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The Federal Security Director (FSD), Security Operations is the highest-ranking Transportation Security Administration (TSA) authority responsible for leading a large, complex organization, which is charged with planning, executing, and operating security services at the airport(s). You will provide day-to-day operational leadership for the Federal security responsibilities at various locations within the airport(s). You will serve as a subject matter expert and advisor to Security Operations leadership and to other Federal Security Directors. You will coordinate TSA's airport actions, with other Federal agencies, in the deterrence and discovery of threats to intermodal transportation. You will deploy airport resources to conduct deterrence activities in order to efficiently and effectively enhance security and to detect and/or deter terrorist activity or other suspicious conditions for all modes of transportation to include rail, mass transit, and aviation.
As a Federal Security Director for the Transportation Security Administration, your duties will include:
Organizing and implementing the Federal Security Crisis Management Response Plan, including coordination with airport and airline management, other Federal, state and local government and law enforcement organizations, and appropriate private sector entities.
Assuming direct responsibility and oversight for passenger, baggage, and air cargo security screening.
Overseeing the implementation, operation and maintenance of security technology within established guidelines.
Reviewing the development and deployment processes required for implementation of security technology options.
Directing the activities of all TSA employees within his/her area of responsibility. Examples include baggage and passenger transportation security officers, law enforcement officers, transportation security inspectors, and other support and managerial staff required to execute TSA responsibilities.
Establishing the organizational structure and management systems required for threat identification, risk management, crisis management, employee accountability, and security of the facility, including all aircraft.
Interacting regularly with Federal, state, and local officials regarding airport operations and security policies, procedures, and practices at the airport. Dealing with local members of Congress and their staff, the mayor and other top city officials as well as top state officials and local media.
Occasional travel – Position requires occasional travel.
Job family (Series)
0340 Program Management
Conditions of Employment
You must possess U.S. Citizenship.
You must complete a favorable Tier 5 Background Investigation (T5).
You must pass Drug Screening, subject to random drug tests.
You must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance.
Disclosure of your financial information is required.
Must sign mobility agreement upon selection.
Please see "Conditions of Employment" for additional Key Requirements.
You must meet the qualification requirements of this position no later than the closing date of the job opportunity announcement.
As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Professional/Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the equivalent of the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state and local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations.
To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, your resume must capture the critical elements and that show you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed below. We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including results of your actions. Please refer to the Office of Personnel Management's website, https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/reference-materials/guidetosesquals_2012.pdf for additional information about ECQs.
The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME-ONLY. Therefore, evidence of each ECQ and PTQ must be CLEARLY REFLECTED in your resume.
If you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES/TSES member or a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been previously certified by OPM's Qualifications Review Board, you are not required to address the ECQs. However, you MUST address all PTQs in your resume. Current and reinstatement eligible SES/TSES members please include with your application a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) documenting your career appointment to the SES/TSES. SES CDP graduates, please include a copy of your OPM certificate.
Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs):
Experience managing organizational resources (e.g., budgets, equipment, information) and identify operational and management efficiencies that support the allocation of limited resources.
Experience improving mission effectiveness by implementing risk-based, intelligence driven security initiatives and evaluating effectiveness through analysis of performance measurements.
Experience building and maintaining positive relationships with federal, state, local and private stakeholders in a way that best represents the agency.
Experience effectively managing, leading, and communicating with a large, diverse workforce (e.g., setting performance expectations and providing performance feedback, guiding individuals to achieve organizational goals).
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):
ECQ 1 – LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
ECQ 2 – LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
ECQ 3 – RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
ECQ 4 – BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 5 – BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
FAILURE TO MEET OR FULLY ADDRESS EACH EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATION AND PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS IN THE RESUME WILL ELIMINATE A CANDIDATE FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
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.
Certificates will be issued on an as needed basis, as vacancies occur. The applicant pool will be honored for a period of 6 months.
