of 85.0 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Veterans: Certain veterans are eligible to apply as a status candidate under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). For more information, click here.  

    Military Spouse Appointing Authority: Executive Order 13473, dated September 28, 2008, authorized the noncompetitive appointment of certain military spouses to competitive service positions. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) codified implementing regulations at 5 CFR 315.612, effective September 11, 2009. For more information click here.

    Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience, no points will be assigned.


    To preview questions please click here.


    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.
    • If you are qualifying based on education, or the position has an education requirement, or you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience , or are claiming Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) to qualify at the GS-7 level (as explained in the Qualifications section), you must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable). Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Those with Foreign education, click here.
    • 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. Click here for more veterans' information.
    • Are you a Military Spouse? If you are applying under Executive Order 13473, click here for required documents.
    • Are you a current or former Federal Employee? Submit a copy of your SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing your tenure code, position occupied and highest grade and step. An award SF-50 does not contain the required information. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade and that supports your claim for time-in-grade.  Also submit your performance appraisals and/or incentive awards. 
    • Are you claiming special appointing authority, such as Schedule A or VISTA/Peace Corps service? Submit proof of this eligibility. For additional information on special appointing authorities, click here.

    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
    US
    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:

    TEC-TF164-13-MP

    Control Number:

    348668300