DHS Headquarters Budget Analyst in United States
Summary This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO). This is a developmental position in the Financial Professionals Program 2.0 (FPP 2.0). The duty location will vary within participating CFO components. The duty location will be determined upon selection. Upon completion of the program, the duty location is subject to change. Responsibilities The Department of Homeland Security Pathways Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Department of Homeland Security intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. Upon entering DHS CFO, the employee will be enrolled in the Financial Professionals Program (FPP), a two-year developmental program within CFO. This program aims to provide junior professionals with training and experience needed to succeed as professionals and future leaders by focusing on diverse assignments and enterprise perspective. Under this two-year program, employees complete one 1-year detail and two 6- month details, participate in mentoring, periodic group activities, and must complete their designated training plan - a series of tasks increasing in difficulty and responsibility as the program progresses as well as pre-determined training courses. Upon completion of the two-year program, employees will be permanently placed within the CFO Component that selected them at time of hire. In this position as a Budget Analyst GS 0560 7, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision: Researches and analyzes data, issues, and information that support project recommendations or the work assignments of higher graded specialists. Performs routine budget administration duties and analysis functions. Preparing well-researched and logically organized presentations related to work assignments. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications ELIGIBILITY FOR PATHWAYS RECENT GRADUATE PROGRAM: To be eligible for this position, you must be a recent graduate from a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate program from a qualifying educational institution within 2 years of June 01, 2021. Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply. NOTE: Qualifying educational institution means-- (1) A public high school whose curriculum has been approved by a State or local governing body, a private high school that provides secondary education as determined under State law, or a homeschool that is allowed to operate in a State; and (2) Any of the following educational institutions or curricula that have been accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education: (i) A technical or vocational school; (ii) A 2-year or 4-year college or university; (iii) A graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or (iv) A post-secondary homeschool curriculum. You qualify for the GS-07 grade level if you possess one of the following: A. One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-05 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). Specialized experience is defined as: Experience assisting with routine budget matters.; Experience researching and analyzing data to complete assigned work.; and Experience assisting with written reports and other budget related documents to provide recommendations and solutions to senior staff. NOTE: Your resume must support your claim of specialized experience, i.e. where, when and how you performed the work, or you may be found ineligible. OR B. One full year of graduate level education at an accredited or pre-accredited college or university; One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study. NOTE: You must attach a copy of current official or unofficial transcripts. Please submit all relevant transcripts for consideration. OR C. A bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement, which is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership: (1) Class standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses. (2) Grade-point average (GPA.) - Applicants must have a grade-point average of: 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum. (3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society -- Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (external link). Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision. NOTE: You must attach a copy of current official or unofficial transcripts. Please submit all relevant transcripts for consideration. OR D. A combination of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience as described above. This will be calculated using your resume and unofficial transcripts or a list of courses/course hours submitted with your application; NOTE: You must attach a copy of current official or unofficial transcripts. Please submit all relevant transcripts for consideration. All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by June 01, 2021. 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. Time-in-grade Current General Schedule (GS) federal employees, and those that have served in GS positions within the last 52 weeks, must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade, or a combination of the next lower grade level and an equivalent band in the federal service by the closing of this announcement. 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 or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service. 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. Education 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; applicant's resumes and supporting documentation should only reflect education received from schools accredited by such institutions. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following Website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . You must submit a copy of all relevant transcripts for consideration. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted at time of application. Official transcripts will be required prior to entrance on duty (EOD). Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements. You must show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit the Department of Education's webpage for additional information on this topic. Additional 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 "Employee 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. https://www.opm.gov/news/releases/2016/08/newly-established-leave-policy-gives-disabled-veterans-more-time-to-address-medical-issues-1/) All DHS-HQ announcements have a 5 business day open period due to the number of applications received. This position may be initially filled at the GS-07 grade level. Promotion up to the GS-11 grade level may occur without further competition. Promotion Potential: The full performance level is GS-11. Promotion to the next or full performance level is not guaranteed and will be based solely on the incumbent's ability to perform at the higher grade(s) as determined by the position's supervisor. Non-competitive promotion may occur upon meeting the following requirements: a) Demonstration of ability to perform at the higher grade level by performing assignments of increased responsibilities b) Satisfactory completion of all required training and developmental assignments c) Recommendation for promotion by supervisor. Multiple selections may be made from this announcement. The duration of a Pathways appointment under Sch D is a trial period. Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid. FPP 2.0 participants will be hired under the DHS Recent Graduates program for the first year. Participants who successfully complete one continuous year of service may then be converted to a permanent Term or Career-Conditional appointment. Recent Graduates converted to term appointments may later be non-competitively converted to a permanent competitive service position. Placement in the program does not guarantee conversion to a permanent appointment, nor is it mandatory. To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Recent Graduates must: Successfully completed at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Pathways Recent Graduate Program. Demonstrate successful job performance. Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate may be converted. To learn more, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways/program/graduates/. Pursuant to Executive Order 12654 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.