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Protection Agent
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Closed
No longer open

Permanent - Full-Time

Overview
  • Posting Dates
    Open: September 27, 2017 ()
    Close: October 3, 2017 ()
  • Position Properties
    General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series
    Internal Job Number: AG-01-2017-0168
  • Organization Details
    Office of the Secretary of Agriculture
    Department of Agriculture
  • Salary Information
    $54,972.00 - $103,639.00 Per Year
    22% below average

    Pay Band: GS-1801-09/12
  • Who Can Apply?
    US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
Position Summary
USAJOBS - Job Announcement Protection Agent Department of Agriculture Office of the Secretary of Agriculture Help Overview
  • Open & closing dates

    09/27/2017 to 10/03/2017

  • Salary

    $54,972 to $103,639 per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 09 - 12

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time

  • Appointment type

    Permanent

Help Locations

2 vacancies in the following location:

  • Washington DC, DC 2 vacancies
Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

Help This job is open to Print Share Save Announcement number

AG-01-2017-0168

Control number

480559100

  • Duties Help Duties

    This position is located in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of the Secretary (OSEC), Executive Protective Operations Division (EPOD).  With an elevated threat of possible violence faced by Presidential Cabinet-level Secretaries, both within the United States and abroad, as well as the need for Continuity of Operations / Continuity of Government in the event of a national emergency, it is critical to have executive protection for the Secretary, the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, and other designees. The incumbent serves as an Executive Protection Agent on the team responsible for providing executive-level personal protection to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and other designees.

    The incumbent reports to the Special Agent-in­ Charge (SAC) for EPOD. The incumbent serves as a special agent and coordinates security, communications, transportation, accommodation and logistics requirements for the Secretary of Agriculture, as well as for accompanying dignitaries or family. The incumbent also ensures the personal safety of the protectee and his/her party at all times during any emergencies that may arise, regardless of the physical location of the protectee.

    Incumbent is entitled to Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Retirement Coverage and this position is FLSA Non-Exempt and eligible for Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO).

    Lautenberg Amendment: This position is covered by the 1996 Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968. A person convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence are not eligible for this position. Candidates selected for this position will be required to certify they have not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence prior to assuming the duties of the position. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1001) and may result in removal from Federal service.


    This position is designated as Emergency Essential and may require the incumbent to work during weather related closures.

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    The primary purpose of this position is to serve as an Executive Protection Agent on the team responsible for providing executive-level personal protection to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and other designees.  The incumbent will perform the following major duties:

    • Perform dignitary protection fundamentals to include but not limited to, standing post, functioning as a shift agent, conducting site advances, motorcade operations, route analysis; close-in protection in low to high-threat environments; and developing medical and emergency evacuation plans.
    • Make on-the-spot decisions related to visit clearances, law enforcement liaison, and changing communications and security measures to meet unforeseen changes, which may include modifications and application of evolving technological advances to ensure requisite security for key departmental officials.
    • Assist Senior Special Agents in investigations concerning threats to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.
    • Coordinate and conduct official liaison activities with the United States Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General and other International, Federal, State and local law enforcement, investigative and intelligence agencies as directed.
    • Coordinate with appropriate offices/agencies to ensure that all telecommunications systems are in place to include constant secure telephone services and other electronic communication systems with the Department of Agriculture and the White House.
    • Plan and carry out logistical support to the Secretary and his immediate staff in critical official matters as directed by the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, SAC/ASAC, and senior agents which may be time sensitive. 
    • Assist the Special Agent-in-Charge in planning the full range of programs and functions of executive protection.
    • Ensure full compliance with procedures, regulatory and statutory aspects of personal security and logistics support are maintained.

    These duties are described at the FPL GS-12, the GS-9 and GS-11 are developmental leading to such performance.

    Physical Demands: The work requires a person with good physical health and stamina to work under pressure, along with the ability to lift and carry heavy objects of 180 pounds or more and have the physical agility and dexterity to work in confined spaces.  Agents must be prepared to protect themselves or others from physical attacks at any time and without warning, and to use firearms, as required by the position, only as a last resort.

    This is an arduous rigorous position and is subject to medical screening and physical fitness testing.

    50% or less - This position requires the incumbent to travel frequently (domestic and international) and work irregular shifts.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

    This job is open to? US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

  • Job family (Series)

    1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series

  • Requirements Help Requirements
    • US Citizenship is required.
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
    • A 1-year probationary may be required.
    • Work hours may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.
    • This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.
    • See Conditions of Employment section for more information.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

    Security Clearance Requirement: The position requires access to classified material up through the TOP SECRET (TS) Clearance level. Incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain a security TS/Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) Clearance (may be subject to reinvestigation every five years thereafter).

    Drug Testing Requirement: This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use.

    Medical Requirement: This position is subject to successful completion of pre-employment medical examination, including psychological screening, vision, hearing, cardiovascular and mobility of extremities, by an authorized Government physician and be determined physically fit to perform strenuous physically demanding duties. Regular physical examinations will be required to maintain a level of physical fitness in accordance with the standards and policies of this agency.

