Personnel Security Specialist


Vacancy ID: 766119   Announcement Number: FS-766119-MD13   USAJOBS Control Number: 329648100

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766119
1. Title of Job

Personnel Security Specialist
2. Biographic Data

All biographic information is required, except for country (unless you reside in an overseas area) and telephone number.
3. E-Mail Address

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4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

(Required) Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

Enter the lowest grade you are willing to accept.
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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

Enter your veterans' preference claim. (Note: If you are claiming veterans' preference YOU MUST submit supporting documentation as specified in the vacancy announcement to receive eligibility consideration.)
15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

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16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

Select at least one occupational specialty code. The specialty code(s) for this position are 001, 002 and 003. Please note that you must select at least one specialty code but may select multiple codes if desired. Each code is defined below:

001 - Open to All U.S. Citizens.

002 - Competitive Merit Promotion. This includes current Federal employees who serve under a competitive career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, reinstatement eligibles (former Federal employees who served under a career appointment in the competitive service) and VEOA eligibles (veterans with preference and veterans who have been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service.  You must provide qualifying documentation (i.e. – SF-50 or veterans documentation).

003 - Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities. This includes applicants who are eligible for noncompetitive or special appointment authorities such as: 30% or more compensably disabled veterans, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA - for positions at GS-11 and below), and persons with disabilities (Schedule A), military spouse preference, Federal employees in excepted positions covered under an interchange agreement, and other eligible special hiring authorities (such as Peace Corps, Boren Fellows, etc.). This also includes applicants who previously held, or currently hold, this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this 766119.  For more information about special hiring authorities, visit: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp.  You must provide qualifying documentation for a noncompetitive or special hiring authority.


1 Open to All U.S. Citizens
2 Competitive Merit Promotion
3 Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities

20. Occupational Specialties

Select at least one occupational specialty code. The specialty code(s) for this position are 001, 002 and 003. Please note that you must select at least one specialty code but may select multiple codes if desired. Each code is defined below:

001 - Open to all U.S. citizens.

002 - Competitive merit promotion. This includes current Federal employees who serve under a competitive career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, reinstatement eligibles (former Federal employees who served under a career appointment in the competitive service) and VEOA eligibles (veterans with preference and veterans who have been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service.

003 - Noncompetitive merit promotion. This includes applicants who are eligible for special or noncompetitive appointment authorities such as: 30% or more compensably disabled veterans, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA - for positions at GS-11 and below), and persons with disabilities (Schedule A). This also includes applicants who previously held, or currently hold, this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this 766119.


001 Security Specialist

21. Geographic Availability

(Required) The location code for this position is:
063290075 San Francisco, CA
294120095 Kansas City, MO
482800113 Grand Prairie, TX

22. Transition Assistance Plan

Complete this section ONLY IF you are a surplus or displaced Federal employee requesting special priority consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). To be considered, you must be a surplus or displaced Federal employee as defined in the regulations, be applying for a vacancy at or below the grade level of the position from which you have been or are being separated (and with no greater promotion potential than your position), and be occupying or have been displaced from a position in the same local commuting area as the vacancy.

Note: To receive consideration for the CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit the necessary supporting documentation as specified in the vacancy announcement.


23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE

This section asks you to describe your educational background, your work, and other experiences in specific factors which relate to job performance. ALL QUESTIONS MUST BE ANSWERED. Record your answers in Section 25.

1. From the descriptions below, select the letter that describes the education or experience you have that demonstrates your ability to perform GS-5, Security Specialist work. If your highest level of education is not described below, choose the letter that describes experience or lower level education that you do have. Mark only 1 response.

A. I have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree or I possess a bachelor's degree.

B. I have completed education beyond the bachelor's degree, e.g., graduate study, master's degree, LL.B., J.D., LL.M., Ph.D.

C. I have at least one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-05 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as: 1) reviewing request for security clearances or reports of personnel investigations; 2) developing, evaluating, maintaining and/or operating systems, policies, procedures, devices, and methods used for safeguarding information property, personnel, operations and material; and 3) developing and implementing policies and procedures for analyzing and evaluating the character, background, and history of employees, candidates for employment, and other persons who may have access to sensitive information, material, or work sites.
D. My work primarily involved maintaining logs and records, routing telephone calls, filing, tracking leave and attendance, and requisitioning office items.
E. I have three years of experience that demonstrated the ability to analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; plan and organize work; and communicate effectively orally and in writing.
F. I have at least 3 years of post-high school education as described in "A," above, and at least 3 months of experience as described in "C."

G. I have less than 4 years of post-high school education or a bachelor's degree and less than the experience described in "E", but I have a combination of education and the type of experience described in "E." To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours (or equivalent) earned towards your degree and divide by 120 semester hours (or equivalent). Then take the number of months of full time experience divided by 36 months. Add the two percentages. The total must equal at least 100 percent in order to meet this description.
H. My education and/or experience is not reflected is any of the above statements and I do not qualify for this position.

