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"DS-2019-0035" Vacancy Details

About

Announcement Number:
DS-2019-0035
Hiring Agency:
U.S. Department of State
Position Title:
Investigative Specialist
Open Period:
11/05/2018 - 11/13/2018

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 1801 13
Salary:
USD $89,370 - USD $161,817
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
GS-13
Duty Location(s):
30 Vacancy in

Tucson, AZ, US
Los Angeles, CA, US
San Diego, CA, US

San Francisco, CA, US
Denver, CO, US
Washington DC, DC, US

Miami, FL, US
Atlanta, GA, US
Chicago, IL, US

New Orleans, LA, US
Boston, MA, US
Detroit, MI, US

Saint Louis, MO, US
Portsmouth, NH, US
Bridgeport, NY, US

Buffalo, NY, US
New York, NY, US
Greensboro, NC, US

Philadelphia, PA, US
Dallas, TX, US
El Paso, TX, US

Houston, TX, US
Saint Albans, VT, US
Seattle, WA, US

San Juan, PR, RQ
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Anthony Robinson
571-345-3761
RobinsonAL@state.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Internal to an agency (searchable on USAJOBS)
Security Clearance Required:
Top Secret
Appointment Type
Permanent
Marketing:
About the Agency
Summary:

This position is located in multiple field offices of the Office of Field Office Management, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State.  The Office of Field Office Management is the headquarters element in charge of all domestic and overseas criminal, counter-terrorism, counter-intelligence, and professional responsibility investigations for the State Department.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Yes

Relocation Expenses may be paid for current Department of State Civil Service Employees.

Travel Required:
25% or less

Some travel maybe required.

Responsibilities

  • Reviews, evaluates, and recommends methodologies to navigate both classified and unclassified databases to follow trends of criminal violations.
  • Reviews various database links of information to identify criminal activities, trends or methodologies that lead to criminal prosecutions.
  • Examines electronic record checks and evaluations of documents to identify potential leads for investigative caseloads
  • Prepares memorandum, correspondence, and detailed written reports related to criminal investigations.
  • Qualifications and Evaluations

    Conditions of Employment:
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • Education Requirements:

    See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

    Evaluations:

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:


    Knowledge of investigative techniques


    Knowledge of information management tools to conduct criminal investigations.


    Ability to analyze and evaluate information derived from a variety of sources.


    Ability to serve as a liaison on security related issues.


    Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. 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). Your resume should include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week. For assistance with creating a resume, please click
    here.

    Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100.  Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position and earn a score of at least 85 (when applicants are rated in a range of 70 to 100) to receive consideration for special priority.

    If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience.  This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.

    Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this job opportunity. Your application package must contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.

    Qualifications:

    Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.

    If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

    NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

    Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions, per 5CFR 300, Subpart F.


    Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.  Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:  


    - Experience using investigative methods to provide analytical and technical support for the planning and execution of investigation.


    - Experience using data resources for evidence collection, analysis, and interpretation.


    - Experience working with other law enforcement  agencies to identify mechanisms to coordinate activities carrying out criminal investigations.


    There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-13 position.




    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Other Information:

    For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or ReasonableAccommodations@state.gov.

    More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    Prepare your application in USAJOBS

    To start your application, click Apply and we’ll walk you through the process where you’ll attach a resume and any required documents.

    During the application process you can review, edit, delete, and update your information. We’ll automatically save your progress as you go, so you won’t lose any changes.

    Please carefully read all the instructions before you apply. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the application process.

    STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.

    STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable).  Cover letter is optional.  If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume.  Please see the How You Will Be Evaluated section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.

    STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the U.S. Department of State’s Gateway to State automated application system.  The questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this position.  

    STEP 4: Submit all required documentation applicable to you, as listed in the Required Documents section of this announcement, to the Department’s Gateway to State automated application system prior to the closing date of this announcement. For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click  
    here.


    Technical assistance with your on-line application is available through the Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com or by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET





    ALTERNATE APPLICATION PROCEDURES




    NOTE: If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET at least 2 working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement. Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

    Required Documents:

    All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the “How You Will Be Evaluated” section. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

    2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department’s automated system “Gateway to State”.

    3. Transcripts - if applicable, see the Qualifications section of the announcement. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

    4. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you must submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application by the closing date.

    5. Current eligible DOS employees (per 3 FAM 2315) including non-competitive applicants must submit a SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows the effective date, position title, series, grade, salary, tenure, position occupied, full promotion potential, AND submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal that includes the final rating. If a performance appraisal does not exist, is incomplete or unavailable, a Form DS-1812 (Applicant Appraisal) or equivalent form from another agency signed by the current supervisor is acceptable. Mid-year progress reviews will not be accepted.

    6. CTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See link below:

    CTAP Considerations

    Next Steps:

    After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration for possible interviews in approximately two weeks after the announcement closes. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability review and/or security background investigation, which generally takes an average of at least two to six months.

    You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

    1. Upon receipt of your application.
    2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
    3. After the certificate is issued.
    4. After final selection is made.

    For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here .

    Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.