Supervisory Transportation Security Specialist
Transportation Security Administration

Herndon, Virginia
No longer open

Permanent - Full Time

  • Posting Dates
    Open: April 20, 2016 ()
    Close: May 3, 2016 ()
  • Position Properties
    General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series
    Internal Job Number: FAM-16-104427
  • Organization Details
    Transportation Security Administration
    Department Of Homeland Security
  • Salary Information
    $91,747.00 - $142,203.00 Per Year
    30% above average

    Pay Band: SV-1801-J/J
  • Who Can Apply?
    Open to all U.S. Citizens. This position is located in Herndon, VA. The salary listed includes a 24.78% Locality Pay.
Position 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


To qualify for the SV-J Pay Band (equivalent to GS-14), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the SV-I or GS-13 in the Federal Service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience includes: using expert knowledge of airport operations, security programs, transportation policy and procedures, and applying technology and methodology to resolve security issues; applying operational concepts, work flow processes, and functionalities during crisis incident management operations, including Coordination Cell methodologies and operational theories; applying strategies and objectives to security incident management operations, mitigation, and data gathering while applying Agency policy, regulations, and directives; analyzing potential outcomes and formulating recommendations; utilizing WebEOC during steady state and crisis incident management operations; using expert knowledge of watch floor technical systems to distinguish interactions between technical systems to enhance operational communications towards information sharing; executing management over diverse teams of specialized technical experts and using knowledge of Watch Center roles and duties for building team cohesiveness and allocating resources and skill sets in order to meet organizational and mission priorities.

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.

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

Travel Required
  • 50% or Greater
  • Requires regular local travel within the commuting area.
Relocation Authorized
  • No

This Supervisory Transportation Security Specialist is located in the Transportation Security Operations Center, Operations Branch, Flight Operations Division (FLT), Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service (OLE/FAMS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected for this position, you will be responsible for directing and managing the work for multiple Transportation Security Specialists and the TSA liaison officer assigned to the DHS National Operations Center. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating and providing key situational awareness for the Secretary and the Secretary?s staff on incidents involving the security of the nation?s transportation infrastructure and providing incident management guidance and support to the TSA Critical Incident Management Group (CIMG) and TSA senior leadership.
  • Directing Agency wide notifications using a variety of communications media; managing liaison functions ensuring that mission critical priorities are in place and prepared for TSOC; using research techniques to gather open source information, social media monitoring and mining, internet research, and database queries on people, places and conveyances.
  • Managing and coordinating the workloads of approximately 12 ? 14 Watch Officers, from G Band up to I Band; managing assignments related to operational support of the watch floor, mission readiness, and exigent or emergency operations.
  • Participating in working groups, training evaluations, and exercises that include intra-agency, inter-agency, regional, and national level events that enhance operational readiness, reinforcing core operational functionalities, improving mission performance, and achieving operational objectives.
  • Using outreach methods to build and strengthen crucial security relationships internally and externally.

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Conditions of Employment (cont.): Incumbent is required to work full-time on a rotating 24-hour schedule, 7 days per week and may be required to work outside of the standard workday/workweek on short notice. The incumbent will be on call 24 hours per day to cover emergency response needs. Incumbent may be required to carry a paging device and/or mobile phone at all times. Travel may be required. Incumbent must be eligible to possess a Top Secret/SCI security clearance based upon a favorable SSBI. This is a drug testing designated position. The position is considered mission critical.

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 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 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.

This position is within the Technical category of TSA's Core Compensation Plan.

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

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