U.S. Department of Homeland Security
$81,548.00 to $106,012.00
Open & closing dates
$81,548 to $106,012 per year
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Individuals with a disability
Family of Overseas Employee
Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is, or was, working overseas.
Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
National Guard & Reserves
Current members, those who want to join, or transitioning military members.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.
This position is ideal for individuals looking for an opportunity to protect the nation's critical infrastructure. The incumbent plays a major role in planning, developing, monitoring, conducting, and evaluating emergency management and preparedness exercises. This position starts at a salary of $81,584 (GS-12 grade level), with promotion potential to $126,062 (GS-13 grade level). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Infrastructure Protection Team.
Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
Relocation expenses are not authorized. Other recruitment incentives may be authorized.
Who May Be Considered: U.S. Citizens
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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.
Merit promotion and/or non-competitive referral lists may be issued based on the needs of the agency.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
Appointments are subject to the availability of funds.
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Joining the Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) means leading the coordinated national effort to reduce risk to our critical infrastructure posed by acts of terrorism, natural disaster, or other emergency. In this position, you would be responsible for:
Facilitating exercise planning meetings and communicating with other key personnel under the direction or supervision of the Exercise Lead to develop exercise design elements and recommend courses of action based on previous exercises and potential recognizable shortfalls as they relate to the exercise in compliance with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) criteria.
Under the direction or supervision of the Exercise Lead, generating slide decks on exercise design principles to create notional exercise objectives, scope, scenarios, and logistical information using the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) criteria.
Creating briefings and exercise awareness documents to keep the Outreach Coordinator, Regional Director, and headquarters personnel aware of key exercise elements and any potential necessary actions within the regional area of responsibility.
Under the direction or supervision of the Exercise Lead, leading exercises with internal and external sector partners, internal leadership and providing presentation support (briefing memos, talking points, etc.) on section or programmatic issues.
Directing exercise operations under the direction or supervision of the Exercise Lead to include ensuring personnel are in their appropriate locations and continuously monitoring the exercise area (physical location of exercise) for any safety issues that could arise.
Conducting detailed analysis of stakeholder gaps, concerns, and capabilities to develop actionable scenarios and after-action recommendations in compliance with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) criteria. Stakeholder gaps may include, but are not limited to, security risks, missing or nonexistent planning, and lack of training and awareness.
Conducting post-exercise After Action Reviews (AARs) and developing written after-action reports according to the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliance standards.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position 25% of the time.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
U.S. Citizens and Status Candidates (this includes Merit Promotion, Status Candidates, Former Overseas Employees, CTAP, ICTAP, VRA, VEOA, 30% or More Disabled, EVHO, Schedule A, Military Spouses, Americorps, Peace Corps, Vista, Interchange Agreement Eligibles, Land Management, and National Guard).
Questions? This job is open to 8 groups.
Job family (Series)
0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
You must successfully pass a background investigation.
Selective Service registration required.
Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements.
You must be able to obtain and hold a Sensitive (Secret) clearance.
New employees must serve a one year probationary period.
All applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are required to submit to a drug test to screen for illegal use of drugs prior to receiving a final offer of employment. A final offer is contingent upon a negative drug test result.
You qualify for this position at the GS-12 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 federal grade level performing duties such as:
Co-leading and supporting planning, development, monitoring, conducting, and evaluating emergency management and preparedness exercises in compliance with readiness criteria;
Leading the coordination, planning, and participation of critical infrastructure partners in exercises in compliance with exercise and evaluation criteria.
Facilitating planning meetings in compliance with exercise and evaluation criteria for critical infrastructure readiness exercises;
Preparing exercise material for training purposes in compliance with exercise and evaluation criteria;
Evaluating exercise conduct against established performance criteria and in compliance with exercise and evaluation criteria
Evaluating emergency management and preparedness exercises for critical infrastructure in compliance with exercise and evaluation criteria.
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.
Current or Former Political Appointees: 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.
Qualifications Must Be Met
The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade level or equivalent grade band in the federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met by closing date of this announcement.
Submit a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that demonstrates your eligibility for consideration, e.g., length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases); your current promotion potential; proof of permanent appointment if applying based on an interchange agreement; etc.
There are no education requirements for this position.
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.
This position has been designated exempt from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 USC Section 7112(B)(6).
All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.
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.
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.
, Peace Corps
/ VISTA volunteers
, persons with disabilities
, and those covered under the Interchange Agreement
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 documentation that is required, click on the links in Who May Be Considered section or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application
Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online if at all possible. Applying online, through your USAJOBS account, will expedite the application process and allow you to check your application status as well as verify the documentation submitted with your application. If you utilize the Alternate Application method, your USAJOBS account will not display this application and you will not receive status updates.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applicants will be evaluated on their resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an Assessment Questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:
Administration and Management
Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience
Education and Training
Planning and Evaluating
Category Rating Procedures: If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following 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 Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) 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 and appropriate QRFs 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 and appropriate QRFs 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 www.fedshirevets.org
Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are best qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.
Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume, supporting documentation submitted and their responses to the assessment questionnaire.
If you are determined qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10095004
Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Program (I/CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not I/CTAP eligible. View information about I/CTAP eligibility
on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under I/CTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.
Background checks and security clearance
Your responses to the job questionnaire
Your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), if applicable
If you are claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Program (I/CTAP), Submit:
a copy of your agency notice,
a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
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.
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.
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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
How to Apply
Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on 01/26/2018 . To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more details.
Agency contact information
Philadelphia Services Branch
DHS NPPD IP
245 Murray Drive Bldg 410
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Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best-qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on Application Status, and then click More Information. We expect to make a job offer within 30-60 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
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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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The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. Our duties are wide-ranging, but our goal is clear - keeping America safe.