Transportation Security Administration Supervisory Program Specialist in Arlington, Virginia

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

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (6 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (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 procedure under Announcement #HQ-OSO-16-183832-G. Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Government-Wide procedures must apply to both announcements.


This Supervisory Program Specialist position is located in the Human Resources Branch, within the Business Management Office (BMO), Office of Security Operations (OSO), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected for this position, you will serve as the Section Chief of Human Resources and provide extensive staff advice and guidance on human resources planning and management issues, policies, and practices for OSO Headquarters and airports nationwide. You will also oversee the work of the Branch, which directly impact the efficient operations of the Office of Security Operations. Duties include:

  • Advising and consulting on human capital processes, including recruitment requests, classification requests, reviewing and approving vacancy announcements, lateral reassignment requests, managing the Table of Organization, providing staffing and full-time equivalent burn analysis, succession planning, employee relations, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP), and awards/recognition.
  • Serving as key member of organization resource planning teams that consider budget, manpower, personnel and mission aspects of management and resource issues such as downsizing, realignments and reorganizations.
  • Serving as the organization technical authority for interpretation of personnel regulations and policy guidance.
  • Providing advice and guidance covering the full spectrum of human resources management issues, and including areas such as downsizing, realignments, leader developments, and organizational streamlining.
  • Representing OSO, and serving as the decision making authority with internal and external stakeholders on OSO initiatives and the impact of DHS, TSA, and other government requirements on field personnel.
  • Responsible for briefing Congressional staff and other external stakeholders on key OSO projects, such as realignment activity, TSO hiring as evidenced in the field, implementation of medical guidelines in the field, and labor management related issues; representing OSO with the union on issues related to field implementation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) such as the shift and annual leave bid.
  • Ensuring all resource issues, including budget and manpower implications, are considered in human resources planning efforts and that OSO's human resources strategy complements the OHC's strategic and business plans.
  • Providing feedback to the Director and Senior Managers on the health and status of OSO's human resources programs via program reviews and special studies.
  • Partnering with OHC to develop and recommend policy, as necessary for OSO human resources areas, e.g., staffing and scheduling; serving as the organizational focal point and change agent for proposed reforms to personnel programs and processes.
  • Developing and administering innovative human resources programs tailored to the requirements of complex, technologically oriented organizations with diverse workforces that encompass a wide variety of occupations and band levels.
  • Overseeing and coordinating the Collective Bargaining Agreement implementation and the Alternative Dispute Resolution program in cooperation with the Partnership and National Resolution Center Offices; implementing the Administrator's determination on collective bargaining across an organization of 45,000 bargaining unit and non­bargaining unit employees. Supervisory/Managerial duties include serving as a first line supervisor for the organization. This includes but is not limited to: assigning work, setting priorities, and reviewing and evaluating work and performance of subordinates; approving leave; coaching and developing employees; recommending corrective or disciplinary actions; assisting in budget planning and projecting short-term needs; managing projects within assigned resources; resolving routine problems that typically impact the objectives of the organizational unit; when required, coordinating with customers outside the immediate organization.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is authorized.
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.
  • You may be required to complete a one year Supervisory Probation Period.
  • Disclosure of your financial information is required.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" section

To qualify for the SV-K Pay Band(equivalent to the GS-15), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-J or GS-14 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in 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. Specialized experience is defined as:

  • serving as a technical expert advising, interpreting, and applying human resource applicable concepts, principles, and practices to conduct analyses of human capital processes in order to provide comprehensive conclusions; and
  • experience utilizing collective bargaining laws and regulations related to bargaining and non-bargaining field personnel. 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 work week. 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.


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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

Supervisory/Managerial Probationary Period Requirements: Unless previously completed, you must satisfactorily complete a one-year supervisory probationary period to continue in this supervisory/managerial position.

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 authorized.

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.

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.

Veterans and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

Salary Range: $109,677.00 to $170,005.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: SV-0301-K/K

Promotion Potential: K

Supervisory Status: Yes

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: 453249800

Job Announcement Number: HQ-OSO-16-183832-P