Chemical Security Inspector


Vacancy ID: 820391   Announcement Number: FS-820391-AC13   USAJOBS Control Number: 335472900

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820391
1. Title of Job

Chemical Security Inspector
2. Biographic Data

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4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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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

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15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

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16. Availability Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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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.  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 820391.  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.


001 All U.S. Citizens
002 Competitive Merit Promotion
003 Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities

21. Geographic Availability

(Required) The location code for this position is:
060450059 Brea, CA
063290075 San Francisco, CA
212090111 Louisville, KY
272475053 Fort Snelling, MN
350030001 Albuquerque, NM
360750029 Buffalo, NY
426600003 Pittsburgh, PA
471620157 Memphis, TN
486090029 San Antonio, TX
552780025 Madison, WI

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:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

1. From the descriptions below, select the one statement below that best describes your experience to meet the qualification requirements for this position at the GS-09 level.

A. I qualify for this position at the GS-09 level because I have one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-07 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) that involved knowledge of homeland security, infrastructure protection, information security, intelligence and law enforcement information, and information analysis, along with knowledge of analytical and investigative techniques. This experience must include activities such as: 1) performing inspections to determine if violations have occurred; 2) conducting investigations using accepted inspection, investigation, enforcement, and/or compliance principles, concepts, and methodologies and problem solving techniques; 3) preparing reports to both private and public sector personnel. NOTE: The contents of your resume must fully and explicitly support this response in its entirety. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.
B. I qualify for this position at the GS-09 level because I have completed a Master's degree or two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education (36 semester units or the number of units your school uses to describe two graduate years of academic study) from an accredited college or university in a program that provided the knowledge, skills and abilities to do the work of this position. Examples of qualifying fields may include Safety Engineering, Industrial Hygiene Inspection, Chemical Engineering, and Process Safety Engineering, but would not, for example, include Chemistry or Criminal Justice without documented relevant supplementary coursework. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify this education. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.
C. I qualify for this position at the GS-09 level because I have a combination of the graduate level education and specialized experience as described in "A" and "B" above which can be combined to meet 100 percent of the requirement. If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3rds. To calculate the percentage of qualifying graduate education, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree, in excess of 18 semester hours, and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then take number the number of months experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify using this option. NOTE: The contents of your resume must support this response and you must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify this education. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.
D. My experience is not described in any of the above statements and I do not qualify for this position.

2. From the descriptions below, select the one statement below that best describes your experience to meet the qualification requirements for this position at the GS-11 level.

A. I qualify for this position at the GS-11 level because I have one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) that involved knowledge of homeland security, infrastructure protection, information security, intelligence and law enforcement information, and information analysis, along with knowledge of analytical and investigative techniques. This experience must include activities such as: 1) conducting security/vulnerability inspections and incident investigations on the physical and technical security of facilities; 2) identifying potential areas/processes of compliance vulnerability and risk to develop corrective actions to security and enforcement issues; and 3) presenting inspection report findings to both private and public sector personnel. NOTE: The contents of your resume must fully and explicitly support this response in its entirety. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.
B. I qualify for this position at the GS-11 level because I have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education from an accredited college or university in a program that provided the knowledge, skills and abilities to do the work of this position. Examples of qualifying fields may include Safety Engineering, Industrial Hygiene Inspection, Chemical Engineering, and Process Safety Engineering, but would not, for example, include Chemistry or Criminal Justice without documented relevant supplementary coursework. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify this education. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.
C. I qualify for this position at the GS-11 level because I have a combination of the graduate level education and specialized experience as described in "A" and "B" above which can be combined to meet 100 percent of the requirement. If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3rds. To calculate the percentage of qualifying graduate education, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree, in excess of 36 semester hours, and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then take number the number of months experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify using this option. NOTE: The contents of your resume must support this response and you must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify this education. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.
D. My experience is not described in any of the above statements and I do not qualify for this position.

3. From the descriptions below, select the one statement below that best describes your experience to meet the qualification requirements for this position at the GS-12 level.

A. I qualify for this position at the GS-12 level because I have one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) that involved knowledge of homeland security, infrastructure protection, information security, intelligence and law enforcement information, and information analysis, along with knowledge of analytical and investigative techniques. This experience must include activities such as: 1) reviewing the storage, manufacturing, processing, shipping and/or receiving of hazardous chemicals or chemicals of interest to ensure the security of the process; 2) conducting on-site physical inspections, documentary reviews, personnel interviews and site vulnerability analyses of chemical facilities; and 3) providing specific detailed and accurate chemical facility inspection data for reports and briefings to management. NOTE: If you do not have experience conducting on-site chemical security inspections/reviews/audits, you will not be found qualified for this grade level. The contents of your resume and your narrative must fully and explicitly support this response in its entirety. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.
B. My experience is not described in the above statement and I do not qualify for this grade level.

4. From the descriptions below, select the one statement below that best describes your experience to meet the qualification requirements for this position at the GS-13 level.

