Officer (Uniformed Division)

Overview

Officer (Uninformed Division), Department of homeland security U.S. Secret Service

  • Open & closing dates      07/28/2023 to 09/30/2023
  • Salary                                $69,797 – $120,069 per year
  • Pay scale & grade             LE 01
  • Location                            Washington, DCFEW vacancies
  • Remote job                        No
  • Telework eligible               No
  • Travel Required                Occasional travel – Occasional domestic and foreign travel may be required.
  • Relocation expenses reimbursed      Yes—If a final job offer is extended, relocation expenses may be                                                                                        authorized to the duty location.
  • Appointment type              Temporary

The duration of your limited-term Schedule B excepted appointment is 3 years and 120 days. Upon completion, you will either be converted to a career appointment in the competitive service or separated based on the expiration of the appointment.

  • Work schedule              Full-Time
  • Service                               Excepted
  • Promotion potential       01
  • Job family (Series)        0083 Police
  • Supervisory status        No
  • Security clearance        Top Secret
  • Drug test                            Yes

 This job is open to custom announcement. Very Exclusive Posting

Clarification from the agency

The COVID-19 vaccination requirement for federal employees pursuant to Executive Order 14043 does not currently apply. If you do not report to take the Uniformed Division Entrance Examination (UDEE), or you fail the exam, there is a three-month waiting period before you can reapply and retest.

 

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Duties

During the course of their careers, Uniformed Division Officers carry out assignments in protection. Duties include:

  • Providing protection for The White House Complex, The Vice President’s Residence, The Main Treasury Building and Annex, and foreign diplomatic missions and embassies in the Washington, D.C. area.
  • Traveling in support of the Presidential, Vice Presidential, and foreign heads of state/government missions.
  • Enforcing mandated protective responsibilities as described under Title 18, United States Code, Section 3056A.

 

Requirements

Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Possess a current valid U.S. driver’s license.

Conditions of Employment you will be required to:

  • Be at least age 20 and less than age 37 at the time you receive a conditional offer of employment unless you have previous service in a Federal Civilian Law Enforcement position covered by special law enforcement or firefighter retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement. Applicants with veteran’s preference must receive a conditional offer of employment prior to reaching age 40 to continue in the application process.
  • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
  • Disclose any prior drug use, attempted use, and/or experimentation.
  • Carry and use a firearm.  Maintaining firearm proficiency is also mandatory.  You will be ineligible to occupy this position if at any time you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, unless you received a pardon or your conviction was expunged or set aside.
  • Complete 12 weeks of intensive training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glyndon, GA or Artesia, NM and 17 weeks of specialized training at the James J. Rowley Training Center in Laurel, MD. Failure to pass the standards on the first attempt may result in separation from the Secret Service.
  • Certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so, if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959.
  • Be appointed to this position under a limited-term Schedule B excepted appointment which is 3 years and 120 days. Upon completion of this period, you will either be converted to career status or separated based on the expiration of the appointment.
  • Possess uncorrected visual acuity of no worse than 20/100 binocular. Possess corrected visual acuity of 20/20 or better in each eye.(Note: Lasik, ALK, RK, and PRK corrective eye surgeries are acceptable eye surgeries for Uniformed Division Officer applicants. Applicants will be considered eligible for the Uniformed Division Officer position provided specific visual tests are passed. The following are waiting periods for visual tests: Lasik-2 months after surgery, PRK-6 months after surgery, and ALK and RK-one year after surgery).
  • Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 25 decibels (A.S.A. or equivalent I.S.O.) in either ear in the 500, 1000, and 2000 Hz ranges. Applicants must be able to hear the whispered voice at 15 feet with each ear without the use of a hearing aid.

Qualifications

You qualify for the LE-01 grade level (starting salary $69,797) if you meet the following requirements:

  • Possess, at a minimum, a high school diploma or certificate of equivalency.
  • Be the age of 20 at the time of application. Must be 21 at the time of appointment.

All qualification requirements listed above must be met by the cut-off date of the month in which you applied. 

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are considered in the following order: (1) preference eligible having a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more; followed by (2) other 10-point preference eligible; (3) 5-point preference eligible; and (4) non-preference eligible (i.e., non-veterans).

You will be evaluated based on the minimum qualification questions that are in the vacancy questions.

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.

Applicants must successfully complete Phase I (see below) to receive a conditional offer.  In addition, applicants must successfully complete Phase II (see below) in order to receive final consideration for employment.

Phase I:

  • Uniformed Division Entrance Examination (UDEE)
  • Applicant Physical Abilities Test
  • Interview

Phase II:

  •  Security Interview / Credit Check
  •  Polygraph Examination
  •  Medical Examination
  •  Background Investigation (a top-secret security clearance)

The United States Secret Service Applicant Physical Abilities Test (APAT) is a physical fitness assessment that measures an applicant’s current level of fitness, assessing their ability to perform job-specific tasks. The test consists of four components: push-ups, sit-ups, Illinois Agility Run, and a 1.5 Mile Run. The standards are consistent regardless of age, gender, or position. The Secret Service follows strict guidelines regarding illegal drug usage and considers performance appraisals and incentive awards as indicators of prior experience quality, but no points are assigned.

