Transportation Security Specialist

Transportation Security Administration - Reston, 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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This Transportation Security Specialist (TSS) position is located in the Regional Operation Centers, Global Compliance Division, within the Office of Global Strategies (OGS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected for this position, you will serve as a senior technical point of contact, providing broad technical guidance and advice on complex civil aviation security matters at international locations. Typical assignments include but are not limited to:

Conducting airport assessment, air carrier inspections, and cargo inspections to identify vulnerabilities to aviation security. Tracking vulnerabilities at high risk airports to monitor progress and working with TSA representatives to develop mitigation strategies. Investigating carrier and cargo security violations and recommending corrective enforcement actions. Developing visit schedules in accordance with the TSA risk methodology. Conducting air cargo compliance and enforcement activities of domestic and international carriers outside the U.S.
Preparing in-depth briefing papers, speeches, issue papers, discussion points, memoranda, and other documents; and conducting briefings for senior leadership in TSA and DHS that address complex and potentially controversial transportation security initiatives and issues that may impact key programs and TSA's strategic goals and objectives.
Leading and participating on internal and external working groups and teams to address specific issues or tasks having broad national and international implications. Preparing complex reports on foreign airport assessments and communicating results of onsite visits to foreign airports to senior leadership. Collaborating with foreign governments to implement changes in aviation security measures to mitigate vulnerabilities and to meet TSA standards.
Providing analysis of international aviation security standards (including cargo), programs, and issues. Serving as a consultant in advising leadership on policy developments and actions for international aviation security and cargo activities that have the potential to impact U.S. transportation security objectives, security research, and development programs. Maintaining familiarity with domestic aviation security and cargo security programs and requirements.
Maintaining a current knowledge of sensitive political and security related issues within assigned area of responsibility. Coordinating effectively with representatives of host nations on foreign airport analyses, assessments, and resolving transportation security matters effectively.
Acting as contributor or team lead for projects within a defined area of responsibility. When serving as team leader, monitoring and reporting on the status and progress of work, and ensuring technical quality and adherence to standards.

Travel Required
76% or greater - Extensive foreign travel may be required (60-85% of the time).

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Current internal employees of TSA on permanent or competitive temporary appointments, TSA-wide.

Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 28.22%.

This position is located in Reston, Virginia.

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Job family (Series)
1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series
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.
Must pass pre-employment Drug Screening AND random drug/alcohol testing.
Selective Service registration is required.
See additional "Conditions of Employment" in "Qualifications" section.
You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Contingent upon finalization of pending organizational planning, the domestic duty station for the Regional Operations Center (ROC) and those employees assigned to it MAY be changed to overseas duty station(s). Such change will require the person SELECTED FOR THIS POSITION, and eligible family members, to successfully pass a physical exam and receive a medical clearance from the Department of State, Office of Medical Services prior to serving in an overseas post.
This is an Emergency Essential position.
You must have the ability to obtain and retain a Secret security clearance.
You must be able to obtain and maintain a TSA Travel Card.
You must pass pre-employment Drug Screening AND you will be subject to post-employment random drug and alcohol testing.
Must be available for duty worldwide, including areas or locations that may be dangerous and require tolerating austere living conditions.
Work may require driving or traveling by motor vehicle and occasionally involves regular and reoccurring exposure to moderate risk or discomforts that require special safety precautions.
Foreign travel is required and may be extensive (60-85% of the time).
You must have successfully completed the Aviation Security Inspection Basic Training Course (or equivalent).
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 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 to be filled. Such experience includes:

Applying U.S. laws, regulations, acts, executive orders, or agreements that govern aviation security work to conduct U.S. and foreign air carrier inspections; and
Utilizing international transportation security standards, policies, and programs of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), including Annex 17 Standards to provide policy guidance on transportation security issues.
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.

Additional information
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: .

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.

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 Technical 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 including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;

Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job; and

Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents
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 being a current eligible TSA employee (which includes permanent employees and 5 year temporary employees), or education or a combination of education and experience:

Current TSA employees are not required to submit a SF-50 to support eligibility for consideration.

If you do not submit required documentation described in this job opportunity announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

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.

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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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.