Transportation Security Administration Program Manager (Assistant Federal Security Director for Mission Support) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Transportation Security Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Sioux Falls, SD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

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

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (3 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


If selected for this Program Manager position, you will function as an Assistant Federal Security Director (AFSD) for Mission Support for the the Office of Security Operations (OSO), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As an AFSD-Mission Support, you will be responsible for advising the Federal Security Director (FSD) on matters concerning the administration and business support.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing budget and assigned resources.
  • Developing the strategic plan for the airport, aligning goals and objectives with the overall goals of OSO and TSA.
  • Projecting short and long term future needs.
  • Developing and approving solutions to current and anticipated problems independently, and establishing new policies/procedures or making exceptions to policies/procedures that impact the strategic objectives of the airport as well as internal and external customers.
  • Directing the work of supervisors, program managers, and other subordinate employees for multiple administrative and operational functions.
  • Preparing, planning, coordinating, and managing support operations that include administration, support operations, financial/budget, human resources, customer service/stakeholders, scheduling, training, procurement, safety and occupational health, logistics, and engineering services.
  • Conferring with the FSD and project staff personnel to outline work plans, provide technical advice, resolve problems, review status reports, and modify schedules to accomplish duties. Identifying and determining types of actions required to meet time frames and budget/funding limitations.
  • Managing or conducting targeted recruitment and other external marketing sources to assist in providing diverse applicant pools to the FSD.
  • Advising/informing the FSD on unusual or complex managerial or personnel disciplinary issues. Exercising discretion and sound judgment in dealing with sensitive human resources matters or issues.
  • Providing data/information and reports from statistical and narrative databases in all support areas. 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; and when required, coordinating with customers outside the immediate organization.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance.
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screening AND random drug/alcohol testing.
  • Selective Service registration is required.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" sections.

To qualify for the SV-J Pay Band (equivalent to the GS-14), your application for this position must reflect 1 year of specialized experience that is in or related to the duties of the position as described above and is at the experience level of the SV-I pay band or GS-13 (or equivalent) in the Federal Government or the private sector. Qualifying specialized experience for this position is experience that reflects your particular knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies to successfully perform the duties of this position which involves serving as the principal advisor to a Federal Security Director (FSD) on all matters concerning the administration and business support of an airport. Your experience must demonstrate you have the ability to perform the critical competencies necessary to supervise a staff and provide oversight and management of a wide range of administrative and business functions.

Competencies required for this position include, but are not limited to the ability to:

  • Understand, instruct, and apply aviation security and administrative directives and regulations;
  • Conduct strategic program planning and evaluation to ensure performance standards are met; and
  • Provide leadership and direction in managing and overseeing a diverse workforce of professional and support staff engaged in multiple administrative and operational functions. 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.

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

Conditions of Employment:

  • Disclosure of your financial information is required.
  • This is an Emergency Essential Position.
  • You must pass pre-employment drug screening AND you will be subject to post-employment random drug testing.
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.


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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

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 Specialized category of TSA's Core Compensation Plan.

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: $84,078.00 to $130,317.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: SV-0340-J/J

Promotion Potential: J

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: Open to all U.S. Citizens. Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 14.35%. This position is located at Joe Foss Field (FSD) in Sioux Falls, SD.

Control Number: 453439500

Job Announcement Number: FSD-16-191140