2. From the descriptions below, select the letter that describes the education or experience you have that demonstrates your ability to perform GS-7, Security Specialist work. If your highest level of education is not described below, choose the letter that describes experience or lower level education that you do have. Mark only 1 response.

A. I have successfully completed a bachelors degree AND meet one of the following under the Superior Academic Achievement provisions: (1) A grade point average of B (a GPA of 3.0 or higher) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last 2 full years of undergraduate study; OR (2) A grade point average of B (a GPA of 3.5 or higher) for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; OR (3) Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision; OR (4) Membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.
B. I have one full year of graduate level study, or possess a master's or higher degree, e.g., LL.B., J.D., LL.M., Ph.D, from an accredited institution, in a related field such as human resources, social or behavioral sciences, business or public administration or any other field that provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position.
C. I have at least one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-05 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as: 1) reviewing request for security clearances or reports of personnel investigations; 2) developing, evaluating, maintaining and/or operating systems, policies, procedures, devices, and methods used for safeguarding information property, personnel, operations and material; and 3) developing and implementing policies and procedures for analyzing and evaluating the character, background, and history of employees, candidates for employment, and other persons who may have access to sensitive information, material, or work sites.
D. I have one year of experience in maintaining logs and records, routing telephone calls, filing, tracking leave and attendance, and requisitioning office items.
E. I have combination of Education and Experience- I have less than the full amount of graduate education described in "B" and less than the amount of experience described in "C," but I have a combination of the type of education described in "B" and the type of experience described in "C." To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then take the number of months of full-time experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.
F. My education and/or experience is not reflected in any of the above statements and I do not qualify for this position.

3. Please fill in "A" for this question.

A. This is the correct response.

4. Please fill in "A" for this question.

A. This is the correct response.

5. Please fill in "A" for this question.

A. This is the correct response.

The following questions ask you to describe your educational background, your work, and other experiences in specific areas which relate to successful job performance.

You are to choose one answer to each question from among the alternatives presented. If you are using the OPM Form 1203FX, then, record your answers in Section 25 beginning at Item 6. Do not mark more than one answer for each question. Multiple answers will not be counted. Do not omit answers unless instructed to do so. Other omissions may decrease your score.

1. During high school (grades 9 - 12), I made the semester honor roll:

A. = never
B. = once or twice
C. = three or four times
D. = five or six times
E. = seven or eight times

2. The high school grade I most often received was:

A. = A
B. = B
C. = C
D. = D or lower
E. = I do not remember

IF YOU DID NOT ATTEND COLLEGE, PLEASE SKIP TO ITEM 4.

3. The college grade I most often received was:

A. = A
B. = B
C. = C
D. = D or lower
E. = I do not remember

4. In the past three years the number of different paying jobs I have held for more than two weeks is:

A. = 7 or more
B. = 5 - 6
C. = 3 - 4
D. = 1 - 2
E. = none

5. I have been employed in work similar to that of the job covered by this examination:

A. = never employed in a similar job
B. = less than 1 year
C. = 1 - 2 years
D. = 3 - 4 years
E. = over 5 years

6. In the past three years, my primary work experience has been in:

A. = professional or administrative occupations
B. = clerical or sales occupations
C. = service occupations
D. = trades or labor occupations
E. = not employed in the past three years

7. On my present or most recent job, my supervisor rated me as:

A. = outstanding
B. = above average
C. = average
D. = below average
E. = not employed or received no rating

8. In the past three years the number of jobs I have been fired from is:

A. = 5 or more
B. = 3 to 4
C. = 2
D. = 1
E. = none

9. The number of civic or social organizations (which have regular meetings and a defined membership) that I belong to is:

A. = none
B. = 1
C. = 2 or 3
D. = 4 to 6
E. = 7 or more

10. In organizations to which I belong, my participation is best described as:

A. = do not belong to any organizations
B. = not very active
C. = a regular member but not an office holder
D. = have held at least one important office
E. = have held several important offices

11. My previous supervisors (or teachers if not previously employed) would most likely describe my basic math skills as:

A. = superior
B. = above average
C. = average
D. = below average
E. = do not know

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

The questions in this part relate to fundamental competencies, such as problem solving and oral communication, required for the job for which you are applying.

Please answer each question "A" for YES or "B" for NO.

Keep in mind the following:

1) Some questions refer to "work" experience. Unless otherwise stated, this includes experience you have gained through:       

·      School,

·      Volunteer work,

·      Military service,

·      Paid employment,

·      Hobbies, or

·      Professional, charitable, religious, community, social, or other organizations.

