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"HQ-OOI-18-490859-P" Vacancy Details

About

Announcement Number:
HQ-OOI-18-490859-P
Hiring Agency:
DHS/Transportation Security Administration
Position Title:
Psychologist
Open Period:
09/10/2018 - 09/20/2018

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
SV - 0180 I/J
Salary:
USD $79,141 - USD $149,651
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-Time
Promotion Potential:
SV-J
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Arlington, VA, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
HR Help Desk
877-872-7990
Helpdesk@mailserver-hraccess.tsa.dhs.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
This Vacancy Announcement is OPEN to ALL U.S. Citizens.  This position is also being announced Government-Wide (Status Candidates) under Announcement #HQ-OOI-18-490859-G. Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (All US Citizens) and Government-Wide procedures must apply to both announcements.


Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 28.22%
Security Clearance Required:
Secret
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent
Marketing Statement:

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.               

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.





Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
25% or less

Travel Required, less than 25%

Duties

This position is located in the Inspections Office (INS), Special Operations Division (SOD), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security.  As a Psychologist your typical work assignments may include:



  • Evaluating the effectiveness of agency security programs and operations using covert testing procedures and techniques.

  • Developing and executing covert testing projects and plans utilizing human factor methodologies and theories and experimental and quasi-experimental design.

  • Analyzing a variety of data collection techniques to identify critical factors and examine workforce behaviors.

  • Analyzing and interpreting test results to determine if security operations are effective and meeting programs requirements.

  • Advising agency leadership on recommendations to changes in security policies, operational plans, and identifying future test areas.

  • Preparing technical reports and documents to present to senior leadership, internal and external stakeholders that support the agencies findings and position on evaluating security operations and programs.


The major duties described above reflect the full performance level of this position. Typically, the lower pay band (I Band) performs the same duties but will receive more guidance and training and/or projects/work assignments may be less complex.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

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


This position is also being announced Public (All US Citizens) under Announcement #HQ-OOI-18-490859-P. Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (All US Citizens) and Government-Wide procedures must apply to both announcements. 

Key Requirements:
  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • Selective Service registration is required.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" section
  • Education Requirements:

    You must meet education and training requirements for this position.

    Evaluations:

    You will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience and/or related education as reflected in your resume and supporting documentation.  You are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the competencies required for this position.  We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your category placement may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

    Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Grouping procedures.  Under Category Grouping, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three 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 Desirable (Quality Ranking) Factors 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 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 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 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 veterans’ preference .

    Qualifications:

    BASIC REQUIREMENT: Applicants must have a four year degree with a major or equivalent in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, or a related field, for this position. You must attach copies of your transcripts to this application to verify your degree(s). These can be unofficial copies.


    To qualify for the SV-I Pay Band (equivalent to GS-13),you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-H or GS-12 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as:



    • Applying test theory and methods utilizing experimental and quasi-experimental design to support testing projects; and

    • Experience using a variety of data collection tools/techniques and methods to generate and interpret results to determine the effectiveness of programs and systems; and

    • Performing research and statistical analyses to evaluate the effectiveness of current and proposed testing methods to assess the performance of people, processes, and technology.


    To qualify for the SV-J Pay Band (equivalent to GS-14), you must have one year of specialized experience at 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 knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as:



    • Applying test theory and methods utilizing experimental and quasi-experimental design to develop and execute testing projects; and

    • Experience using a variety of data collection tools/techniques and methods to generate and interpret results to determine the effectiveness of programs and systems; and

    • Performing research and statistical analyses to evaluate the effectiveness of current and proposed testing methods to assess the performance of people, processes, and technology.


    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. 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.


    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.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Agency 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.

    Employees who transfer to TSA from an agency that allows employees to maintain an annual leave balance higher than the maximum accumulation for the appointed position will have their leave ceiling set to the maximum accumulation for the appointed position (e.g., United States duty location - 240 hours, foreign duty location - 360 hours, or TSES position - 720 hours). TSA will not make a monetary payment for any leave forfeited under these circumstances.

    Other Information:

    Condition of employment:



    • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.


    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: http://www.opm.gov.

    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.

    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.

    If you are entering TSA employment on an appointment without time limitations, you must serve a basic trial period unless you have already met the requirement.

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

    View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.


    Veterans
    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 documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    Veterans 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 documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.


    Please Note: All of the following must be received in our office by 11:59 PM EST (Eastern Standard Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If we do not receive all required information by the closing date, your application may not be considered.

    Your application must include:

    1. Resume
    2. Self-Assessment Questionnaire for this position
    3. Applicable supporting documents (see Required Documents Section)

    Click the "Apply Online" button below and follow the prompts to apply.

    We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the TSA HRAccess Help Desk before the closing of this announcement for alternative options on how to apply.  The Help Desk is available by phone at 1-877-872-7990 between the hours of: 7:00AM - 10:00PM ET Monday - Friday, 11:00AM - 3:00PM ET Saturday, or 12:00PM - 4:00PM ET Sunday.  If outside these hours, please email your question or concern to Helpdesk@mailserver-hraccess.tsa.dhs.gov or fax 1-877-872-7993.  

    When contacting the Help Desk please provide your contact information, the Job Announcement Number of the position you are interested in, and your questions or concerns.

    Required Documents:

    In addition to a resume and the assessment questions, you must submit copies of any of the following documents if you are applying based on  Veterans' Preference or eligible Veterans' Service (a veteran who was honorably discharged from the armed forces after completing at least three (3) years of continuous active duty service), or education or a combination of education and experience:

    DD-214 - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference or eligible Veterans' Service, provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other appropriate documentation to prove your entitlement and to provide verification of an Honorable Discharge.

    SF-15 and VA Letter - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference based upon a Compensable Disability, Widow or Spouse Entitlement, or as a Purple Heart recipient, you must submit your DD-214 or other proof of entitlement; an SF-15, and the required proof of disability, i.e., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later.

    Transcripts - If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

    Next Steps:

    The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We will notify you of the outcome of these steps when they have been completed. You may also check your application status by visiting the Candidate Dashboard.