Transportation Security Administration Director, Threat Assessments Division in Arlington, Virginia
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The Director, Threat Assessment Division leads the agency wide efforts related to the program oversight, deployment and implementation of real time threat detection and analysis programs that are essential for TSA to become a high-performing counterterrorism organization. The Director is responsible for coordinating and leading implementation of TSA’s specialized screening programs, including behavior detection, insider threat, explosives detection canine, and explosives operations. As Director, Threat Assessments Division you will also be responsible for providing user requirements and advocacy for Officer career progression efforts across the agency. The Director serves as the principal advisor to the Executive Assistant Administrator/Deputy Executive Assistant Administrator (EAA/DEAA) for Security Operations on real-time threat and detection security matters, and functions as the principal executive responsible for managing the vision, development, coordination and implementation of initiatives and supporting activities.
High level duties include:
- Collaborating with multiple key stakeholders, ensuring the specialized screening functions are in alignment with TSA's security mission.
- Developing long term strategies for effective and efficient deployment of specialized screening capabilities.
- Ensuring the use and delivery of effective capabilities that engender trust, confidence and support from the American public by identifying and mitigating unknown and potential threats.
- Providing oversight responsibility and management in developing state of the art behavior detection capabilities for the transportation security network, including harmonization with the international security community.
Establishing, overseeing, implementing and monitoring the infrastructure necessary to sustain behavior detection, insider threat, explosives operations, and canine explosives programs. These include areas such as:
Program Management - metrics, evaluation, and testing
- Research and Development
- Operations Support
- Serving as a user advocate and leads or supports initiatives required to professionalize the workforce, ensuring additional focus on workforce capability, recertification, threat detection testing, mentoring and training.
- Overseeing Program Management activities in support of consistency, uniformity and standardization of practice.
- Leading aviation security efforts for Security Operations in response to threats.
- Identifying emerging issues related to real time threat detection and analysis. Addresses emerging trends, current and projected threats, TSA initiatives, and future focus.
- Analyzing and evaluating highly complex issues, advises the EAA/DEAA regarding expanding existing policy reviews and develops a range of alternatives that effectively establishes new or revised plans for TSA programs.
- Identifying areas of major concern, reviewing and evaluating the effectiveness of current program management activities, resolving issues containing controversial or conflicting data, and developing policy options for effective management of overall TSA programs.
- Establishing effective management controls over program activities, evaluates program accomplishments and deficiencies, and develops new concepts for the effective management of TSA programs.
Occasional travel - Position requires occasional travel.
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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.
- You must complete a favorable Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).
- You must pass Drug Screening, subject to random drug tests.
- You must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance.
- Disclosure of your financial information is required.
You must meet the qualification requirements of this position no later than the closing date of the job opportunity announcement.
As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section of the Job Opportunity Announcement. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the equivalent of the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state and local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.
DRUG TESTING: You must pass a pre-employment drug test. In addition, you may be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing during employment.
SECURITY CLEARANCE: This position requires a TS/SCI (Top Secret/Secured Compartmentalized Information) clearance that must be completed prior to appointment. You will be subject to a 5-year periodic investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance.
*MOBILITY: *The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in the wake of 9/11 to strengthen the security of the nation's transportation systems while ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA employs a risk-based strategy to secure U.S. transportation systems, with nearly 50,000 Transportation Security Officers, each day at approximately 450 airports nationwide. The agency continuously sets the standard for excellence in transportation security through its people, processes, technologies and use of intelligence to drive operations.
As a member of the TSES, you may be subject to frequent changes in posts of duty and positions. Mobility is a condition of employment, so you must be prepared to accept, without objection, the judgment of your superiors concerning reassignments for operational and/or career development purposes, or for other reasons determined to be in the best interest of the Transportation Security Administration.
CURRENT OR FORMER POLITICAL APPOINTEES: 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.
- The TSA, an excepted service agency, was established by Public Law 107-71, the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), on November 19, 2001. ATSA provides TSA with the authority to modify and develop its own human capital program, provided such modifications are consistent with 49 USC 40122.
