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Assistant Federal Security Director For Screening

$160,013 – $197,957 Per Year
Closing on Aug 08, 2023

About Transportation Security Administration

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

New Jersey, Essex County
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Job summary

Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce.

Major duties

This Assistant Federal Security Director for Screening position is located at Newark International Airport (EWR), Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Duties include but are not limited to: Mitigate threats against aviation and other transportation sectors by providing leadership and direction to TSA personnel engaged in screening operations. Serve as principal advisor to the Federal Security Director (FSD) on all operational matters. Develop, plan, coordinate, and implement policy that supports screening operations, customer service, and stakeholder programs. Implement and measure performance of screening standards and security programs. Provide oversight of passenger, baggage, air cargo security screening operations, airport security risk assessments, security technology implementation, preventative maintenance, crisis management, communications network protection, and other related programs as directed by the FSD. Facilitate and communicate the receipt, utilization, and delivery of intelligence information, incident reports, and other appropriate information to the workforce. Identify intelligence resources for use by staff to strengthen security posture. Participate in briefings concerning classified information. Model and work with leadership team to develop and maintain workforce command presence and professional appearance. Create and lead a collaborative culture that encourages engagement and networking. Leverage shared expertise at all levels to mitigate security threats. Evaluate threat mitigation strategies and tactics using risk assessment concepts and tools, including "threat, vulnerability, and consequence". Determine effectiveness and recommend adjustments as needed. Practice, promote, and implement programs that reinforce critical thinking skills, specialized communication tactics, and improve the ability of the workforce to make independent, security based decisions by using available intelligence, critical thinking, experience, observation, and passenger engagement. Develop and maintain a calm, controlled operational environment in order to enhance the workforce's ability to mitigate security threats. Create a work environment in which employees at every level are valued and encouraged to raise issues and voice concerns without retaliation or fear of reprisal. Ensure that their organization applies and promotes the Integrated Conflict Management System (ICMS) core principles and complies with applicable standards. Mentor teams at all levels and provide constructive feedback that recognizes positive behavior and promotes individual improvement, growth, and confidence. Provide management and technical oversight to staff members and perform related supervisory functions (e.g., performance evaluation, administration of leave, discipline, training, awards, and recognition). Interact with stakeholders to identify and resolve operational issues. May perform tasks/assume responsibilities for the FSD during their absence. Emergency Essential Position: This position is designated as an Emergency Essential (EE) position. This designation requires the employee to remain in a duty status if an emergency arises.


You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National. Must pass pre-employment drug screening AND random drug/alcohol testing. You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance. Disclosure of your financial information is required. You must be available to work various shifts and overtime as needed. Selective Service registration is required. If you fail to meet the conditions of employment or any other pre-employment requirements, such as missing any of the scheduled appointments, the hiring agency may rescind their tentative offer of employment. Supervisory/Managerial Trial Period Requirements: Unless previously completed, you must satisfactorily complete a one-year supervisory trial period to continue in this supervisory/managerial position. Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for TSA to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions. Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (0MB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.


To qualify for the SV-K Pay Band (equivalent to GS-15), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-J or GS-14 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Qualifying specialized experience for this position is experience that reflects your particular knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies to successfully perform the duties of this position which involves supporting the Federal Security Director (FSD) in mitigating threats against aviation and other modes of transportation. Your experience must demonstrate you have the ability to perform the critical competencies necessary to supervise a staff that provides the security screening operations, airport security risk assessments, crisis management, technology implementation, and other related programs assigned by the FSD. Specialized experience required for this position include, but are not limited to: Understanding, instructing, and applying security directives and regulations; Identifying a range of security issues and threats in a complex environment; and Providing leadership and direction in managing and overseeing a diverse workforce of professional and support staff performing protective security work. Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime. National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office. Resumes must include the following: Narrative description of duties with start and end dates (including the month and year) for work experience. State the number of hours worked in a position (i.e. full-time or part-time). If part-time, state the total number of hours worked per week. Performance level (i.e. band or grade) You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


You will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience and/or related education as reflected in your resume and supporting documentation. You are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the competencies required for this position. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your category placement may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Grouping procedures. Under Category Grouping, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories: Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies as determined by the job analysis. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies as determined by the job analysis. Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies as determined by the job analysis. If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume: Administration and Management Human Capital Management Risk Management Security Directives and Regulations You may preview the questions for this vacancy here: