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Environmental Protection Agency Security Specialist in New York, New York

Summary This position is in Region 2, Mission Support Division, Facilities and Administrative Management Branch. If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement. About: EPA Region 2 Responsibilities You will: - Plan, direct and coordinate the Region’s Physical and Personnel Security, and National Security Information (NSI) Management programs. - Serve as the Regional Continuity of Operations Program (COOP) Manager developing operating guidance or procedural manuals for major emergency preparedness activities. - Provide support to the Branch on a continuous basis, includes property, fleet and facility operations, interaction with the General Services Administration for building/facility issues and interaction with regional staff for EPA specific issues. - Serve as the primary Contracting Officer Representative (COR) to oversee the Region's Physical Access System (PACS). When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses. NOTE: Career ladder promotions are not automatic, and all eligibility and qualifications requirements must be met in order to progress to the next grade level. You will spend less than 25% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements. One or more positions may be filled (in the organization advertised and/or in other organizations), if appropriate to the position. Requirements Conditions of Employment You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section. You must be a U.S. citizen. Pre-employment drug testing is required and random testing thereafter. You may be required to travel less than 25% of each month. This position is designated as High Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation. All conditions of the pre-employment security process must be met before an official letter of employment can be issued with a report for duty date. You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement. If you are selected, you may be required to complete a one-year probationary period. To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure form within 30 days of your first day of employment and annually thereafter. You will be required to obtain and maintain a top-secret security clearance. #LI-Onsite Qualifications We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below: To qualify for the GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-11 level defined as coordinating physical and personnel security AND implementing guidance for emergency preparedness activities. To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-12 level defined as managing and coordinating physical and personnel security AND developing and implementing guidance for emergency preparedness activities. Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Knowledge of security concepts, principles, and practices to review, analyze, or resolve security problems; 2) Skill in managing physical and/or personnel security programs; 3) Ability to provide oversight of a National Security Information Management program; 4) Ability to develop strategic plans and/or policies for implementing a Continuity of Operations Program; 5) Skill in oral communication; 6) Ability to manage projects; 7) Knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of program effectiveness; 8) Knowledge of procedures for adverse security determinations and employees rights. 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. If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures. Education Additional Information Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed in the Overview section. EPA participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures. Although the Service type indicated in the Overview section is Competitive, you may be appointed as Excepted Service based on your eligibility to be hired under certain appointing authorities. Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents section and visit the EPA website for additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at EPA. Our excellence can only be fully realized by staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates are committed to advancing equity and inclusion in the Agency’s workplace and mission. We encourage applications from candidates with a variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. At EPA, diversity is a vital element in bringing a balance of perspectives to bear on every challenge we face. We are committed to creating a diverse workforce because we know that the individual strengths and abilities of our employees make us a stronger organization. The more inclusive our employee base is, the greater the variety of ideas that are generated, and the more representative we are of the nation we serve. To learn more about how EPA values and supports our diverse workforce, visit Equal Opportunity Employment at EPA. If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility. This position is not in the bargaining unit.