Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
02/14/2020 to 03/09/2020
Pay scale & grade
$131,239 to $189,420 per year
Full-Time - Full Time
1 vacancy in the following location:
Yes as determined by agency policy
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Those who meet the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).
Clarification from the agency
This position is in the Transportation Security Executive Service (TSES) and is located in Arlington, VA.
The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME-ONLY. Please refer to the Evaluations/Qualifications section of this announcement for further information concerning resume requirements.
Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, we serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, we secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and public transit systems, thus protecting our transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce.
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In this position you will serve as the Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA), Training and Development (T&D) reporting to the Assistant Administrator (AA), Training and Development and serving as his/her principal advisor on matters relating to operational, developmental, and technical and industry training programs affecting all TSA employees and stakeholders who receive or benefit from TSA's training activities. The DAA provides key policy advice and guidance on broad technical and leadership training, as well as canine programs, in order to meet the overall mission, vision, goals and objectives of TSA and DHS. Duties include:
- Serving as primary point of contact and executive advisor to the AA as well as to the TSA Administrator and Deputy Administrator on broad training programs and initiatives to meet current and future training requirements.
- Directing broad policy analyses and risk management assessments to monitor and assess emerging and crisis-related risks involving agency-wide training activities.
- Providing executive oversight and leadership for subordinate organizational components, assuring consistency and coordination of policies and programs needed to accomplish TSA's mission.
- Representing TSA in partnership meetings with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Lackland Air Base and other training institutions.
- Managing and internally approving organizational changes and exercising discretionary authority to approve the allocation, priority and distribution of funds from T&D's annual budget.
- Overseeing and providing direction to the T&D Headquarters staff.
- Maintaining a strategic perspective of current training programs and incorporating new and innovative training practices into the training packages offered to the TSA workforce.
- Creating a learning culture.
- Providing direct management oversight for nationwide technical training functions including the following programs:
- TSO Basic, TSS-E, and Inspector Training, Advanced Training, Recurrent Training for TSOs and new Technology training
- Leadership training at all levels within the organization
- New hire and recurrent Federal Air Marshal (FAMS) Training
- Evaluating through informal networks, on-line performance tools, observations and various other assessment tools the conduct and effectiveness of training.
- Providing broad oversight to the TSA Training Academy and associated geographically dispersed Training Centers.
- Providing broad guidance in the development of training standards and classroom execution methods.
- Determining, planning, and overseeing state and local canine procurement and technical training.
- Working in close coordination with the Office of Law Enforcement to ensure training resources are available when required for FAMS training.
- Overseeing the evolution of TSA Career Progression and developing associated training for all agency employees.
Occasional travel - Position requires occasional travel.
Conditions Of Employment
- You must possess U.S. Citizenship.
- You must complete a favorable Single Scope Background Investigation.
- 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.
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, you must show in your resume that 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):
1. Demonstrate experience leading security and law enforcement training programs in a large, geographically dispersed organization.
2. Maintain expert knowledge of technical and leadership training, as well as other initiatives to design, develop, deliver, and evaluate training programs that find innovative and effective solutions to complex issues.
3. Apply expert knowledge to address training and development challenges, while supporting the needs of a diverse and dispersed workforce.
4. Demonstrate experience evaluating complex training and employee development programs and other operations across the agency.
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.
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.
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 the 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 more than 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Veteran's Preference does NOT apply to SES/TSES positions.
- View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.
How You Will Be Evaluated
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, highly 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
1. Your Resume, which incorporates both Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs) responses.
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.
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.
How to Apply
How to Apply
PLEASE NOTE: ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MUST BE RECEIVED IN OUR OFFICE BY 11:59 PM ET (Eastern Time) ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS JOB OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT. THIS INCLUDES BOTH ONLINE AND FAXED APPLICATION MATERIALS. IF WE DO NOT RECEIVE ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION BY THE CLOSING DATE, YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
1. Resume which incorporates both ECQ and PTQ responses. Uploaded resumes will be accepted for this position. If you would like to create and submit your resume using USAJOBS Resume Builder, please follow the link provided. Click Here: USAJOBS Resume Builder.
2. Applicable supporting documents (see Required Documents Section).
Click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to apply. If you are unable to access the automated application system, we may need to reset your password. Please call the TSA HRAccess Executive Services Office (ESO) Help Desk at 877-872-7991 (TDD 877-872-7992) between the hours of: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday.
If you are unable to apply online, please call the ESO Help Desk at the number listed above for assistance.
Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.
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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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