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Announcement Number:
16-1641-HQ-PW-D
Hiring Agency:
United States Coast Guard
Position Title:
Supervisory Criminal Investigator, GS-1811-13
Open Period:
04/13/2016 - 04/27/2016

Format MM/DD/YYYY


This vacancy is limited to a certain number of applicants and may close before the close date listed here if that limit is reached.
Series/Grade:
GS - 1811 13
Salary:
USD $92,448 - USD $120,187
Work Schedule:
Full-time - This is a full-time position.
Promotion Potential:
GS-13
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Boston, MA, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
USCG Applicant Support
866-656-6830
mgshelp@monster.com

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
This vacancy is open to all U.S. Citizens and is being advertised under delegated examining procedures.

For definitions of common terms found in this announcement click here

This announcement will close onWednesday, April 27, 2016 or on the day that 250 applications are received, whichever comes first.
Security Clearance Required:
Sensitive Compartmented Information
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent appointment.
Marketing Statement:
Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

This announcement will close on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 or on the day that 250 applications are received, whichever comes first.
Summary:
Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.

The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status applicants under announcement 16-1641-HQ-PW-M. APPLICANTS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH DELEGATED EXAMINING AND MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES MUST APPLY TO BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS. NOTE: YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS DELEGATED EXAMINING VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ONLY ALLOW CONSIDERATION FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. WE CANNOT ELECTRONICALLY OR MANUALLY MOVE YOUR APPLICATION TO THE CONCURRENTLY ADVERTISED MERIT PROMOTION ANNOUNCEMENT. PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE APPLYING UNDER THE CORRECT ANNOUNCEMENT.

This position is located within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Intelligence and Criminal Investigations, Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS), New England Region, in Boston, MA.

Special conditions: Incumbent is subject to work unscheduled duty hours and must be available for unscheduled duty based upon the needs of the USCG. Therefore, the incumbent is eligible for Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) of an additional 25% and is subject to the provisions of the LEAP Act of 1994. Selectee must have completed or be able to successfully complete basic criminal investigator training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), or equivalent training, and must do so before being authorized to receive LEAP.
Supervisory Position:
Yes
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Yes

Relocation/PCS is authorized.

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

This position requires travel.

Duties

This position meets the conditions outlined for a "Secondary" position in accordance with 5 CFR 842.802 and applicable OPM retirement policies due to the preponderance of time spent in managerial and case oversight duties. This is a "Secondary" position covered under the Federal Employee's Retirement System (FERS) special retirement provision 5 USC 8412(d). Special retirement coverage is extended only if appointment to this position immediately follows service in a law enforcement covered position. FERS applicants for this position must have completed 3 years of continuous service in a "Primary/Rigorous" position in order to continue coverage upon selection. The selecteee will be subject to and must be willing to sign a mobility agreement prior to appointment. 
The incumbent must carry firearms and maintain proficiency in their care and use. Therefore, the position is subject to the Lautenberg Amendment, 18 U.S.C. Section 922(g)(9) and selectee will be required to certify whether he has ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (Title 18, USC., Section 1001).

This position requires successful completion of a pre-employment physical which certifies that you are physically and medically qualified to perform the full duties of the position. Please see the GS-1811 Medical Requirements. Results of a recent (up to one-year old) physical examination must be provided prior to appointment. Determination as to sufficiency of medical record will be made at time of appointment. The incumbent will serve as a “full deputy” to the SAC, responsible for assisting the Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC) in managing the day-to-day supervision of assigned personnel consisting of civilian, active duty and reserve enlisted and Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) special agents as well as administrative support staff; participating in various decisions involving investigative, administrative, financial or personnel issues; and distributing work to be accomplished by other employees, relaying priorities and reviewing investigative products for content, clarity and timeliness.  

Being a CG civilian makes you a valuable member of the CG team, typical duties include:

  • Overseeing the Regional Investigative Reserve Agent program, which manages and directs special agents in the Coast Guard active reserve and the Regional Human Intelligence Collection (HUMINT) Program.
  • Providing advice, counsel and/or instruction to less-experienced personnel on both investigative and administrative matters and coordinating complex regional or resident office issues with Headquarters staff as well as providing or making provisions for employees' personal development and training.
  • Training others on investigative techniques, rules of evidence and criminal procedures, constitutional rights, methods of proper law enforcement action, agency policy/procedures, court decisions, arrest, search and seizure practices, and programmatic goals and direction.
  • Investigating highly sensitive and complex cases that may include but not limited to internal violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) in matters ranging from arson, assault, rape, bribery, child abuse, and criminal fraud, to disclosure of classified/sensitive matter, manslaughter, narcotics violations, sabotage, subversive activity, and other violations of the UCMJ.
  • Conducting highly complex criminal investigations usually within established geographical and jurisdictional boundaries but sometimes outside these boundaries, often working with cold information and/or evidence or with highly reluctant witnesses or suspects; handling a significant volume of complex and sensitive internal affairs investigations possibly on high ranking officials, engages in important liaison and team-building efforts both within CG and other law enforcement agencies; and performing protective services missions.
  • Preparing clear and concise investigative reports and other documents in a timely manner, and presenting all indicated and developed information to supervisors, relevant commands, attorneys and courts; and reviewing the written reports of subordinates and preparing written products for final review and approval by the SAC.
  • Preparing and delivering effective oral briefings to senior military and civilian personnel of the Coast Guard and other Federal, state, and local agencies at all levels.
This announcement will close on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 or on the day that 250 applications are received, whichever comes first.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires a Top Secret/SCI clearance.
  • The applicant is subject to pre-appointment and random drug testing.
  • Applicant is required to meet the physical requirements of the position.
  • Must sign a mobility agreement.
  • The position requires a valid state driver's license.
  • Education Requirements:
    This position does not have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. For further information on the evaluation of foreign education, refer to the U.S. Department of Education's web site at click here
    Evaluations:
    We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line assessment to place you in one of three categories.