    Physical Requirement: The incumbent must meet the established medical and physical standards/requirements set forth by USDA, as is it considered essential to perform the duties of this position.  This position is subject to successful completion of the USDA Physical Readiness Test within 90 days of employment.  

    Training Requirement: The incumbent must qualify to obtain a Special Deputation by the United States Marshals Service; including at minimum: having successfully completed an accredited basic law enforcement training program (civilian or military); having at least one year of previous law enforcement experience; not have a break in service in Law Enforcement for over 5 years; and not having been convicted of a crime of domestic violence as defined in Title 18, USC Section 922 (g) (9) Lautenberg Amendment.

    Firearms Requirement: The incumbent is required to carry and use a firearm while performing duties of this position so they must meet initial and continuing qualifications in the use of firearms as outlined in the Gun Control Act of 1968, amended by the Lautenberg Amendment of 1996.  The incumbent must qualify semiannually with all weapons issued by the USDA EPO and maintain proficiency. 

    Driver's License Requirement: This position requires the incumbent to have or be able to obtain a valid driver's license to operate required motor vehicles.

    Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including selective placement factors, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

    Selective Placement Factors (Mandatory)
    In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following selective placement factors.  If you do not meet these requirements, you will be rated ineligible for this position. 

    Maximum Entry Age: Applicants must not have reached their 37th birthday by the date of appointment to this position. These positions are covered by the special retirement provisions for Federal Law Enforcement Officers and have a mandatory retirement age of 57. Selectees for these positions who are over age 37 must have been or currently be covered by the special retirement provisions and be able to complete at least 20 years of covered service by age 57. You must submit proof of your status in the Law Enforcement retirement system.

    Exceptions: 
    (1)  This age restriction does not apply to those who have sufficient creditable service in a Federal civilian (not military) law enforcement position covered by 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or 5 U.S.C. 8412 (d) to permit retirement on or before the mandatory retirement age of 57.
    (2)  If you are a veteran who is eligible for veterans preference ("preference eligible"), you may be eligible for a waiver of the maximum entry age for this position if you are otherwise qualified and meet medical and fitness requirements.  If you are claiming veterans preference, you must submit proof of your veterans' preference.  Please be advised that if you do not submit this required documentation of your service, you will not be eligible for consideration of this limited waiver of the maximum entry age.

    Law Enforcement Training: Successful completion of an accredited basic law enforcement training program (civilian or military).  *Upon tentative selection you will be required to submit official certification documentation.  

    In addition to meeting the above Selective Placement Factors, you must demonstrate that you possess education and/or specialized experience as described below.  Please carefully read the qualifications requirements.  Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be used to qualify at the GS-9 and GS-11 levels.  The full performance level (FPL) of the positions advertised is GS-12. 

    Specialized Experience
    If qualifying based on experience, your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

    For the GS-09 level:
    Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-07 level) that demonstrates experience applying physical security principles and concepts in performing executive personal protection operations, including security, communications, transportation, and logistics requirements.

    OR

    Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in criminology, criminal justice, or homeland security.  Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

    For the GS-11 level:
    Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that demonstrates experience applying physical security principles and concepts in performing executive personal protection operations, including security, communications, transportation, and logistics requirements; and researching new or revised security and law enforcement rules, regulations, or legislation.

    OR

    Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in criminology, criminal justice, or homeland security.  Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

    For the GS-12 level:
    Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) that demonstrates experience applying physical security principles and concepts in coordinating executive personal protection operations, including security, communications, transportation, and logistics requirements; implementing new or revised security and law enforcement rules, regulations, or legislation; and planning protective coverage for high-ranking officials during all executive travel.  (Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)

    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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. 

    All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see http://www.ed.gov/.

    Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

    ?  BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:  Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
    ?  Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL or ICTAP eligibility see http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
    ?  Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
    ?  E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
    ?  The employee may be required to push, lift and carry up to 180 pounds.
    ?  If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
    ?  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    ?  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
    ?  This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.
    ?  This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

    Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Managements (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of two or three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencies:

      • Knowledge of general security and law enforcement concepts, principles and practices governing the personal protection of high-ranking officials.
      • Knowledge of executive-level personal protection and logistics methodology, policies, plans and programs.
      • Ability to plan and coordinate complex security, transportation, accommodations, travel and logistics functions.
    Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Those determined to be in the best qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

    Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.


    To view the application form, visit: https://sec.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=7CB9D99C-3E6E-4920-A740-A7F600D3FAC2

    Security clearance

    Top Secret/SCI

  • Required Documents Help Required Documents
    • A resume should be provided. It should include relevant work experience (start/end dates stated in month/year, description of duties and salary), applicable education at a minimum, and your contact information. For current or previous Federal employees, it should also include the Pay Plan, Series and Grade for each work experience entry.
    • If you are a veteran claiming Veterans' Preference, please attach your DD-214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," showing all dates of service, receipt of medals and campaign badges, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.). The member 4 copy of your DD-214, ?Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,? is preferable.
    • When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on their application or resume. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference", and submit the requested documentation.
    • For a disabled veteran, you must submit a Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) letter on DVA letterhead that states your overall combined service-connected disability rating.
    • Please provide your proof of disability.

