Supervisory Transportation Security Specialist (SV-1801-K)
Transportation Security Administration

Arlington County, Virginia
No longer open

Permanent - Full Time

  • Posting Dates
    Open: April 11, 2016 ()
    Close: April 25, 2016 ()
  • Position Properties
    General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series
    Internal Job Number: HQ-OGS-16-107635-ERD
  • Organization Details
    Transportation Security Administration
    Department Of Homeland Security
  • Salary Information
    $109,677.00 - $170,005.00 Per Year
    55% above average

    Pay Band: SV-1801-K/K
  • Who Can Apply?
    Open to all U.S. Citizens. Salary listed includes Locality Pay of 24.78%. DUTY LOCATION: Arlington, Virginia.
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-K Pay Band (equivalent to GS-15) you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-J Pay Band or GS-14 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in state or local government or the private sector. Specialized Experience is defined as experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Such specialized experience includes managing transportation security activities and expert knowledge of international transportation security standards, laws, regulations, policies, and/or principles; identifying and resolving complex transportation security problems and issues; and building and managing workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations and staffing needs.

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

Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • You may be required to conduct frequent international travel.
Relocation Authorized
  • No

This position serves as a Supervisory Transportation Security Specialist (STSS) assigned to the International Operations (IO) Division, Office of Global Strategies (OGS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this position you will serve as the Deputy Director, International Operations. This role is critical in supporting the Director and his/her effective management of various complex OGS initiatives and responsibilities. The Deputy Director shares with the Director the direction of all phases of the International Operations' program and work.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Maintains a broad knowledge of OGS projects, programs, and initiatives to ensure the Director is kept fully informed, prepared and able to respond to internal and external inquiries and issues.
  • Identifies for the Director potential issues and challenges and recommends strategies for resolution.
  • Participates with the Director in processes associated with developing and communicating critical policy and program management decision to advance the U.S national interest at the bilateral regional and multilateral level.
  • Develops and coordinates complex international strategic programs and operations. Provides direction to define program objectives, develop innovative approaches, establish an effective management structure, identify required resources communicate roles and responsibilities, and establish and coordinate teamwork.
  • Represents TSA with US and international organizations affecting international transportation security; and in meetings of such organizations. Developing resolutions of highly complex and potentially controversial issues with appropriate TSA elements or their OGS organizations.
  • Facilitates and coordinates cross-organizational projects and teams; guides direction of outcomes needed and ensures projects align with OGS mission and goals. On behalf of the Director, clarifies and communicates project program deliverables. Monitors project milestones to ensure activities are on track to meet specified outcomes.
  • Conducts briefings, participates in conferences/meetings, and presents information to managers and executives as needed regarding OGS programs, projects, and initiatives.
  • Chair task force groups and works collaboratively with representatives internal and external to OGS as needed; ensures interests of OGS are understood and represented.
Supervisory Managerial Responsibilities include: strategic planning, communicating the organization?s vision and objectives; setting priorities, assigning tasks and responsibilities, monitoring and evaluating performance of organization units, managers, and employee. This includes supporting equal employment opportunity concepts in all areas of responsibility. Treating employees in a fair and equitable manner and foster an organization representative of diversity and promoting opportunities for employees to influence their work environment with a focus on continual improvements.

Review our benefits

  • Must have the ability to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance and access to Special Compartmentalized Information (SCI).
  • May be required to work longer than 8 hours per day, which may include holidays and weekends.
  • Deputy Directors must be available for duty worldwide, including areas or locations that may be dangerous.
  • Deputy Directors may be required to conduct frequent international travel (25-30%). This travel may include long distances (e.g., in excess of 14 hours) by air in coach class.
  • Deputy Directors may be required to tolerate austere living conditions, lacking in common amenities (e.g., private sleeping quarters, clean mattress/linens, running water, climate controlled environment, etc.).
  • This is a drug testing covered position.
  • You must be able to obtain a medical clearance for international work.
Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code; therefore, employment with TSA does not confer the "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.
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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.

You will be required to serve a supervisory probationary period of one year unless one has previously been completed.

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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