National Protection and Programs Directorate Intelligence Operations Specialist in Washington, District Of Columbia

Job Overview

Job Overview

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

The Federal Protective Service (FPS) protects and delivers integrated law enforcement and protection services to our national critical infrastructure of federal facilities. The Federal Protective Service (FPS) mission is to prevent, protect, respond to and recover from terrorism, criminal acts, and other hazards threatening the U.S. Government's critical infrastructure, services, and the people who provide or receive them .

Joining the DHS Federal Protective Service (FPS) will allow you to use your expertise to assess present and future homeland security threats. This intelligence operations specialist position starts at a salary of $94,796 (GS-13 grade level), with promotion potential to $123,234 (GS-13 grade level). Apply for this exciting opportunity to strengthen the Department's and our partners' ability to perform their homeland security functions by accessing, integrating, analyzing, and sharing relevant intelligence and information.

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

Relocation expenses are not authorized. Other recruitment incentives may be authorized.

Who May Be Considered:

  • Status Candidates
  • Veterans
  • View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

Merit promotion and/or non-competitive referral lists may be issued based on the needs of the agency.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

Appointments are subject to the availability of funds.


Being a intelligence operations specialist makes you a valuable member of the Federal Protective Service (FPS) profession. In this position, you will perform analytical tasks of the highest level of difficulty. Typical work assignments include:

  • Conduct studies, prepare staff reports, and deliver briefings to managers to encourage understanding and acceptance of findings and recommendations; develop intelligence collection plans which support specific programs and activities.
  • Participate in or lead inter-agency committees as representative of the agency and may be empowered to make arrangements and commitments in accordance with previously received instructions.
  • Participate in reviewing and evaluating the collection process; develop intelligence collection plans and devises new concepts, guides, and methodologies in solving unprecedented problems; develop experimental approaches and solutions.
  • Review and evaluate the results of the development of research programs until they are fully operational.
  • Serve as a liaison representative and serves on local,national, or international committees, and represents the organization with contractors.
Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • 1 to 5 nights per month
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Status Candidates (this includes Merit Promotion, Status Candidates, Former Overseas Employees, CTAP, ICTAP, VRA, VEOA, 30% or More Disabled, EVHO, Schedule A, Military Spouses, Americorps, Peace Corps, Vista, Interchange Agreement Eligibles, Land Management, and National Guard)

Questions? This job is open to 8 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • Selective Service registration required
  • Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements
  • You must be able to obtain and hold a Top Secret/SCI security clearance
  • Must be able to serve during continuity of operations events
  • Must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result

You qualify for the GS-13 grade level (starting salary $94,796) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level performing duties such as:

1) collecting intelligence information to support short or long range programs; 2) participating in the development of research programs; 3) engaging in research and analysis for developing and publishing intelligence products.

NOTE: The contents of your resume must show that you meet all aspects of this requirement to receive credit.

Special Training Qualification Requirement:

Upon your application submission, you must have completed a recognized intelligence program to qualify for this position, such as, but not limited to, one of the following:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Intelligence Course
  • Sherman Kent School of Intelligence Analysis
  • Department of Homeland Security Basic Intelligence and Threat Analysis Course (BITAC)
  • Mid -level Intelligence and Threat Analysis Course (MITAC)
  • Intelligence Community Advance Analyst Program (ICAAP) graduate

Note: YOU MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF POSSESSION OF THE ABOVE TRAINING upon submission of your application.

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.

Current or Former Political Appointees: 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.

Qualifications Must Be Met The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Time-in-Grade Current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade level or equivalent grade band in the federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met by closing date of this announcement.

Submit a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that demonstrates your eligibility for consideration, e.g., length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases); your current promotion potential; proof of permanent appointment if applying based on an interchange agreement; etc.

There is no education substitution at this grade level.

New employees must serve a one year probationary period.

This position is a Critical position and the tentative selectee must undergo and successful complete a single scope background investigation for a Top Secret/SCI clearance as a condition of placement/retention in this position.

Drug Test: Must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result before you can be appointed into this position. After appointment, you may be subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

Special Training Requirements: Completion of a recognized training program such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation Intelligence Course, Sherman Kent School of Intelligence Analysis, Department of Homeland Security Basic Intelligence and Threat Analysis Course (BITAC), Mid -level Intelligence and Threat Analysis Course (MITAC) and/or be an Intelligence Community Advance Analyst Program (ICAAP) graduate.

Essential Personnel: This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operations events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, and acts of terrorism or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

Security Clearance

Top Secret/SCI

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best-qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information." We expect to make a job offer within 30-60 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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Thank you for your interest in the Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate!


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Other Information

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.

This position has been designated exempt from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 USC Section 7112(B)(6).

All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.

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.

E-Verify: 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.

Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, persons with disabilities, and those covered under the Interchange Agreement 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 in Who May Be Considered section or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

You are encouraged to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, please use the Alternate Application link listed in the Other Information section of this vacancy announcement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online if at all possible. Applying online, through your USAJOBS account, will expedite the application process and allow you to check your application status as well as verify the documentation submitted with your application. If you utilize the Alternate Application method, your USAJOBS account will not display this application and you will not receive status updates.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-09 to 2017-08-18

Salary: $94,796 to $123,234 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Series: 0132 Intelligence

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time

Job announcement number: ST-10021961-17-AM

Control number: 476318100