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Program Analyst

Education
Doctorate

Location
Herndon, VA

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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:

This position is also being announced through Government-Wide procedures under Announcement #FAM-HQ-FLGHTOP-18-455510G. Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Government-Wide procedures must apply to both announcements.
Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
Responsibilities
This Program Analyst position is located in the Emergency Preparedness Section within the Operations Branch of the Flight Operations Division, Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service (LE/FAMS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected for this position, you will serve as the primary point of contact in areas of preparedness, development of operational plans, incident management exercises, incident management training, and making recommendations for procedural and process improvements. Typical duties include but are not limited to:
Maintains TSA's state of preparedness by establishing contingency plans for a variety of potential events, establishing processes and procedures and for effective incident management, training personnel in incident management operations, continually exercising and evaluating response capabilities. The section promotes and serves as liaison with outside entities as the TSA representative and authority in critical incident response operations.
Serves as a central point of contact from areas of responsibility, delivering information related to emergency preparedness, the development of operational plans, incident management exercises, and incident management training.
Independently develops and delivers issuance of TSA-wide planning, operational guidance and instructions, training curriculum, incident management exercise documentation and operational response documentation. Utilizes proofreading and editing skills when revising or creating materials for wide dissemination. Identifies solutions to complex preparedness-related challenges across functional and organizational lines.
Develops and delivers transportation security incident management specific training. Provides advice and assistance in conceptual aspects of preparedness training to meet all aspects of incident management performance and metrics. Works closely with all levels of the workforce to explain internal policy and higher level requirements put on agency. Counsels management and subordinate staff on training program deadlines and requirements for participation in training exercises.
Supports emergency preparedness and operational readiness of both TSA headquarters offices and TSA field elements. Performs periodic reviews of operational plans and emergency preparedness management directives. Provides support to the Critical Incident Management Group (CIMG) as the representative from the Emergency Preparedness Section. Coordinates training plans with TSA subject matter experts to ensure effective implementation of training and appropriate response protocols.
Performs periodic reviews of operational plans and emergency preparedness management directives, as well as CIMG documentation.
Completes multiple, varying, and complex emergency preparedness assignments and makes sound recommendations for improvements. Records feedback from subject matter experts to improve training or bolster response efforts. Works with organizations to modify plans to rapidly assess emergencies and develops recovery actions to stabilize any critical incident.
Keeps abreast of rapidly changing regulations, laws, or guidance governing emergency management. Disseminates changes in internal policies or tracking/certification requirements to workforce.
The major duties described above reflect the full performance level of this position. Typically, the lower Pay Band (Pay Band G and H) performs the same duties but will receive more guidance and training; and/or projects/work assignments may be less complex and be performed under closer supervision.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Travel may be required.
Supervisory status
No
Promotion Potential
I
Who May Apply
This job is open to...
Open to all U.S. Citizens.

Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 28.22%.

This position is located in Herndon, VA.
Requirements
Conditions of Employment
You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
Selective Service registration is required.
You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.
Must pass pre-employment drug screening AND random drug/alcohol testing.
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-G Pay Band
(equivalent to GS-11), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-F or GS-9 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. Specialized experience is defined as:
Experience utilizing a Federal emergency policy including the National Response Framework (NRF), Incident Command System (ICS), National Incident Management Response System (NIMS), and Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and Federal Continuity Directive or similar private sector emergency management policies or systems to develop operational plans, incident management exercises and training; AND
Experience responding to address incident command systems at the local, state and national levels.
OR
Achievement of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a field of study which is in or directly related to this position.

OR
Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. OR
LL.M., if related. OR
Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education, beyond the second year, and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for this position, and may be computed by first determining your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the band level; then determining your education as a percentage of the education required for the band level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: Education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university in the amounts indicated above meets the requirements for this position. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the one year of full-time study requirement.

Note: For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses from an accredited college or university, which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. The information must be provided with the application by the closing date of the announcement. If selected, the applicant must supply a transcript or certification of degree.

To qualify for the SV-H Pay Band
(equivalent to GS-12), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-G or GS-11 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. Specialized experience is defined as:
Experience utilizing a Federal emergency policy including the National Response Framework (NRF), Incident Command System (ICS), National Incident Management Response System (NIMS), and Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and Federal Continuity Directive or similar private sector emergency management policies or systems to develop operational plans, incident management exercises and training;
Experience responding to address incident command systems at the local, state and national levels; AND
Experience using a variety of emergency management processes to provide advice on preparedness and response activities associated with natural and/or man-made disasters.
To qualify for the SV-I Pay Band
(equivalent to GS-13), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-H or GS-12 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. Specialized experience is defined as:
Experience utilizing a Federal emergency policy including the National Response Framework (NRF), Incident Command System (ICS), National Incident Management Response System (NIMS), and Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and Federal Continuity Directive or similar private sector emergency management policies or systems to develop operational plans, incident management exercises and training;
Experience responding within the National Response Framework (NRF) to address incident command systems at the local, state and national levels;
Experience using a variety of emergency management processes to provide advice on preparedness and response activities associated with natural and/or man-made disasters; AND
Experience providing emergency management training to all levels of a workforce.
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. 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.

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.
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Additional information
Conditions of Employment:
Incumbent may be required to work outside the standard workday/workweek on short notice.
Incumbent will be on call 24 hours per day to cover emergency response needs and required to carry a paging device or mobile phone at all times.
Travel may be required.
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: .

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 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, .

Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is not authorized.

More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

You may be subject to completion of a trial period, if required by TSA MD 1100.31-3, Trial Periods.

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

View of terms found in this announcement.
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.

When completing the assessment questionnaire for this position, you will be prompted to elect if you wish for your application to be considered as External (where Veterans' Preference applies), as Status (current or former Federal Employees), and/or Internal to TSA as a current permanent or competitive temporary employee. At that time, please select the answer(s) that apply to you and your application to this position.

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) and appropriate Desirable (Quality Ranking) Factors 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.

Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best-qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. View information on .
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:
Knowledge and skill in applying key federal emergency management policies.
Knowledge of incident management exercises, training and operational plans development.
Ability to deliver complex emergency management training instruction/materials to all levels of the workforce.
Skill in dealing with all levels of personnel/workforce.
Skill in all aspects of incident management and emergency management.
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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Drug test required
Yes
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 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:

DD-214
- 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.

SF-15 and VA Letter
- 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.

Transcripts
- If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.
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 .
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.
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. .
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the website and select Benefits. will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

Employees who transfer to TSA from an agency that allows employees to maintain an annual leave balance higher than the maximum accumulation for the appointed position will have their leave ceiling set to the maximum accumulation for the appointed position (e.g., United States duty location - 240 hours, foreign duty location - 360 hours, or TSES position - 720 hours). TSA will not make a monetary payment for any leave forfeited under these circumstances.
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.
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)

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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 We expect to make a job offer within 30 business days after the deadline for applications.
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.
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.
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