 


2) Some questions include examples to help show the broad range of accomplishments and experience applicants might have. Read the entire question using the examples as a guide, but do not base your answers solely on the examples.

3) Some questions ask you if you received a grade of B or above in your schoolwork. On an A, B, C, D, F scale, a grade of B or above is considered an above average grade. If you were graded on a different scale, use the equivalent of a B or above on the type of scale on which you were graded.

Answer all questions to the best of your ability. Your responses are subject to verification through background checks, job interviews, and any other information obtained during the application process. Untruthful responses or any attempt to conceal information can result in your removal from a Federal job and in you being barred from seeking Federal employment in the future.

Remember:

A- For Yes
B- For No

12. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved determining appropriate products or services for customers or clients?

13. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved discussing sensitive information with others, or interviewing or surveying people, either in person or by telephone, to gather information they were reluctant to give?

14. Have you received favorable feedback about your ability to provide oral instructions or on-the-job training to others, or about your ability to instruct or coach others in athletic, leisure, or community activities?

15. Have you successfully planned activities for nonwork groups (for example, athletic teams, professional associations, religious groups, etc.)?

16. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved using negotiation or persuasion to help others avoid trouble or conflict or make positive changes in their lives (for example, worked for a crisis hotline, worked as a resident advisor, substance abuse counselor, etc.)?

17. Have you participated in training classes, workshops, or seminars outside of school that helped you improve your teamwork skills?

18. Have you effectively served on a problem-solving, planning, or goal-setting committee or team?

19. Have you written procedures or instructions that others have followed successfully (for example, instruction manuals, survey instructions, training materials, etc.)?

20. Have you received formal recognition for solving a work-related problem (for example, received an award, a letter of commendation, etc.)?

21. Have you taken the initiative to learn new skills or acquire additional knowledge that improved your performance at work or school, or in leisure activities?

22. Have you received favorable feedback for oral presentations you have given to management or other officials, or to the public (for example, for speaking at religious services, performing in theatrical productions, etc.)?

23. Have you successfully done work that involved writing technical or legal reports, or translating technical or other complex material into language that was more easily understood?

24. Have you received formal recognition (for example, received an award, letter of commendation, etc.) or been given certain assignments because of your ability to work well in a group?

25. Have you successfully done work that required you to identify what a customer or client needs?

26. Since high school, have you received a grade of B or above in oral communication classes (for example, speech, public speaking, theater, etc.) or participated in activities that improved your oral communication skills (for example, training classes, workshops, seminars, debate team, speech club, etc.)?

27. Have you often been asked to proofread or edit the writing of others for content, punctuation, spelling, and grammar?

28. Have you devised a strategy to overcome a major setback that successfully enabled you to complete a project on time or within budget?

29. Have you served on a decision-making board or committee (for example, student governing board, planning board, homeowners' association board, etc.)?

30. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved composing letters or writing reports containing several short paragraphs, such as investigation reports, accident reports, performance evaluations, etc.?

31. Have you effectively worked on a team that was quickly established to function in a crisis situation (for example, worked on a search and rescue mission)?

32. Have you successfully done work that frequently required you to present nontechnical information at briefings, meetings, conferences, or hearings?

33. Have you successfully reviewed and evaluated forms, applications, documents, or other information, not including contract proposals or bids, to make determinations (for example, to determine approval or denial of loans, eligibility for claims, etc.)?

34. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved verifying the accuracy of information or the relevance of information to a problem or a situation (for example, investigative work)?

35. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved negotiating with customers or clients to modify products or to resolve problems or disputes?

36. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved interacting or coordinating with people outside of your immediate work group (for example, people from other offices, departments, organizations, etc.)?

37. Have you successfully completed a long-term project outside of work where you were solely responsible for doing the work (for example, completed a thesis, wrote a book that was published, prepared a horse for competition that won a ribbon, restored an antique car, etc.)?

38. Have you successfully done work that regularly required you to modify plans to accommodate unexpected assignments or to respond to changing workloads, priorities, or deadlines?

39. Have you effectively participated as a member of an extracurricular school team or community team (for example, sports, cheerleading, debate, theater, neighborhood watch, etc.)?

40. Have you done work that involved writing brochures, press releases, or speeches?

41. Have you designed or developed something, on your own initiative, to help you or other employees better complete assignments (for example, designed a training manual)?

42. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved answering questions, gathering nonsensitive information, or providing assistance to others, either in person or by telephone?

43. Have you developed a formal mechanism to learn more about a problem (for example, developed a survey, conducted interviews or focus groups, etc.)?

44. Have you successfully completed a small-scale project (lasting several days or weeks) on or ahead of schedule with minimal supervision?

