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Job Title:Chemist

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:U.S. Secret Service

Job Announcement Number:TEC-TF129-14-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$75,621.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 to Tuesday, May 27, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1320-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - District of Columbia, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States citizens **This vacancy is being concurrently advertised under TEC-TF129-14-MP merit promotion procedures. For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Top Secret

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

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. Technical Security Division employees plan for and provide protection against the full spectrum of potential threats through robust prevention, preparedness, detection and response. This Chemist position starting salary is $75,621 (GS-12, step-1) with promotion potential to $138,136 (GS-14, step 10).  For more information on the Secret Service click here.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Frequent domestic travel is required and foreign travel is required on a limited basis.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. citizenship is required.

DUTIES:

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The selectee will serve as a Chemist in the Office of Technical Development and Mission Support, Technical Services Division. Typical work assignments include:

- Developing and executing short and long range plans, goals and objectives of the Physical Science 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 chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and/or explosives (CBRNE) 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: physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics.
OR

Combination of education and experience -- course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

GS-12: You qualify for the GS-12 level (starting salary $74,872) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level performing duties such as:applying comprehensive theories, concepts, principles, standards, and methods of applied chemistry; evaluating capabilities or vulnerabilities associated with applied chemistry projects and discipline-specific topics; testing and evaluating products; and providing input on scientific studies and major advances in protective and/or investigative technologies associated with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and/or explosives (CBRNE).

GS-13: 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 theories, concepts, principles, standards, and methods of applied chemistry; evaluating capabilities or vulnerabilities associated with applied chemistry 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 technologies associated with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and/or explosives (CBRNE).

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 single scope background 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.

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. If you meet the minimum qualifications, a score will automatically be calculated based on your answers to the vacancy specific questions to place you in one of three categories. 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.

- Ability to present information to internal and external audiences.

- Knowledge of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and/or explosives (CBRNE) concepts, principles, and practices and the ability to apply them on the job

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories: 1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria. 2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria. 3. 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. 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. This position is not considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans' preference, please click here.
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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 no later than 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 you cannot apply online, you may contact the Human Capital Division, Classification and Administrative, Professional, Technical Staffing Branch at hrsupport@secretservice.gov OR by calling (202) 406-6420 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:30 pm EST (excluding Federal holidays) prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.  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.
  • You must submit a copy of your college/university transcript (unofficial is acceptable) it must show school name, student's name, credit earned, degree, and date awarded.  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. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans' information.

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
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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-TF129-14-DE

Control Number:

369205300