    The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are:
    1. Knowledge of generally accepted personnel management and leadership policies, procedures and principles.
    2. Knowledge of generally accepted investigative and intelligence collection principles, techniques, methods and procedures.
    3. Knowledge of Federal statutes and regulations, including the Uniform Code of Military Justice (Title 10, U.S. Code), rules of evidence, court decisions, constitutional rights, search and seizure, methods of interview and interrogation, admissibility of confessions, and national security directives.
    4. Ability to make contacts, maintain effective work relationships, and gain the confidence and cooperation of others.
    5. Ability to plan and conduct extensive and highly complex investigations.
    If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
    1. Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined by the job analysis.
    2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
    3. Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.

    If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.

    Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For information on veterans' preference, click here.
    Qualifications:
     At the GS-13 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: Overseeing the program that manages and directs special agents; providing advice, counsel and/or instruction to less-experienced personnel on both investigative and administrative matters and coordinating complex regional or resident office issues with staff as well as providing or making provisions for employees' personal development and training; training others on investigative techniques, rules of evidence and criminal procedures, constitutional rights, methods of proper law enforcement action, agency policy/procedures, court decisions, arrest, search and seizure practices, and programmatic goals and direction; conducting highly complex criminal investigations usually within established geographical and jurisdictional boundaries but sometimes outside these boundaries, often working with cold information and/or evidence or with highly reluctant witnesses or suspects; handling a significant volume of complex and sensitive internal affairs investigations possibly on high ranking officials, engages in important liaison and team-building efforts both within the organization and other law enforcement agencies; performing protective services missions; preparing clear and concise investigative reports and other documents in a timely manner, and presenting all indicated and developed information to supervisors, relevant commands, attorneys and courts; and reviewing the written reports of subordinates and preparing written products for final review and approval by the SAC; and preparing and delivering effective oral briefings to senior personnel of the organization and other Federal, state, and local agencies at all levels.

    Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.

    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.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    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, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select “Employee Benefits.”
    Other Information:
    This announcement will close on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 or on the day that 250 applications are received, whichever comes first.

    Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. At the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations.

    If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment. All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation as a condition of placement into this position. Certain investigation levels may automatically require a credit check after initial job qualifications have been met. For those positions that do not automatically require a credit check, it may later be required if the initial investigation surfaces a potential issue. Visit: OPM Mythbuster

    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 your rights and responsibilities at click here

    Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

    Moving expenses will be paid in accordance with appropriate regulations. 

    This is a supervisory position, under provisions of the Civil Service Reform Act, first time supervisors and/or managers will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

    All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.

    For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, 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 and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement. More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

    If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-795-6325. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation



    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Applications (resume and job specific questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line by 11:59 p.m ET on the closing date of the announcement.

    There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application Resume Responses to on-line core questions Responses to on-line self-assessment Supporting documents, if requested High self assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume and/or supporting documents may impact you or eliminate you from consideration.

    Applicants who are claiming 5-point tentative preference are encouraged to submit a DD-214 Member 4 copy at the time of application. Claims for 5-point tentative preference will only be granted based upon documentation provided or if the claim is substantiated in your application. If you are unable to provide the necessary supporting documents for veterans preference at the time of selection it may impact your selection eligibility. Applicants who are claiming 10-point veterans preference are required to submit proof of eligibility. Refer to "Required Documents" section of vacancy announcement.

    If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date. You must contact the Help Desk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, excluding Federal holidays.
    Required Documents:
    30% Disabled Veterans must submit their Member Copy 4 DD-214 which includes Character of Service, if currently Active Duty you may submit a Statement of Service or Proof of Service letter; however, the statement MUST include Character of Service AND the VA Disability Letter with percentage of disability OR documentation of disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces which reflects a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more. 10-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application. If documentation is not provided you may receive 5-point tentative preference if substantiated in your application.

    Other 10 point Veterans Preference Eligibles must submit their Member Copy 4 DD-214 which includes Character of Service, if currently Active Duty you may submit a Statement of Service or Proof of Service letter; however, the statement MUST include Character of Service AND provide documentation of your other 10 point preference. 10-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application. If documentation is not provided you may receive 5-point tentative preference if substantiated in your application.

    For more information about veterans preference click here.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles must submit proof of eligibility consisting of a copy of your agency notice and a copy of your most recent performance rating. If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. To be considered eligible under ICTAP, you must be placed in the well-qualified category for this position, as described above. For more information about ICTAP eligibility click here.

    All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement and must include the vacancy announcement number on the documents. A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with number and instructions to transmit the requested documents. The required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement. The mailing address is COMMANDANT (CG-1211HQ), ATTN CIVILIAN HUMAN RESOURCES, US COAST GUARD, 2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE  STOP 7912, WASHINGTON, DC 20593-7912.
    Next Steps:
    Once the announcement is closed, we will conduct an evaluation of your application and qualifications to determine your ranking. The most qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. To check the status of your application, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information." You may also opt to receive email notifications of application status changes by logging into your USAJOBS account and enabling notification alerts.