<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations, Personnel Security Division, Adjudications Branch in Washington, DC. The Personnel Security Division is responsible for the implementation and oversight of ATF's Personnel Security Program. The Team Lead Personnel Security Specialist (Adjudicator) partners with the Chief, Adjudications Branch in providing leadership and expert guidance relating to the Federal security clearance programs.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />Serves as the primary liaison between the Branch Chief and the Adjudications Branch staff members as a subject matter expert on personnel security adjudications, policies, procedures, and guidelines based on Federal procedures and initiatives.<br /><br />Reviews adjudicators' reports of investigations, documentations and recommendations; and makes final adjudication decisions in accordance with OPM's Suitability Adjudicative Guidelines, the Adjudicative Guidelines for Determining Eligibility of Access to Classified Information, and ATF's Agency Specific Qualifications.<br /><br />Documents key investigation findings in a clear and concise manner on Adjudication Checklists, Reports of Investigation, Adjudication Worksheets, and other adjudication documents/correspondence.<br /><br />Performs a variety of analytical studies of ATF's Personnel Security Program evaluating the effectiveness in meeting goals and objectives of the office and reports the findings to the Branch Chief.<br /><br />Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progresses.<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Will be required.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 14 – This position is at the full performance level. <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.</li> <li>Suitable for Federal employment determined by background investigation.</li> <li>Must be registered or exempt from the Selective Service. See www.sss.gov</li> <li>May be requested to serve a one year probationary period.</li> </ul> <br /><br />The time-in-grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement. The qualification requirements listed below must be met by the closing date of the announcement.<br /><br /><strong> MOBILITY PLAN </strong>: New employees hired pursuant to this vacancy announcement must sign a mobility agreement. The purpose of ATF's mobility policy is to enhance career development and progression, and achieve mission and business effectiveness. To accomplish these objectives, the mobility plan will facilitate the movement of employees through special short-term assignments or permanent reassignments throughout the Bureau. Applicants who decline to sign a mobility agreement, as required, will be removed from the hiring process.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>To qualify for the GS-14: </strong>You must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to the GS-13 Federal grade level. Specialized experience for the position is defined as experience applying knowledge of personnel security principles and practices to independently analyze and resolve complex personnel security problems, adjudicating background investigations and determining suitability in an adequate and timely manner; and utilizing skills in oral and written communication to develop technical policies and procedures and present facts to staff and management.<br /><br />Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http: www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .<br /><br />The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http: www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .<br /><br />Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): (for Merit Promotion announcements) VEOA allows eligible veterans to apply and compete for positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the hiring agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce. To be eligible for a Veteran Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three (3) or more years of continuous active military service. If you are applying for a Merit Promotion announcement and wish to be considered under the VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, in addition to any other required documents listed on this announcement.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>Notice to Prospective Employees of Ethical Obligations from ATF's Human Resources Operations Division. </strong>Please click on the following link to read important information. DOJ Notice to Prospective Employees of Ethical Obligations <br /><br /><strong>Selective Service: </strong>If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov .<br /><br /><strong>EEO Statement: </strong> The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religion, color , sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability (physical and mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, retaliation, or other non-merit based factors.<br /><br /><strong>Reasonable Accommodation Statement: </strong>ATF provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the job application and hiring process, and you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please notify the human resources specialist listed on the vacancy announcement, or contact the ATF's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 648-8760. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation is handled on a case-by-case basis.<br /><br /><strong>"</strong>Federal Regulations state no ATF employee, his/her spouse, or his/her minor child shall have, directly or indirectly, any financial interest, including compensated employment, stock, or proprietary interest in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries. You should be aware that you may be asked to relinquish any ownership of or interests in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries before a determination can be made whether access to ATF information, information technology systems, and/or facilities can be authorized.<strong>"</strong> <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 />Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.<br /><br />The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies:<br /> <ul> <li>Demonstrated experience in training, developing, and leading a personnel security staff in order to effectively plan, manage, and evaluate programs and personnel.</li> <li>Expert knowledge of Federal personnel security investigative requirements, suitability and security adjudicative guidelines, and reciprocity criteria in order to provide comprehensive guidance on the personnel security program.</li> <li>Demonstrated exceptional knowledge of writing techniques required to develop technical, objective reports, and review, evaluate, and edit written reports or other written documentation prepared by contractor staff.</li> <li>Demonstrated experience analyzing, evaluating and implementing statutory and/or regulatory requirements, DOJ directives, and policy changes, OPM guideline modifications, and ATF policy and procedural changes relating to personnel security practices.</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 /> Top Secret <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><ul> <li> Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional). </li> </ul> <ul> <li> Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your grade, step, career or career-conditional tenure dated within the last 3 years, if applicable. </li> <li> Veterans' preference documentation (Member Copy 4 of DD-214, Revised October 2013 SF-15 https: www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf and VA letter, if applicable. <strong>NOTE: The revised October 2013 SF-15 is the latest copy and all others are not usable.</strong> </li> <li> CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable. </li> <li> An official college transcript (Note: If you're selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.) (Use if education is being credited for the purpose of meeting minimum qualification requirements or if grade point average is being used to determine superior academic achievement.) </li> <li> Schedule A documentation, if applicable. Note: DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities. Qualified applicants with disabilities may be eligible for special hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A eligibility. Please visit http: www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/individuals-with-disabilities or contact the Selective Placement Program Coordinator at 202-648-9356. </li> </ul> <br /> It is your responsibility to ensure all documents are received on time and the materials are legible. If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us at the telephone number listed on this announcement. Applicants MUST CONTACT US PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Paper applications submitted without prior approval from the agency point of contact may be handled as incomplete. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If your contact information changes after the closing date of this vacancy announcement, update your profile information in MYUSAJOBS as well as contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement to ensure you can be contacted throughout the selection process. <br /><br />Prior to selection, the candidate may be required to provide an original copy of any supporting/ validating documentation as well as other documentation to verify eligibility. All required materials must be uploaded using the supporting documentation instructions described in the announcement. <br /><br />Failure to provide the required documentation by the closing date of this announcement will result in elimination of further consideration for this position. <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.