Peace Corps Personnel Security Specialist in Washington, District Of Columbia
Summary This position is located in the Office of Safety and Security and reports to the Chief, Information and Personnel Security. The purpose of this position is to coordinate and provide administrative support to safety and security operations along with a wide range of duties involving the personnel and information security. Work involves application of policies and directives, processing personnel security investigation and clearances, liaison and information management. Responsibilities The Personnel Security Specialist performs the following major duties: Personnel Security Program and Adjudication Support: Reviews program-related documents and requests and provides program information and assistance to staff on personnel security matters. Reviews clearance request forms and screens security questionnaires to detect obvious errors, omissions or discrepancies. Assists applicants and employees with the completion of their e-QIP security questionnaire. Serves as a liaison with Human Resources, other internal hiring officials and Federal agency security offices. Provides daily updates to appropriate agency hiring officials via the case management system. Security Program Liaison and Coordination: Provides support and assists in the planning, scheduling, and conducting of security activities in conjunction with SS/IPS overseas background check program. Initiates and/or coordinates background check requests via Diplomatic Security for overseas Personal Service Contractors, Host Country Nationals and Third Country Nationals. Performs liaison duties with Diplomatic Security to ensure background investigation requests are processed in a timely manner. Promptly notifies applicable Peace Corps staff when the background investigations are completed and a security certification can be issued. Reviews non-clearance background investigations without issues conducted by the appropriate federal investigative agency and enters into the Central Verification System adjudication along with other close out functions for the background investigation. Information Security Support Work: Provides support to the Information Security and Personnel Security Specialists with reviewing, storing, and updating of SEAD 3 and continuous evaluation reporting items that are sent by clearance holders. Requirements Conditions of Employment COVID-19 vaccination required per EO 14043. (See Additional Information section) Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicants must successfully complete a background security investigation with favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet this requirement will be grounds for employment termination. All Federal employees are required to have federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. A one year trial period is required. This job has been identified as a testing designated position under our Drug-Free Workplace Program. Therefore, you must satisfactorily complete a drug test prior to being hired. As an employee, you will be subject to random drug testing. This is not a bargaining unit position. This position requires a Top-Secret background investigation. Peace Corps Information This is a Federal civilian job in the Excepted Service. Peace Corps employees are paid on the Foreign Personnel (FP) pay scale. This appointment is exempt from the five year rule. Qualified internal applicants will be given full consideration. Additional hiring needs may be filled through this vacancy. The Peace Corps is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. The Peace Corps is a drug-free workplace and promotes a drug-free environment. The Peace Corps is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture. Our goal is to attract and develop the best and brightest from all lifestyles and backgrounds. The Peace Corps strives to create a culture of inclusion where individuals feel respected and are treated fairly in all aspects of differences. Our commitment is to make a difference in the lives of people around the world. The Peace Corps provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the hiring process, please notify the Office of Human Resources by calling 202-692-1200 or the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity on 202-692-2139. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis. Qualifications Specialized Experience: You must meet the specialized experience at the grade level(s) in which you choose to be considered by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on 01/26/2022 (the closing date of the announcement). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. To ensure full credit for your experience, please indicate dates of employment by month, day, and year and the number of hours worked per week in your resume. This vacancy is being announced at two grade levels: FP-7 Qualifying experience for the FP-7 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the FP-8 or GS-6 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes: Experience reviewing program-related documents and requests and provides program information and assistance to staff on personnel security matters; Experience providing support and assistance in the planning, scheduling, and the conducting of security activities; Experience ensuring security documents are accurately recorded and filed. FP-5 Qualifying experience for the FP-7 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the FP-8 or GS-6 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes: Experience reviewing program-related documents and requests and provides program information and assistance to staff on personnel security matters; Experience providing support and assistance in the planning, scheduling, and the conducting of security activities; Experience ensuring appropriate level background investigations are initiated for all incoming requests; Experience ensuring security documents are accurately recorded and filed. Additional information on qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/ Time-in-Grade Requirements: Internal applicants and Federal employees who are currently holding, or who have held within the previous 52 weeks, a position under a non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet "time-in-grade" requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade of the grade for which you are applying (FP-8 or GS-6; FP-7 or GS-7).Note: All current or former Federal employees (including internal employees) must provide a copy of their SF-50 (you may need to submit more than one), "Notice of Personnel Action" that indicates proof of status and time-in-grade eligibility. The SF-50 must include your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). All qualification requirements must be met by 01/26/2022 (the closing date of this announcement). Qualification claims will be subject to verification. Please note: Peace Corps employees are employed using the Foreign Personnel (FP) pay scale. The FP pay plan does not follow the same structure as the GS pay plan. In the FP pay plan, as the grade-level numbers decrease the level/pay for the position increases (e.g., the FP-09 is the lowest entry-level pay and the FP-01 is the highest senior-level pay). Education Additional Information COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements (EO 14043) As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by entry on duty date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement. Due to COVID-19, the Peace Corps is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 30 days. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy. Intelligence Background Information Peace Corps Manual Section 611 is applicable to this position. This section prohibits the employment of certain persons previously engaged in intelligence activities or connected with intelligence agencies within the past 10 years. If you have ever worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), you are not eligible for employment at the Peace Corps in any capacity, and you should not apply for employment. Acceptance of employment with Peace Corps precludes employment by certain intelligence organizations for a specific period of time, determined by the employing agency, after Peace Corps employment ceases. Applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified will be required to submit upon request in the future a completed Intelligence Background Questionnaire, or narrative signed statement, indicating whether the applicant has been involved in or has had any connection with intelligence activities or related work and, if so, the nature and dates of his or her involvement. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the applicant being rated ineligible for further consideration. If you have any other type of possible intelligence connection, your application will not be further considered until you submit this form. Except when the CIA or the National Security Agency (NSA) is involved (see below), if your connection with an Intelligence Agency involves an immediate family member who works or has worked in intelligence, the immediate family member should complete the form, not the applicant. Usually relying on memory is sufficient to answer most if not all of the questions. If you have an immediate family member who works or has worked for the CIA, you should not give them this form to complete. Please contact your relative in person-not by phone, email, social networking, or any other means that is not in person- and ask him or her to contact the Office of General Counsel at the CIA. If you or an immediate family member have been employed by or associated with the NSA, you or your family member must contact the NSA Prepublication Review Office at 443-634-4095.