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Job Title:  Security Specialist
Department:  Department Of State
Agency:  Department of State - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  DS-2014-0417

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
SALARY RANGE:
$89,924.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 to Wednesday, September 10, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
GS-0080-13
POSITION INFORMATION:
Full-Time - Permanent
PROMOTION POTENTIAL:
13
DUTY LOCATIONS:
1 vacancy in the following location:
Rosslyn, 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
SUPERVISORY STATUS:
No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

The position is located in the Office of Special Programs, High Threat Programs Directorate, Diplomatic Security Service, Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

The incumbent serves as an Operations Planning Specialist responsible for developing and maintaining operations plans and providing operations planning advice, guidance and assistance in support of the Unit efforts to develop, implement and codify future operations plans and foster innovative operational approaches to support the Diplomatic Security mission.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel may be required domestically and overseas.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.

DUTIES:

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-Develops scenario-based operations plans to be executed by the appropriate Diplomatic Security directorates and/or offices.

-Works closely with employees and managers in the organizations covered by the plans to ensure they address the organizations specific operational requirements.

-Performs ongoing maintenance of operation plans to ensure plans are current with changing priorities and remain sufficiently flexible and agile to enable rapid modification as required by changing global security conditions.

-Estimates and ensures the availability of appropriate personnel, equipment, and fiscal support required to execute approved operational plans.

-Forecasts and monitors the availability of resources required to support possible future operations.

-Supports an active lesson learned process and assists in the management of a central repository of all Diplomatic Security operations planning program.

-Maintains an awareness of new life safety and protective security methods, techniques, procedures and equipment in order to evaluate and recommend their application for Diplomatic Security contingency operations.


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 must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must
demonstrate the following:


-Experience with security administration principles, concepts, and methods to provide expert advice, guidance, and coordination in the planning of contingency security operations.

-Experience making sound judgment and discretion in determining the most effective approaches in developing and implementing contingency plans that anticipate effective responses to mission requirements.

-Experience evaluating emergency security conditions and developing plans to counter security threats, and incidents.

-Experience with protective security operations including domestic and overseas operations in permissive, semi-permissive and non-permissive environments.

-Experience with security operations planning requirements associated with protecting United States Government personnel, facilities and information.


There is no substitute of education for
specialized experience for the GS-13 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 security administration principles, concepts, and methods to provide expert advice, guidance, and coordination in the planning of contingency security operations.
-Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in determining the most effective approaches in developing and implementing contingency plans that anticipate effective responses to mission requirements.
-Ability to evaluate emergency security conditions and develop plans to counter security threats, and incidents.
-Knowledge of protective security operations including domestic and overseas operations in permissive, semi-permissive and non-permissive environments.
-Knowledge of security operations planning requirements associated with protecting United State Government personnel, facilities and information.

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education as it relates to this job opportunity. In addition to describing duties performed, your resume must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked per week. Qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information. For assistance with creating a resume, please 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.
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BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: http://careers.state.gov/work/benefits

The Department of State offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to these benefits, we also offer the Student Loan Repayment Program, Child Care Centers, Child Care Subsidy, Flexible work schedule, Transit Subsidy Program. For additional information on Federal benefits click here.

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 from Active Duty (Member Copy 4 is preferable) 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 current version of the SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference), dated October 2013, and any documentation required by this form to support your claim. Previous editions of the SF-15 will not be accepted. 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.

For Sole Survivorship preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4 is preferable) or another form of official documentation which shows your discharge or release from active duty occurred on or after August 29, 2008 and was based on a sole survivorship discharge.

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Michelle Mason
Phone: 571-345-3758
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: MasonJM@state.gov
Agency Information:
U.S. Department of State
1801 N. Lynn St
SA-20 9th fl
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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