Law Enforcement Specialist (Behavioral Science Instructor)

    Department Of Homeland Security
    Glynco, GA
    Full-time, Part-time

    Job Description

    • Duties
      Help Duties Summary

      "The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), through strategic partnerships, prepares the federal law enforcement community to safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values." We are a unique inter-agency organization preparing the next generation of law enforcement officers to meet our Nation's most pressing security challenges. Click here to learn more.

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      Responsibilities

      Being a Law Enforcement Specialist (Behavioral Science Instructor) makes you a valuable member of the FLETC team and mission. This position is located in the Behavioral Science Division (BSD), Technical Training Operations Directorate (TTO), Office of the Associate Director for Training Operations (TOPS), FLETC, Glynco, GA. You will serve as a senior-level instructor and leader involved in planning and conducting classroom, laboratory, and/or field instruction sessions as part of the BSD training program. Typical assignments include:
      • Serving as a senior-level instructor and leader involved in planning and conducting classroom, laboratory, and/or field instruction sessions as part of the BSD training programs.
      • Using life experiences from law enforcement to enhance course content and respond to student questions.
      • Using the lesson plan as a guide, the incumbent conducts training.
      • Overseeing and/or participating in developing course and program material in the behavioral science instructional field. Initiating content changes and developing different approaches and methods of instruction and recommending any other changes needed to improve the course/program and achieve course/program objectives.
      • Monitoring progress of students, documenting results, and/or recommending remedial and corrective action to include additional training and changes in training and/or operational procedures and instructions.
      • Developing course and program material in behavioral science instructional fields. Initiating content changes and developing different approaches and methods of instruction and recommends any other changes needed to improve the course/program and achieve course/program objectives.
      • Conducting research on emerging technology, practices and techniques to enhance instructional knowledge and skill.
      • Acting as a liaison and FLETC representative between the Partner Organizations (PO), curriculum review officials and others regarding such things as the conduct of curriculum conferences and the relative role of the FLETC in providing training programs.
      • Leading and/or participating in ad hoc committees made up of representatives of the FLETC and other agencies concerned with law enforcement operations training policies and academic requirements.
      Travel Required

      Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required. Travel to provide on-site training at remote locations may be required.

      Supervisory status

      No

      Promotion Potential

      13
    • Job family (Series)

      1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series
    • Requirements
      Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
      • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
      • You will need to set up direct deposit so we can pay you.
      • You will be required to undergo initial and random drug testing for illegal drug use. Employment is contingent upon favorable results.
      • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
      • You must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
      • Must be able to pass and maintain FLETC instructor certification.
      • Overtime may be required.
      • This position is eligible for situational-only telework.
      • This is a bargaining unit position.
      • Current and former federal employees within the General Schedule (GS) must meet the time-in-grade requirements outlined in the 'Qualifications' section of this announcement.
      • This position's funding is dependent on Congress; however, you will be expected to report to work during a government shutdown but will not be paid during a furlough.
      Qualifications

      The qualification requirements listed below must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

      SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: In order to be considered for this position you must:

      A. Possess experience as a sworn law enforcement officer or agent with full arrest authority in the prevention, detection, apprehension, detention and/or investigation of felony and/or misdemeanor violations of federal, state, local, tribal, or military criminal laws; -OR-

      B. Have held a federal civilian position in the 1801 occupational series.

      SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to the Selective Placement Factor, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level performing the following:

      1. Complex law enforcement investigations, while performing two of the following as a primary duty: interviewing/interrogating suspects, witnesses, and victims; and/or detecting deception; and/or credibility assessment/source validation; and/or statement documentation and analysis; and/or conflict/critical incident stress management.

      OR

      2. Researching, developing, modifying, and instructing law enforcement training curriculum in the behavioral sciences topical area.

      Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps and AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, and 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: Secondary Administrative Law Enforcement Officer retirement coverage is being offered for this position.

      Transfer Requirement for CSRS: To be eligible for secondary coverage, an employee must:
      • Transfer without a break in service exceeding 3 days directly from a primary position to a secondary position; AND
      • Be continuously employed in a secondary position since moving from a primary position; except a break in employment in secondary positions that begins with an involuntary separation (not for cause) and/or voluntary breaks in service that began prior to January 20, 1988.

