Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation
Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes
environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across
the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads,
highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's
transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for
people and commerce. For additional information about our agency
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As a Lead Transportation Security Officer (LTSO) within Security
Operations (SO), Transportation Security Administration (TSA),
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), you will be responsible for
leading at least three full-performance level Transportation
Security Officers (TSOs), and as assigned, trainee and apprentice
level TSOs. As an LTSO, you will identify, distribute, and balance
workloads and tasks among employees in accordance with established
workflow and skill level. You will make adjustments to accomplish
the workload in accordance with established priorities. Duties may
include but are not limited to:
Providing input to supervisors and managers concerning a variety
of human resources matters including, but not limited to, employee
performance, promotions, reassignments, awards, etc.
Implementing security screening procedures in accordance with TSA
objectives and directives.
Assisting with investigations of incidents, and preparing incident
reports or other documents that convey required information.
Responding to breaches of security and emergency situations.
Training team members, monitoring and reporting on the status and
progress of work, and representing the team in communications with
the supervisor or manager for the purpose of obtaining resources
(e.g., computer hardware and software, etc.).
NOTE: Employees occupying frontline positions, i.e., individuals
performing security screening operations and occupying positions
that involve contact with the traveling public on a regular and
recurring basis, are required to wear TSA approved and issued
personal protective equipment (PPE). This requirement is in place
to address the COVID-19 pandemic and comply with Executive Order
13991 and TSA's Pandemic and Emerging Infectious Disease and
Workforce Protection Plan. PPE includes TSA issued surgical masks,
face shields, and nitrile gloves. At TSA, the health and safety of
our employees is a top priority.
Job family (Series)
1802 Compliance Inspection And Support
Conditions of Employment
You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
Must pass pre-employment drug screening AND random drug/alcohol
You must have reached the minimum age (18) at the time of
Selective Service registration is required.
See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information"
Conditions of Employment: Appointment to this position is
contingent upon a negative drug test result. Any individual
tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit
to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
Must meet and maintain medical requirements for screening work
(including a medical examination and physical abilities assessment)
including, but not limited to, the following:
You must be able to efficiently and thoroughly manipulate and
lift baggage, containers, and other objects subject to security
processing; You must be able to repeatedly lift and carry items
weighing up to 70 pounds; You must be able to maintain physical
agility that would allow you to squat, bend, and lean to inspect
individuals and baggage/cargo; You must be able to maintain the
ability to walk up to two miles during a shift and stand for
prolonged periods (e.g., 3-4 hours) of time; You must be able to
maintain a measured threshold for sight: Distance vision
correctable to 20/30 or better in the best eye and 20/100 or better
in worst eye. Near vision correctable to 20/40 or better Snellen
binocular; You must maintain a measured threshold for hearing:
Average hearing loss of 25 decibels (ANSI) at 500, 1000, 2000, &
3000 Hz in each ear. No greater than 45 decibels at 4000 and 6000
Hz in each ear; You must be able to distinguish principle colors
that will be a part of images displayed on automated screens: Color
perception (e.g., red, green, blue, yellow, orange, purple, brown,
black, white, gray). Note: Color filters for enhancing color
discrimination are prohibited; You must be able to maintain
eligibility for a security clearance; You must be able to maintain
proficiency in all facets of assigned work sufficient to ensure
recertification; You must be available to work various shifts and
overtime, as needed; You must be proficient in English (e.g.,
reading, writing, speaking, comprehending); and, You must possess
U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
You must pass pre-employment drug screening AND you will be subject
to post-employment random drug and alcohol testing.
Exposure to potentially lethal devices and dangerous chemicals is
inherent in this position.
This is an Emergency Essential position.
To qualify for the SV-F Pay Band you must demonstrate at least
six months of specialized experience performing the duties of a
Transportation Security Officer at the SV-D Pay Band or GS-5/6 in
the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector.
Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the
particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform
the duties of this position. Such experience will include:
Providing front line security protection to air travelers,
airports, and airplanes.
Wanding, performing pat down searches, operating an x-ray machine,
screening baggage, and reviewing tickets.
Identifying dangerous objects on passengers and in baggage or
cargo, and preventing these objects from being transported onto
Using diverse electronic detection and imaging equipment.
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.
NOTE: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour
workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio,
i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of
experience. No additional credit is given for overtime.
You must meet the qualification requirements for this position
no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
Minimum Entry Age Requirement: To be determined eligible
applicants must have reached the minimum entry age of 18 years at
the time their application is submitted and, if selected for the
position, will be required to provide such proof prior to