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Job Title:Intelligence Research Specialist

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

Job Announcement Number:14-DEU-167-VAE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$61,857.00 to $101,866.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, February 20, 2014 to Wednesday, February 26, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0132-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Trenton, NJ View Map
Philadelphia, PA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from all U.S. citizens.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Top Secret

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

These positions are located in the following Office of Field Operations Divisions and Field Offices:

Philadelphia Field Division, Philadelphia V Field Office - Duty location is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Salary range $61,857 - $96,382
Newark Field Division, New Jersey IV Field Office - Duty location is Trenton, New Jersey.  Salary range $65,377 to 101,866

Serves as a technical consultant to the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) and other division managers on intelligence issues affecting the division and the agency.  Provides information and makes recommendations to law enforcement personnel based on significant and critical intelligence trends, developments, analyses, and changes in procedures.

Note:  Although the full promotion potential of these positions is GS-13, promotion to this level is not automatic nor guaranteed.  In order to advance, employees must meet ATF's performance standards and demonstrate the potential to perform work at the GS-13 level to be promoted.  The successful candidates will be provided with additional information regarding advancement once hired.


TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • May be required to serve a one year probationary period.
  • Pass drug screening and subject to random drug test.
  • Males must meet Selective Service System requirements. See www.sss.gov
  • Must successfully obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance.

DUTIES:

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  • Serves as a primary source of intelligence information for division special agents, through such activities as providing investigative leads, requesting data to substantiate or verify information, and suggesting possible new avenues of investigation.
  • Performs in-depth intelligence analyses in support of law enforcement operations, leveraging a variety of tools and techniques, such as firearms trafficking, firearms trace, and ballistic data.
  • Formulates recommendations to address violent crime, leveraging a variety of tools and techniques, such as firearms trace data and ballistic analyses, and provides technical advice and consultation to special agents.
  • Performs link analyses, visual investigative analyses, and telephone toll record analyses, which includes crime mapping as it relates to firearms and violent crimes and drawing conclusions from such documentation.
  • Develops, creates, and maintains computerized intelligence databases to meet specific needs and to generate statistical and relational reports for managers and for programs and projects.
  • Performs in-depth intelligence analyses in support of law enforcement operations, leveraging a variety of tools and techniques, such as firearms trafficking, firearms trace, and ballistic data.
  • Performs liaison and coordination functions with counterparts and personnel throughout the intelligence and law enforcement communities.
  • Prepares and presents briefings and courses of instruction on a variety of intelligence topics, including firearms tracing and ballistic technology, to other law enforcement and intelligence agencies and organizations.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-11:  You must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level.  Specialized experience for this level include: Collecting, analyzing and disseminating intelligence information; Using a variety of intelligence-gathering methods including link analyses, visual investigative analyses, crime mapping,and telephone toll record analyses to support investigative operations; Extracting, compiling and analyzing factual information based on requests from special agents; Presenting briefings on a variety of intelligence topics to other law enforcement and intelligence agencies and organizations; Developing, maintaining, and modifying computerized intelligence databases to generate statistical and relational reports;and Drafting multiple, complex intelligence reports that contain original analysis, conclusions and recommendations.

OR

Education:  Applicant must have a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, in a field of study related to this position such as social sciences, business and public administration, behavioral sciences, and sociology or other field of study that provides you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.   

OR

Combination of Education and Experience:  Applicants must possess a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience totaling 100% of the stated minimum qualifications for this position.  Only graduate education in excess of two years (i.e., 36 semester hours) may be combined with experience under this standard.

All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov.

If using education to qualify, transcripts must be included to be considered.

GS-12: You must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level.  Specialized experience for this level include:  Collecting, analyzing and disseminating intelligence information; Using a variety of intelligence-gathering methods including link analyses, visual investigative analyses, crime mapping,and telephone toll record analyses to support investigative operations; Extracting, compiling and analyzing factual information based on requests from special agents; Presenting briefings on a variety of intelligence topics to other law enforcement and intelligence agencies and organizations; Developing, maintaining, and modifying computerized intelligence databases to generate statistical and relational reports;Drafting multiple, complex intelligence reports that contain original analysis, conclusions and recommendations. Producing finished intelligence reports based on a review of data from various sources; and Providing, guidance and technical assistance to junior intelligence and investigative personnel with the organization.