      Transfer Requirement for FERS: To be eligible for secondary coverage, an employee must:
      • Transfer without a break in service exceeding 3 days directly from a primary position to a secondary position; AND
      • Have completed 3 years of service in a primary position, including any such service during which no FERS deductions were withheld; AND
      • Be continuously employed in a secondary position since moving from a rigorous position; except a break in employment in secondary positions that begins with an involuntary separation (not for cause).

      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.

      Education

      Additional information

      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.

      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.

      Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for suitability as a condition of placement into this position. This will include a credit check after a tentative job offer is given, a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. Continued employment is contingent upon favorable adjudication of periodic reinvestigations.

      The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities 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 required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

      Physical Demands: There are a range of physical demands depending on the course demands. The work requires walking, standing, bending, or sitting that may be tiring or uncomfortable. There is the need to carry equipment and packages or containers. Travel to field locations to coordinate training activities may be involved.

      Work Environment: The normal workplace is a classroom or office although some outside settings may be used. Appropriate safety practices will be utilized at all times. Safety gear will be used if needed.

      Re-employed annuitants' annual salaries will be reduced by the amount of their retirement annuity and by further cost of living increases. FERS retirees receiving a FERS annuity supplement must also be aware that, like social security benefits, their FERS annuity supplement is subject to an earnings test and may be reduced if the salary earned is more than the social security exempt amount of earnings. Additional information is available on OPM's website or by contacting OPM.

      Additional selections may be made from this announcement within the same geographical area.

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

      View common definitions of terms found in this announcement here

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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.

      We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use a job questionnaire to determine the degree to which your experience, education, and training demonstrate the following competencies needed to perform this job:

      1. Experience as a sworn law enforcement officer, or agent with full arrest authority in the prevention, detection, apprehension, detention and/or investigation of felony and/or misdemeanor violations of Federal, state, local, tribal, or criminal military laws.
      2. Expert knowledge of the training techniques used to develop and advance student understanding into human behavior characteristics, interviewing, and communication skills approaches when applied to a law enforcement environment.
      3. Expert knowledge of classroom and practical exercises and instructional methods, practices and procedures including interviewing settings and the technical aspects of equipment utilized.
      4. Ability to develop and revise course content and training materials, to conduct course-related research, and to maintain awareness of current operational practices.
      5. Ability to participate in negotiating and coordinating with managers, various subject matter specialists and others to achieve positive results in the development and delivery of training.
      6. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and the ability to review and edit work products.

      Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of the quality of prior experience. If you are determined to be best-qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

      Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. (Note: Veteran's preference does not apply under Merit Promotion procedures. View information on VEOA information on Feds Hire Vets.)

      Career Transition Assistance Program or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP/ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government as a civilian, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility may be found on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well-qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

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      Background checks and security clearance

      Security clearance

      Not Required

      Drug test required

      Yes

      Position sensitivity and risk

      Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

      Trust determination process

      Suitability/Fitness
    • Required Documents
      Help Required Documents

      1. Your resume
      2. Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or notice form. Those applying for 10-Point preference may fill out the SF-15 and provide the documents that demonstrate your preference eligibility e.g., the AB4, Civil Service Preference Letter. If you are applying based on your eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit a certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date you apply. Your certification must include your dates of service, your rank, and your character of service. Click here to view more veterans' information.
      3. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP/ICTAP)? You must submit copies of your: agency notice; most recent performance rating; and your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
      4. Are you a current or former federal employee? You must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 that indicates your tenure group, grade, and salary (including basic).
      5. Have you occupied a GS position in the federal civilian service within the last 52 weeks? You must submit a copy of the SF-50 that proves you meet the time-in-grade requirements listed in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement.
      6. Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment: position title, type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee), agency, and beginning and ending dates of your appointment.
      7. You may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards.

      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
      Help Benefits

      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.

      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.

      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.

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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.
    Posting ID: 558253014Posted: 2020-05-21