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Job Title:Security Guard

Agency:Smithsonian Institution

Job Announcement Number:13R-BG-298852-MPA-OFEO

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$34,075.00 to $44,293.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, September 13, 2013 to Friday, September 27, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0085-05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time, Permanent - Federal

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

05

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This position is open to current and former Federal employees with permanent status or reinstatement eligibility.  Individuals who are eligible for a special appointing authority may also apply; such as applicants with a disability, former Peace Corps volunteers, certain military spouses, veterans seeking a VRA/VEOA appointment, or veterans who have been separated from armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service.

JOB SUMMARY:

This position is located in the Washington Operations Division, Office of Protection Services. The employee is responsible for providing physical protection and security for staff, visitors, museum property and grounds.

ATTENTION: Due to the large number of qualified applicants for positions of this type, this job announcement will close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on either:  (A) The closing date listed above or (B) The date that 300 applications are received; whichever occurs first.  If the announcement closes on the date that 300 applications are received, all applications submitted by 11:59pm that day will be given consideration, including those in excess of  300.
    
We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible to ensure their applications are submitted before the announcement closes.  We will not consider applications which are late due to the announcement closing once the above number of applications is reached.


The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.

DUTIES:

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  • Ensures the safety and security of the Smithsonian staff and visitors and protecting the Smithsonian treasures, property and grounds.
  • Patrols assigned areas to check locks, alarms, door exhibit cases and other barriers; conducts routine and non-routine inspections to ensure compliance with security/safety requirements.
  • Provides customer service to museum visitors; is responsive to visitors’ needs and leaves them with a positive impression of museum security personnel. Provides information and gives directions when asked, in a friendly, clear and easy-to-follow manner
  • Communicates in writing in order to prepare reports, write coherent statements, explain facts, and establish and maintain effective relationships with operating and management officials and staff, other OPS officers and visitors.
  • Detects faulty doors and equipment; detects and deters attempted thefts/vandalism, etc. Detains and arrest violators in accordance with title 40, U.S. Code 193n-x, section seven. The incumbent will enforce, concurrently with the United States Park Police, the laws and regulations applicable to National Capital Parks and make arrests for violations of sections four.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Experience: One year of full-time experience at the GS-04 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. For this position Specialized Experience is defined as providing physical protection of museum property and grounds; exercising law enforcement and arrest authority within an established institution; reviewing and evaluating alarm activity; performing administrative duties for a security unit; providing customer service to visitors and staff.
Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Investigation of Fitness: A character investigation may be conducted on applicants selected for employment. The purpose of such an investigation is to secure evidence of the candidate's honesty, integrity, general character, and loyalty to the U.S. Government. Such investigations will be conducted under the security requirements of the hiring agency.

Medical Requirements: The duties of these positions require moderate to arduous physical exertion and/or duties of a hazardous nature. The following medical requirements apply to all applicants: good near and distant vision, ability to distinguish basic colors, and ability to hear the conversational voice. Agencies may establish additional, job-related physical or medical requirements provided that the specific position(s) involves the arduous or hazardous duties to which the requirements relate.
Applicants and employees must have the capacity to perform the essential functions of the position without risk to themselves or others. In most instances, a specific medical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant or employee. A medical condition or impairment is disqualifying only if the condition, for good medical reason, precludes assignment to or warrants restriction from the duties of the specific position. For some positions, the loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. Reasonable accommodation shall also be considered in determining an applicant's ability to perform the duties of a position. Reasonable accommodation may include, but is not limited to the use of assistive devices, job modification or restructuring, provision of readers and interpreters, or adjusted work schedules.
All positions involving Federal motor vehicle operation carry the additional medical requirements specified in 5 CFR 930 and the "General Policies and Instructions" section of this Manual.

DRUG TESTING: The position(s) which may be filled from this vacancy announcement have been identified as Testing Designated Positions under the Drug-Free Workplace Program. All applicants tentatively selected for this position shall be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Satisfactory completion of the drug test is a condition of placement and/or employment in the position and incumbents of this position are thereafter, subject to the Smithsonian Drug Testing Policy.


Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Incumbent is required to qualify annually (at a minimum) with the standard security force firearm and ASP Baton. Failure to re-qualify will result in removal from the position.
  • All applicants appointed to Security Guard positions must attend and successfully complete a five week training program and pass the written tests at the end of the training period. Applicants who fail to successfully meet this requirement will be subject to termination.
  • You must not have a history of domestic violence or child abuse/sexual abuse.
  • You must be able to become CPR and First Aid qualified and have the ability to read and understand written material in language of the security force.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

  • Ability to provide security, protection services and visitor assistance in buildings/facilities where there are numerous visitors.
  • Ability to analyze situations in order to identify needs for improvement in security and disaster management controls and processes.
  • Skill in oral communication (i.e. to provide directions, exhibits locations, museum information, etc. to visitors)
  • Skill in written communication (i.e. to produce incident reports and daily activity logs).
  • Ability to apply federal, city or state law enforcement rules to detect and/or detain violators.
Important Note: Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options. Please see Benefits at www.sihr.si.edu for a complete description.

OTHER INFORMATION:


HOW TO APPLY:

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Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note:
  • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
  • You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; OR You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
  • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
  • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Your application package should include the following documents:
  • Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
  • Proof of prior federal service such as the latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action
  • Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify.  If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
  • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign
  • study, if applicable.
  • A recent performance evaluation
  • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy) if you are requesting a special appointment authority, such as VRA or VEOA
  • Proof of severe disability if you are requesting special placement consideration
  • Proof of eligibility for a military spouse appointment, such as a permanent change station military order
  • Proof of eligibility for any other special appointing authority not specifically mentioned here.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Barry Galbreath
Phone: 202-633-6388
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Email: galbreathb@si.edu
Agency Information:
SMITHSONIAN
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
20013-7012
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into www.usajobs.gov and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing vacancy.info@si.edu; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information:
  • Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at www.sihr.si.edu/jobs.cfm.
  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
  • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (www.si.edu/oeema).

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Job Announcement Number:

13R-BG-298852-MPA-OFEO

Control Number:

351499100