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EXCLUSIVE JOB: Passport Specialist at the Department of State

Job Title: Passport Specialist
Department: Department of State
Agency/Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Passport Services
Salary Range: $29,350 - $57,809 plus additional locality pay based on location
Series & Grade: 0967; GS-05/07/09, depending on qualifications
Promotion Potential: GS-11
Duty Locations: Buffalo, NY; Chicago, IL; Aurora, CO; Stamford, CT; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; New York, NY; Washington, DC
Application Close Date: Friday, May 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST
Who May Be Considered: NSEP award recipients who have not completed the service requirement in full.

Note: Applicants should indicate (up to three) preferred duty locations, in preference order, in their cover letter.

JOB SUMMARY

Consular Affairs (CA) is the public face of the Department of State for millions of people around the world. CA is responsible for the welfare and protection of U.S. citizens abroad, for the issuance of passports and other documentation to citizens and nationals, and for the protection of U.S. border security and the facilitation of legitimate travel to the United States. CA also has a significant domestic presence, most notably the 29 U.S. Passport agencies and centers, 26 of which deal directly with the U.S. public. These far-reaching consular activities have broad foreign policy and domestic political implications and involve serious legal, humanitarian, and management concerns. Responsibility for these functions is vested within the Department of State in the Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs and for their implementation abroad in consular officers assigned to embassies and consulates abroad.

DUTIES

This position is located in the Adjudication Section of each location’s Passport Agency where the incumbent serves on a rotational basis in the Regular Adjudication and Public Application Units. Incumbent receives and examines passport application for completeness and verification of the identity of the application and examines the evidence of citizenship submitted with the application to determine authenticity.

Responsibilities

  • Receives and examines applications for the issuance, amendment and replacement of passports forwarded by acceptance agents or presented in person by applicants or applicants' representatives.
  • Reviews applications for completeness, affirmation of truthfulness, presence and authenticity of required entries, signatures and photographs, and fees.
  • Examines evidence of citizenship to determine authenticity and adequacy in relation to required laws, regulations and procedures for the issuance of passports, and to confirm facts as recorded on application.

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.

If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions, per 5CFR 300, Subpart F.

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants applying for the GS-5 must meet one of the qualification requirements listed below:

General Experience

  1. Completion of three years of general experience, one of which was equivalent to the GS-04 level, involving the analysis, explanation, application, or interpretation of laws, rules, regulations, procedures, etc. Qualifying general experience may have been gained as a law clerk, contact representative, claims examiner, voucher examiner, or similar work with a government or private employer.
  2. OR

  3. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a bachelor’s degree.
  4. OR

  5. Combination of education and experience.

Applicants applying for the GS-7 must meet one of the qualification requirements listed below:

  1. Completion of at least 1 full year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal Service that demonstrates knowledge of immigration and/or nationality laws of the United States.
  2. OR

  3. Completion of 1 full year of graduate level education in law, or other administrative or management fields related to the position.
  4. OR

  5. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university AND you meet one of the following provisions of the superior academic achievement:
    1. A grade point average of "B" (3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study.
    2. A grade point average of "B+" (3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for all courses in your major field of study or those course in your major completed in the last two yours of your undergraduate study.
    3. Rank in the upper 1/3 of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision
    4. Membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.

    Grade point averages should be rounded to one decimal point. For example, 2.95 is rounded to 3.0 and 2.94 is rounded to 2.9. NOTE: if more than 10% of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society.

    OR

  6. Combination of graduate level education and specialized experience.

Applicants applying for the GS-9 must meet one of the qualification requirements listed below:

General Experience

  1. Completion of at least 1 full year of specialized experience (equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service) which demonstrated knowledge of immigration and/or passport laws, regulations, procedures and policies.
  2. OR

  3. Completion of a Master's or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 full years of graduate level education, or higher degree, e .g. LL.B or J.D., LL.M or Ph.D., in law or other administrative or management fields related to the position to be filled.
  4. OR

  5. Combination of graduate level education and specialized experience as described above. If you have some but not all of the experience or education described above, you may still qualify by combining the amount of creditable experience and education that you do have. To do so, convert each to a percentage and then add the percentages the sum of which must equal at least 100%. Only graduate level education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to combine education and experience.

SECURITY CLEARANCE

Following a Conditional Offer of Employment (COE), selectee must undergo a background investigation for a Secret level security clearance.

