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Announcement Number:
UD-NC2018-02-EP
Hiring Agency:
United States Secret Service (DHS-USSS)
Position Title:
Officer (Uniformed Division)
Open Period:
04/09/2018 - 09/30/2018

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
LE - 0083 01
Salary:
USD $60,424 - USD $103,936
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-Time
Promotion Potential:
LE-01
Duty Location(s):
FEW
in
Washington, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Talent & Emp Acq Mgmt Div
202-406-5271
udsupport@secretservice.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All United States citizens. For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here.  
Security Clearance Required:
Top Secret
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Initial appointment is in the Excepted Service.
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:
THIS IS AN OPEN, CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. The first cut-off date for consideration of applicants will be April 15, 2018. Applications will be referred on the 16th of each month and the end of each month until the job opportunity announcement closes.

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.

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 conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders.

The Uniformed Division’s mission is to protect facilities and venues secured for U.S. Secret Service protectees. Throughout its history, the Uniformed Division has accomplished this mission through a tradition of honor, integrity, and a commitment to excellence.  The Officer position starts at a salary of $60,424 (LE-0083-01, step 1) in the Office of Protective Operations, Uniformed Division. For more information on the Secret Service click here.

A special needs/superior qualifications pay-setting authority may be available to applicants who have superior qualifications or whose skills and competencies fill a special need of the Secret Service.  The recommended salary for such an applicant may be at any point in the range listed for this position.  If you are deemed eligible for this pay-setting authority, you will be notified during the hiring process.  Please note that the use of this authority is at the sole discretion of the Secret Service.  

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

This job opportunity announcement is for applicants who currently RESIDE throughout the country and overseas. 
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Yes

If a final job offer is extended, relocation expenses may be authorized to the duty location.

Duties

During the course of their careers, Uniformed Division Officers carry out assignments in protection. Duties include: 

  • Providing protection for The White House Complex, The Vice President's Residence, The Main Treasury Building and Annex, and foreign diplomatic missions and embassies in the Washington, D.C. area.
  • Traveling in support of the Presidential, Vice Presidential, and foreign heads of state/government missions.
  • Enforcing mandated protective responsibilities as described under Title 18, United States Code, Section 3056A.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
Conditions of Employment you will be required to:
  • Be at least age 21 and less than age 37 at the time you receive a conditional offer of employment, unless you have previous service in a Federal Civilian Law Enforcement position covered by special law enforcement or firefighter retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement. Applicants with veteran's preference must receive a conditional offer of employment prior to reaching age 40 to continue in the application process.
  • Possess uncorrected visual acuity of no worse than 20/60 binocular. Possess corrected visual acuity of 20/20 or better in each eye. (Note: Lasik, ALK, RK, and PRK corrective eye surgeries are acceptable eye surgeries for Uniformed Division Officer applicants. Applicants will be considered eligible for the Uniformed Division Officer position provided specific visual tests are passed. The following are waiting periods for visual tests: Lasik-3 months after surgery, PRK-6 months after surgery, and ALK and RK-one year after surgery).
  • Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 30 decibels (A.S.A. or equivalent I.S.O.) in either ear in the 500, 1000, and 2000 Hz ranges. Applicants must be able to hear the whispered voice at 15 feet with each ear without the use of a hearing aid.
  • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
  • Disclose any prior drug use, attempted use, and/or experimentation.
  • Carry and use a firearm.  Maintaining firearm proficiency is also mandatory.  You will be ineligible to occupy this position if at any time you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, unless you received a pardon or your conviction was expunged or set aside.
  • Complete 12 weeks of intensive training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA or Artesia, NM and 14 weeks of specialized training at the James J. Rowley Training Center in Laurel, MD.  Failure to pass the training program on the first attempt may result in separation from the Secret Service.
  • Certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so, if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959.
  • Be appointed to these positions under a proposed excepted appointment which is limited to 3 years and 120 days. Upon completion of this period, you will either be converted to career status or separated based on the expiration of the appointment.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Possess a current valid U.S. driver's license.
  • Education Requirements:
    General Medical Requirements:

    As determined by the Office of Personnel Management, the duties of this position require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of fingers, wrist, elbows, shoulders, hips and knee joints is required.  Arms, hands, legs and feet must function sufficiently in order for applicants to perform the duties satisfactorily.

    Since the duties of this position are exacting and involve the responsibility for the safety of others under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability.  Any condition that would hinder full, efficient performance of the duties of this position or that would cause the individual to be a hazard to himself/herself or to others is disqualifying.

