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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. Visit us at .

As a Security Specialist , you will serve as a Field Security Manager. Your primary duties will include providing security support services to the personnel and facilities within your area of responsibility, serving as a multi-disciplined security subject matter expert, and promoting the security and integrity of USCIS operations, organization, and resources. This position plays a vital role in assisting USCIS to provide quality services by enhancing the security and safety of USCIS facilities, personnel, and visitors while protecting government assets and information.

This position of SECURITY SPECIALIST starts at a salary of $76,644.00 (GS-12 step 1), with promotion potential to $118,481.00 (GS-13 step 10). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Management Directorate, Office of Security and Integrity, Field Security Division, Los Angeles, CA within DHS US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Who May Apply

Candidates which include:
U.S. Citizens
Status candidates may also apply at: CIS-747400-SEC

For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

USCIS will not pay relocation expenses.
This position is not in the bargaining unit.
This position is considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.

Note: USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy.


You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position

Successfully pass a Background Investigation including financial disclosure

You must pass a drug screening

Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements

You must submit resume and supporting documentation

Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service

As a Security Specialist , you will serve as a lead Field Security Manager within the Office of Security Integrity, Field Security Division responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating security related activities. Your primary duties will include leading a team in the completion of the following:

Independently integrating and implementing the USCIS security program within an assigned regional area of responsibility by providing security guidance and education to agency leadership and personnel. Disseminating updated security guidelines and procedures to ensure compliance and consistency.

Independently planning, organizing, coordinating, and conducting site surveys, evaluations, and reviews to identify physical security conditions to determine if corrective actions are necessary. Independently conducting periodic announced and unannounced security reviews at facilities within assigned area of responsibility to maintain an optimum level of security support.

Appropriately representing the agency at meetings, conferences, and training sessions. Providing a variety of security training to include general security awareness to USCIS personnel.

Independently coordinating local security program oversight for several security disciplines, including information security, operational security, administrative security, communications security and physical security.

Providing accountability guidance for secure equipment, secure forms, and national security information (NSI).

Serving as the security expert and project manager regarding security requirements during new and existing construction efforts as well as new facility project planning and design in coordination with appropriate stakeholders. Serving as an action officer for major security initiatives.

Independently interacting and collaborating with other USCIS program offices as well as other DHS components and external agencies regarding security matters.

The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence, and limited complexity.

GS-12: You qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:

Analyzing and resolving security problems.

Providing advice and guidance involving the evaluation of security programs and operations.

Understanding and implementing policy, standards, and procedures for security programs.

GS-13: You qualify at the GS-13 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:

Independently analyzing and resolving broad and complex security problems.

Providing technical expertise in initiating and leading projects involving the evaluation of security programs and operations.

Developing and implementing policy, standards, and procedures for security programs.

Education Substitution: There is no education substituion at these grade levels.

Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

AVAILABILITY REQUIREMENT: Travel and after-hours availability (monitoring email and phone to respond to various threats, security concerns, etc.) may be required.

The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement (Friday, November 23, 2012).

We will review your application, including the online assessment questionnaire, to ensure you met the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job.

If you meet the qualifications requirements, your application will be placed in and of three categories; Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies:

Security Analysis


Management & Policy

NOTE: Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

Veterans: Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans’ preference, please click here .

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 and select “benefits.”

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for a Top Secret Security Clearance as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

Special Hiring Authorities: Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and individuals with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

USCIS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit .

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