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Supervisory Intelligence Research Specialist

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US Department Of Homeland Security Customs And Border Protection

$134,789.00 to $164,200.00

Washington, DC

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$134,789 to $164,200 per year

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GS 15

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Appointment type



Few vacancies in the following location:

Washington DC, DC

Washington DC, DC

Relocation expenses reimbursed


You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.

This job is open to

Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Federal employees who meet the definition of a surplus or displaced employee.

Family of overseas employees

Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is, or was, working overseas.

Federal employees - Competitive service

Current or former competitive service federal employees.

Individuals with disabilities

Military spouses

Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista

Special authorities

Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.


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For details regarding who can apply for this Job Opportunity Announcement please see the Summary section.

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Who May Apply: Current Federal employees with competitive status

Current and former Federal employees who meet the established criteria in an Office of Personnel Management Interchange Agreement

Current and former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility

Veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service will receive consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA);

Individuals who are eligible under a noncompetitive special hiring authority (please see Special Appointing Authority paragraph in the announcement).

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Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Intelligence, Strategic Intelligence & Analysis Division (SIAD), located in Washington, D.C..

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The work carried out by this position engages in directing and coordinating the work of those involved in national and international intelligence programs and liaison activities. This position starts at a salary of $134,789(GS-15, Step 1) to $164,200 (GS-15, Step 10) with promotion potential to $164,200 (GS-15, Step 10). In this position you will serve as a key member of a team of Homeland Security professionals responsible for national and international intelligence programs.

Your duties will include: Serving as a Director for the Office of Intelligence and being accountable for the day-to-day leadership and execution of the organization's intelligence mission

Overseeing the development of national policies and strategies related to law enforcement related intelligence program requirements and operations

Managing long-range planning activities to meet intelligence objectives

Representing the Assistant Commissioner in meetings and conferences involving high-level officials from other Federal agencies, foreign countries, members of Congress, and various governing boards and committees

Representing the organization on the coordination of issues with law enforcement and intelligence community partners.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

0132 Intelligence



Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position

Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service

Primary U.S. residency for the last three years (additional details below)

You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph

You may be required to pass initial and random drug testing


You qualify at the GS-15 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-14 level or equivalent performing duties such as: Managing subordinate supervisory staff who are directly engaged in providing intelligence and analysis, operational support, and program management

Directing and planning work to be accomplished by division leadership and subordinate branches based on expertise in one or more elements of intelligence cycle

Advising and providing counsel to employees regarding policies, procedures, and directives of management

Reviewing existing intelligence programs policies and procedures to determine whether or not they meet the requirements of current or newly implemented situations

Coordinating in and participating in agency, departmental, federal, international and in intelligence community engagements


Competencies: The following required competencies must be addressed in your resume: Leading Others: Inspires, motivates, and guides others toward goal accomplishment; ensures that staff members are appropriately selected, utilized, and appraised; develops others through coaching and mentoring; identifies and takes steps to prevent situations that could result in unpleasant confrontations; manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a positive and constructive manner; identifies training needs; provides constructive reinforcement; coaches others on how to perform tasks; acts as a source of information.

Team Building: Consistently develops and sustains cooperative working relationships in all aspects of the job; encourages and facilitates cooperation within the agency and between the agency and other organizations; fosters commitment, pride, trust, and group identity.

Performance and Results Management: Takes steps to achieve quality end products; is committed to continuous improvement; ensures that effective controls are in place; holds self and others accountable for meeting expectations; coordinates with other parts of the organization to accomplish goals; develops short and long-range plans that are realistic and appropriately comprehensive; includes contingency plans, as appropriate; monitors and evaluates plans; determines material and human resource requirements and ensures that needed resources are available; focuses on results and on measuring attainment of outcomes.

Decision Making and Problem Solving: Identifies and analyzes problems; distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant information to make logical judgments; provides solutions to individual and organizational problems; draws correct inferences from available information to make sound and well-informed decisions.

Creativity and Innovation: Develops insights into situations and applies innovative solutions to make organizational improvements; creates a synthesis of information from many sources; designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs and processes.

Technical Credibility: Has mastery of the technical knowledge required to perform the job and the jobs of those supervised; knows where to find key information that does not need to be memorized; understands near-term and long-range plans and determines how best to run the program to achieve organizational goals.

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.

You must:

Meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process; and

Meet all applicable Time in Grade requirements (current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the federal service) by 03/19/2018.

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.

Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link

Residency: If you are not currently a CBP employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for at least three years prior to applying to this announcement: Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations);

Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or

Been a dependent of a United States federal or military employee serving overseas.

Exceptions may be granted if you provide complete state-side coverage information regarding participation in Study Abroad programs, overseas church missions, or state-side addresses of anyone who worked or studied with you overseas. You must provide information and related documentation at the time of application.

Probationary Period: All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment. Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found here

. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must possess the knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies clearly exceeding the minimum requirements of the position.


Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.

Additional information

Security: You will be required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret, Sensitive Compartments Information (TS/SCI) clearance.

Bargaining Unit: This position is not covered under a bargaining unit

Supervisory/Managerial Probationary Period: You may be required to serve an eighteen-month probationary period upon appointment to this position. You may also be required to complete an appropriate supervisory training course within one year of assignment to this position.

