Transportation Security Administration Media Communications Specialist in Arlington, Virginia

Transportation Security Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Arlington, VA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (7 day(s) away)

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

This position is also being announced through Government-Wide procedures under Announcement HQ-OHC-16-177998-G. Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Government-Wide procedures must apply to both announcements.


This Media Communications Specialist position is located in the Office of Human Capital (OHC), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If you are selected for this position, you will serve as a website specialist and be responsible for designing, building, updating and coordinating a variety of TSA's internal and external websites. You will also consult with clients or program points of contact to define and identify available resources, time frames, priority, and informational content. Typical duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating updates and changes to the TSA Internal and External site. Consults with clients or program points of contacts to define and identify available resources, timeframes, priorities, and informational content.
  • Developing workflow and trains personnel on operational usage of content management systems, specifically Drupel, and Microsoft SharePoint.
  • Providing guidance to program offices concerning websites, graphic design, application uses, and various web-related publications in order to execute web services projects and initiatives ensuring enterprise-wide coordination and adhering to established policies and best practices.
  • Designing and creating various communication publications and products including websites,newsletters, flyers, and promotional communications for various internal and external customers.
  • Enforcing web design parameters, style guidelines, visual standards, and compliance with Section 508 Amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Plain Writing Act of 2010 requirements.
  • Keeping abreast of the latest trends in web design and services, and evaluating those that can be adopted by the TSA to enhance its web presence and online services
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
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.
  • Selective Service registration is required.

To qualify for the SV-H Pay Band (equivalent to GS-12), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the SV-G pay band or GS-11 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Such experience is defined as applying knowledge of internet and intranet technologies and protocols in developing and designing websites using Microsoft SharePoint and current scripting languages (e.g., HTML, JavaScript, etc.); utilizing Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection (i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, Media Encoder, and Acrobat Professional); and using other productivity software such as Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

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.

Security Clearance


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.


Review our benefits

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: .

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 Professional category of TSA's Core Compensation Plan. Positions within this category may have a career progression potential up to the level 5.

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.

Salary Range: $61,719.00 to $95,636.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: SV-1001-H/H

Promotion Potential: H

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Open to all U.S. Citizens. Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 24.78%. This position is located in Arlington, VA.

Control Number: 453591800

Job Announcement Number: HQ-OHC-16-177998-P