The TSA, an excepted service agency, was established by Public Law 107-71, the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), on November 19, 2001. ATSA provides TSA with the authority to modify and develop its own human capital program, provided such modifications are consistent with 49 USC 40122.
This is an excepted service position. However, there is an interchange agreement with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and TSA that enables Career TSES members who have been approved by the Qualifications Review Board at OPM to qualify for Senior Executive Service (SES) positions without additional competition.
Veteran’s Preference does NOT apply to SES/TSES positions.
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Conditions of employment:
This is an Emergency Essential position.
You will be required to serve a probationary period of one year unless you previously completed the probationary period in a SES/TSES position.
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.
FSD positions are not permanent assignments; the max length of a duty assignment is generally two consecutive tours of duty. The initial tour is 36 months, with agency approval a second tour up to 24 months. During your assignment, an employee from Human Capital will work with you to complete a career assessment and to identify future position interests. Using this information, and in consideration with future leadership vacancies, you will be transitioned into another role based on your skills and the agency leadership needs at the termination of your initial assignment.
Applicants may identify preferred locations. TSA will attempt to place employees based on identified locations but cannot guarantee placement in the identified location. Final determination will be made at the discretion of TSA.
If you applied to previous FSD vacancies, you must reapply.
MOBILITY: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in the wake of 9/11 to strengthen the security of the nation's transportation systems while ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA employs a risk-based strategy to secure U.S. transportation systems, with nearly 50,000 Transportation Security Officers, each day at approximately 450 airports nationwide. The agency continuously sets the standard for excellence in transportation security through its people, processes, technologies and use of intelligence to drive operations.
As a member of the TSES, you may be subject to frequent changes in posts of duty and positions. Mobility is a condition of employment, so you must be prepared to accept, without objection, the judgment of your superiors concerning reassignments for operational and/or career development purposes, or for other reasons determined to be in the best interest of the Transportation Security Administration. Upon appointment you will be required to sign a Mobility Agreement.
DRUG TESTING: You must pass a pre-employment drug test. In addition, you may be subject to random drug testing during employment.
SECURITY CLEARANCE: This position requires a TS/SCI (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information) clearance that must be completed prior to appointment. You will be subject to a 5-year periodic investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated on the quality and extent to which your resume shows that you possess the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) outlined in the “Qualifications” section of the Job Opportunity Announcement. Your resume may be evaluated by an SES/TSES rating and ranking panel, and afterwards, best qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The TSA Executive Resources Council (ERC) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority. Only the selectee will be required to write Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) narratives. Unless you have already been certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by the QRB before appointment can occur.
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Background checks and security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information
Drug test required
1. Your Resume, which incorporates both Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs) responses. (Uploaded resumes must include contact information and for qualifications determinations your resume should contain hours worked per week, the dates of employment, and the level of your experience.)
2. Associated Questionnaire.
3. Current SES/TSES members: You must provide a copy of the specific SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which documents conversion or appointment, without time limitation, to the SES/TSES (except current TSA employees).
4. Reinstatement Eligible SES/TSES members: You must provide a copy of the specific SF-50 which documents conversion or appointment, without time limitation, to your formal SES/TSES position as well as any Federal agency document which confirms your successful completion of an SES/TSES probationary period. (Note: a second SF-50 dated more than a year after SES/TSES conversion or appointment, which documents continued unlimited assignment to the same SES/TSES position, will suffice to document completion of the SES/TSES probationary period).
5. Graduates of an OPM approved Candidate Development Program (CDP) which resulted in certification by the OPM QRB: You must provide a copy of a QRB endorsed program graduation certificate.
6. If you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES/TSES member or a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been previously certified by OPM's Qualifications Review Board, you are not required to address the ECQs.
7. Non-SES/TSES members: You must provide a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (except current TSA employees).
NOTE: An award SF-50 (i.e. cash or time off award) does not indicate grade, pay band or level and will not be accepted.
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.
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