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Personnel Security Specialist DIRECT HIRE

Company: Internal Revenue Service
Location: Sarasota
Posted on: January 17, 2023

Job Description:



Duties

WHAT IS THE HUMAN CAPITAL OFFICE (HCO) DIVISION?

A description of the business units can be found at:



Vacancies will be filled in the following specialty areas:

Human Capital, Office of Human Resource Operations, Talent Acquisition, Personnel Security Office



The following are the duties of this position at the full working level. If this vacancy includes more than one grade and you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and receive training to help you grow in this position.


  • Provides expert technical advice on a wide variety of issues including legislation, regulations, and other guidance related to the Personnel Security program and processes. Meets with top-level managers and executives within the Service and OPM to define the overall goals and objectives of the program.
  • Directs, plans, and coordinates complex analyses of programs (current or proposed), projects, and/or processes and considers factors such as: impact on customers, other programs, policies, procedural changes,staffing, training and support requirements, risk factors, costs and available alternatives.
  • Leads or coordinates operational reviews that impact multiple IRS locations and/or organizations.
  • Provides guidance and assistance to lower-graded specialists in the reviews and evaluations of complex programs. Serve as the person of contact and facilitator for agency audits.
  • Leads or participates in functional and cross-functional research studies involving the analysis of technical data in order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of Personnel Security (PS). Frequently makes inquiries to stakeholders on issues affecting operational performance and investigative priorities.




    Requirements
    Conditions of Employment




    • If you are in a telework eligible position, you may be directed to temporarily telework on a full-time basis due to COVID 19. Employees must be within a 200-mile radius of their official assigned post-of-duty (POD) while in a telework status. Once normal operations resume, employees may be directed back to the office to perform the duties of their position. Telework eligibility does not guarantee telework; employees must meet and sustain IRS telework eligibility requirements and supervisor's approval to participate in the IRS Telework Program. As a reminder - If you are selected for a position, you are responsible for reporting to your designated POD (location) on the negotiated start date or as directed by management.
    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National and provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. (Birth certificate showing birth in the U.S; Unexpired U.S. Passport; Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization; or Report of Birth Abroad of a U.S. Citizen (Form FS-240))

    • Must successfully complete a background investigation, including a FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).





      Qualifications

      Federal experience is not required. The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-timework is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

      You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement OR time of referral:



      SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-07: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience includes: researching and gathering information and analyzing a set of facts, reviewing and evaluating applications or background information such as arrest records, credit reports, or tax records, and knowledge of security-related policies and regulations. Experience composing documents, reports, and correspondence involving non-technical information.

      OR

      EDUCATION: one (1) full year of graduate level education (18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours) at an accredited college or university in a related field of study such as: national security studies, information technology, criminal justice, or management. OR Superior Academic Achievement may be met by having a Bachelor's degree, with one of the following: A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last 2 years of study, or a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all courses in the major field of study or those courses in the major completed in the last 2 years of study, or rank in the upper one third of the class in the college, university, or major subdivision, or membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.

      OR

      COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.



      SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-09: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience includes: experience that demonstrates knowledge of security program concepts, policies, and practices. Experience analyzing and evaluating factual information derived from investigations and applying regulations and policies affecting employment of individuals in an organization. Experience preparing oral and written summaries of investigative information.

      OR

      EDUCATION: A master's or equivalent graduate degree in a related field of study such as: national security studies, information technology, criminal justice, or management. OR Two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a graduate degree in a related field of study such as: national security studies, information technology, criminal justice, or management. OR LL.B. or J.D., if related.

      OR

      COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.



      SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-11: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience includes: experience that demonstrates broad knowledge of security program concepts, policies, and practices; ensuring compliance with policies, procedures, and guidelines for the protection of classified, non-classified, and security related information in accordance with appropriate regulations; knowledge of personnel security principles, techniques and procedures. Experience conducting background investigations and personnel security clearance designation reviews and recommending actions based on established methods and procedures. Experience preparing oral and written summaries of investigative information.

      OR

      EDUCATION: A Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field of study such as: national security studies, information technology, criminal justice, or management fields. OR 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a graduate degree in a related field of study such as: national security studies, information technology, criminal justice, or management. OR LL.M., if related.

      OR

      COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.



      SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-12: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience includes: experience that demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of security principles, concepts, techniques, and methods sufficient to assist in managing a data security program for an organization and/or maintaining security applications for assigned systems. Experience initiating investigations of security incidents and/or investigating and resolving complex background investigation issues and providing technical assistance, advice, and consultation regarding security measures and effectiveness. Experience developing and maintaining policy and process documentation, and standard operating procedures (SOP) for personnel security programs and services; implementing procedures for granting and verifying sensitive position clearances and clearances for access to classified information and designating levels of position sensitivity and risk. Experience with oral and written communication techniques to effectively communicate with managers, employees, and other customers.



      SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-13: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience includes: experience that demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of personnel security (PS) concepts, practices, standards, procedures, systems, and programs; experience with PS case processing and systems sufficient to provide support for issues/problems that arise during the background investigation process. Experience utilizing analytical and evaluative techniques to conduct studies, identify and evaluate potential problems, and recommend resolutions to management; and project management principles and methods to develop plans and schedules, estimate resource requirements, define deliverables, monitor activities, and evaluate and report on accomplishments. Experience developing personnel suitability and security guidelines, policies and regulations, and assisting lower graded personnel in the proper processing of cases; oral and written communication skills to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization on extremely sensitive and confidential information; providing guidance and direction to customers and stakeholders; consulting/negotiating and meeting and dealing tactfully and persuasively with others to resolve issues which are often controversial and sensitive in nature.



      SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-14: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience includes: experience that demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge and skill in communicating and applying advanced personnel security (PS) concepts, laws, regulations, principles, and practices.



      See Additional Information for remaining Qualifications.



      Education

      For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.



      A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to .



      FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click for Foreign Education Credentialing instructions.



      Additional information

      SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-14 (con't): Experience utilizing PS systems to provide expert technical advice, guidance, and recommendations to management and other technical specialists on critical issues in the areas of applications software and internet technologies. Advanced knowledge of PS organizational structure to ensure guidance is directed to the appropriate responsible function; in-depth knowledge of PS processes to provide expert technical advice on alternative processing methods and procedures. Experience developing personnel suitability and security guidelines, policies and regulations, and assisting lower graded personnel in the proper processing of cases. Experience with project management principles and methods, sufficient to develop plans and schedules, estimate resource requirements, define deliverables, monitor activities, and to evaluate and report on accomplishments. Oral and written communication skills to prepare reports/documents, to conduct/facilitate formal or informal meetings, to identify and resolve problems, and to formulate and articulate policies and viewpoints to executives, management, employees, and other persons both within and outside PS. For more information on qualifications please refer to .

      • A 1-year probationary period is required.
      • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

      • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Additional jobs may be filled.

      • This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position.
      • Tour of Duty: Monday-Friday, Day Shift
      • Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
      • Relocation expenses - No
      • May be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
      • The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position will be conditional on obtaining and maintaining a High Risk Security Clearance.
      • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
      • If this position is designated as hard to fill and you were referred by an IRS employee, the employee may be eligible to receive a bonus for referring you under The Employee Referral Bonus Program (ERBP), recruiting strategy.
      • Though many locations may be listed, you will be limited to a maximum of 3 location choices. Please consider each location carefully when applying. If you are selected for a position at one of your location selections, that location will become your official post of duty.

        This is an open continuous announcement which allows applicants to apply up to the closing date of the announcement, 01/05/2024. The announcement will be used to fill initially an anticipated 10 vacancies. Contingent upon funding and space requirements, one or more vacancies may be filled at the locations listed in this announcement as they become available.






        • Benefits



          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. .






          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.







          Required Documents


          The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. All application materials, including transcripts, must be in English.



        • Online Application - Questionnaire
        • Education - See Education Section above
        • Registration/License (If Applicable) - active, current registration/license

        • Military Spouses (If Applicable) - You MUST submit verification of the marriage to the service member(i.e., a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage) AND (1) a copy of your spouse's active military orders; OR (2) verification of your spouse's 100% service-connected disability (e.g., VA Letter and/or DD-214); OR (3) verification of the service member's death while on active duty (DD-1300/Death Certificate). You are not eligible if you were not married to the veteran at the time of death or have since remarried.
        • Current and Former Federal Employees Documentation (If Applicable) - You MUST submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) or equivalent personnel action form which shows your current grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 reflects "1" and your "tenure" block reflects "1" or "2".) If you are applying for a higher grade, it is recommended to provide an SF-50(s) (or equivalent) which clearly demonstrates you meet the 52-week time-in-grade requirement (e.g., Promotion with an effective date more than one (1) year old, Within-Grade-Increase at the highest grade held).


        • High School Diploma (or equivalent) - If you are 16 or 17 years of age, you MUST submit documentation of graduation from high school (or equivalent); OR completion of a formal vocational training program; OR statement from school authorities agreeing with your decision to pursue employment rather than continuing your education.

          Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).




          How to Apply

          This Direct Hire Public Notice is to gather applications that may or may not result in a referral or selection. Your application will remain active through the open period of this Public Notice. Applicants will be referred on a first in, first out basis. Those applicants who are applying earlier in the process will stand a much better chance of being referred for consideration in the selection process.



          The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on 01/05/2024 in this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on 01/05/2024.

          To preview the Application Questionnaire, please click the following link:

          • To begin the application process, click the "Apply Online" button.
          • You will be re-directed to USA STAFFING to complete your application process; answer the online questions and submit all required documents. (To submit supporting documents, import documents from USAJOBS to the appropriate document types. If the document you need was not imported from USAJOBS, you may upload it directly into this application. To protect your privacy, we suggest you first remove your SSN).
          • To complete, you must click the "Submit Application" button prior to 11:59 PM (ET) on 01/05/2024.

            To update your application, including supporting documentation, at any time during the announcement open period, return to your USAJOBS account (). There you will find a record of your application, the application status, and an option to Update Application. This option will no longer be available once the announcement has closed.



            To verify the status of your application both during and after the announcement open period, log into your USAJOBS account: . All of your applications will appear on the Welcome page. The application record in your USAJOBS account provides an Additional Application Information page that provides information regarding the documentation you submitted and any correspondence we have sent related to this application. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: .





            Agency contact information


            IRS Philadelphia External



            Email





            Address


            Human Capital Office of Human Resource Operations Talent Acquisition

            1111 Constitution Ave NW

            Washington, DC 20224

            US






            Next steps


            Treasury believes in a working environment that supports inclusion; please view our reasonable accommodation policies and procedures at . We will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.



            Once your application package and online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email. You are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your application status, you may click on "more information." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. If your email mailbox is full or blocked (SPAM) you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.



            Fair & Transparent

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











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