Transportation Security Administration Writer-Editor in Arlington, Virginia

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

About the Agency

Securing Travel, Protecting People - 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. For additional information about our agency please: Click Here

This position is also being announced through Public (US Citizen) procedure under Announcement #HQ-A-DAO-17-338960-P. Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Government-Wide procedures must apply to both announcements.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

Duties

This Writer-Editor position is located in the Office of the Administrator, Office of the Chief of Staff, Office of the Executive Secretariat in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected for this position, you will be responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and controlling complex correspondence, reports, documents, and other materials received in the Office of the Executive Secretariat; and determining the appropriate organization and level for review and response in accordance with TSA policies, procedures, and requirements. Typical assignments will include but are not limited to:

  • Serves as resident expert with subject matter knowledge in writing and editing in direct support of over 20 Agency program office activities and advisor for all executive-level correspondence issues. Writes, edits, and produces high-visibility, high-priority products that effectively explain and interpret the Agency's voice and opinion on a variety of highly complex issues. Uses and provides guidance on various word processing, desktop publishing, electronic publishing programs/systems. Reworks draft publications to ensure clear, concise and accurate written executive-level correspondence products.
  • Serves as the primary writer/editor supporting the planning, researching, writing, editing and coordinating materials for high-level and complex correspondence, reports, and other documents for signature by upper management officials of the highest levels at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and TSA. Defines and develops the correspondence style guides, correspondence standard operating procedures, and associated training for employees across TSA - headquarters and field. Serves as the authoritative expert on executive-level correspondence production processes and standards.
  • Serves as lead Editor for the TSA Chief of Staff daily briefing, directing the editing, formatting, and distribution of all executive-level correspondence and reports prepared for the Deputy and Administrator's signature.
  • Acts as editorial advisor and senior writing consultant to program analysts and personnel in the TSA Office of the Executive Secretariat, helping to: Identify process improvements related to writing and review; Provide solutions for organization and writing challenges within executive-level correspondence and reports for adherence to current TSA, DHS, and component styles and standards; and training correspondence and program analysts on executive-level correspondence production standards and processes.
  • Serves as the subject matter expert and consultant as a member of interagency or intergovernmental teams or standing committees addressing methods for writing and editing to convey highly complex concepts to meet the requirements of TSA's customers at multiple levels. Participates in TSA or DHS teams or committees to review writing and editorial policies and guidelines, resolve style and editorial differences, and make recommendations for updating these requirements consistent with office priorities and program needs. Assignments performed at the I Band are similar to the J Band, with a difference in the level of responsibility and complexity. Duties performed at the I Band are aimed in preparing the incumbent to perform duties at the higher band.
Supervisory Status

No

Promotion Potential

J

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • A minimum of one (1) week of travel in a full-time duty status may be required within 90-days of entry on duty to complete TSA’s in residence New Hire Training. This training will occur away from the employee’s duty station of record. Employees will be paid for compensable hours and reimbursed for authorized travel expenses per TSA Travel Policy.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Government-Wide: Current and former permanent civilian Federal employees. Applications also accepted from Veterans' Preference eligibles OR Veterans who were or will be honorably discharged from the Armed Forces after completing at least 3 years of continuous active duty by the closing date of this announcement. Such applicants will compete under TSA's Merit Promotion procedures for which Veterans' Preference is not a factor in the selection process.

Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.
  • Selective Service registration is required.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" section
Qualifications

To qualify for the SV-I Pay Band(equivalent to GS-13), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-H or GS-12 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.* Specialized experience is defined as:*

  • *Experience writing, reviewing, and editing materials such as reports, regulations, articles, newsletters, magazines, news releases, training materials, brochures, interpretive handbooks, pamphlets, guidebooks, scholarly works, reference works, speeches or scripts to ensure clarity, spelling, grammar and punctuation; the work requires reviewing information on specific topics and presenting the material in a way that is appropriate and understandable to the intended audience; presenting documentation by following specific styles and formats (such as GPO, AP, etc.); AND*
  • *Experience with Web publishing and desktop publishing software. To qualify**for the SV-J Pay Band* (equivalent to GS-14/15), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-I or GS-13 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. Specialized experience is defined as:**

  • Experience writing, reviewing, and editing materials such as reports, regulations, articles, newsletters, magazines, news releases, training materials, brochures, interpretive handbooks, pamphlets, guidebooks, scholarly works, reference works, speeches or scripts to ensure clarity, spelling, grammar and punctuation; the work requires reviewing information on specific topics and presenting the material in a way that is appropriate and understandable to the intended audience; presenting documentation by following specific styles and formats (such as GPO, AP, etc.);

  • *Experience with Web publishing and desktop publishing software; AND*
  • Experience evaluating Federal requirements, Executive Orders, or other policy changes for application to potential speeches and written reports reviewed. 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. 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.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Security Clearance

Secret

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We will notify you of the outcome of these steps when they have been completed. You may also check your application status by visiting the Candidate Dashboard.

BENEFITS

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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 the DHS Careers website and select “Benefits.” Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

Employees who transfer to TSA from an agency that allows employees to maintain an annual leave balance higher than the maximum accumulation for the appointed position will have their leave ceiling set to the maximum accumulation for the appointed position (e.g., United States duty location - 240 hours, foreign duty location - 360 hours, or TSES position - 720 hours). TSA will not make a monetary payment for any leave forfeited under these circumstances.

Other Information

Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code, including regulations which apply to displaced Federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) of other agencies, and employment with TSA does not confer "Competitive Status" that generally results from selection and service in Competitive Service agencies. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established an Interchange Agreement, which allows most permanent TSA employees to apply and be considered for vacancies in Competitive Service agencies. Information from OPM on this or other Interchange Agreements is available at: http://www.opm.gov.

To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.

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 E-Verify including your rights and responsibilities.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. For more information, click here.

Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is not authorized.

More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

If you are entering TSA employment on an appointment without time limitations, you must serve a basic trial period unless you have already met the requirement.

TSA policy requires verification of Selective Service registration for male applicants born after 12/31/59. For more information click here.

View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

Veterans 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 for non-competitive appointment and to understand the documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476605300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-10 to 2017-08-23

Salary: $77,367 to $146,296 / per year

Pay scale & grade: SV I - J

Series: 1082 Writing And Editing

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time

Job announcement number: HQ-A-DAO-17-338960-G

Control number: 476605300