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Physical Security Specialist - Term Appointment

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    This Physical Security Specialist (PSS) position is assigned the Police Service at the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) in Portland, OR. The paramount purpose of the position is to develop, administer, and oversee the physical security program at the VAPORHCS and the auxiliary locations, e.g., Community Out-Patient Clinics (CBOCs), Community Living Centers, Annex Clinics, VISN offices, a Domiciliary, Vet Centers, Community and Outreach Centers.
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    The specific areas of coverage for the PSS are in Portland, Oregon; Vancouver, Washington; and these Oregon locations: Salem, Bend, Fairview, Hillsboro, the Dalles, Lincoln City, North Coast, West Linn, Newport, Warrenton, and the Willamette National Cemetery.

    Duties of the PSS include, but are not limited to:
    • The incumbent conducts physical security inspections, assessment, surveys and studies designed to improve the protection of patients, employees, visitors, and assets while on VA controlled property.
    • The incumbent will request proposals from security related contractors for projects under the Police Service. Projects to the physical security program will include but are not limited to Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) system, Physical Access Control, Security Alarms, and other security related equipment.
    • Analyzes floor plans schematics and other drawings as a basis for planning necessary protective measures to be incorporated into new, renovated or existing construction.
    • The incumbent will be responsible for completing the scope of work for service contracts to include market research, statement of work, sole source justification, and proper documentation for contractor bids pertaining to physical security; the incumbent will review all contracts and make recommendations to the Chief of Police and Contracting Officers.
    • Evaluates data to determine if the security or other protective practices are sufficient and determining changes needed to improve facility protection.
    • Manages and maintains all files within Police Service and ensures filing system is arranged per guidance from central office. The incumbent is also the Record Liaison for the service.
    • Prepares purchase requests for equipment approved by the Chief of Police or designee.
    • Purchases office supplies are utilizing the VA Portland Health Care System local purchase procedures. Equipment and supplies are ordered from several types of vendors, and the incumbent makes a necessary adjustment based on procedural needs for ordering. The typical purchases are for law enforcement related equipment which is specialized and can be considered controlled items such as firearms and ammunition. These items require a specialized knowledge of purchasing processes.
    Work Schedule: Mon - Fri, 7:00am until 3:00pm
    Position Description/PD#: Physical Security Specialist/21337-0 and 21332-0
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
    Bargaining: No

    Travel Required
    25% or less - You may be expected to travel within Portland, Oregon; Vancouver, Washington; and these Oregon locations: Salem, Bend, Fairview, Hillsboro, the Dalles, Lincoln City, North Coast, West Linn, Newport, Warrenton, and the Willamette National Cemetery.

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential

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    0080 Security Administration

  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
    • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • You may be required to serve a probationary period
    • Subject to background/security investigation
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

    NOTE: This is a TERM Appointment (not-to-exceed 2 years from Entrance on Duty date). Term appointments are non-status, nonpermanent appointments of limited duration (more than 1 year but not more than 4). Term employees are eligible to earn leave and generally have the same benefits as permanent employees including health and life insurance, within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan coverage. Term appointments may be extended without further competition (up to the 4 year maximum). The appointment to a Term position does not confer eligibility for promotion or reassignment to other positions or the ability to be non-competitively converted to permanent employment.

    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/19/2018.

    Time-In-Grade Requirement:
    Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05 grade level or have 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.

    For a GS-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07 grade level or possess a Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

    For the GS-07 and GS09 grades, the grades may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

    You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below where the ability to acquire the particular knowledge, skills and abilities were obtained to perform the duties of the position which includes:
  • Interpret national, department and agency policy to assist management in developing and executing local policy pertaining to Physical Security. Participate in continuous security analysis and evaluations of existing security procedures.
  • Manage the installation and maintenance of security systems, including but not limited to, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), Intrusion Detection, Security alarms, and other security related
  • equipment.
  • Implement recommended improvements to upgrade security programs as required.
  • Federal contracting practices - develop statements of objectives, statements of work (SOW), and time/resource estimates.
  • Investigate security problems and develop alternative solutions to present to management for consideration.
  • Manage all police records systems, maintain police service databases.
  • Manages Purchase card orders, police supply records, vendor lists and manages product shipments and arrivals.
  • Note: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

    You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
    • Accountability
    • Acquisition Strategy
    • Computer Skills
    • Critical Thinking
    • Public Safety and Security
    • Technology Application

    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; religions; 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: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

    Physical Requirements:
    The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as long periods of standing, walking, driving, bending, stooping, reaching, crawling, and other similar activities. The incumbent engages in such exertions when climbing stairs in office buildings or walking physical security inspections in and around large buildings. May regularly require lifting and carrying heavy objects of 50 pounds or less.

    Work Environment:
    Work is performed at a Complexity Level 1A Medical Center and associated facilities in metropolitan and rural, high-crime areas and in settings in which is regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomfort and unpleasantness, such as high levels of noise in industrial settings, high temperatures in confined spaces, and adverse weather conditions during extended periods of traffic and patrol duties. The employee may be required to use protective clothing or gear such as ballistic vests, protective masks, gowns, coats, boots, goggles, gloves, or shields. The work involves moderate risk requiring the exercise of safety precautions when working with hazardous materials such as toxic gases, explosives, infectious biological materials, and others that pose a moderate risk of exposure. The work also involves moderate risk and discomfort when working outdoors without shelter or operating vehicles for extended periods of time over rough terrain.

    A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

    PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

    Additional information

    Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

    Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

    Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

    For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

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


    Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Public Trust - Background Investigation

    Drug test required

  • Required Documents
    Help Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
    1. Resume (Required)
    2. Responses to the questionnaire (Required)
    3. SF-50 - IF you are a CURRENT federal employee, this document is required if using this to support eligibility for the position. Please submit Most Recent Non-Award SF-50 (Displays grade, tenure and title. Federal employees may be able to access their SF-50 through the eOPF )
    4. Transcripts (Required - if using education to qualify)

    If you are a Preference Eligible Veteran, you need to include the following documents in addition to the above required documents:
    5. SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, available at , if applicable
    6. Veteran Administration Letter of Disability Rating, If applicable.
    7. DD Form 214 (Member 4 copy) Showing Type of Discharge

    Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD-214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please visit .

    The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214
    • VBA Disability Award Letter
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • SF-50
    • Transcript

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits
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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    Help How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 09/19/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click .
  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
  • NOTE: 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 USA JOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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    Agency contact information Wilson Bowlby

    503-220-8262 X38405
    [email protected]


    VA Portland Health Care System
    3710 Southwest US Veterans Hospital Road
    Portland, OR 97239

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    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

    You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center .

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    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

    You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Full time
Portland, OR, US