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Staff Assistant

$112,015 – $145,617 Per Year
Closing on Aug 11, 2023

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District of Columbia, Washington
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Job summary

Joining the Secret Service, Office of Strategic Planning and Policy will allow you to manage functional aspects of OSP’s business operations, providing technical and administrative guidance and oversight to all areas while implementing the priorities and direction of the Chief and Deputy Strategy Officer. The Staff Assistant position starts at a salary of $112,015 (GS 13, step 1) with potential to $145,617.

Major duties

The selectee will serve as Staff Assistant in the Office of Office of Strategic Planning and Policy. Typical work assignments include: Providing supervision and guidance to business operations personnel, federal and contract employees. Providing training, development and guidance that will ensure employees receive instructions to perform designated tasks. Developing and executing the office's recruiting and hiring strategies. Providing advisory services regarding administrative functions and administrative management operations; reviewing and conducting analysis of the administrative support operations; and recommending or implementing effective and efficient work processes. Providing financial management advice and informing leadership of budgetary constraints that affect the effectiveness and efficiency of the office's operations. Apply for this exciting opportunity to impact and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of a major aspect of substantial and mission-oriented programs.


If selected for this position, you will be required to: Obtain and maintain a top secret Tier 5 clearance. For more information visit OPM Mythbuster Page. Submit to random drug testing while you occupy the position. NOTE: The person selected for this position may be subject to a one-year probationary period for supervisors/managers.


GS-13: You qualify for the GS-13 level (starting salary $112,015) if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level performing duties such as: serving as a liaison managing administrative tasks, handling a broad range of human resources management and personnel functions, recommending and coordinating with senior level management on budgetary issues and office efficiency. 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. Time-in-Grade Requirements: Under competitive merit promotion procedures, any individual who is currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under a non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet "time-in-grade" requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade of the grade for which you are applying). Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to current competitive service employees applying for a Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. NOTE: All current or former Federal employees must provide a copy of their SF-50, "Notice of Personnel Action" that indicates proof of status and time-in-grade eligibility. The SF-50 must include your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure (1 or 2), and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). You may need to submit more than one SF-50 to comply. Qualifications Must Be Met: The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement. 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.


There is no education requirement for this position.


Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. A score will automatically be calculated based on your answers to the vacancy specific questions. 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. If the one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level cannot be identified in your resume, you will be considered not qualified. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are: Ability to manage, supervise, plan and direct employees in the work to be accomplished by the organization. Ability to oversee all personnel matters for federal and contract employees. Knowledge of administrative management duties and concepts conducive to recognizing, developing, and advising management on appropriate solutions to resolve problems or issues. Knowledge of budgetary and financial management processes and procedures. Due weight will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards in merit promotion selection decisions in accordance with 5 CFR 335.103(b)(3). An interview may be required for this position. If an interview is required, failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration. You may preview questions for this vacancy.