SECURITY SPECIALIST
Department Of Homeland Security - Williston, VT

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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 http://www.uscis.gov/ .

As a Security Specialist , you will serve as a Field Security Manager, 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 of SECURITY SPECIALIST starts at a salary of $57,408.00(GS-11 step 1), with promotion potential to $89,450.00 (GS-12 step 10). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Management Directorate, Office of Security and Integrity, South Burlington, Vermont within DHS US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Status candidates may also apply at: CIS-793728-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 not 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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

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

Provide technical insight into the development and management of procedures and operational schedules required for countermeasure deployment in accordance with the Inter Agency Security Committee Standard (ISC), HSPD 12, OMB guidance and interagency agreements.

Conduct and document Facility Security Level, Risk Assessments and Level of Protection Assessments in accordance with ISC Standards. Implements key policies and practices in support of the security and operational activities of USCIS.

Maintain a schedule of milestones for project systems and activities including monitoring changes that affect the programmed costs, technical acceptance, or completion dates.

Independently monitor project status and adjusts work plans for project accomplishment. Prepares recommendations for resource requirements to accomplish the project. Negotiates with managers of various components to obtain needed resources and support.

Conducts briefings, prepares comprehensive project reports and operational status reports to keep the immediate supervisor as well as USCIS managers and executives advised of project and operational plans and progress toward goals.

Ensures USCIS compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines. Implements policy and monitors policy compliance in the resolution of management review, program evaluation, and recommendations from senior management.

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.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
GS-11: You qualify at the GS-11 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-09 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 performing recurring security assignments of average difficulty requiring judgment to interpret, apply and/or adapt guidelines to those assignments. Perform duties directly related to assessing compliance with department, agency or corporate level security requirements and regulations in the safeguarding of sensitive or classified information, facilities, and other protected assets. Making security recommendations concerning expected impacts on programs, missions, and future strategic plans. Provide security training and support to personnel in one or more security disciplines including physical, administrative, information, communication, operations, and personnel. OR

You may substitute a doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in a qualifying field for experience at the GS-11 grade level. (A course of study in criminal justice, sociology, or a related field is qualifying.) Such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise three years of graduate study. If that information is not available, use 54 semester or 81 quarter hours.

GS-12 : In addition to the requirement for your lower grade level, 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 facility security problems.

Providing technical advice in initiating projects involving the evaluation of facility security operations.

Developing and applying policy, standards, and procedures for facility security programs.

Educational Substitution: Appropriate combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience also may be used to meet total qualification requirements for the GS-11 grade level.

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 (Thursday, December 13, 2012).

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will place you in one of three categories based on your responses to the on-line questionnaire regarding experience, education and training.

Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.

Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.

Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

Security Analysis

Communication

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 .

BENEFITS:
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 www.dhs.gov/careers and select “benefits.”

OTHER INFORMATION:
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 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 www.dhs.gov/E-Verify .

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