Program Analyst

Transportation Security Administration - Arlington, VA (30+ days ago)3.4


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: Click Here

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Responsibilities

This Program Analyst position is located in the Analysis and Risk Management (ARM) Directorate, Global Support and Preparedness (GS&P) Branch, Capacity Development Delivery Section within the Global Strategies (GS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected for this position, you will contribute to projects and programs affecting mitigation efforts in aviation security at airports around the globe.

Typical assignments will include but are not limited to:
  • Evaluating and Analyzing security policies, programs, and practices in both developed and developing countries in order to gauge partner needs.
  • Developing and analyzing plans and programs for a variety of special studies, and to address complex issues with agency-wide impact which may fundamentally affect overall GS programs and operations.
  • Researching trends and analyzing international transportation security issues within the area of responsibility.
  • Creating training and curriculum for capacity development, and providing input for weekly GS reports, while ensuring accuracy and completion.
  • Leading overseas capacity development and foreign assistance missions while working independently with minimal direction of a supervisor.
  • Providing support to risk mitigation technical assistance programs, including but not limited to: capacity development, technology assistance, targeted risk mitigation, and development of advanced security programs.
  • Facilitating briefings, training, mentoring, providing subject matter expertise, supporting technical and delegation visits by preparing and delivering informational papers, and creating Aviation Security (AVSEC) related curriculum.
  • Providing status updates and recommendations on projects and programs to senior GS managers on priority actions. Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders to successfully execute initiatives.
  • Facilitating cooperation within the organization and with internal and external customer groups; fosters commitment; team spirit, pride, trust. Develops leadership in others through coaching, mentoring, and guiding team members.
The major duties described above reflect the full performance level of this position. Typically, the lower pay band (H Band) performs the same duties but will receive more guidance and training; and/or projects/work assignments may be less complex.

Travel Required 75% or less - More than 50% travel may be required, primarily international, often to developing countries.

Supervisory status No

Promotion Potential I

Who May Apply This job is open to… Government-Wide: Current and former permanent civilian Federal employees. Applications also accepted from Veterans' Preference eligibles OR Veterans who were or will be honorably discharged from the Armed Forces after completing at least 3 years of continuous active duty by the closing date of this announcement. Such applicants will compete under TSA's Merit Promotion procedures for which Veterans' Preference is not a factor in the selection process.

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  • Requirements Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
    • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
    • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.
    • Selective Service registration is required.
    • See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" section
    You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

    Qualifications To qualify for the SV-H Pay Band (equivalent to GS-12), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-G Pay Band or GS-11 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as:
    • Utilizing qualitative and quantitative analytical and evaluative methods to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of an Aviation Security (AVSEC) program.
    • Teaching or instructing in an adult education program, secondary school, college, military installation, or industrial establishment in the Aviation Security (AVSEC) field.
    To qualify for the SV-I Pay Band (equivalent to GS-13), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-H Pay Band or GS-12 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as;
    • Utilizing qualitative and quantitative analytical and evaluative methods to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of an Aviation Security (AVSEC) program.
    • Teaching or instructing in an adult education program, secondary school, college, military installation, or industrial establishment in the Aviation Security (AVSEC) field.
    • Developing or reviewing training materials (e.g., training guides, training aids, devices etc.) and evaluating training results.
    National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    NOTE: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime.

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    Conditions of Employment:
    • The position requires traveling internationally, often to developing countries, on a frequent basis. Approximately 50% or more travel required.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level security clearance.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a TSA Travel Card.
    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.

    DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify including your rights and responsibilities.

    TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.

    It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. For more information, click here .

    Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is not authorized.

    Qualified non-competitive eligible candidates may be referred for consideration on a separate, unranked list.

    More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

    This position is within the Professional category of TSA's Core Compensation Plan. Positions within this category may have a career progression potential up to the level 5.

    TSA policy requires verification of Selective Service registration for male applicants born after 12/31/59. For more information click here .

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    How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    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.

    Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Grouping procedures. Under Category Grouping, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:

    Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) and appropriate Desirable (Quality Ranking) Factors as determined by the job analysis.

    Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFs as determined by the job analysis.

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    Read more Background checks and security clearance Security clearance Secret

    Drug test required No

  • Required Documents Help Required Documents

    In addition to a resume and the assessment questions, you must submit copies of any of the following documents if you are applying based on current or former Federal Government Status (if you are not a current TSA employee), Veterans' Preference or eligible Veterans’ Service (a veteran who was honorably discharged from the armed forces after completing at least three (3) years of continuous active duty service), or education or a combination of education and experience:

    SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action - Current TSA employees are not required to submit an SF-50 to support eligibility for internal/status consideration.

    If you are not a current TSA employee: you must submit your most recent personnel action SF-50
    (or equivalent document) to support your eligibility for Status consideration. If you elect Status for the consideration of your application without submitting an SF-50 demonstrating your current or previous permanent Federal employment status, and you are not a current TSA employee, your application may not receive Status consideration.

    DD-214 - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference or eligible Veterans’ Service, provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other appropriate documentation to prove your entitlement and to provide verification of an Honorable Discharge.

    SF-15 and VA Letter - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference based upon a Compensable Disability, Widow or Spouse Entitlement, or as a Purple Heart recipient, you must submit your DD-214 or other proof of entitlement; an SF-15, and the required proof of disability, i.e., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later.

    Transcripts - If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits Help Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal 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, click here .

    Employees who transfer to TSA from an agency that allows employees to maintain an annual leave balance higher than the maximum accumulation for the appointed position will have their leave ceiling set to the maximum accumulation for the appointed position (e.g., United States duty location - 240 hours, foreign duty location - 360 hours, or TSES position - 720 hours). TSA will not make a monetary payment for any leave forfeited under these circumstances.

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