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Security Specialist

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Muskogee
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

Summary The Security Specialist position is located within the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Police and Security Service for the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System. Responsibilities This position serves as a Compliance Officer ensuring a safe and secure environment across VHA within various settings, including a variety of jurisdictional environments, such as VHA VISNs, Medical Centers and facilities, Inpatient Clinics, Outpatient Clinics and domiciliaries throughout the United States. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Ensures compliance with law enforcement policies designed to ensure the preservation of the public peace, the protection of life and property and the prevention of crime. Reviews all law enforcement and security directives and manuals to ensure the information contained there is accurate and up to date. Conducts assessments of policy compliance to identify program weaknesses and areas requiring improvements and recommends changes to management. Advises the local Chief of Police on policy and compliance issues related to law enforcement and security programs. Provides guidance on interpretation and implementation of new and revised policies, regulations and procedures pertaining to law enforcement. Analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of law enforcement activities compliant to applicable agency law enforcement operating procedures and guidelines. Assures compliance of police operations with appropriate requirements and develops strategies for improving police functions. Participates in work groups, committees and task forces in the research, collection and reporting of compliance data. Analyzes data to detect unsatisfactory trends or weaknesses in the law enforcement and security program. Develops trend reports as they relate to data analyzed and develops recommendations for implementation. Plans, designs and implements an overall risk management process for the organization, including analysis of the financial impact when risks occur. Adapts existing analytical methods and techniques to specific issues and develops new approaches to resolve complex productivity problems and issues. Providing recommendations in the development, and periodic updating of local law enforcement and security policy. Serves as the local facility lead for the development of law enforcement and security policy. Participates in short- and long-range strategic planning designed to incorporate improvements and lessons learned into program operations. Develops and revised implementing procedures to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of police operations. Serves as the local liaison with other agencies conducting audits of law enforcement and security programs. Manages all audit findings by monitoring corrective actions, reviewing recommendations for corrective actions and ensuring deadlines are met. Audits work practices, providing guidance and recommendations and presents findings and corrective actions. Briefs management on the results of audits or reviews, highlighting any unsatisfactory trends or conditions. Establishes study methods and techniques to be used in complex studies and audits of police operations. Manages the local Police department's accreditation process and maintains accreditation files. Revises department policy and procedures manuals and catalogs to ensure standard operating procedures are reliable and up to date. Develops, writes, revises and manages the Police Service catalog of policies and forms to meet accreditation standards. Monitors special revenues budget, contracts and fees associated with accreditation. Employs advanced qualitative and quantitative techniques to improve the efficiency of internal administrative operations, organizations or management. Responds to highly dangerous and active crimes in progress and makes independent decisions to take/direct/coordinate immediate steps to preserve life and property. Advises individuals of their (Miranda, Weingarten, Garrity, etc.) rights, and protects the constitutional and civil rights of person. Promotion Potential: 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. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Security Specialist/PD99729-S Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. 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 Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP) Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Authorized use of a firearm, must meet the standards prescribed in the Lautenberg Amendment (PL 104-208) to the Gun Control Act of 1968 (18 USC 922). Must successfully complete the VA Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Academy course and other mandatory training requirements set-forth by VA. Required to achieve and maintain qualifications with agency approved weapons commensurate with assigned duties and responsibilities. Must possess a valid state driver's license (in the state of residence) to operate government owned/leased vehicles. Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/18/2022. 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-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-09. The grade 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. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. 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 for the GS-09 grade level as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-07 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Experience in ensuring compliance with law enforcement policies designed to ensure the preservation of the public peace, the protection of life and property and the prevention of crime; skilled in applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques in implementing policy and program requirements; analyzing data to detect unsatisfactory trends or weaknesses in the law enforcement and security program; assists in developing policy based on regulatory requirements and national program guidance; and empathizes, engages, and communicates with all individuals encounter to ensure a positive outcome and the safety of the facility and all its occupants. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have 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. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (in excess of the first year) to meet the total experience requirements. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education for the GS-11 grade level as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-09 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Experience in ensuring compliance with law enforcement policies designed to ensure the preservation of the public peace, the protection of life and property and the prevention of crime; expert in law enforcement rules, regulations and guidelines applicable to the medical center security programs and operations; employs advanced qualitative and quantitative techniques to improve the efficiency of internal administrative and organizational operations; skilled in applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques in implementing policy and program requirements; and experience developing processes to evaluate program benchmarks and apply strategies to improve program outcomes based on audits and program review findings. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (in excess of the first two years) to meet the total experience requirements. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Administration and Management Analytical Reasoning Arrest Auditing Compliance Strategic Thinking 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 is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required. Work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate-controlled office; may require occasional travel. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. Education A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information 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 for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. 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.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Broken Arrow , Security Specialist, Other , Muskogee, Oklahoma

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