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Job Title:Interdisciplinary General Engineer/Operations Research Analyst

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Science and Technology Directorate

Job Announcement Number:GV-931985-NH-13

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, September 26, 2013 to Wednesday, October 09, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0801/1515-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

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.

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as an expert in test and evaluation (T&E) for the purposes of implementation and education of DHS plans, policy and guidance related to the T&E activities of any or all elements of the Department, whether through intramural or extramural programs.

This position is located in the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

This is an Interdisciplinary position which may be filled under any of the following titles and occupational series, depending on the qualifications of the applicant and the needs of the agency: GS-0801 General Engineer, or GS-1515 Operations Research Analyst.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Relocation Expenses will not be paid.
  • Occasional overtime work may be required.

DUTIES:

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·        Review the organizations research, development, and acquisition programs to ensure that their Test and Evaluations (T&E) programs are structured to provide accurate, timely, and essential information to decision makers for programs in all acquisition categories throughout the system lifecycle.

·        Develop investment plans and budget proposals to ensure T&E infrastructure is available to meet acquisition programs testing requirements.

·        Coordinate with other appropriate executive agencies in developing and carrying out the T&E agenda of the Department to reduce duplication and identify unmet needs.

·        Prepare input for Congressional hearings and other legislative interactions, providing authoritative advice and counsel on T&E issues.

·        Review T&E evaluations programs and write reports addressing adequacy of test design, accuracy of results, statistical validity, interpretation of conclusion, and quality of individual and component T&E program strategy and management.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must meet the BASIC REQUIREMENT (education) for at least one of the series listed below:

 GENERAL ENGINEER, GS-0801, Basic Requirement: 

Successful completion of a Bachelor's degree in professional engineering -- 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

A 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 this background is demonstrated by one of the following: (a) Professional Registration - Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico; (b) Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineering-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; (c) Specified Academic Courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours or the equivalent of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included courses specified in the basic requirements.  The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in A above; or (d) 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 one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

 

OPERATIONS RESEARCH ANALYST, GS-1515, Basic Requirement: 

Successful completion of  a Bachelor's degree in operations research, or a Bachelor's degree that included at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.

 

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement for at least one series above, all applicants must meet the ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT for each grade applied for as follows:

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT, SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience in private industry, public service, non-profit or volunteer work that has provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

GS-15: One year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the federal government performing all of the following: 1) lead in the planning and budgeting of Research, Development, Test and Evaluation strategies for a major technology system; 2) recommend and implement policies and guidance changes to a test and evaluation program; 3) ensure that appropriate test design, testing, modeling and evaluation of assigned programs and projects are developed and executed; and 4) present and  justify an organization’s  testing and evaluation results to management and the public. 

Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.

The qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), please indicate through your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor how each course fulfills the specific education requirement, i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned.

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement).  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx.  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Special Instructions For Foreign Education:  If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for SECRET SECURITY LEVEL clearance as a condition of placement in this CRITICAL SENSITIVITY LEVEL position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use a job questionnaire to place you in one of the three categories based on your experience, education and training. The knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job are:

    1.      ABILITY TO ENSURE APPROPRIATE TEST DESIGN, TESTING, MODELING, AND EVALUATION OF PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS

    2.      ABILITY TO USE THE KNOWLEDGE OF PLANNING, PROGRAMMING, AND BUDGETING SYSTEMS FOR RDT&E PROGRAMS

    3.      INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

    4.      ORAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS

    5.      WRITTEN COMMUNICATION SKILLS

    If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

  • Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
  • Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
  • 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. To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions.

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.  For information on veterans' preference, please click here.


On November 21, 2011, President Obama signed the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-56). The VOW Act amended chapter 21 of title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.) by adding section 2108a, “Treatment of certain individuals as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligibles.”


This job opportunity announcement (JOA) include Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-56). Active duty service members who have begun their civilian job search prior to discharge or release from active duty will know how their application will be considered.

a.  Applicants who are active duty service members and apply for federal employment shall be conserved for competitive service positions and granted tentative veteran’s preference status when they submit a certification, in lieu of a DD-214, when applying to a federal job.
b.  A certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies that the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date of certification is signed.


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/xabout/careers/content_multi_image_0016.shtm."



OTHER INFORMATION:

Promotion Potential: This position is being filled at the full performance level. 

Selectee may be required to serve a one-year probationary period

Relocation Expenses will not be paid.

Travel is required and, in some instances, may involve occasional exposure for short periods at indoor or outdoor test sites to moderately hazardous testing and require employee to follow safety procedures and wear or use protective clothing and equipment.

 

Veterans, and people with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.   If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the additional proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. 
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·DD-214
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·Resume
   ·SF-15
   ·Transcript


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 931985.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Nancy M. Hinds
Phone: (415)281-7089
Email: NANCY.HINDS@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
DO NOT SEND POSTAL MAIL
Washington, DC
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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 after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information." We expect to make a final job offer within 60 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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Job Announcement Number:

GV-931985-NH-13

Control Number:

351659600