Personnel Security Specialist
Department of Defense - Fort Belvoir, VA

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Department of Defense

Defense Threat Reduction Agency

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) makes the world safer by reducing the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction. In the 21st century few tasks are as challenging or demanding. Join this professional team and make a difference. This position is located in theSecurity and Counterintelligence Office, Personnel Security Branch.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. citizen.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service

Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs ARE NOT authorized.

DUTIES:
As a Personnel Security Specialist, you will be responsible for the following duties: .
  • Responsible for the development, management, administration, and implementation of personnel security policies and programs.
  • Assesses applicants, employees, and other who handle or have access to sensitive or classified information, materials, and facilities to ensure security clearance level requirements are met.
  • Assesses and evaluates the investigative information for scope, sufficiency, and consistency with national security.
  • Prevents unauthorized access to facilities and documents and safeguards them against espionage, sabotage, damage, and theft.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To qualify at the GS-12 level the incumbent must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11) which has given me the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as experience administering a coordinated and integrated program of adjudication and security education that ensures the appointment of suitable individuals to positions having sensitive duties or access to classified information which directly contributes to national security.

To qualify at the GS-11 level the incumbent must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09) which has given me the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as experience assessing applicants, employees, and others who handle or have access to sensitive or classified information, materials, and facilities to ensure security clearance level requirements are met, such as loyalty, reliability, suitability, and trustworthiness of applicants in order to prevent unauthorized access to facilities and documents and to safeguard them against espionage, sabotage, damage, and theft; OR,

A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, OR a LL.M., if related, OR,

A combination of education and experience that equals 100% of the specialized experience requirement.

If substituting education for experience, transcripts must be provided . Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. This education must be from an accredited college or university accredited by an organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

Substitution of Education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for the GS-12 grade level or higher.

WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
OVERTIME: Rarely
TRAVEL: Rarely

DRUG TESTING: Required
(You must successfully pass a pre-employment drug test for this position. If you decline to take the drug test, it will be considered a declination for employment.)

SECURITY REQUIREMENTS: Critical-Sensitive (Top Secret)

PCS: NOT authorized

FLSA: Exempt

FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS: Not Required

Other Notes: Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:
1. Expert knowledge of personnel security procedures, methods, and techniques used in the protection of national defense information.
2. Skill in applying investigative methods and techniques.

3. Ability to communicate orally and in writing through formal written reports, training materials, meetings, conferences, and by acting as a liaison and subject-matter-expert to all levels of contacts internal and external to the Agency.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
For Competitive Applicants / All US Citizens -We will review your résumé and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:

Best-Qualified: This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.

Highly-Qualified: This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, as determined by the job analysis.

Qualified: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

Names of the candidates in the Best-Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.

For Merit Promotion Applicants:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, and are found among the top candidates you will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

Time-in-Grade Requirements: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for merit promotion consideration by the closing date of this announcement; Thursday, December 20, 2012. Time-in-grade is the 52-week requirement Federal employees in competitive service, General Schedule (GS) positions at GS-5 and above, must serve before they are eligible for promotion (advancement) to the next grade level.
Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including time-in-grade, time-after-competitive appointment, minimum qualifications, and any other regulatory requirements by the cutoff/closing date of the announcement.

Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in being removed from consideration for this position.

BENEFITS:
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

OTHER INFORMATION:
In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in a postage paid government envelope.

Special Employment Consideration: Person with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the armed forces, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for non-competitive appointment. For further information see: Special Hiring Authorities http://www.opm.gov/employ/students/fedhire.asp#authorities . If you are eligible and would like to be considered for one of these non-competitive appointments, please indicate the type of appointment you are seeking on your application and follow all other instructions for applying.

Veterans’ Preference: If you are claiming 5-point or 10-point veterans’ preference, you must submit documentation described in “Required Documents.”

If you need additional assistance please contact:
DTRA Help
(614)692-0259
Fax: (478) 757-3144
TDD: 800-750-0750
DHRC-DDTRAHR@DLA.MIL

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