ENTRY SPECIALIST
Department Of Homeland Security - Long Beach, CA

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Customs & Border Protection (CBP): Securing America's Borders

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.

Discover a challenging and rewarding career in CBP, the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders. At U.S. Customs and Border Protection, we:

Screen passengers, vehicles, and shipments entering our country

Seize illegal narcotics, vehicles, and agricultural products

Prevent unauthorized entry into the country

Rescue individuals who fall into dangerous conditions traversing our border

For more information about CBP's mission, activities, and careers, please visit our website at: http://www.cbp.gov/ .

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Joining the Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations will allow you to use your technical and administrative expertise to provide advice on the use of automated systems related to the entry process. Apply for this exciting opportunity to strengthen the Department’s ability to perform homeland security by contributing to the process of entering merchandise into the United States .

Please view the video “Protecting America 24/7” to learn more about CBP’s Office of Field Operations: http://cbpapps.cbp.dhs.gov/ofo/2011/protecting_america/pro_america.wmv

Who May Apply:
Open to all U.S. Citizens
Status candidates may also apply to MHCMP-591930-MMS.
For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please see http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/careers/gc_1303762131481.shtm .

Organizational Location: This position is located within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, Los Angeles, Long Beach, CA.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Note: One or more selections may be made using this job opportunity announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. Citizen

You may be required to successfully complete a background investigation

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

You may be required to pass initial and random drug testing

DUTIES:
In this position, you will become a key member of a team of Homeland Security professionals responsible for a wide range of admissibility and control requirements. Typical work assignments include:

Providing customer service to Customs brokers, importers and carriers by responding to processing questions related to importation of merchandise.
Resolving discrepancies in the Automated Commercial System (ACS) for entry processing to prevent liquidation, suspension, closure or other action.
Providing advice on various filer based transactions and collecting and depositing revenue for imported merchandise.
Managing the entire ACS protest and claims module to ensure accountability, accurate tracking, and proper disposition.
Analyzing a variety of ACS reports to ensure filer integrity and compliance with laws, rules and regulations.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
GS-5: You qualify at the GS-5 level if you possess three (3) years of progressively responsible experience that demonstrated the ability to interpret and correctly apply laws, rules, and regulations; and deal effectively with others to secure their cooperation in complying with requirements. Such experience may have been gained in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work. Experience in substantive and relevant secretarial, clerical, or other responsible work may be qualifying as long as it provided evidence of the skills necessary to perform the duties of the position to be filled. Experience of a general clerical nature (typing, filing, routine procedural processing, maintaining records, or other non specialized tasks) is not creditable.

GS-7: You qualify at the GS-7 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience to include working with and observing a higher graded entry specialist in the processing of entries; examining assigned entry forms, invoices, entry permits, and other forms; applying conversion tables of foreign weights and measures and verifying the conversion of foreign currency to United States currency as submitted on the assigned entry; and searching for and assembling pertinent information from office files and records.

GS-9: You qualify at the GS-9 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience to include examining assigned entry forms, invoices, affidavits, etc., and initially classify the entered merchandise; estimating the correctness of the dutiable and non dutiable charges as entered by the importer or his agent; assuring that the importer or agent has the right to make entry; checking the conversion of foreign weights and measures to United States units and the conversion of foreign currency to United States currency at the prevailing rates of exchange; and recommending the acceptance or rejection of the entry as presented. Knowledge of automated systems such as Automated Commercial System (ACS) and Automated Manifest System (AMS) is required along with knowledge of a range of processing functions related to importation of merchandise including an understanding of various functions associated with the importation of merchandise in order to determine if all requirements have been met.

GS-11: You qualify at the GS-11 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience to include experience in analyzing customs documents; applying customs laws, regulations, and procedures; interpreting customs requirements; or similar experience involving determinations of rates of duty, classification of merchandise, and entry requirements. Experience must relate to the admissibility, control, entry and export of merchandise. Experience with tariff classification principles and extensive knowledge of automated systems such as Automated Commercial System (ACS) and Automated Manifest System (AMS) is also required.

OR

Education Substitution

GS-5: You may substitute the successful completion of a Bachelor's degree or a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a Bachelor's degree for the experience required at the GS-5 grade level. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester or 45 quarter hours.

GS-7: You may substitute the successful completion of one year of fulltime graduate education for the experience required at the GS-7 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills necessary to do the work of the position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise a year of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 18 semester or 27 quarter hours.

OR

GS-7: You may also substitute superior academic achievement for the experience required at the GS-7 level. You must have completed the requirements for a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or have a class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision, or membership in a national scholastic honor society. Refer to www.cbp.gov for additional information.

GS-9: You may substitute a Master's degree or 2 full years of graduate education in a qualifying field or a J.D or L.L.B. degree for experience required at the GS-9 grade level. 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 the position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise two years of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 36 semester or 54 quarter hours.

GS-11: You may substitute a Ph.D., an equivalent 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 or an LL.M., if related. Such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. 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.

OR

Combining Experience and Education : Combining Experience and Education: To combine your education and experience, you must convert each to a percentage, and then add the percentages. The combined total of your percentage of education and experience must equal at least 100% in order to qualify. If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the number of graduate semester hours in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level, by 18. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience. Add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100%.

You must m eet all qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by Monday, February 27, 2012

Residency: If you are not currently a CBP employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for the last three years prior to applying to this announcement:

Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations);

Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or

Been a dependant of a United States federal or military employee serving overseas.

Exceptions may be granted if you provide complete state-side coverage information regarding participation in "Study Abroad" programs, overseas church missions, or state-side addresses of anyone who worked or studied with you overseas. You must provide information and related documentation at the time of application.

Training: You may be required to attend 2½ weeks of paid training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston , SC.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAOs):

Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements are required to possess certain Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, or Other Characteristics (KSAOs) to successfully perform the functions of this position. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their attainment of these KSAOs in their resume. The KSAOs are:

Knowledge of Customs laws, regulations, policies and procedures related to admissibility, control, entry and export of merchandise, and tariff classification in order to screen entries and to classify and appraise entered merchandise.
Ability to apply federal rules, regulations and procedures to specific situations or problems, and to make determinations on compliance.
Knowledge of automated systems in order to input data, resolve problems, and obtain information used to make entry decisions.
Knowledge of processing functions related to importation of merchandise in order to determine if all requirements have been met.

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 at: http://www.opm.gov/Reduction_In_Force/employee_resources/ctap/index.asp . To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must earn a score of 85 or above on the rating criteria developed for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

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 online self-assessment questionnaire that is based on the competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below. You will receive an "EL" (eligible) rating and 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.

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

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 at: http://www.opm.gov/Reduction_In_Force/employee_resources/ctap/index.asp . 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 in 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 or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. This position [is or is not] considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans' preference, please see: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/index.aspx

BENEFITS:
DHS offers competitive starting salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health insurance, Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k)), Flexible Spending Account, retirement plan, life and long-term care insurance, 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 development opportunities. For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select "Benefits".

OTHER INFORMATION:
Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, CBP requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, selected applicants may be required to undergo, and must successfully pass, a background investigation for placement into this position. This may include a polygraph examination, a review of financial issues, and disclosure regarding criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

Positions with known promotion potential do not guarantee promotion, nor is the promise of promotion implied.

Probationary Period: All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment. Current and former federal employees may also be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

CBP uses E-Verify to validate all newly hired applicants' ability to work legally in the United States. To learn more about E-Verify, please follow this link: http://www.uscis.gov/files/nativedocuments/e-ver-employee-rights,pdf .

This position is covered under the bargaining unit.

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