- This is an excepted service position. However, there is an interchange agreement with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and TSA that enables Career TSES members who have been approved by the Qualifications Review Board at OPM to qualify for Senior Executive Service (SES) positions without additional competition.
- You will be required to serve a probationary period of one year unless you previously completed the probationary period in a SES/TSES position.
- When you enter on duty, you will be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 278. You will need to provide this information annually.
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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 to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required and the extent to which your resume shows that you possess the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) and the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below. When describing your qualifications, be sure to furnish examples and describe the context in which you applied your knowledge, discuss how you used skills relevant to the position, indicate the complexity, scope and impact of your work, note the level of people with whom you interacted, and explain the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed. *Please see the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section of this Job Opportunity Announcement for specific instructions and the circumstances under which some applicants may be exempt from providing ECQs. *
Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs)*:*
1.Knowledge of laws, regulations and executive orders that govern Federal, state and local aviation security programs and operations, Federal protective services, and the Aviation and Transportation Security Act as it relates to specific roles and responsibilities of Federal, state and local agencies and other Federal law enforcement stakeholders.
2. Ability to improve mission effectiveness by implementing risk-based security initiatives and evaluating effectiveness through analysis of performance measurements.
3.Experience ensuring the accomplishment of aviation security and law enforcement operations, programs and activities.
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):
ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
- Required Documents
In addition to a* RESUME that provides evidence of how you possess the PTQs and ECQs and the *ASSOCIATED QUESTIONNAIRE, you must submit the following applicable supporting documents:
Certain current or former career SES/TSES members with service in Federal agencies which are not excluded from the Senior Executive Service (statutory exclusions are specified in 5 U.S.C. 3132(a)(1)) as well as graduates of a SES Candidate Development Program which resulted in certification by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB) may be EXEMPT from providing ECQ responses. Career SES/TSES members are individuals who have been certified by OPM QRB and who currently occupy an SES/TSES position in an agency not excluded from the Senior Executive Service by statute (5 U.S.C. 3132(a)(1)) or who have left such a position after having successfully completed the SES/TSES probationary period. To exercise this exemption without being disqualified for failure to provide ECQ responses:
- Current SES/TSES members: Must provide a copy of the specific SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which documents conversion or appointment, without time limitation, to their current SES/TSES position; OR
- Former SES/TSES members: Must provide a copy of the specific SF-50 which documents conversion or appointment, without time limitation, to their formal SES/TSES position as well as any Federal agency document which confirms their successful completion of an SES/TSES probationary period. (Note: a second SF-50 dated more than a year after SES/TSES conversion or appointment, which documents continued unlimited assignment to the same SES/TSES position, will suffice to document completion of the SES/TSES probationary period.) To avoid overriding your first SF-50 when submitting a second document to prove SES probationary completion, you may enter the second document as "ECQ"; OR
- Graduates of an OPM approved Candidate Development Program (CDP) which resulted in certification by the OPM QRB: Must provide a copy of a QRB endorsed program graduation certificate.
These documentation requirements apply to all who claim exemption from ECQ submission except TSA employees.
Non-SES/TSES members: Current and former non-SES/TSES federal employees (except current TSA employees) must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50 (or an equivalent document).
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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PLEASE NOTE: ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MUST BE RECEIVED IN OUR OFFICE BY 11:59 PM ET (Eastern Time) ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS JOB OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT. THIS INCLUDES BOTH ONLINE AND FAXED APPLICATION MATERIALS. IF WE DO NOT RECEIVE ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION BY THE CLOSING DATE, YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
1. Resume. Uploaded resumes will be accepted for this position. If you would like to create and submit your resume using USAJOBS Resume Builder, please follow the link provided. Click Here:*USAJOBS Resume Builder*.
2. Applicable supporting documents (see Required Documents Section).
Click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to apply. If you are unable to access the automated application system, we may need to reset your password. Please call the TSA HRAccess Executive Services Office (ESO) Help Desk at 877-872-7991 (TDD 877-872-7992) between the hours of: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday.
If you are unable to apply online, please call the ESO Help Desk at the number listed above for assistance.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/510881500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 09/14/2018 to 10/05/2018
Pay scale & grade: SW 02
Salary: $126,148 to $182,071 per year
Appointment type: Permanent
Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time