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Location:Essington (Tinicum), PA
Company:Transportation Security Administration
First posted:May 19, 2017
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Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

About the Agency

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

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.

Duties

If you are selected for this position, you will serve as a Supervisory Human Resources (HR) Specialist for the Office of Security Operations (OSO), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). You will serve as a liaison to the Federal Security Director (FSD) and airport management group, ensuring compliance with the Office of Human Capital (OHC) directives, policies, guidance, procedures, and requirements. You will apply your experience and comprehensive knowledge of human resources principles, concepts, regulations and practices, and analytical methods and techniques to ensure decisions are consistent with merit system principles. Additionally, you will report directly to the Assistant Federal Security Director - Mission Support (AFSD-MS) or other designated management official at the airport.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Functioning as the airport Subject Matter Expert (SME) on human capital core functions to ensure compliance with OHC.
  • Providing advice and guidance to junior specialists, professionals, managers, employees, and external representatives to resolve problems not always consistent to treatment by standards.
  • Identifying and proposing solutions to complex issues and concerns where previous studies and established techniques require modification and adaptation. Reviewing policies and precedents in order to make a recommendation for applying them to sensitive or controversial cases or problems.
  • Conducting research and evaluating options for use in implementing OHC programs and policies. Utilizing human resources expertise to recommend best option and coordinate or direct program and policy implementation. Advising management regarding current policies and procedures.
  • Providing sound interpretation and guidance regarding the application of HR related policies and procedures.
  • Managing allocated resources (staff, budget, equipment, etc.) to accomplish work and objectives of the component, program, or project. Requesting additional resources and contributing to the planning process for budgetary equipment, supplies, and human resources needs.
  • Applying expert knowledge of the technical aspects of the work directed (Employee Relations principles and practices, appeals and grievance processes, Office of Workers Compensation Programs, position management, staffing, human resources concepts, and best practices) using knowledge of case laws, Merit Systems Protection Board, decisions and precedents, government regulations, executive orders, and agency rules.
  • Serving as the Employee Relations (ER) and Office of Workers Compensation Programs consultant to the FSD and other management members.
  • Providing advice and assistance to management regarding appropriate disciplinary and adverse actions.
  • Identifying and providing guidance on Fitness for Duty and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues.

Supervisory/Managerial duties include serving as a first line supervisor for the organization. This includes but is not limited to: assigning work, setting priorities, and reviewing and evaluating work and performance of subordinates; approving leave; coaching and developing employees; recommending corrective or disciplinary actions; assisting in budget planning and projecting short-term needs; managing projects within assigned resources; resolving routine problems that typically impact the objectives of the organizational unit; and when required, coordinating with customers outside the immediate organization.
Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • A minimum of one (1) week of travel in a full-time duty status will be required within 90-days of entry on duty to complete TSA's in residence New Hire Training. This training will occur away from the employee's duty station of record. Employees will be paid for compensable hours and reimbursed for authorized travel expenses per TSA Travel Policy.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements

  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • You may be required to complete a one year Supervisory Trial Period.
  • Selective Service registration is required.

Qualifications

To qualify for the SV-I Pay Band (equivalent to GS-13), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the SV-H Pay Band or the GS-12 in the Federal Service or equivalent in the private sector. Specialized Experience is defined as experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to human resources work. Such experience includes providing services in at least two and leading others in at least one of the following human resources disciplines: Worker's Compensation, employee relations, position classification, labor relations, staffing, or performance management.

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.

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.

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

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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. We expect to make a job offer within 30 business days after the deadline for applications.

BENEFITS

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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, click here .

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

Supervisory/Managerial Trial Period Requirements: Unless previously completed, you must satisfactorily complete a one-year supervisory trial period to continue in this supervisory/managerial position.

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: (please use the apply button below) .

To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.

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.

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.

Qualified non-competitive eligible candidates may be referred for consideration on a separate, unranked list.

More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

This position is within the Professional category of TSA's Core Compensation Plan.

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.

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