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Assistant Federal Security Director - Generalist more...
Location:Albany, NY
Company:Transportation Security Administration
First posted:June 09, 2017

Job Overview

Job Overview

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.


The Assistant Federal Security Director - Generalist is located within the Office of Security Operations (OSO), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected for this position, you would be responsible for supporting the Federal Security Director (FSD) by providing day to day direction for airport security and operations at airports with multiple checkpoints and a workforce ranging from 126 to 250 employees. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Providing support in the following areas: tactical planning, execution, and operating management for coordinated security services.
  • Participating in briefings concerning sensitive security information.
  • Serving as a Principal Advisor to the Federal Security Director (FSD) on all matters concerning operational support.
  • Developing, planning, coordinating, and managing support operations that include customer service/stakeholder programs, training, and engineering services.
  • Conferring with FSD and appropriate staff personnel to outline work plans, to provide technical advice to resolve problems, to review status reports, and to modify schedules in order to meet workload fluctuations.
  • Organizing and implementing the Federal Security Crisis Management Response Plan.
  • Implementing performance and enhancement of security and screening standards for airport employees and passengers, oversight of passenger, baggage, and air cargo security screening, airport security risk assessments, security technology implementation, and maintenance within established guidelines; crisis management, data, and communications network protection and recovery as it impacts on Federal security responsibilities, employee security awareness training, and coordination of applicable Federal, state, and local emergency services and law enforcement.
  • Assisting with providing guidance in monitoring and evaluating existing security operations and related programs and in developing and implementing innovative approaches for long term improvements.
  • Making major recommendations concerning significant internal and external program policy issues affecting the overall operation of the airport.
  • Interfacing with individuals from Headquarters and other airport operations to assure effective program management.

Supervisory/Managerial duties include 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 must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.
  • Disclosure of your financial information is required.
  • Selective Service registration is required.
  • Must pass pre-employment Drug Screening AND random drug testing.


To qualify for the SV-J Pay Band (equivalent to GS-14) , your application for this position must reflect 1 year of specialized experience that is in or related to the duties of the position as described above and is at the experience level of the SV-I pay band or GS-13 (or equivalent) in the Federal Government or the private sector. Qualifying specialized experience for this position is experience that reflects your particular knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies to successfully perform the duties of this position which involves serving as the principle advisor to a Federal Security Director (FSD) on all matters concerning operational support and providing day to day direction for airport security and operations at an airport with multiple checkpoints and a diverse workforce. Your experience must demonstrate you have the ability to perform the critical competencies necessary to supervise a staff that provides the security screening operations, airport security risk assessments, crisis management, technology implementation, and other related programs assigned by the FSD. Competencies required for this position include, but are not limited to the ability to:

  • Understand, instruct, and apply aviation security and administrative directives and regulations;
  • Identify a range of security issues and threats in a complex environment;
  • Conduct program planning and evaluation in an operational environment; and
  • Provide leadership and direction in managing and overseeing a diverse workforce of professional and support staff performing protective security work.

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.

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.

Security Clearance


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.


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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

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.

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.

This position is within the Specialized 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.

You must pass pre-employment Drug Screening AND you will be subject to post-employment random Drug testing.

This is an Emergency Essential position.

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