Program Analyst
Department Of Homeland Security - Arlington, VA

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Secure the Homeland
Proud to Protect

Are you interested in a job where your primary purpose will be to conduct exercises in support of strengthening National Critical Manufacturing, Commercial Facilities, Chemical Facilities, Emergency Services, Dams, or Nuclear Sector preparedness and protection? Then consider joining the Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP), National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) is responsible for leading the national effort to mitigate terrorism risk to, strengthen the protection of, and enhance the all-hazard resilience of the Nation's 18 identified critical infrastructure sectors. One of the primary guiding documents for the execution of the Office's mission is the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). The NIPP provides the unifying structure for the integration of existing and future critical infrastructure protection efforts and resilience strategies into a single national program. The NIPP framework supports the prioritization of protection and resilience initiatives and investments across sectors to ensure that public and private sector resources are applied where they offer the most benefit for mitigating risk by lessening vulnerabilities, deterring threats, and minimizing the consequences of terrorist attacks and other manmade and natural disasters.

The NIPP framework is collaboratively implemented by IP, Sector-Specific Agencies (SSAs), and public-private partners. The SSAs are responsible for working with IP and their respective public-private partners to develop protective programs, resilience strategies, and related requirements to provide critical infrastructure protection recommendations in line with the overarching guidance established by Presidential directives and statutory requirements. SSAs are also responsible for collaborating with public-private partners and encouraging the development of appropriate voluntary security-related information sharing. IP serves as the SSA for 6 (Chemical, Commercial Facilities, Critical Manufacturing, Dams, Emergency Services, Nuclear) of the 18 critical infrastructure sectors.

Come work with the best to prevent and deter terrorist attacks, protect against and respond to potential threats, ensure safe and secure borders, welcome immigrants and visitors, and promote the free-flow of commerce. This mission of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is carried out every day by the dedicated men and women who answer the noble calling of public service with courage and enthusiasm. With a diverse and critical mission, we lead the unified national effort to secure America. In today's interconnected world, our country's security challenges are constantly evolving. To meet these challenges, DHS fosters a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation.

In Headquarters, we coordinate, plan, and guide the Department's work across all DHS components. You could enjoy a career that includes research, administration and management, legal work, budget and finance, cyber security, infrastructure protection and intelligence analysis. Our services touch every U.S. citizen, and our goal is to secure our country across land and sea. Come join the team who is " Proud to Protect ".

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM: All U.S. Citizens and Status Candidates.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement should the need arise. KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship is required.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
Relocation Expenses WILL NOT be paid.
Overnight travel of 6-10 nights per month may be required.

Appointment subject to availability of funds. DUTIES:
The position is located in the Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP), Sector Specific Agency Executive Management Office (SSA EMO).

Major duties at the full performance level include, but are not limited to:

Review, advise on, and conduct complex analyses, evaluations, or investigations in support of SSA EMO organizational programs, policies, and standard operating procedures.
Serve as an expert analyst in the assessment and improvement of strategic planning efforts, priorities, and goals to achieve cohesive and coordinated risk reduction through physical security, continuity, and resiliency strategies.
Identify and assess sector-wide risk; facilitate the development and implementation of risk mitigation initiatives; and carry out important incident management functions.
Participate in implementing the NIPP requirements including preparedness, protection, response, recovery and mitigation.
Coordinate local, regional and national exercises and facilitate the sharing of information with various agencies and private sector security partners in identifying various emergency and protection best practices, processes, safety measures, and strategies for reducing security risks to the national critical infrastructure.


The work is primarily sedentary and typically performed in an office setting; however, frequent travel (40%) and extended work hours under stressful circumstances may be required. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

To qualify for this position at the GS-12 level, you must possess at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as: 1) developing new or modified work methods, organizational structures, or management processes; 2) conducting studies, analyze findings, and making recommendations in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and precedence; 3) researching and/or analyzing contingency and incident management program issues; and 4) providing advice and assistance on issues affecting the development and application of infrastructure protection strategies, procedures and guidelines.

To qualify for this position at the GS-13 level, you must possess at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as: 1) collaborating with senior analysts and top management in the development of policies, procedures, standards, and methods for collecting, analyzing, and presenting statistical and performance data; 2) reviewing and advising on critical infrastructure studies, analyses or evaluations; 3) reviewing and advising on new directives, program changes, legal initiatives, or guidelines concerning safeguards and security activities affecting critical infrastructure; and 4) presenting findings and recommendations on complex issues or problems impacting contingency or incident management procedures.

Time-in-Grade Requirements: Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal service. All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

New employees must serve a one year probationary period.

New Federal employees will be limited to Step 1 of the grade level for which selected.

Conditions of Employment:
This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operation events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, acts of terrorism, or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

The employee may be subject to random drug testing. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The categories are defined as follows:

Best Qualified - Demonstrates better overall or key knowledge, skills, or abilities for a specific position.

Well Qualified - Possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position, but does not necessarily meet the definition of best qualified.

Qualified - Meets the minimum qualifications standards, including any selective placement factors, for a specific position.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

Ability to apply analytical and evaluative methods and techniques in analyzing program/policy issues.

Knowledge of Federal laws, regulations, and policies relating to strategic planning, critical infrastructure protection, physical security, and resiliency strategies.

Ability to communicate orally.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veteran's preference above non-preference eligible within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. BENEFITS:

The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at . OTHER INFORMATION:

Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to GS - 13 .

Background Investigation:
This position is a non-critical sensitive position and the tentative selectee must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for a Secret security clearance as a condition of placement/retention in this position.

Other Information:
This position has been designated exempt from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 USC Section 7112(B)(6).

All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.

Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran , you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15 . If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at .

If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge , you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.

If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran , you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15 , and if applicable, a completed SF15 . If you don't have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at or call 1-800-827-1000.

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