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter, which includes:
    1. Your (up to three) preferred duty locations, in preference order.
    2. Answers to the following questions
      1. Why do you want to be a Passport Specialist?
      2. How does becoming a Passport Specialist fit into your career goals?
      3. What skills have you developed that would make you a successful Passport Specialist?
  3. NSEP Letter of Certification (instructions on requesting an NSEP Letter of Certification are below)
  4. College Transcripts (must include GPA, date degree was awarded, and name of accredited institution)
  5. SF-50 (optional for current or former federal employee)
  6. DD-214 (optional for veterans or active duty members of the U.S. military)

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

These applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the application close date indicated above. Failure to follow the application instructions may result in rejection of your application.

Resume and Supporting Materials

Please combine your application materials into one PDF file named:

LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_DoS

For example, the candidate John Smith would submit an application named SMITH_JOHN_DoS. If you are unable to save Microsoft Word documents in PDF format, or are unable to combine your documents into a single PDF document, several third-party PDF conversion and combination tools exist online. Perform an internet search for "converting Word documents to PDF" or "merging PDF files" to find these tools.

You will need to email your application by using the mail tool in NSEPnet. To use NSEPnet Mail you will need to login to https://www.nsepnet.org. The link to NSEPnet Mail is in the top right corner of the homepage. If you cannot login or do not remember your login credentials, please use the Forgot Username tool at https://nsepnet.org/ForgotUsername.aspx or the Forgot Password tool at https://nsepnet.org/ForgotPassword.aspx.

From the NSEPnet mail tool, enter [AleiaMaculam] (brackets included) in the To: field. The subject line for this email must be as follows:

DOS-CA-052019-001

If you cannot attach a PDF document, please first try using Microsoft Internet Explorer. If attaching your documents fails in Internet Explorer, download the latest version of your internet browser and retry the attachment process.

SF-50 and DD-214

If you are a current or former federal employee, you will need to include your SF-50 (or similar document proving federal employment) in your application. If you are a veteran or active duty member of the U.S. military, you will need to include a DD-214 in your application.

NSEP Letter of Certification

You must include an NSEP letter of certification in your application package. You can request a letter by completing the request form on the homepage of NSEPnet.org. The letter will be emailed to you as a PDF so that you can include it in your application. Please allow 3-5 business days for processing.

FEATURED JOB: Social Science Program Specialist (Child Interview Specialist) at DHS

Job Title: Social Science Program Specialist (Child Interview Specialist)
Department: Department of Homeland Security
Agency: Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Salary Range: $76,687 to $99,691 per year
Series & Grade: GS-0343-13
Application Close Date: May 27, 2019
Duty Locations: Phoenix, AZ; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC

POSITION SUMMARY/DUTIES

As a Social Science Program Specialist (Child Interview Specialist) you will perform the following duties:

  • Make psychological assessments, treatment recommendations and referrals to professionals able to provide the care needed to children who are victims of and/or witnesses of crime and how to make referrals to service providers for child victims and witnesses with mental health, safety and medical concerns;
  • Conduct forensic interviews of children who have experienced physical and sexual abuse or who are victims or witnesses of crime;
  • Conduct forensic interviews in high profile, sensitive and/or macro cases that involve numerous children and/or significant cases where child victims and/or witnesses are severely traumatized;
  • Coordinates the field component of the Child Victim Notification Program in accordance with the Justice For All Act;
  • Collects and analyzes information to consolidate findings, prepare reports and makes recommendations to management officials.

HOW TO APPLY

To view the complete vacancy announcement and to apply, please see the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/534170200

FEATURED JOB: Social Science Program Specialist (Victim Assistance) at DHS

Job Title: Social Science Program Specialist (Victim Assistance)
Department: Department of Homeland Security
Agency: Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Salary Range: $76,687 to $99,691 per year
Series & Grade: GS-0343-13
Application Close Date: May 27, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Duty Locations: Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Kansas City, MO; Charlotte, NC; Las Vegas, NV; New York, NY; Nashville, TN; Fairfax, VA

POSITION SUMMARY/DUTIES

As a Social Science Program Specialist you will perform the following duties:

  • Assists in the development of, and monitors the statutory compliance of the ICE Victims Assistance Program (VAP) in field offices for which they are responsible;
  • Develops procedures, position papers, operational instructions, and decision memoranda on complex issues or national impact;
  • Provides victim assistance trainings to ICE/HSI field personnel;
  • Provides outreach trainings within their office area of responsibility;
  • Establishes and maintains a directory of local programs and services available to assist victims of crime;
  • Independently establishes and maintains liaison with ICE field offices, DHS and DOJ components, and other federal, state, and local officials and non-governmental agencies regarding victim assistance;
  • Manages interagency agreements (IAA) between ICE VAP and other federal agencies;
  • Procures and/or creates and disseminates informational resources needed to advance the goals and objectives of the VAP.