To qualify, you must meet all qualification requirements described in this announcement by the closing date.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under ATF's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Gold - applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of possession of all evaluation criteria, Silver - applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of possession of the evaluation criteria or Bronze - applicants possessing the specialized experience. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the Gold category who are eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans preference eligibles. The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies:

1.  Knowledge and skill in the application of intelligence techniques and analytical methodology.

2.  Knowledge and experience in law enforcement intelligence techniques and operations.

3. Knowledge and skill in performing evaluations of trends and patterns of violent crime, performing analyses of such areas as firearms trafficking and trace information and ballistics technology.

4.  Experience in providing instruction to law enforcement personnel on the results of evaluations of violent crime.

5.  Knowledge and skill in creating maps, charts, and diagrams in support of analyses.

6.  Knowledge of automated systems to determine the need for and the design of intelligence databases.

7.  Oral and written communication skills.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: https://careerconnector.jobs.treas.gov/atf/vacancy/preview!benefits.hms?orgId=8&jnum=101523

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for, or exempt from the Selective Service. See www.sss.gov.  
Subject to a 5-year periodic investigation
Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified,  must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the silver or better category using established category rating criteria. Must provide proof of eligibility with application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include copy of  written notification of ICTAP eligibility or copy of  separation personnel action form. Additional information at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp. The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the silver or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.
Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your résumé. In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions. - In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim. If the SF-15 is not submitted, the documentation required by the form verifying the service connected disability (e.g. letter from the VA confirming the disability) must be submitted in order to receive 10-point preference consideration. Although veteran preference points are not assigned under category rating  described under "How You Will Be Evaluated," veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans in each category they are qualified. Qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (Gold Category).

HOW TO APPLY:

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This job is filled through a 3-step on-line application process. STEP ONE - (Online Resume- USAJOBS) You must create a user account and at least one Federal resume at USAJOBS. Information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all applicants. The information you provide and your Federal resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to CareerConnector when you apply online. If you have an existing USAJOBS account, simply login and select the resume you wish to include with your application package for this announcement. STEP TWO - (Vacancy Specific Questions CareerConnector) In CareerConnector, you will answer vacancy specific questions necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided at USAJOBS and the answers to the CareerConnector questions will become your application package. STEP THREE - (Supporting Documentation) You may upload supporting documentation in one of two ways: (l) Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application package. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process, or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS, or simply fax supporting documentation, which will provide you the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted to the appropriate vacancy announcement. The fax number will be available on the cover sheet. (2) You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online". Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select "Upload" in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS. Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g. DD-214) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

It is your responsibility to ensure all documents are received on time and the materials are readable. If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us at the telephone number listed on this announcement. Applicants MUST CONTACT US PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Paper applications submitted without prior approval from the agency point of contact may be handled as incomplete. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If your contact information changes after the closing date of this vacancy announcement, update your profile information in MYUSAJOBS as well as contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement to ensure you can be contacted throughout the selection process.
(1) Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional) (2) Veterans' preference documentation (includes DD-214, member copy #4; VA letter; SF-15, October 2013 version will only be accepted), if applicable. (3) CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable. (4)  unofficial or official transcripts. Prior to selection, the candidate may be required to provide an original copy of any supporting/validating documentation as well as other documentation to verify eligibility. All required materials must be uploaded using the supporting documentation instructions described in the announcement. Failure to provide the required documentation by the closing date of this announcement will result in elimination of further consideration for this position.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Vanessa Evans
Phone: 202-648-8826
Fax: 202-648-9643
TDD: 202-648-9915
Email: Vanessa.Evans@atf.gov
Agency Information:
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives
Please apply online
Washington, DC
20226
US
Fax: 202-648-9643

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After the vacancy closes, the Human Resources Office will use the application package to automatically rate, rank and certify candidates. You can check the status of your application anytime by accessing the USAJOBS online application system at http://www.usajobs.gov. You will need to provide your USAJOBS User ID and Password to access the Track your Online Job Application feature. You may also click on the link provided to access additional information on Career Connector. All applicants will be notified at four (4) stages in the hiring process: (1) upon receipt of your application; (2) after your qualifications have been assessed; (3) whether or not you've been referred to the Selecting Official; and (4) whether or not you've been selected for the position. The hiring manager makes a selection from among applicants in the Gold category. If your name is sent to the hiring manager, you may be invited for an interview.

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Job Announcement Number:

14-DEU-167-VAE

Control Number:

362254800