Program Specialist (Scheduler/Analyst)

Company Name:
Department Of Homeland Security
US Citizens and Status Candidates Permanent Full Time
Secure the Homeland
Proud to Protect
Are you interested in a job where your primary purpose will be to provide support to stakeholders in complying with schedule management disciplines? Then consider joining the Office of Biometric and Identity Management (OBIM), National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Come work with the best to prevent and deter terrorist attacks, protect against and respond to potential threats, ensure safe and secure borders, welcome immigrants and visitors, and promote the free-flow of commerce. This mission of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is carried out every day by the dedicated men and women who answer the noble calling of public service with courage and enthusiasm. With a diverse and critical mission, we lead the unified national effort to secure America. In today's interconnected world, our country's security challenges are constantly evolving. To meet these challenges, DHS fosters a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation.
In Headquarters, we coordinate, plan, and guide the Department's work across all DHS components. You could enjoy a career that includes research, administration and management, legal work, budget and finance, cyber security, infrastructure protection and intelligence analysis. Our services touch every U.S. citizen, and our goal is to secure our country across land and sea. Come join the team who is " Proud to Protect ".
APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM: All U.S. Citizens and Status Candidates.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement should the need arise.
U. S. Citizenship is required. Appointment subject to availability of funds. This position may require random drug testing.
Provide subject matter expert (SME) guidance to colleagues across the organization to assist in improving scheduling processes to conform to and align with DHS and NPPD directives and procedures, the Government Accountability Office's Schedule Assessment Guide, and industry standards.
Provide SME guidance to working groups across the organization to provide support to stakeholders in complying with schedule management disciplines as mentioned above.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues at all levels within the organization.
Create and maintain an integrated master schedule that links multiple projects and has a critical path.
Assist in training colleagues across the organization on using Microsoft Project Server and on GAO's scheduling best practices. Make updates to Project Server when authorized.
To qualify at the grade GS-12, applicants must have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as 1) assisting with project schedule management; 2) utilizing project management software to assist with managing a project.
To qualify at the grade GS-13, applicants must have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as 1) providing guidance on project schedule management; 2) utilizing project management software to link multiple project schedules into an overarching program, project portfolio, or integrated master plan; and 3) measuring the progress of a project.
Time-in-Grade Requirements: Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal service. All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
New employees must serve a one year probationary period.
This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operation events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, acts of terrorism, or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5 U.S.C. 7501-7533 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable).
Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Candidates who apply under All U.S. Citizens procedures will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The categories are defined as follows:
Best Qualified - Demonstrates better overall or key knowledge, skills, or abilities for a specific position.
Well Qualified - Possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position, but does not necessarily meet the definition of best qualified.
Qualified - Meets the minimum qualifications standards, including any selective placement factors, for a specific position.
Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veteran's preference above non-preference eligible within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.
Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are best qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.
Candidate who apply under Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
Skill in master schedule development
Knowledge of project management software
Analytical Thinking
Attention to Detail
Customer Service
Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience, no points will be assigned.
Consideration of incentive awards should only be given to the extent that the information is relevant to the requirements of the position being filled.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your R sum and other supporting documents specified in the _Required Documents_ section below.
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
A complete Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date ofTuesday, September 30, 2014 .
To begin the process, click the _Apply Online_ button to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other documents and complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover using the following Vacancy ID FS 1196076 . Fax your documents to .
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire , and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:
1. Your R sum (please state any incentive awards earned relevant to the position being filled.)
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents :
Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal service)
A copy of your most recent performance appraisal (optional)
Current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows competitive service appointment, tenure group, grade, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF50s include promotions, With-in Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s over one year old). If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. _IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT__ALL__ OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION AS A STATUS CANDIDATE._
If you are a displaced Federal employee within in the local commute area of this announcement, you must include ALL the following documents to receive ICTAP consideration for this vacancy:
1. _ Proof you are a displaced Federal employee under 5 CFR 330.702_. (e.g., one of the following: RIF Separation Notice; Notice of Proposed Removal for Declining a Transfer of Function; Agency certification of inability to place after termination of work-related disability compensation; OPM Notice of Termination of Disability Annuity; or certification of a Military Reserve Technician or National Guard Technician special disability retirement annuity.)
2. _ SF-50s (Notification of Personnel Action) sufficient to show all of the following_: 1) that you held career/career-conditional competitive status in your position of record; 2) the promotional potential of your position of record; and 3) the duty location of your position of record. (NOTE: You may need to submit more than one SF-50.)
3. _Most Recent Performance Appraisal_ (This requirement does not apply if you qualify for ICTAP due to injury compensation or disability annuity).
Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan (I/CTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above (or rated at 85 or above under merit promotion procedures) on the rating criteria for this position. For information on how to apply as a CTAP or an ICTAP eligible
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.
You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at
Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to GS- 13.
Background Investigation:
This position is a non-sensitive position and the tentative selectee must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for a suitability clearance as a condition of placement/retention in this position.
Other Information:
This position has been designated exempt from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 USC Section 7112(B)(6).
All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.
Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see /).
If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15 . If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at .
If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15 , and if applicable, a completed SF15. If you don't have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at / or call .

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