Law Enforcement Specialist (Instructor)

US Department of Homeland Security - Glynco, GA

Full-time | Part-time
Duties
Summary

These positions are located throughout the various training divisions of the FLETC. The law enforcement topical areas for which we are collecting applications are listed in the "Qualifications" section. You will have the option to select your preferred topical area(s), appointment type, and work schedule during the application process.

Responsibilities
Teaching basic and advanced law enforcement training classes.
Planning, coordinating, and executing field training and lab exercises.
Administering class curricula.
Monitoring the progress of students.
Recommending and executing remedial and corrective action for students.
Leading the development of course materials.
Conducting research on emerging law enforcement technologies, practices, and techniques.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may have to travel to remote field locations in order to coordinate or conduct training activities.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13 - These positions are at the full performance level.

Job family (Series)

1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series

Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
Some positions carry a firearm and are subject to the Lautenberg Amendment. The appointment of a person convicted of state or federal misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence to these positions is prohibited.
Some positions may require you to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, within 30 days of starting your federal employment and annually thereafter as long as you occupy a position that requires financial disclosure.
Any applicant who within the previous 52 weeks has held a General Schedule position under a term or permanent appointment in the competitive or excepted service must possess at least 52 weeks at the GS-12 grade level.
Physical Techniques Instructors undergo the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) test and a physical exam. Additional information is listed under the Qualifications section of this announcement.
Firearms Instructors must pass an initial firearms proficiency test. Additional information is listed under the Qualifications section of this announcement.
Some term instructors located in Artesia, New Mexico, are required to speak Spanish proficiently, demonstrated and tested via a practical oral exercise. Additional information is listed under the Qualifications section of this announcement.
These positions are designated as Emergency Essential, requiring you to sustain FLETC’s operations in the event of a localized situation, such as inclement weather, interruptions to power, or dismissal or closure of DHS operations or services.
These positions are excepted from furlough due to a lapse in government appropriations. You will be required to report to work when the facility might otherwise be closed due to a lapse in appropriations.
Some positions may require you to have access, safeguard, and store classified national security information on a regular basis. You must be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance.
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for these positions.
Qualifications

The law enforcement topical areas for which we are accepting applications include: firearms, driver training, marine training, active shooter, behavioral science, general investigative skills, counterterrorism, physical techniques, financial fraud, forensics and special investigations, computer network forensics, digital photography/video, electronic surveillance, enforcement operations, and law enforcement leadership. Additional information on our instructor positions may be found here.

Remember that 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.

All candidates must possess the selective placement factor and specialized experience by the time their resume is reviewed.

Selective Placement Factor:
Experience as a sworn law enforcement officer or agent with full arrest authority in the prevention, detection, apprehension, detention and/or investigation of felony and/or misdemeanor violations of Federal, state, local, tribal, or military criminal laws; OR
You have held a federal civilian position in the 1801 occupational series.

Specialized Experience:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level developing and instructing law enforcement training curricula in the topical area(s) for which you are applying; OR
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level performing law enforcement duties directly related to the topical area(s) for which you are applying.

For the positions listed below, you must possess the selective placement factor, specialized experience, and pass the required tests.

Physical Techniques Instructors: The work requires repetitive long distance running (1 to 3 miles several times daily), repetitive calisthenics, lifting moderate to heavy weights, and considerable physical exertion during the demonstration, instruction and active participation in other physical fitness related activities which include: warm-ups which involve multiple sets of calisthenics and flexibility exercises; strength training requiring full range of motion in all joints; cardiovascular training with the ability to perform a variety of cardiovascular training modes; calisthenics enabling you to perform calisthenics sessions for 30-45 minutes continuously and repetitively; and anaerobic training with the ability to perform sprints of various distances varying 30 feet to 440 yards. As such you will undergo a:

Physical Examination. This is a routine physical examination in accordance with Optional Form 178. No invasive procedures will be included (e.g., blood work).
Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) test. A fitness test consisting of five different elements, you must pass with a minimum 40 percentile in each event. PEB score charts delineated by age and gender may be found here.

Firearms Instructors:
Firearms Proficiency test. This is the standard 60-round course of fire used in the Firearms Instructor Training Program (FITP). A minimum score of 85%, which equates to 255 points out of a possible 300, is considered passing.

Note: Secondary Administrative Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Retirement Coverage is offered for most of the positions advertised. If selected, you will be offered LEO retirement coverage if approval is available from DHS at the time of the official offer.

Transfer Requirement for CSRS: To be eligible for secondary coverage, you must:

Transfer without a break in service exceeding 3 days directly from a primary position to a secondary position; AND
Be continuously employed in a secondary position since moving from a primary position; except a break in employment in secondary positions that begins with an involuntary separation (not for cause) and/or voluntary breaks in service that began prior to January 20, 1988.

Transfer Requirement for FERS: To be eligible for secondary coverage, you must:

Transfer without a break in service exceeding 3 days directly from a primary position to a secondary position; AND
Have completed 3 years of service in a primary position, including any such service during which no FERS deductions were withheld; AND
Be continuously employed in a secondary position since moving from a rigorous position; except a break in employment in secondary positions that begins with an involuntary separation (not for cause).

