<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans Washington, District of Columbia. The primary purpose of this position is to provide policy analysis support to one or more program areas of the office.<br /><br /><strong>All DHS-HQ announcements have a 5 business day open period due to the number of applications received. This announcement will be open for 5 business days OR until the first 100 applications have been received, whichever happens first.</strong><br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Analyzing, developing, and reviewing a variety of technical reports submitted by DHS components and other agency officials that involve significant and complicated policy issues.</li> <li>Developing and interpreting guidance on related Issues based on the situation or need, and uses judgment and discretion in determining intent, and interpreting and revising existing policy and regulatory guidance.</li> <li>Planning, scheduling and conducting projects and studies to evaluate and recommend ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of work operations.</li> <li>Identifying and analyzing policy challenges within DHS, the interagency, international organization and foreign partners.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 13 <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 position.</li> <li>You must successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.</li> <li>Selective Service registration required.</li> <li>Complete the initial online assessment and USAHire Assessment, if required</li> <li>One-year probationary period may be required.</li> <li>Must meet Time-In-Grade requirements.</li> <li>This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) and is covered by the Department of Homeland Security Headquarters Drug-Free Workplace Program.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States.</li> <li>All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.</li> <li>Incentives may be authorized; however, this is contingent upon funds availability.</li> <li>License required: No</li> <li>Pre-employment physical required: No</li> <li>Bargaining Unit Position: No</li> <li>Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses not be paid.</li> <li>Selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for TOP SECRET/SCI SECURITY LEVEL clearance as a condition of placement in this SPECIAL SENSITIVITY LEVEL position.</li> <li>The incumbent is required to sign a Condition of Employment form (for certain positions identified for drug testing) and must pass urinalysis testing, as required, prior to appointment, reassignment, or transfer.</li> <li>The incumbent will be subject to random testing while employed with the Department in a TDP.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the Specialized Experience Qualification requirements as noted below.</strong><br /><br /><strong>Specialized Experience:</strong><br /><br /><strong>GS-13:</strong> You qualify for the GS-13 grade level (starting salary $99,172) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level performing the following duties: <ul> <li>analyzing and evaluate major aspects of substantive, mission-oriented operations to translate that into policy recommendations;</li> <li>developing long-range program goals, plans, objectives, and polices;</li> <li>identifying and developing policies that resolve problems or cope with issues that directly affect the accomplishment of the program goals and objectives; AND</li> <li>providing policy advice to top echelon managers.</li> </ul> <strong>GS-12:</strong> You qualify for the GS-12 grade level (starting salary $83,398) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 grade level performing the following duties: <ul> <li>applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to develop new procedures and approaches for identifying policy issues;</li> <li>working with legislative process, regulations, programs, missions pertinent laws, and regulations that have an impact on the policy formulation; AND</li> <li>providing policy advice to managers.</li> </ul> <strong>Time-in-Grade Requirements: </strong>Under competitive merit promotion procedures, any individual who is currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under a non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet "time-in-grade" requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade of the grade for which you are applying). Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to current employees applying for a Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. <strong>NOTE: All current or former Federal employees must provide a copy of their SF-50 (you may need to submit more than one), "Notice of Personnel Action" that indicates proof of status and time-in-grade eligibility. The SF-50 must include your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure (1 or 2), and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). You may need to submit more than one SF-50 to comply.</strong><br /><br /><strong>All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.</strong><br /><br /><strong>NOTE:</strong> 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 /><b>Education</b><br /><br />Not Applicable <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>Promotion Potential:</strong> When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.<br /><br />Pursuant to Executive Order 12654 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.<br /><br /><strong>Current or Former Political Appointees</strong>: 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>Career Transition Assistance Program:</strong> This program applies to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP or ICTAP; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. Well-Qualified includes those applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. For information on eligibility criteria and required documentation, go to: http: www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp <br /><br /><strong>Selective Service:</strong> Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http: www.sss.gov/ ).<br /><br /><strong>Reasonable Accommodation Requests</strong>: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here: https: help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire <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 how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents), the responses you provide on the application questionnaire, and the result of the online assessments required for this position. You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):<br /> <ul><li>Attention to Detail</li><li>Decision Making</li><li>Organizational Awareness</li><li>Planning and Evaluating</li></ul><br /><br />In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job.<br /><br />Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration. Cheating on the online assessment may also result in your removal from consideration.<br /><br /><strong>For Competitive Merit Promotion and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA</strong><strong>) Applicants</strong>: The highest rated candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.<br /><br /><strong>For Noncompetitive Appointment Eligibles: </strong>All qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.<br /><br />To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: https: apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10545308 <br /><br /><strong>Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)</strong>: To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions (you must submit a DD214-member copy 4).<br /><br />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. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Sensitive Compartmented Information <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> High Risk (HR) <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> National security <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:<br /><br />1. Your<strong> resume</strong> showing a detailed description of your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates with the month and year and hours worked per week (if less than 40) for each paid and non-paid work experience job title listed.<br /> 2. Other <strong>supporting documents</strong> ( only submit if applicable to you ): <ul> <li>If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here .</li> <li><strong>Are you a current or former federal employee?</strong> Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that demonstrates your eligibility for consideration, e.g., length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases); your current promotion potential; proof of permanent appointment if applying based on an interchange agreement; etc.</li> <li><strong>Are you a veteran?</strong> Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 or other (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or notice form. Those applying for 10-Point preference must fill out the SF-15 and provide an official document dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, and/or any other associated documentation based on your preference. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions.</li> <li><strong>Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP/CTAP)?</strong> If so, submit: <ul> <li>A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;</li> <li>A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action'', documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;</li> <li>A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and</li> <li>Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.</li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>Are you eligible for a special noncompetitive hiring authority (e.g., Schedule A Disability, Peace Corps, Former Overseas Employees, etc.)?</strong> Submit documentation of proof that supports your eligibility under a special hiring authority.</li> <li><strong>Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee?</strong> Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment: <ul> <li>Position title;</li> <li>Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee);</li> <li>Agency; and</li> <li>Beginning and ending dates of appointment.</li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>You may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards.</strong></li> </ul> <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.