Special Appointing Authority: Veterans, military spouses, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and people 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 and to understand what documentation would be required with your application, please click on the appropriate link below. You must provide documentation supporting your eligibility prior to the closing date of this announcement. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact the CBP Hiring Center via the contact information listed at the end of this job opportunity announcement. Veterans

Military spouses

Applicants Please Note: The National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 abolished the time limitation on eligibility for relocating spouses of the Armed Forces.

Individuals with Disabilities

The proof of disability documentation must specify that you are eligible to apply using Schedule A. It does NOT need to detail your specific disability, medical history or need for accommodation. For more information visit this link

Peace Corps/VISTA


ther miscellaneous hiring authorities

CBP 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.

Every individual receives a fair opportunity throughout the federal recruitment and hiring process. Learn more here

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your 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 online self-assessment questionnaire that is based on the competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below. You will receive a score ranging from 70-100 based on your responses. Your entire application package will then be reviewed. The final determination will be based on all the information provided in your application package.

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, see

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Top Secret/SCI

Required Documents

Required Documents

Your resume: A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and will be used for the purpose of reviewing your qualifications and determining what training, if any, would be required when placed. Your resume must be in English and must include your job titles and a detailed description of your duties and the dates you performed them (MM/DD/YY), as well as your hours per week for each position listed. Your resume should also contain your full name, address, phone number, email address, and salary. NOTE: Resumes stored on USAJOBS will not automatically carry over to this announcement. You must upload your resume and any other applicable supporting documentation.

Your responses to the job questionnaire:

Are you a current or former federal employee? ALL CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES MUST SUBMIT THE MOST RECENT COPY OF THEIR SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing competitive status: Tenure 1 or 2 in Block 24 and Position Occupied 1 in Block 34. Additionally, applicants should also submit a SF-50 reflecting the highest grade held on a permanent basis in the competitive service or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher, AND a SF-50 to support having met the time-in-grade requirement of having served 52 weeks at the grade level (or equivalent) below the grade level(s) for this position. Current CBP Employees are not required to submit SF-50s, but are highly encouraged to do so, especially if you are using federal experience outside of CBP as your highest full performance level or for meeting this position's time-in-grade requirement.

Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? You must submit a separation notice; your most recent SF-50 (noting your current position, grade level and duty location); a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

Special Appointing Authority: See Other Information to determine what documentation you need to submit as proof of eligibility for a Special Appointing Authority.

Are you a veteran? If you are applying under a special veteran appointing authority, you must submit a DD 214 (Member Copy 4-reflecting qualifying medal(s) or service period) and a VA Disability Award letter dated 1991 or later (if applicable). Current federal employees applying under the VEOA authority must submit a qualifying SF-50 to show they meet time-in-grade requirements. If you are currently serving on active duty, you must submit a written statement from the armed forces certifying your dates of service and your rank, expected type of discharge and anticipated date of separation. If you apply with a written statement at this stage, your preference will be verified by a DD 214 (Member Copy 4) upon separation from the military. To learn more click here

Veterans' preference points are not applicable to Merit Promotion announcements

Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment: Position title

Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)


Beginning and ending dates of appointment

You may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards. Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indication of quality prior experience, no points will be assigned.

Please upload your resume under Resume and any other applicable supporting documents mentioned above under Other documents. Other documents may not be applicable for each applicant, but should be utilized if you are submitting a SF-50 for proof of federal service, veterans documents for eligibility, transcripts for qualifications, etc.

It is your responsibility to verify that any information entered or uploaded is received and is accurate. Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application. If a document is not legible, you will not be able to view it in your application and you must again upload it by the closing date.

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. Learn more about federal benefits

Review our benefits

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

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 visit this link

. 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.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

To begin your online application, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account and follow the prompts or log in to your existing account. Your application packet must include a completed assessment questionnaire, a resume, and any applicable and/or required supporting documentation. Please see the Required Documents section below for additional information. All application materials, including transcripts, must be in English.

If you are unable to apply online or need to submit a document you do not have in electronic form, visit this link

for more information regarding an Alternate Application process.

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. The address below is for inquiries only. You may apply more than once, but the most recent application is the only one that will be used. You must submit your resume, your online questionnaire, and any supporting documents by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on 03/19/2018.

Agency contact information

CBP Hiring Center CBP Hiring Center





Office of Intelligence

CBP Hiring Center

6650 Telecom Drive

Indianapolis, IN


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Next steps

The open period for this job opportunity announcement may be extended to allow for a sufficient applicant pool.

Once the job opportunity announcement has closed, 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. You will be notified by email after each of these steps has been completed. Stay informed of changes to your application status by signing up for automatic email alerts with your USAJOBS account

. If you are referred, you will receive a final notification of the disposition of the announcement. We expect to make a tentative job offer within 60 days after the close of the announcement. If you are selected, we may conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

Additional selections may be made beyond the total number of vacancies specified using this vacancy announcement. Further selections may also be made for additional organizational divisions and/or units within the duty location(s) listed above.

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.

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.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

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

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

or how to contact an agency.

Legal and regulatory guidance

Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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US Department Of Homeland Security Customs And Border Protection
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Company Profile
CBPis one of the Department of Homeland Security’s largest and most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. It also has a responsibility for securing the border and facilitating lawful international trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations, including immigration and drug laws.

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