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Staff Assistant

US Department of Homeland Security – Washington, DC

    Duties Summary

    Joining the Secret Service, Office of Enterprise Readiness will allow you to analyze and evaluate major functional and operational programs in the areas of administrative operations, procurement, policy and management. This Staff Assistant position starts at a salary of $117,191 (GS-14 step 1), with potential to $152,352 (GS-14 step 10). For more information on the Secret Service click here. For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here.

    Responsibilities

    The selectee will serve as a Staff Assistant in the Office of Enterprise Readiness (ERO). Typical work assignments include:

    • Knowledge of management and organizational principles and practices while strategically planning and evaluating practices, guidelines, and processes.
    • Ability to design and conduct comprehensive management studies where the boundaries of the studies are extremely broad and difficult to determine in advance.
    • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective and cooperative relations with management, administrative staffs, and external government entities and effectively present findings and recommendations.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14

  • Job family (Series)

    0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program

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  • Requirements

    Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • U.S. citizenship is required.

    Conditions of Employment If selected for this position, you will be required to:

    • Obtain and maintain a top secret Tier 5 clearance. For more information visit OPM Mythbuster Page .
    • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.

    Qualifications

    You qualify for the GS-14 level (starting salary $117,191) if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level performing duties such as: conducting research and analysis; coordinating activities among divisions; developing and planning processes that assist in the implementation of programs; and monitoring operations and activities of investment management initiatives.

    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.
    Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. Qualifications Must Be Met: The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
    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.

    Education

    Additional information

    Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation s leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage. In the Secret Service, we:

    • Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
    • Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
    • Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure

    Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

    E-Verify Statement: 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.
    If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
    This position will require a credit check after initial job qualifications have been determined.
    Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

    More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur.
    Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

    The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

    View common definitions 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.

    Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. A score will automatically be calculated based on your answers to the vacancy specific questions. All answers provided in the online process must be substantiated by your resume. Upon review, your resume and/or supporting documents need to support your answer choices and reflect the one year of specialized experience requirement, in order to be considered. If the one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level cannot be identified in your resume, you will be considered not qualified. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

    • Participating in the development of and help to facilitate efficient and effective administrative efforts and systems by providing sound resource management strategies and developing reliable program operations and processes; and researching specific administrative issues, questions, and or programs and gathers information for staff members, formulating alternate courses of action or approaches.
    • Applying analytical principals and techniques combined with the knowledge of Administrative operating programs and their interrelationships to conduct studies and extensive research for the Office of Enterprise Readiness current and projected budget and financial projects.
    • Preparing briefing presentations, memoranda, correspondence, research papers, and other informational material on a variety of administrative operations; establishing and maintaining continuing liaison with counterparts in other Secret Service offices, the Department of the Homeland Security, officials and representatives of other Federal, state, and local government agencies.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85.0 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.
    Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. Veterans preference does not apply under Merit Promotion procedures. View VEOA information on Feds Hire Vets .
    Military Spouse Appointing Authority: Executive Order 13473, dated September 28, 2008, authorized the noncompetitive appointment of certain military spouses to competitive service positions. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) codified implementing regulations at 5 CFR 315.612, effective September 11, 2009. For more information click here .

    Interview Requirement: Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration. Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience, no points will be assigned.


    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Yes

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    In addition to addressing the vacancy specific questions, you must also submit the following documentation:

    • Resume - In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history should show work experience in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date, and include the number of hours worked per week.
    • Special Priority Selection rights under ICTAP: Submit a copy of your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal (with at least a satisfactory rating),and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.
    • Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 or other (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and/or documentation of service connected disability. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. View VEOA information on Feds Hire Vets .
    • Are you a Military Spouse? If you are applying under Executive Order 13473, click here for required documents.
    • Are you a current or former Federal Employee? Submit a copy of your SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing your tenure code, position occupied and highest grade and step. An award SF-50 does not contain the required information. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade and that supports your claim for time-in-grade. Also submit your performance appraisals and/or incentive awards.
    • Are you claiming special appointing authority, such as Schedule A or VISTA/Peace Corps service? Submit proof of this eligibility. For additional information on special appointing authorities, click here .

    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.

  • Benefits

    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. Learn more about federal benefits .

    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 DHS Careers website and select Benefits. Disabled veteran leave 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.

    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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