Physical Demands: Generally, these positions will require a range of physical demands depending on the program/course presented. Some courses are confined to a classroom setting while others are outdoors requiring walking, standing, bending, sitting, lying down, or crouching in positions that may be tiring or uncomfortable. There may be the need to carry gear and packages. Travel to field locations to coordinate training activities may be involved.

Work Environment: The normal work place for the majority of these positions is a classroom or office and inside/outside physical exercise areas. Duties may require you to be exposed to varying climates and environmental conditions including both cold and warm weather conditions and/or exposure to high levels of noise and dangerous substances. Rest assured that all appropriate safety practices will be observed at all times. Safety gear, such as hearing, eye protection, and padding, will be used when needed.

Pub. Law 113-76 grants the FLETC approval to hire retired federal employees with law enforcement/investigative experience to meet the expanding mission of the FLETC. Individuals may be selected for time-limited positions with eligibility for the dual-compensation waiver. The dual-compensation waiver allows retirees to return to work, earning their full salary with no offset to their FERS annuity. However, this waiver does not exempt the FERS annuity supplement from being reduced. Therefore, FERS retirees receiving a FERS annuity supplement, must be aware that like social security benefits, the FERS annuity supplement is subject to an earnings test and may be reduced if the salary earned is more than the social security exempt amount of earnings. Additional information is available on OPM’s website or by contacting OPM.

Education

These positions do not have an education requirement.

Additional information

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.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

Background Investigation: 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 for either suitability, Secret, Top Secret, or Top Secret/SCI as a condition of placement into this position. This will include a credit check after a tentative job offer is given, a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. Continued employment is contingent upon favorable adjudication of periodic reinvestigations.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement within the same geographical area.

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 for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the topical area(s) to which you apply. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use a job questionnaire to determine the degree to which your experience, education, and training demonstrate the following competencies:

Experience as a sworn law enforcement officer or agent with full arrest authority in the prevention, detection, apprehension, detention, and/or investigation of felony and/or misdemeanor violations of Federal, state, local, tribal, or military criminal laws.
Experience in classroom and practical exercises and instructional methods, practices, and procedures.
Skill in developing and revising course content and training materials
Skill in conducting course-related research
Skill in maintaining awareness of current law enforcement practices
Experience adapting training and instructional materials to meet the varying skill and knowledge level of students.
Skill communicating effectively, both orally and in writing.

Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience. If you are determined to be best-qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Any applicable tests will be administered as part of the interview process.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Other

Drug test required

Yes

Required Documents

Required Documents

Your resume
If you are applying under an Interchange Agreement, submit your SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action that shows a "1" or "2" in Block 24 and a "2" in Block 34.
If you are applying under Reinstatement or Transfer, submit an SF 50 that shows you held a grade level at or above the GS-13 in Block 18, a "1" or "2" in Block 24, and a "1" in Block 34.
If you are a current DHS employee eligible for Reassignment, submit an SF 50 that shows you hold a grade level at the GS-13 in Block 18, a "1" or "2" in Block 24, a "1" in Block 34, and "Homeland Security" in Block 46.
If you are a current DHS employee eligible for a Change to Lower Grade, submit an SF 50 that shows you hold a grade above the GS-13 in Block 18, a "1" or "2" in Block 24, a "1" in Block 34, and "Homeland Security" in Block 46.
If you are a 30% or more disabled veteran, submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, an SF 15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, and an AB4, Civil Service Preference Letter.
If you have occupied a GS position in the federal civilian service within the last 52 weeks, you must submit an SF 50 that proves you meet the time-in-grade requirements listed in the "Conditions of Employment" section of this announcement.
If you are person with a disability, submit a letter on official letterhead from either a doctor, licensed medical professional, licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, or any Federal, state, or local agency that issues or provides disability benefits.
If you are applying as a Foreign Service Employee, submit copies of your SF 50s that show you have served at least 1 year in the Foreign Service and a “2” in Block 34.
If you are a current or former staff member of the Peace Corps, you must provide a certification of your service to prove your eligibility. Certifications may be requested through this form.
If you are a former ACTION/Peace Corps volunteer, you must provide a certification of your volunteer service. Peace Corps volunteers may request certifications of their service by clicking here.
If you are the spouse of an active duty service member with orders for permanent change in station (PCS), submit a copy of your spouse’s PCS orders and a copy of your marriage certificate.
If you are the spouse of a service member who was 100 percent disabled while on active duty, submit your spouse’s DD 214, AB4, and a copy of your marriage certificate.
If you are an un-remarried widow or widower of a service member who was killed on active duty, submit your spouse’s DD 214, DD 1300, marriage certificate, and a statement certifying that you are an unmarried widow or widower.

Note: All applicants are required to submit the applicable documents listed above as verification of eligibility. If you fail to provide the information requested or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you may lose consideration for these positions.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

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

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, go to the

DHS Careers

website and select Benefits.

Disabled veteran leave

will be available to any federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

Review our benefits

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.