Program Specialist

Duties
This Program Specialist position is located in the Training and Workforce Engagement Branch, Business Management Office, within the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (OIA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected for this position, you will perform special projects and provide technical training expertise for a variety of training and career development programs and activities. Typical assignments will include but are not limited to:

  • Serving as a liaison concerning training matters between the OIA and TSA Headquarters, including the Office of Training and Development (OTD).

  • Assisting in the planning, directing, scheduling, evaluation, facilitation, and integration of training and professional services to the workforce; and coordinating plans, programs, standards, and procedures governing OIA employees' training, professional development products, and services.

  • Recommending strategies and objectives for succession planning. Assisting management in developing plans, monitoring implementation in accordance with program information and analysis, and OIA priorities.

  • Supporting the OIA Individual Development Plan (IDP) program. Working with managers to ensure IDPs are developed for subordinate employees to ensure mission essential skill sets are developed in accordance with succession plan needs. Providing advice to management on training and development matters such as procedures for assessment of training needs, impact of mission changes or reorganizations, training necessary to support short and long term needs, and training methods.

  • Maintaining the training database and files, and documenting training activities and accomplishments in a web-based learning management system.

  • Serving as a Government Purchase Cardholder for training related purchases.


The major duties described above reflect the full performance level of this position. Typically, the lower pay band (G Band) performs the same duties but will receive more guidance and training; and/or projects/work assignments may be less complex.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements

  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.

  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).

  • Selective Service registration is required.


Qualifications
To qualify for the SV-G Pay Band (equivalent to GS-11), you must meet one of the qualification requirements (A, B, OR C) outlined below.
A. Experience: If you are qualifying using experience, your application must clearly outline one year of specialized experience at the SV-F Pay Band or GS-9 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as:

  • Evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of training programs;

  • Using training principles, regulations, practices, and resources to assist in developing training plans;

  • Assisting with the tracking and monitoring employee training; and

  • Assisting employees on course availability, eligibility requirements, courses offered, and funding details to support training needs.


OR B. Education: Completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field; or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or a LL.M., if related.
OR C. Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate courses (beyond the second year) leading to a doctoral degree and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for this position, and may be computed by first determining your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the band level; then determining your education as a percentage of the education required for the band level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for the position.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: Education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university in the amounts indicated above meets the requirements for this position. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. One (1) year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full time study requirement.
Applicants who meet the qualifications listed above based on education or a combination of education and experience must provide proof of education, such as a list of completed college courses or the date and school of degree (including the number of semester or quarter hours) or transcript(s) from an accredited college or university. The information must be provided as an attachment to the application by the closing date of the announcement. If selected, you must supply a transcript(s) or certification of degree.
To qualify for the SV-H Pay Band (equivalent to GS-12), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the SV-G Pay Band or GS-11 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as progressively responsible experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as:

  • Evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of training programs to provide information and recommendations on career development and succession planning;

  • Using training principles, regulations, practices, and resources to aide managers in establishing career goals and developing training plans for subordinate employees;

  • Documenting training activities and accomplishments in a web-based learning management system.


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.
NOTE: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime.
You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
Security Clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Company Description:

At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. 




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