Transportation Security Administration Transportation Security Specialist in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Summary

Securing Travel, Protecting People - 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

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Responsibilities

This Transportation Security Specialist position is located in the International Industry Representatives (IIR) Branch within the Office of Global Strategies (GS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected for this position, you will serve as an International Industry Representative (IIR) and communication coordination link between the industry (foreign air carriers and foreign all-cargo air carriers) and TSA Headquarters. You will be responsible for ensuring consistency throughout the industry, and ensuring adherence to TSA procedures, policies, and programs. Typical assignments will include:

  • Providing technical direction to foreign air carriers, foreign all-cargo carriers, new start up foreign carriers, and senior specialists in TSA regarding highly complex security requirements, such as TSA security directives/emergency amendments.
  • Reviewing policies and plans concerning threats to worldwide transportation security systems and providing recommendations to improve the effectiveness of policies and plans. Proposing preventative actions and methods for ensuring TSA policies and practices align with emerging changes to transportation industry operations.
  • Resolving highly sensitive security issues associated with international incidents in coordination with Foreign Air Carriers.
  • Providing guidance to lower level staff to address diverse, complex issues impacting the transportation industry. Collaborating with managers on the development of guidelines and standards and preparing points of view used in forecasting trends and formulating policy. Developing plans, techniques, and policies to address current or anticipated problems and issues. Providing policy guidance and instruction to others, both internally and externally.
  • Receiving, assessing, and distributing intelligence information related to transportation security threats. Proposing preventative actions and methods for ensuring TSA policies and practices align with emerging changes to transportation industry operations.
  • Providing technical guidance to managers and staff concerning the monitoring and reviewing of the compliance with interagency or intergovernmental statements of objectives or cooperative agreements.
  • Conducting research in support of assigned program and developing and improving policies and Standard Operating Practices (SOPs) based on changes to the threat levels and the impact on training needs in order to enhance efficiency, effectiveness, and standardization across the organization. Coordinating feedback between field and Headquarters components regarding organization strategy, structure, processes, and procedures.
Travel Required

50% or less - Approximately 50% international and domestic travel may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

J

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1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series

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Conditions of Employment
  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance.
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screening AND random drug testing.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a government charge card.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" section

You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Qualifications

To qualify for the SV-J Pay Band(equivalent to GS-14), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-I or GS-13 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as: Specialized experience is defined as:

  • *Ensuring foreign air carriers and U.S. aircraft programs operate within industry standards and in adherence to TSA procedures, policies, and programs; *
  • *Assessing and distributing intelligence information related to transportation security threats and providing technical direction regarding security requirements; and *
  • *Recommending improvements related to the effectiveness of policies and plans concerning threats to worldwide transportation security systems.*

NOTE: 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.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.

*As part of the application process, please provide one writing sample. The writing sample should be something that you have written for work in the past three years. The sample could be as formal as an action memorandum, a report, or a white paper; alternatively, it could be a long email. Whatever the format, it should demonstrate your ability to organize your thoughts and communicate them effectively. *

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.

You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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Conditions of Employment:

  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top SecretClearance.
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screening AND random drug testing.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a government charge card.

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.

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.

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.

TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.

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.

Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is authorized.

More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

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.

TSA policy requires verification of Selective Service registration for male applicants born after 12/31/59. For more information click here.

View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

Veterans 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 documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

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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 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.

Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Grouping procedures. Under Category Grouping, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:

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.

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.

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.

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Top Secret

Drug test required

Yes

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Required Documents

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 being a current eligible TSA employee (which includes permanent employees and 5 year temporary employees):

Current TSA employees are not required to submit a SF-50 to support eligibility for consideration.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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How to Apply

Please Note: All of the following must be received in our office by 11:59 PM EST (Eastern Standard Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If we do not receive all required information by the closing date, your application may not be considered.

Your application must include:

  1. Resume
  2. Self Assessment Questionnaire for this position
  3. Applicable supporting documents (see Required Documents Section)

Click the "Apply Online" button below and follow the prompts to apply.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the TSA HRAccess Help Desk before the closing of this announcement for alternative options on how to apply. The Help Desk is available by phone at 1-877-872-7990 between the hours of: 7:00AM - 10:00PM ET Monday - Friday, 11:00AM - 3:00PM ET Saturday, or 12:00PM - 4:00PM ET Sunday. If outside these hours, please email your question or concern to Helpdesk@mailserver-hraccess.tsa.dhs.gov or fax 1-877-872-7993.

When contacting the Help Desk please provide your contact information, the Job Announcement Number of the position you are interested in, and your questions or concerns.

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Agency contact information
HR Help Desk
Phone

877-872-7990

TDD

877-872-7992

Fax

571-258-4052

Email

Helpdesk@mailserver-hraccess.tsa.dhs.gov

Address

DHS/Transportation Security Administration Shared Service Center 2650 Park Tower Drive Suite 201 Merrifield, Virginia 22180 United States

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Next steps

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We will notify you of the outcome of these steps when they have been completed. You may also check your application status by visiting the Candidate Dashboard.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/524036700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 02/11/2019 to 02/18/2019

Service: Excepted

Pay scale & grade: SV J

Salary: $96,552 to $149,651 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time