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Expert Transportation Security Officer Security Training Instructor

Full-time
$76,148 – $98,989 Per Year
Closing on Aug 10, 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.

Location:
Michigan, Romulus
Requires Relocation:
No
Start Date:
01/08/2023
End Date:
10/08/2023
Offering Type:
Permanent
Hiring Paths:
Internal to an agency - appears on USAJOBS
Service Type:
Excepted
Travel Percentage:
Not required

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 Expert Transportation Security Officer Security Training Instructor position is located at Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport (DTW), Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As a Expert Transportation Security Officer (ETSO), you will support the airport training program through performance of a variety of training related functions. In addition to program responsibilities, as an ETSO you will perform pre-board security screening of persons, cargo, carry-on, and checked baggage as directed by the Federal Security Director (FSD) or his/her designee a minimum of 20% of the time. Specific program responsibilities include the following: Acting as training course lead in support of Training Programs including ensuring class materials are coordinated and in place, confirming roster, ensuring evaluations are done and submitted, conducting testing, and recording of results, and ensuring all employee course completion information is recorded in the Online Learning Center (OLC). Performing training instruction within established guidelines and standards in support of nationally developed training courses (e.g., new hire training, On-Screen Alarm Resolution Protocol, Crossover). Supporting recurrent training needs; conducting return to duty and remediation training. Developing and/or adapting local training materials to meet requirements. Delivering instructor development courses in support of the STI position (e.g., Instructor Presentation Skills Course and Train the Trainer Courses for nationally developed programs). Assisting Training Specialist in providing oversight to collateral duty Assistant Training Instructors (ATI) and other support staff. Conducting instructional delivery quality assurance assessments at local airports or transportation facilities, as well as assisting with assessments at other locations as needed; contributing to reviews and edits of Standard Operating Procedures. Conducting TSA Quality Assessments (locally or nationally). Managing classroom dynamics, resolving classroom problems, and coordinating needed support and materials; monitoring and evaluating training for appropriate adjustments and recommending enhancements; maintaining communication with management and supervisors concerning training issues that may reveal security screening weaknesses or vulnerabilities. As directed, providing mentoring/coaching to address identified training needs. Administering and scoring training tests (e.g., job knowledge, image). Assisting with PASS Practical Skills Observations (PSOs) and conducting Level 3 assessments. NOTE: Employees must maintain all screening certification requirements and perform screening functions (passenger, baggage, or both) a minimum of 20% of the time. 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. NOTE: Employees occupying frontline positions, i.e., individuals performing security screening operations and occupying positions that involve contact with the traveling public on a regular and recurring basis, are required to wear TSA approved and issued personal protective equipment (PPE). This requirement is in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic and comply with Executive Order 13991 and TSA's Pandemic and Emerging Infectious Disease and Workforce Protection Plan. PPE includes TSA issued surgical masks, face shields, and nitrile gloves. At TSA, the health and safety of our employees is a top priority.

Requirements

Possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National. Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application. Complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI). Obtain and maintain a Secret level security clearance. Pass pre-employment Drug Screening AND you will be subject to post-employment random drug and alcohol testing. Selective Service registration is required. Must be available to work various shifts and overtime, as needed. Must meet and maintain medical requirements for screening work (including a medical examination and physical abilities assessment) including, but not limited to, the following: Be able to efficiently and thoroughly manipulate and lift baggage, containers, and other objects subject to security processing Be able to repeatedly lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds Be able to maintain physical agility that would allow you to squat, bend, and lean to inspect individuals and baggage/cargo Be able to maintain the ability to walk up to two miles during a shift and stand for prolonged periods (e.g., 3-4 hours) of time Be able to maintain a measured threshold for sight: Distance vision correctable to 20/30 or better in the best eye and 20/100 or better in worst eye. Near vision correctable to 20/40 or better Snellen binocular Maintain a measured threshold for hearing: Average hearing loss of 25 decibels (ANSI) at 500, 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz in each ear. No greater than 45 decibels at 4000 and 6000 Hz in each ear Be able to distinguish principal colors that will be a part of images displayed on automated screens: Color perception (e.g., red, green, blue, yellow, orange, purple, brown, black, white, gray). Note: Color filters for enhancing color discrimination are prohibited. 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. 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 (OMB) 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.

Qualification

To qualify for the SV-G Pay Band (equivalent to GS-10/11), you must have: Minimum experience/education requirements: A high school diploma, or General Educational Development (GED); High School Equivalency Test (HiSET); or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) high school equivalency certificate; OR At least one year of full-time work experience in security work, aviation screener work, or X-ray technician work. AND At least one year of experience functioning as a TSO equivalent at the E band level (GS-7/8) or above AND One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the E band level (GS-7/8) or above which included utilizing instructional methods to provide formal training or to teach others in prescribed or designated subjects or areas? Such experience may have been gained as a TSA Assistant Training Instructor (ATI) or in any other training/educational setting where instructional methods were utilized on a regular basis to teach/train in a classroom, laboratory, group, or on-the-job setting, and involved developing training materials, performing quality assessment reviews of training and conducting "train-the-trainer" sessions. 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. NOTE: In order to be properly credited, any experience gained through assigned collateral duties or special assignment detail should be documented in the resume by indicating the period of time, i.e., the beginning date and the ending date, as well as the percentage of time performing the duties. For example: "Collateral Duty: Assistant Training Instructor (ATI) from Jan 2013 to Oct 2014 - 15 hours per week." 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) Utilizing the USAJOBS Resume Builder and completing all available fields is strongly encouraged. You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Evaluations

The assessment process for the Expert Transportation Security Officer is a multiple hurdle process. Initially, 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. The most qualified applicants will be referred for further consideration through the remainder of the assessment process. Referred candidates will then be required to pass both the structured interview and training demonstration assessment phases. Only applicants successfully passing both phases will be referred for selection consideration. Structured interview and training demonstration assessment results will be good for six months. 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: Oral Communication Planning and Evaluating Training Development Written Communication You may preview the questions for this vacancy here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12068059