45. Have you suggested or made changes to products or procedures that resulted in better meeting customer needs?

46. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved relaying messages to co-workers, or providing information or giving simple instructions to customers or the public, either in person or by telephone (for example, worked as a receptionist, dispatcher, etc.)?

47. Have you received formal recognition for your ability to work well with others (for example, received a letter of recommendation or appreciation, an excellent performance appraisal rating, etc.)?

48. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved deciding how to handle disorderly people or situations?

49. Have you worked on a team that produced measurable improvements (for example, an increase in production, quality, customer satisfaction, or a decrease in costs, number of injuries, complaints, etc.)?

50. Have you received favorable feedback about your interpersonal skills when serving as a leader, instructor, or supervisor for academic, religious, community, sports, leisure, or work activities?

51. Have you successfully worked closely with a client over an extended period of time to complete a project or resolve a problem?

52. Have you broken a sales record or a similar record, regularly exceeded quotas or similar productivity standards, or received formal recognition for doing work that surpassed what was expected (for example, received a certificate of appreciation, bonus, etc.)?

53. Have you participated in post-high school activities that helped you improve your negotiation or persuasion skills (for example, college debate team, training classes, workshops, seminars, etc.)?

54. Have you received formal recognition for your written work (for example, received an award, letter of commendation, excellent performance appraisal rating, etc.)?

55. Have you successfully dealt with a disruption to regular operations in a way that allowed for completion of the work or continuation of a noncritical service?

56. Have you successfully completed a large-scale project (lasting several months or longer) on or ahead of schedule with minimal supervision?

57. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved conducting quality checks or following up with customers or clients to ensure satisfaction with a product or service?

58. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved making decisions about disclosure of sensitive or confidential information?

59. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved interacting with people, other than your co-workers, from a foreign country or from different ethnic or cultural backgrounds?

60. Have you successfully persuaded others to volunteer time, money, or resources to a cause, or recruited others to join an organization (for example, college, community groups, charities, etc.)?

61. Have you successfully resolved disagreements among a group of peers in a goal-oriented setting (for example, sports team, work group, theater group, cheerleading squad, etc.)?

62. Have you identified and solved a problem with a procedure, product, or service that benefited the organization (for example, saved the organization time or money, increased sales, reduced errors, etc.)?

63. Have you successfully done work that constantly required you to work under difficult time constraints?

64. Have you successfully done work that regularly required you to make quick decisions where the consequences were critical (for example, worked as a 911 operator, on an ambulance squad, etc.)?

65. Have you successfully planned an event such as a conference, fund-raiser, etc.?

66. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved answering questions, demonstrating a product or service, or providing assistance to customers, clients, or the public?

67. Have you participated in training classes, workshops, or seminars outside of school that helped you improve your self-management skills (for example, time management, goal setting, career development, etc.)?

68. Do you regularly monitor your progress toward achieving your career goals (for example, by initiating discussions about your career goals with your supervisor, employee counselor, mentor, etc.)?

69. Have you successfully done work where trust and cooperation were a matter of life and death (for example, firefighting, combat duty, law enforcement, rescue work, etc.)?

70. Have you successfully resolved conflicts among group or team members while acting in a leadership role for the group?

71. Have you successfully written reports that presented facts, findings, logical conclusions, and persuasive arguments (for example, wrote a thesis, briefing papers, policy papers, complex research papers, etc.)?

72. Have you successfully solved problems that occurred because of a critical emergency or a disruption of a life-saving operation, with very few resources or guidelines (for example, solved problems related to a natural disaster, a power outage in a hospital, etc.)?

73. Have you successfully done work that involved making personnel decisions (for example, who to hire, promote, or discipline) or deciding how to allocate equipment, materials, staff, etc.?

74. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved informally providing oral explanations of technical information or other complex information, such as regulations, policies, or procedures?

75. Have you successfully done work that often required you to accommodate last minute requests from customers or clients or to provide quality service in situations where timeliness is critical (for example, worked as a courier or travel agent, worked in newspaper publishing, etc.)?

76. Have you received formal recognition for providing good service to customers or clients (for example, received an award, a letter of commendation, an excellent performance appraisal rating, etc.)?

77. Have you successfully planned or monitored a large-scale project or program that involved several steps that were carried out over an extended period of time?

78. Have you successfully done work that regularly required you to determine resource requirements or monitor the use of resources (for example, staff, space, equipment, supplies, materials, etc.)?

79. Have you successfully persuaded management, other members of your group, customers, or clients to accept a proposal?

80. Have you successfully remained courteous and tactful while enforcing laws or policies or helping customers, clients, or members of the public who were hostile or upset, not including handling customer complaints (for example, worked in a crisis center, worked as a police officer, parole officer, park ranger, etc.)?

81. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved listening carefully to others to understand a need, problem, or situation (for example, investigative work, counseling, etc.)?