General Medical Requirements:

The Office of Personnel Management states that this position requires moderate to arduous physical exertion, including walking, standing, firearm use, and inclement weather exposure. Manual dexterity is required, and arms, hands, legs, and feet must function well. Emotional and mental stability are essential for performance, and any condition that hinders efficiency or poses a hazard is disqualified. Specific medical requirements apply, and chronic diseases or conditions affecting various systems may also be disqualified. This position requires a combination of physical and mental stability.

Additional information

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking individuals to protect American interests and secure the nation. The DHS consists of components that prevent terrorism, secure borders, protect dignitaries, enforce immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace, and ensure disaster resilience. Employment offers will be consistent with relevant authorities and require completion of an optional Form 306, which may result in withdrawal, dismissal, fine, or imprisonment.

Applicants selected for this position will be required to sign a continuing service agreement before being assigned to an initial training class. The continuing service agreement will commit the applicant to a specified period of employment with the U.S. Secret Service upon the successful completion of training.

The Secret Service may grant a special needs pay-setting authority to applicants with superior qualifications or skills that meet a special need, with the recommended salary range being determined during the hiring process.

WORK SCHEDULE:

Newly appointed Uniformed Division Officers normally work a 40-hour workweek on a set schedule (e.g., 6:30 am – 3:00 pm, 2:30 pm – 11:00 pm, or 10:30 pm – 7:00 am shifts). Workdays and shifts will vary depending on assignment and manpower requirements.

Applicants will be required to travel to all phases of the application process at their own expense.

The Secret Service prohibits employees from having visible body markings (including but not limited to tattoos, body art, and branding) on the head, face, neck, hand and fingers (any area below the wrist bone).  Exception:  a single conservative and unobtrusive tattoo in the form of a ring is authorized on one finger.

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

DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States.

Benefits

The U.S. government offers a comprehensive benefits package for federal employees, including competitive salaries, health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance, retirement plans, Thrift Savings Plan, Flexible Spending Account, Employee Assistance Program, personal leave days, and paid federal holidays. Eligibility depends on position type and duration. Contact the hiring agency for specific benefits. For more information, go to http://www.dhs.gov/careers

.How You Will Be Evaluated:

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your on-line application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position.  All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated by your resume.  Your resume and/or supporting documents need to support your answer choices in order to be considered and deemed eligible.  The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

  • Ability to follow instructions and respect authority; obeys organizational policies and the chain-of-command.
  • Ability to deal calmly and effectively with high stress or dangerous situations; remains calm, even-tempered, and in control of emotions, as appropriate for the situation.
  • Ability to convey oral information in a clear, concise and well-organized manner taking into account the audience and the nature of the information (e.g., technical, controversial); speaks clearly, convincingly and confidently using proper grammar, tone and pace; tracks audience responses and reacts appropriately to those responses.
  • Ability to demonstrate fairness, professionalism and tact when interacting with others; understands and interacts effectively with a variety of people to include those who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; adjusts interpersonal style, as needed, to interact with differing individuals.
  • Ability to display a high standard of ethical conduct and can be trusted in all work situations; chooses an ethical course of action and does the right thing, even in the face of opposition; encourages others to behave accordingly.

All information that you want us to consider must be in your resume.

This is an open continuous announcement. The first cut-off date for consideration of applicants will be August 4, 2023.  Thereafter, the cut-off for applications received will be every Friday of each month until the job opportunity announcement closes.

Required Documents

In addition to addressing the job opportunity announcement specific questions, you must also submit the following documentation:

  • Resume – In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history should show work experience in detail and in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date, and include the number of hours worked per week.
  • Are you a Veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or notice form. If a DD-214 is not available, submit certification from the Armed Forces that list the beginning and ending dates of active service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15.
  • Are you a current or former Federal Employee?

Submit a copy of your SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing your tenure code, position occupied and highest grade and step. In addition, if you have or had service in a Federal Law Enforcement position covered by law enforcement or firefighter retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement, the SF-50 must show the retirement code. An award SF-50 does not contain the required information. Also submit your performance appraisals and/or incentive awards.

  • Do you have a local, state, federal, or military Law Enforcement Certification?
  • Submit your local, state, federal, or military Law Enforcement Certification.

All information that you want us to consider must be in your resume.

How to Apply

.The position is advertised through Secret Service Hire’s automated staffing system.

  • To apply, click the Apply Online button,
  • register or sign into USAJOBS,
  • complete the online questionnaire,
  • submit required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the announcement’s closing date.

 

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If you cannot apply online, you may contact the Law Enforcement Acquisition Division, Uniformed Division Support Branch at udsupport@usss.dhs.gov or by calling (202) 406-5271 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:30 pm EST (excluding Federal holidays) prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.  The Secret Service provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, on a case-by-case basis.

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