A. I qualify for this position at the GS-13 level because I have one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) that involved knowledge of homeland security, infrastructure protection, information security, intelligence and law enforcement information, and information analysis, along with knowledge of analytical and investigative techniques. This experience must include activities such as: 1) reviewing the storage, manufacturing, processing, shipping and/or receiving of hazardous chemicals or chemicals of interest to ensure the security of the process; and 2) conducting on-site physical inspections, documentary reviews, personnel interviews and site vulnerability analysis of chemical facilities; and 3) reviewing and evaluating the physical, personnel, information and cyber security plans and countermeasures of chemical facilities against the Risk Based Performance Standards codified in Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). NOTE: If you do not have experience conducting reviews of chemical facilities using CFATS Risk Based Performance Standards, you will not be found qualified for this grade level. The contents of your resume and your narrative must fully and explicitly support this response in its entirety. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.
B. My experience is not described in the above statement and I do not qualify for this grade level.

KNOWLEDGE OF THE LAWS, REGULATIONS AND PRINCIPLES PERTAINING TO CHEMICAL SECURITY INSPECTION

For each task in the following groups, choose the statement from the list A through E following that most accurately describes your current level of experience and capability.

A- I do not have experience or demonstrated capability in performing this activity, but I am willing to learn.
B- I have some experience and some demonstrated capability in performing this activity. I have had exposure to this activity but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a satisfactory level.
C- I have a fair amount of experience and a fair amount of demonstrated capability in performing this activity. I can perform this activity satisfactorily but could benefit from additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform this activity more effectively.
D- I have considerable experience and considerable demonstrated capability in performing this activity. I can perform this activity independently and effectively.
E- I have extensive experience and extensive demonstrated capability in performing this activity. I am considered an expert; I am able to train or assist others; and my work is typically not reviewed by a supervisor. I have received verbal and/or written recognition from others in carrying out this activity.

5. Apply new regulatory standards for security at high risk chemical infrastructure.

6. Interpret the CFATS regulation including the congressional mandate, CFATS Final Rule, Appendix A, the compliance process and the risk based performance standards.

7. Interpret and evaluate chemical facility countermeasures against risk based security performance standards.

ABILITY TO PERFORM CHEMICAL SECURITY INSPECTIONS UNDER THE CHEMICAL FACILITY ANTI-TERRORISM STANDARDS (CFATS)

8. Plan, organize and conduct inspections of critical chemical assets and facilities to assess measures designed to enhance overall infrastructure security.

9. Conduct on-site physical inspections, documentary review, personnel interviews and site vulnerability analysis of chemical facilities.

10. Review complex physical, personnel, information and cyber security processes and procedures for securing high risk chemical infrastructure to ensure compliance with new regulatory standards.

11. Evaluate security countermeasures of chemical facilities against risk-based performance standards.

12. Review and evaluate chemical facility data to ensure regulatory compliance prior to execution of the actual inspection and audit.

13. Review data from the on-site chemical storage, manufacturing, processing, shipping and receiving of Chemicals of Interest (COI) under CFATS to ensure accurate reporting of Screening Threshold Quantities.

14. Provide oversight and review of shipment, process engineering and distribution of COI at chemical facilities to ensure that chemical risk is not being inappropriately transferred into the community.

ABILITY TO PERFORM ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS

15. Review findings and analyses for correctness and to ensure they are based on sound reasoning, adequate documentation and correct application of established statutes and program regulations.

16. Provide options for consideration to chemical infrastructure asset owners and operators to improve security plans, processes and procedures to reduce the risk posed by chemicals.

17. Conduct technical consultations and compliance assistance visits to review and provide options for consideration on the security posture of regional chemical facilities to expedite high-risk chemical facility compliance with Department regulations.

ABILITY TO LIAISE EFFECTIVELY WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
(ex: federal agencies, state, local and tribal government officials, and/or private sector officials)

18. Ensure coordination between various organizational and entities pertaining to chemical infrastructures in order to plan and coordinate inspections.

19. Work cooperatively with various emergency planning committees and other related task forces, groups and committees in developing CFATS and other chemical security awareness.

20. Serve as a liaison in coordinating enforcement and protective actions in response to situational concerns impacting a regulated chemical facility.

21. Participate in emergency preparedness workshops and exercises involving integrated validation of governmental and private sector contingency plans related to high risk chemical regulated facilities.

22. Participate in emergency preparedness exercises as they pertain to chemical facility validation of site security plans, contingency plans and integration with federal, State, local and tribal emergency services, and adjacent chemical facility or other high risk infrastructure contingency plans.

ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY ORALLY

23. Advise officials on methods to improve security protective measures, plans, processes and procedures for the mitigation of risk to high risk chemical infrastructure.

24. Participate as a member of a team in the inspection and audit finding reports and briefings for regulated facilities personnel up to and including Chief Executive Offices, governing Board members, corporate security officials, corporate legal counsel and senior officials.

25. Coordinate with senior managers to achieve mutual understanding on the interpretation and allocation of the risk based performance standards to a particular facility.

26. Influence and persuade managers or other officials to accept and implement the findings stemming from inspections, audits, adjudication, review of site security plans, operations and procedures, and intelligence analyses.

ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY IN WRITING

27. Prepare reports and other materials for senior managers within and external to an organization.

28. Complete compliance audits to assist with providing information regarding potential deficiencies of security and enforcement.

29. Prepare filed reports, compliance assistance reports and after-action reports to identify potential issues, concerns, or deficiencies that are reported throughout the chain of command.

30. Provide reports and briefings to all affected parties based on chemical-terrorism vulnerability information and other applicable guidance, requirements and rules.