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  1. Overview
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Security Specialist

Department:Department Of State

Agency:Department of State - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:DS-2014-0218

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$52,146.00 to $67,787.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, April 02, 2014 to Friday, April 11, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0080-09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to all U.S. citizens
"You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined."
"More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur."

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Top Secret/SCI

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

This position is located in the Diplomatic Security Command Center (DSCC), Threat Investigations and Analysis Directorate (TIA), Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS).  The DSCC is the central focal point for all threat and incident reporting, both domestically and overseas, and is the single urgent and routine point of contact for DS Special Agents worldwide.  The DSCC coordinates the collection and dissemination of law enforcement, security, and threat management information with other law enforcement/security agencies (federal, state, and local), with Regional Security Officers (RSO) and DS Regional Directors, and within the Department.  The incumbent serves as a Watch Officer with responsibility for providing a variety of security services that support the DSCC operations, including monitoring, collecting, sharing threat information, and alerting appropriate DS personnel to security and law enforcement situations of interest and concern. The Command Center operates on a 24/7 basis requiring the incumbent to work on an assigned shift, which includes working nights, weekends, and holidays. 

This position requires the incumbent to work on an assigned shift which includes working nights, weekends, and holidays. 

This position is also being announced through Merit Promotion procedures under Announcement #DS-2014-0219. Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Merit Promotion procedures must apply to both announcements.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Able to obtain/maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) clearance
  • This position requires shift work.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by
    regulation.

DUTIES:

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Serves as a Security Specialist on one of several teams staffing the DS Command Center on a continuous basis performing the following duties: monitors a variety of communication sources including cables, faxes, email, and commercial news services, to gather information of potential interest to the diplomatic security program; applies established procedures in determining the proper disposition of routine calls. Refers more complex or unusual calls to the Senior Watch Officer or the Shift Supervisor; conducts searches of various law enforcement databases to provide information to other Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies regarding the status of foreign embassy personnel or foreign nationals who may be subject to arrest; provides input to daily and ad hoc reports of significant security related incidents and activities occurring during assigned shifts; assists in preparing the Daily Security Brief and other reports distributed throughout DS and to other agencies; adheres to the special security requirements associated with working within a TS/SCI SCIF environment and being a recipient and custodian of classified information.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.  Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.
Applicants applying for the GS-09 grade level must meet one of the following
requirements:

A. Have at least 1 full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07
level in the Federal service which provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and
abilities to perform the duties of the position.  Qualifying specialized experience
must demonstrate the following: 
experience identifying and directing security related information and requests for support and assistance to appropriate individuals; experience conducting searches of law enforcement databases; experience analyzing information to identify matters of interest and to determine appropriate responses to security related incidents, events, and developments; experience effectively communicating orally and in writing to provide information and assistance to personnel at various levels within the law enforcement community; experience applying security principles and requirements to ensure that appropriate protection is provided for various categories of classified and compartmentalized information; experience exercising sound judgment, taking personal initiative, and working independently under stressful conditions.

OR B. Have a master's or equivalent graduate degree, OR 2 full years of
progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, OR LL.B or J.D. from
an accredited college or university.  This education must demonstrate the knowledge,
skills, and abilities to do the work of the position to be filled; OR C. Have a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience (asdescribed above), which is equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal Service.  This experience and education together meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.
Combination of Experience and Education: When an applicant has less than
one year of specialized experience as described in the announcement, he or she may combine successfully completed graduate-level education with experience to meet the total qualification requirements.  Generally, 18 graduate semester hours is equivalent to 1 full-time year of graduate study (your school and department determine what constitutes 1 full time year of graduate study).  The percentage of specialized work experience and the percentage of graduate study must total at least 100%.
Note:  All applicants WILL BE required to submit transcripts as verification of
educational requirement.  If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you may lose consideration for this position.


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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection procedures.  Based on your responses to the job-specific self-assessment questions, eligible candidates are placed for selection consideration into one of three pre-defined quality categories as described below:
Highly-qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications for the position, candidates must fully demonstrate proficiency in all major aspects of the position.  
Well Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in some, but not all of the major aspects of the position.
Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must demonstrate a basic level of knowledge, skill and ability of the position.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:
Knowledge of physical security principles/methods to monitor security developments and gather and validate security related information.  Knowledge of content of a wide variety of law enforcement databases and ability to use them to provide information needed by Diplomatic Security agents and by other law enforcement agencies.  Knowledge of information security principles and requirements to ensure that appropriate protection is provided for various categories of classified and compartmentalized information.  Ability to analyze information to identify matters of interest to the diplomatic security program and to determine the appropriate responses to security related incidents, events, and developments.  Ability to react promptly, appropriately, and decisively in emergency situations.  Skill in oral and written communication to provide information and assistance to prepare portions of reports and to interact effectively with personnel at various levels.
Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity.  Please visit the following website for more information on required resume content: click here.
Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each pre-defined quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent (i.e., CPS and CP) must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position to receive consideration for special priority.
Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement.  Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.
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BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: http://careers.state.gov/civil-service/joa.html



OTHER INFORMATION:

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name.  As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.
SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8163 or reasonableaccommodations@state.gov.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.
To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  This information will be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State Automated Application System.
You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:
STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.
STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable).  Cover letter is optional.  If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume.  Please see the “How You Will Be Evaluated” section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.
STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the Gateway to State automated application system.  These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this job opportunity.  
STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the Department’s automated application system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement.  For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here.
Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET

ALTERNATE APPLICATION PROCEDURES

NOTE:  If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax.  Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.
NOTE:  Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the “How You Will Be Evaluated” section.  Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department’s automated system “Gateway to State”.

3. Transcripts - if you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application.  If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

4. Veterans Preference - If claiming veteran’s preference, you must indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume.

For 5-point veteran’s preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge which must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are currently on active duty, you must provide an official statement of service from your command/unit which states the date you entered active duty, expected discharge type and date, and campaign medals you have received OR other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.  If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm your discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service.

For 10-point veteran's preference, you must submit a SF-15 and any documentation required by this form to support your claim.  If we cannot verify your 10-point preference status, you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met.  For further information regarding Veterans, click here.

To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html

5. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you MUST submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application.

6. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See links below:

ICTAP Considerations
CTAP Considerations

All documentation, applicable to you, must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.  If the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility or you fail to submit any of the required documents, it will disqualify you from being considered for this job opportunity.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jerry Kang
Phone: 571-345-3703
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: kangjs@state.gov
Agency Information:
U.S. Department of State
1801 N. Lynn St
SA-20 9th fl
Attn: DS/EX/HRM
Rosslyn, VA
22091
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews.  After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation.
 You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:
1. Upon receipt of your application.
2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
3. After the certificate is issued.
4. After final selection is made.
For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here.

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Job Announcement Number:

DS-2014-0218

Control Number:

366111100