    The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

    ? Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.
    ? If  you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit http://www.naces.org/members.htm. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
    ? If claiming veterans preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veterans preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veterans preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
    ? If claiming 10-point veterans preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/
    ? Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified".

    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.

  • Benefits Help 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.

    The Federal Service offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at:  https://www.usa.gov/benefits-for-federal-employees

    http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/enrollment/new-federal-employee-enrollment/

    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 Help How to Apply

    Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this.

    To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.

    NOTE: You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.

    Agency contact information Lauren Arthur Phone

    202-440-1487

    Fax

    301-504-1025

    Email

    Lauren.Arthur@dm.usda.gov

    Address

    USDA/Departmental Management
    1400 Independence Avenue SW
    Washington, DC,
    USA Learn more about this agency

    USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management. Our vision is to expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production sustainability that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve and conserve our Nation's natural resources through restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

    USDA is a great place to start or continue your career. USDA is ranked as one of the top 10 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" by the Partnership for Public Service (http://bestplacestowork.org/BPTW/rankings/overall/large). Rankings are based on employee feedback regarding satisfaction with their work experience.

    Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account at https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.

Fair & Transparent

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

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.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including selective placement factors, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Selective Placement Factors (Mandatory)
In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following selective placement factors.  If you do not meet these requirements, you will be rated ineligible for this position. 

Maximum Entry Age: Applicants must not have reached their 37th birthday by the date of appointment to this position. These positions are covered by the special retirement provisions for Federal Law Enforcement Officers and have a mandatory retirement age of 57. Selectees for these positions who are over age 37 must have been or currently be covered by the special retirement provisions and be able to complete at least 20 years of covered service by age 57. You must submit proof of your status in the Law Enforcement retirement system.

Exceptions: 
(1)  This age restriction does not apply to those who have sufficient creditable service in a Federal civilian (not military) law enforcement position covered by 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or 5 U.S.C. 8412 (d) to permit retirement on or before the mandatory retirement age of 57.
(2)  If you are a veteran who is eligible for veterans preference ("preference eligible"), you may be eligible for a waiver of the maximum entry age for this position if you are otherwise qualified and meet medical and fitness requirements.  If you are claiming veterans preference, you must submit proof of your veterans' preference.  Please be advised that if you do not submit this required documentation of your service, you will not be eligible for consideration of this limited waiver of the maximum entry age.

Law Enforcement Training: Successful completion of an accredited basic law enforcement training program (civilian or military).  *Upon tentative selection you will be required to submit official certification documentation.  

In addition to meeting the above Selective Placement Factors, you must demonstrate that you possess education and/or specialized experience as described below.  Please carefully read the qualifications requirements.  Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be used to qualify at the GS-9 and GS-11 levels.  The full performance level (FPL) of the positions advertised is GS-12. 

Specialized Experience
If qualifying based on experience, your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

For the GS-09 level:
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-07 level) that demonstrates experience applying physical security principles and concepts in performing executive personal protection operations, including security, communications, transportation, and logistics requirements.

OR

Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in criminology, criminal justice, or homeland security.  Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

For the GS-11 level:
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that demonstrates experience applying physical security principles and concepts in performing executive personal protection operations, including security, communications, transportation, and logistics requirements; and researching new or revised security and law enforcement rules, regulations, or legislation.

OR

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in criminology, criminal justice, or homeland security.  Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

For the GS-12 level:
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) that demonstrates experience applying physical security principles and concepts in coordinating executive personal protection operations, including security, communications, transportation, and logistics requirements; implementing new or revised security and law enforcement rules, regulations, or legislation; and planning protective coverage for high-ranking officials during all executive travel.  (Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)

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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. 

Duties

This position is located in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of the Secretary (OSEC), Executive Protective Operations Division (EPOD).  With an elevated threat of possible violence faced by Presidential Cabinet-level Secretaries, both within the United States and abroad, as well as the need for Continuity of Operations / Continuity of Government in the event of a national emergency, it is critical to have executive protection for the Secretary, the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, and other designees. The incumbent serves as an Executive Protection Agent on the team responsible for providing executive-level personal protection to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and other designees.

The incumbent reports to the Special Agent-in­ Charge (SAC) for EPOD. The incumbent serves as a special agent and coordinates security, communications, transportation, accommodation and logistics requirements for the Secretary of Agriculture, as well as for accompanying dignitaries or family. The incumbent also ensures the personal safety of the protectee and his/her party at all times during any emergencies that may arise, regardless of the physical location of the protectee.

Incumbent is entitled to Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Retirement Coverage and this position is FLSA Non-Exempt and eligible for Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO).

Lautenberg Amendment: This position is covered by the 1996 Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968. A person convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence are not eligible for this position. Candidates selected for this position will be required to certify they have not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence prior to assuming the duties of the position. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1001) and may result in removal from Federal service.


This position is designated as Emergency Essential and may require the incumbent to work during weather related closures.

Learn more about this agency
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.

The Federal Service offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at:  https://www.usa.gov/benefits-for-federal-employees

http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/enrollment/new-federal-employee-enrollment/

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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