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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Department of Energy
Position Title:
Supervisory Intelligence Research Specialist
Open Period:
07/31/2018 - 08/10/2018


GS - 0132 15
USD $134,789 - USD $164,200
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-time
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

District of Columbia, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Gerald Matthews


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All United States Citizens
Security Clearance Required:
Sensitive Compartmented Information
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Marketing Statement:
This position is in the Excepted Service.

The Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (IN) is responsible to the Department of Energy's (DOE) principal office for timely information, direct policy support and analysis in support of the nation's nonproliferation and national security missions.
The position is located in the Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (IN), Counterintelligence Directorate (CID), within the Department of Energy, (DOE).  The incumbent provides program management over a team of Counterintelligence, (CI) specialists engaged in the ongoing conceptualization and development of CI threat awareness material and professional development for CI personnel.  In addition, the incumbent develops, reviews and revises plans related to strategic and tactical strategies developed to meet CID's overall goals and objectives.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
25% or less

Travel up to 25% of time.


As a Supervisory Intelligence Research Specialist, you will:

Represents the CI Training and Awareness Program in meetings with the Deputy Director/Director, CID for obtaining resources or securing decisions on major programs not resolvable at the Program Director level; reports on program and individual accomplishments, problems, progress, and training needs; serves as the first line of resolution for personnel and programmatic issues and problems; manages day-to-day program operations to include organizing and supervising work assignments; ensures the CI strategic plan, mission and vision are communicated to CID personnel; advises and fully informs the Director, CID on the effectiveness of plans and programs.

Plans, organizes, and communicates work assignments to a team of professional staff and directs accomplishment of tasks; indentifies, distributes and balances workload of each team member; make adjustments to ensure timely accomplishment of tasks; trains employees, or arranges for employee training, regarding methods and techniques of program building and working to accomplish program and individual tasks; sets employee performance standards and evaluate program members against those standards; keeps employees informed of benefits and work related activities; resolves informal grievances; participates in program budget execution and day-to-day activities. 

Serves as the CI Training and Awareness Advisor managing concepts, development and implementation of DOE orders, policies and procedures with regard to CI operations and activities; leads the development of performance measures to access the effectiveness of CI.

Manages the DOE Counterintelligence Training Awareness program; oversees the preparation of written reports and verbal awareness briefings as well as collection, analysis, research, coordination, evaluation, validation, and dissemination of CI information; ensures awareness program respond to the extremely diverse needs of the DOE and DOE contractor overseas travelers as well as and employees at DOE facilities and laboratories.

Serves as senior liaison with intelligence and law enforcement agencies on matters of interest and/or responsibility to perceived hostile intelligence threats, general hostile intelligence trends and patterns, and the development of DOE CI training as well as develop liaison with DOE program managers and Directors on a continuing and on-going basis to establish, promote and maintain a quality CI training awareness program. 



Qualifications and Evaluations

  • Position is subject to random drug testing
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test
  • Favorable suitability determination
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a "Q" security clearance with Special Compartmented Information (SCI) access.
  • Required to possess a Valid Driver's License.
  • Required to serve "On-Call" some duty off-hours and carry a telephone or PDA for this position.
  • May be required to serve a one year supervisory probationary period
  • Financial Disclosure is required
  • Must successfully complete a CI Evaluation, which may also include a CI-scope polygraph examination.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements
  • You must be able to obtain a TOP SECRET/SCI Q clearance for this position
  • You maybe required to serve 1 year supervisory probationary period
  • Education Requirements:
    There is no education requirement at the GS-15 grade level.

    Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
    Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.
    This position is in the excepted service and is being filled in accordance with 50 U.S.C. 3024(v). All candidates that meet all of the minimum requirements of this position as stated in the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement will be referred to the selecting official. If your resume does not support the minimum qualifications found in this vacancy before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible' or 'not qualified'.
    GS-15:  A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (i.e., GS-14) in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: performing supervisory, administrative and personnel functions relative to with overseeing program management over a team of CI specialists engaged in the ongoing conceptualization and development of CI threat awareness material and professional development for CI personnel.  

    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application! 

    Experience with managing, advising and/or training employees on work assignments and administrative matters as well as being able to nurture, motivate, encourage, recognize and appraise a diverse staff of an organization and collaborate with internal and external customers, partners to meet CI evaluation programs requirements and objectives.

