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.
Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. For additional information about our agency please:
Must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
Must complete a favorable Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance.
Must pass Drug and Alcohol Screening and be subject to random drug tests.
Requires night, weekend/holiday duty and rotating 24x7 shift work schedule.
This Transportation Security Specialist position serves as a Secure Flight Vetting Operations Analyst for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (OIA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected for this position, you will analyze transportation vetting results in an effort to identify possible threats to national security. As a team member of one of OIA's Secure Flight (SF) Vetting Operations Watch Teams, you will man OIA's 24 hour/7 day a week SF Vetting Operations Centers in one of two separate geographic locations. These centers conduct terrorist related Security Threat Assessments (STAs) for passengers traveling on domestic and international flights into, out of, within, and over the Unites States. Typical assignments will include:
Analyzing vetting system-produced results for possible matches of passengers to individuals on terrorism watch lists.
Researching and interpreting data, querying additional databases, both classified and unclassified, and resolving that information with vetting results data to determine the potential for a valid match.
Taking steps to negate invalid matches and referring valid matches to TSA Office of Intelligence (OI) analysts and the Terrorist Screening Center for further action.
Apprising on-duty SF Vetting Operations, SF Senior Watch Officers and Supervisors of any significant threat activity or noticed trends.
Identifying gaps in needed information and taking action to obtain the proper intelligence and law enforcement information to support accurate security threat assessments.
Using a computer User Interface to produce analytically sound oral and written referral reports that describe the nature and significance of valid matches to terrorism watch lists.
Working closely with the SF Customer Support Agents to resolve individual cases of mismatches of passengers to terrorism watch-listed individuals.
The major duties described above reflect the full performance level of this position. Typically, at the lower pay band (SV-G Band) you will perform the same duties, but will receive more guidance and training; and projects/work assignments may be less complex.
To qualify for the SV-G Pay Band (equivalent to GS-5/7/9), you must meet one of the qualification requirements (A, B, OR C) outlined below.
A. Experience: If you are qualifying based on experience, your application must clearly outline three (3) years of progressively responsible general work experience, one year of which was equivalent to at least GS-4, that demonstrates the ability to: (1) analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; (2) plan and organize work; and (3) communicate effectively orally and in writing.
OR B. Education: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a bachelor's degree in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.
OR C. Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for this position, and may be computed by first determining your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the band level; then determining your education as a percentage of the education required for the band level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for the position.
To qualify for the SV-H Pay Band (equivalent to GS-11/12), you must meet one of the qualification requirements (D, E, OR F) outlined below.
D. Experience: If you are qualifying based on experience, your application must clearly outline one year of specialized experience equivalent to the SV-G Pay Band or GS-9 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the work of the position. Such experience includes:
conducting inspection/investigations related to security violations; or
review and analysis of information on terrorist or other threats against national, state or local security interests.
OR E. Education: Completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR LL.M., if related.
OR F. Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed higher level graduate education (beyond the second year) and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for this position, and may be computed by first determining your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the band level; then determining your education as a percentage of the education required for the band level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for the position.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: Education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university in the amounts indicated above meets the requirements for this position. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. One (1) year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.
Applicants who meet the qualifications listed above based on education or a combination of education and experience must provide proof of education such as a list of completed college courses or the date and school of degree including the number of semester or quarter hours, or a transcript from an accredited college or university. The information must be provided as an attachment to the application by the closing date of the announcement. If selected, you must supply a transcript or certification of degree.
You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience and/or related education as reflected in your resume and supporting documentation. You are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the competencies required for this position. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your category placement may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.
When completing the assessment questionnaire for this position, you will be prompted to elect if you wish for your application to be considered as External (where Veterans' Preference applies), as Status (current or former Federal Employees), and/or Internal to TSA as a current permanent or competitive temporary employee. At that time, please select the answer(s) that apply to you and your application to this position.
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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."
Conditions of Employment:
This is a Critical Sensitive (Level 4) position and requires a Top Secret Security Clearance and completion of a current and favorable Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI). There is no provision for a waiver for this position .
Other Information: This position is subject to the pre-employment/pre-appointment and random drug testing provisions of TSA's Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace Program.
Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code, including regulations which apply to displaced Federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) of other agencies, and employment with TSA does not confer "Competitive Status" that generally results from selection and service in Competitive Service agencies. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established an Interchange Agreement, which allows most permanent TSA employees to apply and be considered for vacancies in Competitive Service agencies. Information from OPM on this or other Interchange Agreements is available at: http://www.opm.gov.
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 as a condition of placement into this position.
TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.
Moving and relocation expenses will not be paid for this recruitment.
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