HOW TO APPLY

To view the complete vacancy announcement and to apply, please see the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/534171400#

EXCLUSIVE JOB: Program Analyst (Finance) at FEMA

Job Title: Program Analyst
Department: Department of Homeland Security
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Office: Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration
Salary Range: $57,510 – 74,759
Series & Grade: GS-0343-09
Promotion Potential: GS-12
Application Close Date: May 27, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Duty Locations: Washington, DC
Who May Be Considered: NSEP award recipients who have not completed the service requirement in full

POSITION SUMMARY/OFFICE DESCRIPTION

This position is located in the Analytics Team within the Finance Division, Fund Management Directorate, within the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration. The Finance Division Analytics Team is responsible for providing thoughtful analytics support associated with the various aspects of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) financial profile.

POSITION DUTIES

  • Performs duties under the general direction of a Team Lead and/or Finance Division Director.
  • Extracts data from various sources to synthesize into a product to investigate/study trends and anomalies, as it relates to the NFIP finances.
  • Creates thoughtful analyses related to the NFIP’s financial position and future projections based on current operations and historical information. Advises leaders on next steps as needed to achieve intended results and outcomes.
  • Responds to various financial inquiries from FEMA Leadership, Congress, OMB, US Department of Treasury and others related to the NFIP. This includes conducting analyses and compiling results for Congressional reports.
  • Prepares quarterly Watermark report/financial statement on the NFIP that is published on the public-facing FEMA.gov website.
  • Tracks and prepares the financial position documents pertaining to the NFIP.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Demonstrated education and/or experience in Accounting, Finance, Business and/or Economics.
  • Experience conducting data analytics is preferred.
  • Experience with Excel and MS Office Suite.
  • Oral and written communication skill necessary to prepare and present recommendations and solutions regarding issues based on analysis and evaluation, including the preparation and presentation of reports, charts, and spreadsheets.
  • Knowledge in applying conventional fact-finding, analytical and problem solving methods and techniques to identify problems, draw conclusions, and recommend appropriate action or solution to improve efficiency and effectiveness throughout the Division.

QUALIFICATIONS

Demonstrated education and/or experience in Accounting, Finance, and/or Economics.

SECURITY CLEARANCE

Following a Conditional Offer of Employment (COE), selectee must undergo a background investigation for a Public Trust security clearance.

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  1. Resume
  2. Transcripts
  3. DD-214 (only required for veterans or active duty military)
  4. SF-50 (only required for current or former federal employees)

HOW TO APPLY

Your application is due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the application close date indicated above. Failure to follow the application instructions may result in rejection of your application.

Resume and Supporting Materials

You will need to email your application by using the mail tool in NSEPnet. Please name the file:

LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_FEMA

Like always, LASTNAME is your last name and FIRSTNAME is your first name. For example, the applicant John Smith would submit an application named SMITH_JOHN_FEMA. If you are unable to save Microsoft Word documents in PDF format, or are unable to combine your documents into a single PDF document, several third-party PDF conversion and combination tools exist online. Perform an internet search for "converting Word documents to PDF" or "merging PDF files" to find these tools.

To use NSEPnet Mail you will need to login to https://www.nsepnet.org. The link to NSEPnet Mail is in the top right corner of the homepage. If you cannot login or do not remember your login credentials, please use the Forgot Username tool at https://nsepnet.org/ForgotUsername.aspx or the Forgot Password tool at https://nsepnet.org/ForgotPassword.aspx.

From the NSEPnet mail tool, enter [AleiaMaculam] (brackets included) in the To: field. The subject line for this email must be as follows:

DHS-FEMA-052019-356

If you cannot attach a PDF document, please first try using Microsoft Internet Explorer. If attaching your documents fails in Internet Explorer, download the latest version of your internet browser and retry the attachment process.

