<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />The Physical Security Specialist is assigned to the VA Maryland Health Care System Perry Point, MD facility and works under the direction of the Section Chief and/or Chief of Police. The Physical Security Specialist will provide assistance with the implementation, testing, evaluating, and making of recommendations for all alarms, surveillance cameras, and physical security surveys and assessments, in addition to all aspects of the Physical Security Program within the VAMC. <br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />Conducts physical security inspection, surveys, vulnerability and threat assessments, as well as assesses the effectiveness at the VA Maryland HCS to include all VA owned or leased facilities under the Jurisdiction of the Medical Center in accordance with VA Directive and Handbook 0730/4. Ability to apply VA Physical Security systems, standards, principles, and analysis techniques sufficient to carry out assignments requiring the application of new theories and developments to security problems not susceptible to treatment by accepted security methods, technology or procedures. Utilizes knowledge of technological advances in physical security equipment systems to analyze building floor plans, schematics. and other drawings, as a basis for planning necessary measures to be incorporated into new or existing construction that will ensure environmental compatibility. Develops and administers a physical security program that encompasses the selection, application and continuing evaluation of system components. Ensures proper application of intrusion detection systems, duress alarms, classified pharmaceuticals and/or money vaults/safes special locking devices and hardware. Interviews operations and supervisory personnel; conducts inspections of past reports, functional equipment and researches operating regulations; analyzes and recommends the necessary action to resolve physical security issues or Improve the efficiency or cost effectiveness of operations procedures and policy. Conduct the inspection of facilities where security processes are known and ensures security programs are operated effectively, with the ability to collect information, interview workers, observe physical conditions and related activities and concerns where violations and compromises exist.<br /><br /><strong>Work Schedule:</strong> Full-time, Monday-Friday. Tour to be discussed during interview. <br /> <strong>Position Description Title/PD#: Physical Security Specialist/</strong>13039-O<br /> <strong>Physical Requirements:</strong> Conducting on-site physical security survey/inspections crime prevention inspection and threat assessment requires full use of all extremities, normal hearing and vision. There is much prolonged standing, walking, crouching, bending, lifting, and reaching. Pushing, stooping, and climbing of stairs and ladders for indoors as well as out of doors. Requirement exist for some nighttime work to evaluate night lighting and to observe close of business checks.<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 9 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job</li> <li>Subject to a background/suitability investigation</li> <li>Designated and/or random drug testing may be required</li> <li>May serve a probationary period</li> <li>Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959</li> <li>A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.</li> <li>Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>To qualify for this position,</strong> applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. <ul> <li><strong>GS-09 grade level:</strong> One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to: Knowledge of vulnerability and threatening assessment, physical security systems, standards, principles and analyzing techniques sufficient to serve as a technical expert for assignment requiring the application of new theories and developing security problems not susceptible; mission and objective or organizing and activist recognizing, evaluating and defining the physical security requirements and procedures automatic data process, security and controlling substances inspecting programs. <strong>OR,</strong></li> <li><strong>Education:</strong> Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree Or LL.B. or J.D., if related. (Transcripts required). <strong>OR,</strong></li> <li><strong>Combination:</strong> Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond undergraduate degree.</li> </ul> <strong>***A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.*** </strong><br /><br />To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-XX. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.<br /><br />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; religions; 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. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>Note:</strong> Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http: ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ .<br /><br />If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />The <strong>Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)</strong> and <strong>Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)</strong> provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https: www.opm.gov/ .<br /><br /><strong>Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:</strong> Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.<br /><br /><strong>This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.</strong><br /><br />If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application . <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br /><strong>IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. </strong>Applicants will be referred in alphabetical order. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> Suitability/Fitness <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />Documents Accepted:<br /> <ul><li>Cover Letter</li><li>DD-214</li><li>VA Service Connected Disablity Letter</li><li>Resume</li><li>SF-15</li><li>SF-50</li></ul><br /> Documents Required:<br /> <ul><li>Resume</li></ul><br /> Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.<br /><br /><strong>Veterans' Preference: </strong>Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.<br /><br /><strong>Applications are accepted online. </strong>Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.