    There are also specific medical requirements for this position, and any chronic disease or condition affecting the respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, nervous, genitourinary, and other systems that would impair full performance of the duties of the positon may also be disqualifying. 
    Evaluations:
    Your on-line application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position.  All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated by your resume.  Your resume and/or supporting documents need to support your answer choices in order to be considered and deemed eligible.  The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
    • Ability to follow instructions and respect authority; obeys organizational policies and the chain-of-command.
    • Ability to deal calmly and effectively with high stress or dangerous situations; remains calm, even-tempered, and in control of emotions, as appropriate for the situation.
    • Ability to convey oral information in a clear, concise and well organized manner taking into account the audience and the nature of the information (e.g., technical, controversial); speaks clearly, convincingly and confidently using proper grammar, tone and pace; tracks audience responses and reacts appropriately to those responses.
    • Ability to demonstrate fairness, professionalism and tact when interacting with others; understands and interacts effectively with a variety of people  to include those who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; adjusts interpersonal style, as needed, to interact with differing individuals.
    • Ability to display a high standard of ethical conduct and can be trusted in all work situations; chooses an ethical course of action and does the right thing, even in the face of opposition; encourages others to behave accordingly.
    Qualifications:
    You qualify for the LE-01 grade level (starting salary $60,424) if you meet the following requirements:
    • Possess, at a minimum, a high school diploma or certificate of equivalency.
    • Be the age of 21 at the time of application.
    The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the cut-off date of the month in which you applied.

    Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are considered in the following order: (1) preference eligibles having a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more; followed by (2) other 10-point preference eligibles; (3) 5-point preference eligible; and (4) non-preference eligibles (i.e., non-veterans). For information on veterans' preference, please click here.

    If you meet the minimum qualifications, a score will automatically be calculated based on your answers to the vacancy specific questions to place you in one of three groups: Best Qualified Group-applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria; Well Qualified Group-applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria; and Qualified Group-applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills and abilities.

    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.

    Applicants must successfully complete Phase I (see below) to be certified to receive a conditional offer of employment notification. In addition, applicants must successfully complete Phase II (see below) in order to receive final consideration for employment.

    Phase I: 
    • ***Written Assessment***;
    • May be subject to an Applicant Physical Abilities Test;
    • Interview; and
    • Credit check
     *** Please note that previous Police Officer Selection Test (POST) scores will no longer be valid for processing. All applicants must take the new written Assessment.***

     Phase II:
    •  Security Interview;
    •  Polygraph examination;
    •  May be subject to a Psychological assessment;
    •  Medical examination; and
    •  Background investigation (a top secret security clearance)
    To view the entire application process, please click here, and click on the red arrow to move through the process. 

    The Secret Service follows stringent guidelines relating to illegal drug usage. An applicant's history is reviewed and a determination for employment is made according to our guidelines. For more information regarding the U.S. Secret Service drug guidelines please click here.  Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience, no points will be assigned. 

    Benefits and Other Info

    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 http://www.dhs.gov/careers and select "benefits."
    Other Information:
    Applicants selected for this position will be required to sign a continuing service agreement before being assigned to an initial training class. The continuing service agreement will commit the applicant to a specified period of employment with the U.S. Secret Service upon the successful completion of training.

    WORK SCHEDULE: Newly appointed Uniformed Division Officers normally work a 40-hour workweek on a set schedule (e.g., 6:30 am - 3:00 pm, 2:30 pm - 11:00 pm, or 10:30 pm - 7:00 am shifts). Workdays and shifts will vary depending on assignment and manpower requirements.

    Applicants will  be required to travel to all phases of the application process at their own expense.

    The Secret Service prohibits employees from having visible body markings (including but not limited to tattoos, body art, and branding) on the head, face, neck, hand and fingers (any area below the wrist bone). 

    DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Click here to learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

    Pursuant to an exception granted by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), your application must contain a completed Optional Form 306, Declaration of Federal Employment. If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to update your OF-306, and to again 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.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    This position is being advertised via CareerConnector which is an automated staffing system. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, complete the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail. You must complete the application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. 
     
    If you cannot apply online, you may contact the Talent and Employee Aquisition Management Division, Uniformed Division Support Branch at udsupport@secretservice.gov OR by calling (202) 406-5271 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:30 pm EST (excluding Federal holidays) prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.  The Secret Service provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, on a case-by-case basis.
    Required Documents:
    In addition to addressing the job opportunity announcement 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 detail and in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date, and include the number of hours worked per week.
    • Are you a Veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or notice form. If a DD-214  is not available, submit certification from the Armed Forces that list the beginning and ending dates of active service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans' information.
    • 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. In addition, if you have or had service in a Federal Law Enforcement position covered by law enforcement or firefighter retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement, the SF-50 must show the retirement code. An award SF-50 does not contain the required information. Also submit your performance appraisals and/or incentive awards.
    • Do you have a local, state, federal, or military Law Enforcement Certification? Submit your local, state, federal, or military Law Enforcement Certification.  
    Next Steps:
    Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eligibility.  Best qualified applicants will be referred for further consideration.  We expect to make a selection of which applicants will continue in the application process within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.  You may check the status of your application for this position by going to www.usajobs.gov.  Click on the “My USAJOBS” tab, enter your user ID and password, and click on “My Applications”.  You will also receive an e-mail notification regarding your application status. For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here.