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Supervisory Security Specialist

$155,700 – $183,500 Per Year
Closing on Aug 10, 2023

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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. DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select “Benefits.” Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service- connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

District of Columbia, Washington
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Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL) Internal to an agency - appears on USAJOBS
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Job summary

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Security Officer (OCSO), Headquarters Security Services Division (HSSD). The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Deputy Director of the HSSD, responsible for providing security oversight and managing program compliance to maintain a secure environment for handling and protection of Classified and Sensitive Compartmented Information at multiple headquarters facilities supporting the DHS.

Major duties

As a Supervisory Security Specialist, GS-0080-15, your typical work assignments may include: Managing the DHS-wide Special Security Officer operations of Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIFs). Advising top level DHS officials and components on developments and advances in protective technology and operational security. Issuing comprehensive written reports, analysis and recommendations to senior civil and Federal government officials. Reviewing legislative actions, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issuances, General Services Administration (GSA) regulations, Intelligence Community directives, DHS directives and other government materials for potential impact on the DHS, OCSO, and other activities of the Department. This announcement will be open for 5 business days OR until the first 100 applications have been received, whichever happens first. View common definitions of terms found in this announcement: Common Definitions.


You qualify for the GS-15 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal government, performing duties such as: Ensuring SSO maintains sufficient control and protection of national security information, electronic data and media and classification discussion. Ensuring National Security Information is properly stored, discussed, packaged and transported in accordance with DHS SCI Facility. Reviewing and assesses the reporting and disposition of security violation for all DHS SSO operation in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, Executive Orders, interagency directives, and DHS policies. Reviewing all Special Access Program (SAP) and co-utilization agreements with DHS SCIFs to ensure adherence to all applicable DHS and 1C law and regulations. Providing leadership in serving as the DHS representative for all inter-agency, intra-agency and intergovernmental working groups, committees, and other governmental and industrial associations, focusing on Special Security Operations. All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. Time-in-grade: Current General Schedule (GS) federal employees, and those that have served in GS positions within the last 52 weeks, must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade, or a combination of the next lower grade level and an equivalent band in the federal service by the closing of this announcement. Note: Current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows competitive service appointment ("position occupied" block 34 on the SF-50 should show a "1"), tenure group (block 24 should show a 1 or 2), grade, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, With-in Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s dated a year apart within the same grade/job). If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof. IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION AS A STATUS CANDIDATE. National Service 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. Current or Former Political Appointees: 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.


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We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job: Oral Communication, Research, Security, and Technical Competence If you are the best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire and application, click If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be removed from consideration or your score may be lowered. 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). Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Department of Homeland Security, you are not CTAP eligible. View information about CTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.