SF-50 and DD-213

If you are a current or former federal employee, you will need to include your SF-50 (or similar document proving federal employment) in your application. If you are a veteran or active duty member of the U.S. military, you will need to include a DD-214 in your application.

Letter of Certification

You DO NOT need to request a Letter of Certification for this exclusive position

HIRING AUTHORITY

The Department of Homeland Security will utilize special hiring authorities (located at Schedule A and 50 U.S. Code §1902) afforded to all NSEP award recipients with active service requirements to make appointments to this position in the excepted service.

FEATURED: Intelligence Community Virtual Career Fair - 30 May 2019

ATTENTION: DO NOT REPLY DIRECTLY TO THIS EMAIL. SUBMIT YOUR RSVP BY FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.

Dear NSEP Award Recipient,

Please be aware that the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) is hosting an online virtual career fair on Thursday, May 30th from 1:00PM to 7:00PM Eastern Time.

To guarantee your participation in this event, please register at http://www.icvirtualfair.com/.

This event is a great opportunity to learn about careers in the Intelligence Community and chat with recruiters and subject matter experts. The event will include representatives from the CIA, DIA, DHS, DEA, NGA, and more!

As always, please feel free to reach out to nsep@nsep.gov if you have any questions or concerns.

Best,
Aleia Maculam
NSEP Service and Outreach
nsep@nsep.gov


FEATURED JOB: Instructor Vacancies at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA!

Dear NSEP Award Recipients,

Please be aware that the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center is recruiting for a number of language instructor positions. For more information and to apply, please see the USAJOBS links below:

  • Foreign Language Teacher-French (Senior Instructor); Close date: 5/24/2019
    Location: Monterey, CA
    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/528254000

  • Foreign Language Teacher-Hebrew (Assistant Professor); Close date: 5/27/2019
    Location: Monterey, CA
    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/528359900

  • Foreign Language Teacher-Indonesian (Assistant Professor); Close date: 05/13/2019
    Location: Monterey, CA
    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/527192900

  • Foreign Language Teacher-Modern Standard Arabic/Levantine; Close date: 5/21/2019
    Location: Monterey, CA
    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/526187600

  • Foreign Language Teacher-Modern Standard Arabic (Senior Instructor); Close date: 06/03/2019
    Location: Monterey, CA
    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/529033100

  • Foreign Language Teacher-Pashto (Assistant Professor); Close date: 04/15/2019
    Location: Monterey, CA
    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/528797500

  • Foreign Language Teacher-Russian (Assistant Professor); Close date: 05/20/2019
    Location: Monterey, CA
    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/527748200

  • Foreign Language Teacher-Russian (Instructor); Close date: 5/24/2019
    Location: Monterey, CA
    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/528262000

  • Foreign Language Teacher-Russian (Senior Instructor); Close date: 5/24/2019
    Location: Monterey, CA
    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/528222000

  • FEATURED JOB: U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Recruiting for Various Positions

    Foreign Language Teacher – Indonesian (Assistant Professor); Close Date: 5/13/2019
    Location: Monterey, CA
    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/527192900

    Foreign Language Teacher – Russian (Assistant Professor); Close Date: 5/20/2019
    Location: Monterey, CA
    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/527346800

    Foreign Language Teacher – Russian (Senior Instructor); Close Date: 5/24/2019
    Location: Monterey, CA
    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/528222000

    Foreign Language Teacher – Russian (Instructor); Close Date: 5/24/2019
    Location: Monterey, CA
    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/528262000

    Foreign Language Teacher – French (Assistant Professor); Close Date: 5/20/2019
    Location: Monterey, CA
    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/527709800

    Foreign Language Teacher – French (Senior Instructor); Close Date: 5/24/2019
    Location: Monterey, CA
    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/528254000

    Foreign Language Teacher – Modern Standard Arabic/Levantine (Assistant Professor); Close Date: 5/21/2019
    Location: Monterey, CA
    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/527748200

    Foreign Language Teacher – Modern Standard Arabic (Senior Instructor); Close Date: 06/03/2019
    Location: Monterey, CA
    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/529033100

    Foreign Language Teacher – Hebrew (Assistant Professor); Close Date: 5/28/2019
    Location: Monterey, CA
    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/528359900

    Foreign Language Teacher – Hebrew (Senior Instructor); Close Date:5/28/2019
    Location: Monterey, CA
    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/530048800

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