Transportation Security Administration Program Manager (Chief of Staff for Operations) in Arlington, Virginia

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

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (1 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


The incumbent serves as Chief of Staff for The TSA Chief of Operations for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and as such supports and implements the TSA Administrator's vision, strategy, direction and purpose of TSA. As the Chief of Staff for Operations, the incumbent assists The Chief of Operations with overseeing the day-to-day operations of TSA, for the following offices:

  • Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service
  • Office of Security Operations
  • Office of Global Strategies
  • Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement
  • Office of Intelligence and Analysis Duties include:

  • Evaluating the needs of each of TSA's mission operations program offices and its supporting operations in terms of objectives and deadlines set by the Chief of Operations or higher authority. As necessary, issues program directives to ensure compliance with overall directives; establishes management controls over program activities; provides a means for evaluating program accomplishments; and correct program deficiencies; and coordinating the formulation and execution of the TSA Operation's budget.

  • Advising the Chief of Operations on matters affecting the strategic and operational direction of TSA in all areas of security operations, security programs and policies infrastructure, and internal processes.
  • Applying expert level knowledge and a thorough understanding of the principles of management and strategic planning, and the ability to integrate the work of multiple organizational components, projects and/or programs to accomplish mission objectives.
  • Serving as an executive level consultant and technical expert to the Chief of Operations. Leads work groups composed of TSA Senior Leadership; manages highly visible projects or issues.
  • Ensuring that the Chief of Operations is apprised of the overall operations of TSA, including the current condition of aviation, land, and the status of Airport Transition. Serving as the personal representative of the Chief of Operations in these areas.
  • Assisting the Chief of Operations with continuing contact with key representatives of Congress; the military; other Federal Agencies; state and local governments; aviation, maritime and land transportation industries; law enforcement officials, the general public; and the heads of various other domestic and foreign public and private transportation organizations.
  • Serving as the Acting Chief of Operations in his/her absence. Supervisory Managerial Responsibilities include: strategic planning, communicating the organization’s vision and objectives; setting priorities, assigning tasks and responsibilities, monitoring and evaluating performance of organization units, managers, and employee. This includes supporting equal employment opportunity concepts in all areas of responsibility. Treating employees in a fair and equitable manner and foster an organization representative of diversity and promoting opportunities for employees to influence their work environment with a focus on continual improvements.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be 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 Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).
  • You must pass Drug Screening, subject to random drug tests.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance/SCI.
  • Please see "Other Information" for additional Key Requirements.

To qualify for the SV-L Pay Band,you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-K Pay Band or GS-15 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in state or local government or the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. You would typically gain this experience working the transportation security field or a field that is closely related. Such experience includes providing executive leadership in managing programs related to law enforcement, security operations, global strategies, security policy, industry engagement, or intelligence and analysis in a large, complex agency.

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.

You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the job opportunity announcement.

Security Clearance

Top Secret/SCI

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.


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Other Information

Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code; therefore, employment with TSA does not confer the "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.

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.

You will be required to serve a supervisory probationary period of one year unless one has previously been completed.

TSA policy requires verification of Selective Service registration for male applicants born after 12/31/59. For more information click here.

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Salary Range: $131,084.00 to $177,779.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: SV-0340-L/L

Promotion Potential: L

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: Open to all U.S. Citizens and persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special hiring authorities. See also common definitions. This position is located in Arlington, Virginia. Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 24.78%.

Control Number: 453413300

Job Announcement Number: HQ-A-DAO-16-186662-ERD