Business Operations Specialist
Department Of Homeland Security - Washington, DC

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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.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the second largest investigative agency in the Federal government. Created in 2003 through a merger of the investigative and interior enforcement elements of the U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, ICE now has more than 20,000 employees in more than 400 offices in the United States and 47 foreign countries around the world. ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to http://www.ice.gov .

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Organizational Location: This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, Office of International Affairs, Washington, DC.
  • The ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate is a critical asset in the ICE mission, responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States.
  • HSI investigates immigration crime, human rights violations and human smuggling, smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband, financial crimes, cybercrime and export enforcement issues. HSI special agents conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation.
  • In addition to criminal investigations, HSI oversees the agency's international affairs operations and intelligence functions. HSI consists of more than 10,000 employees, consisting of 6,700 special agents, who are assigned to more than 200 cities throughout the U.S. and 47 countries around the world.
  • HSI conducts criminal investigations against terrorist and other criminal organizations who threaten national security. HSI combats worldwide criminal enterprises who seek to exploit America's legitimate trade, travel and financial systems and enforces America's customs and immigration laws at and beyond our nation's borders.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation and drug screen
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with Selective Service

DUTIES: As a Business Operations Specialist you will perform the following duties:
  • Assignments span the acquisitions life cycle from the initial planning, market research, proposal evaluation, contract monitoring, performance assessment and problem resolutions
  • Coordinates with the customer to identify resources, including staffing, funding, equipment, facilities and delivery or performance schedules and changes to the scope of work
  • Prepares reports/correspondence for submission to the upper management regarding the status of assigned projects.
  • Develops technical requirements and statements of work submission to contracting personnel for inclusion in Request for Proposal
  • Conducts briefing and prepares comprehensive reports to keep managers advised of project plans and progress and to communicate findings and recommendations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: You qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:
  • Providing technical support for pre-award and post award procurement activities.
  • Specialized experience includes assignments involving the acquisition life cycle from the initial planning market research, proposal evaluation, contract monitoring, performance assessment and problem resolutions.

You qualify at the GS-13 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:
  • Extensive experience in all aspects of the acquisitions life cycles.
  • Planning, developing, and implementing technical requirements for complex programs
  • Conducting studies to improve the effectiveness of procurement/contract administration
  • Providing expert advice to management and technical support to staff and organizational functions

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.

There is no substitution of education for experience at this grade level.

Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Probationary Period: This is a full-time permanent position (Career/Career-Conditional appointment). Upon appointment to this position, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: 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 an Assessment Questionnaire. The questions are related to the following fundamental competencies (or Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) needed to perform the duties of this job:
  • Knowledge and understanding of a wide range of procurement regulations and contracting principles
  • Knowledge of cost estimating methodologies and cost analysis, contracting terms and conditions
  • Skill and understanding of negotiation and technical requirements relative to the procurement process
  • Skill and ability in oral and written communications

Based on your responses, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

  • 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.
  • Applicants in the Best Qualified category will be referred to the hiring manager and may be called for an interview.

    Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligible: If you have never been a Federal employee, you are not eligible to apply under CTAP/ICTAP. This program offers displaced Federal employees priority for jobs within the agency from which they have separated or are separating. For more information, please see: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/ .

    To be considered well qualified under ICTAP/CTAP you MUST be placed in the Well Qualified Category for this position. 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 are qualified. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are placed in the best qualified category above non-preference eligibles, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. This position (is or is not) considered scientific/professional. For more information regarding veterans' preference, please see: http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp

    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: Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

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