    Experience with understanding CI tradecraft and operations activities to ensure full understanding of, and compliance with, Federal law, agency policies, and Executive orders as well as the foreign intelligence threat spectrum, to conceptualize, articulate and defend requirements and be able to recognize and explore pertinent areas of information.

    Experience with understanding mission, structure, and key intelligence programs of the Intelligence Community, to include the following; (a) international political, economic, and military matters as they impact US energy policy and nuclear/conventional non proliferation issues; (b) all aspects of the intelligence process (i.e., collection, analysis, evaluation, interpretation, production and dissemination); and (c) the major organizational, structural and mission aspects of the US and its various agencies and key programs.

    Experience with writing to effectively prepare and present project reports, operational assessments, and related briefings to management level officials in a manner that encourages support for mission objectives, and/or promotes a better understanding of current program conditions or recommendations for improvements.

    Experience with establishing and maintaining effective personal and working relationships with a variety of individuals at a wide range of organizational levels, both inside and outside of DOE as well as communicating in order to deliver CI Training and Awareness programs and briefings to audiences from all levels of the department and Intelligence Community.

    "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

    Current Federal employees must meet one (1) year of specialize experience requirement by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.

    You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Benefits and Other Info

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    Other Information:
    The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
    • New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
    • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
    • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
    • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
    • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
    • Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
    • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
    • EEO Policy:

      Reasonable Accommodation Policy:

      Veterans Information:  
      Selective Service Registration:

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application no later than 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the online application system will not allow you to finish! Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our online application system displays a countdown timer at the top of the screen for your reference. 

    For your security, your session in our online application system will "time-out" if you are inactive for a certain period of time. We recommend that you preview the assessment questions before you apply and prepare all of your information prior to beginning the application. If you do get "timed-out" you will have to log back in to USAJOBS and re-visit the vacancy announcement, you can then click "Update Application" to finish where you left off.

    Steps to submit a complete application:
    1. Click the "Apply Online" button. If you are not already logged in, you will need to do so.
    2. You must have a complete resume associated with your USAJOBS account. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and instead require that you submit a USAJOBS-formatted resume using the Resume Builder.
    3. You will be prompted to select a resume and any documentation you have attached to your USAJOBS account before you are transferred to the Department of Energy's online application system. Please be aware that any document you select before being transferred to our system, will not automatically be received. You must take steps to download your documents from USAJOBS during the "Documents" step within our online application system (see Step 6).
    4. If you are a first-time applicant to the Department of Energy, you'll be asked to register an account first. If you are a returning applicant, you will skip this step and go straight to the application portion.
    5. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
    6. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation. If you selected documents from USAJOBS prior to being transferred to our application system (Step 3), you will need to click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process. These documents ARE NOT automatically transferred! It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure all required documents are either faxed, uploaded, or transferred from USAJOBS successfully. If you are unsure that your documents went through, please contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement BEFORE the vacancy closes.
    7. After reviewing your submission in the final step, you must click "Submit Application" at the bottom of the page. If you leave the application before clicking Submit, your application will not be received.
    If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

    • If you experience any difficulties with the online application process (anything after you have clicked the 'Apply Online' button): contact the HR Office listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are receiving any kind of error message, please be ready to provide a screenshot or at a minimum, the error message text and number. If necessary, we will put you in touch with the technical support number if we are unable to assist you personally. 
    • If you need help with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account password/profile issues, or Resume Builder): please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center and select a topic of inquiry. Or, you may reach out to USAJOBS directly for support, by visiting the USAJOBS Contact Us page. We regret that we are unable to support any issues with USAJOBS, as this service is not maintained by the Department of Energy.
    • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Office listed on this announcement during normal business hours to discuss your situation.
    Required Documents:
    Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
    If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

    ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
    • Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.
    • For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
    • For paid work experience, please indicate your starting salary for each position and the highest salary you earned (if different).
    • Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
    • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.
    • Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable.  It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

      If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

      SF-50 - Current and Former Federal employees must provide a copy of your SF-50, "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, type of service (Competitive or Excepted) and career status (career or career-conditional). No award SF-50 will be accepted.  Failure to provide the required documents will end further consideration.

      Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

      Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.

      Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.
    Next Steps:
    After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in our application tracking system. Once this happens, if you have elected to receive e-mail updates, you will be notified through your USAJOBS registered e-mail address. If you have not elected for e-mail updates, you can review your current application status in USAJOBS at any time. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.

    In addition to changing your status online, we will send you e-mail notifications at each major step in the process, to include: application received, eligible or not eligible, referred or not referred, selected or not selected.

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