Overview

<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br /><strong>Securing Travel, Protecting People</strong> – 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 <br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />This Unit Chief position is located within the Professional Responsibility, Enterprise Support, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Duties include but are not limited to:<br /> <ul> <li>Supervising and directing the resolution of complex, sensitive, and potentially controversial allegations of misconduct for employees regarding serious or egregious cases of misconduct</li> <li>Evaluating complex and sensitive information and providing recommendations in accordance with TSA Table of Offenses and Penalties, and other applicable guidelines..</li> <li>Providing recommendations for final determinations on matters involving non-adverse and adverse actions, including those involving suspensions of 15 days or greater, demotion, indefinite suspension, or removal.</li> <li>Representing TSA in third party hearings as an expert technical authority in formal administrative proceedings involving various motions, pleadings, and arguments, and the negotiation of settlements of issues involving allegations of misconduct.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Occasional travel may be required.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> Yes <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> K <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.</li> <li>You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).</li> <li>Selective Service registration is required.</li> <li>You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.</li> <li>May be required to work extended duty hours</li> <li>See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" section</li> </ul> <br /><br /><strong>Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.</strong><br /><br />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.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>To qualify for the SV-K Pay Band</strong>(equivalent to GS-15), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-J or GS-14 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. <strong>Specialized experience is defined as:</strong><br /> <ul> <li>Researching and analyzing the appropriate legal and regulatory statutes, policies, and directives;</li> <li>Providing recommendations and guidance to senior level managers on highly sensitive and complex employee misconduct issues;</li> <li>Preparing final written reports documenting alleged misconduct and final decision related to the appropriate course of action; <strong>and</strong></li> <li>Supervising and or leading a team, assigning and outlining work plans; setting priorities and evaluating work and performance.</li> </ul> <br /><strong>Note:</strong> 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. 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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><strong>You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.</strong><br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />None<br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />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 .<br /><br />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. <br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence. <br /><br />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 .<br /><br />Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is not authorized. <br /><br />More than one position may be filled from this announcement.<br /><br />If you are entering TSA employment on an appointment without time limitations, you must serve a basic trial period unless you have already met the requirement.<br /><br />TSA policy requires verification of Selective Service registration for male applicants born after 12/31/59. For more information click here .<br /><br />View common definitions of terms found in this announcement. <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 />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.<br /><br />Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Grouping procedures. Under Category Grouping, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:<br /><br />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) as determined by the job analysis. <br /><br />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. <br /><br />Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs as determined by the job analysis.<br /><br />If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.<br /><br />Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:<br /> <ul> <li>Expert knowledge of project management and executive principles, concepts, and theories as well as staff leadership and organizational effectiveness principles to serve as an authoritative resource to the Chief of Mission Support.</li> <li>Ability to plan, direct, and carry out long-range and highly complex policy studies, projects, or program analyses that address broad organizational issues that significantly impact key TSA strategic objectives and operations.</li> <li>Knowledge of TSA's missions, functions, operations and programs, and the organizational relationships among TSA components and with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), other Federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations in order to provide expert advice and guidance to the Chief of Mission Support on a wide range of management operations and policies.</li> <li>Knowledge of transportation security laws, rules, regulation, policies, and precedents, and operations in order to capture and advise on policy issues associated with TSA. </li> </ul> <br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Secret <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />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, 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:<br /><br /><strong>SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action – Current TSA employees are not required to submit an SF-50 to support eligibility for Status consideration.<br /><br /><strong>If you are not a current TSA employee: you must submit your most recent Notification of Personnel Action SF-50 (or equivalent document) to support your eligibility for Status consideration.</strong></strong><br /><br />NOTE: An award SF-50 (i.e. cash or time off award) does not indicate grade or level (i.e. pay band) or tenure to determine your eligibility for this position and will not be accepted. <br /><br /><strong>DD-214</strong> – 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. <br /><br /><strong>SF-15 and VA Letter</strong> – 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. <br /><br /><strong>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.</strong><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.


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