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Security Administration Series, GS-0080

Definitions:

EXPERIENCE: One year of work experience is twelve months working full-time (at least 35-40 hours per week). Part-time experience can be pro-rated (i.e., a year at 20 hours per week is credited as 6 months of experience). If your position consisted of mixed duties, experience credit is given for the percentage of time that you spent on qualifying duties (i.e., if you held a position for 2 years, full-time, consisting of 25% personnel work and 75% budget work, and then applied for a budget position you could calculate your experience as follows: 2 yrs = 24 months. 24 months x 75% [percentage of time spent on budget duties] = 18 months of qualifying experience.)

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: A year of undergraduate education is 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours or the equivalent of college study. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university for which high school graduation or the equivalent was a prerequisite.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: In the absence of specific graduate program information, a year of graduate education is 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours of graduate level college course work, or the number of credit hours the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full time study. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

For GS-09:

Applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-9 level:

**One year of specialized experience in or directly related to this position that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. To be creditable, the required specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service.

Examples of GS-7 level work include assisting in developing, evaluating and implementing a security program in at least one area of security specialization (personnel, physical, etc.), and/or working with higher level security specialists in the performance of detailed and routine work in order to develop general skills in security administration which may include gathering security information, reviewing the adequacy of personnel investigation reports, preparing information pertaining to security issues, and inspecting established physical security systems periodically to ensure that equipment was operating properly. This level of work typically involves following established methods and procedures or detailed instructions; using some judgment in applying analytical techniques; solving minor problems and making routine decisions.

**OR Master's or equivalent graduate degree (such as an LL.B or J.D if related) or successful completion of 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education (36 semester hours, 54 quarter hours, or the equivalent) with major study in a subject area related to the position. To be creditable, the education must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position to be filled.

**OR a combination of appropriate specialized experience (as described above) and graduate education (as described above) that is beyond the first year of progressive graduate study to meet the qualification requirements. (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE).

For GS-11:

Applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-11 level:

**One year of specialized experience in or directly related to this position that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. To be creditable, the required specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service.

Examples of GS-9 level work include developing portions of security plans for a Federal or private sector facility; adjudicating security clearance requests; providing recommendations to higher level specialist on security issues. This level of work typically involves assignments in which the objectives, priorities, and deadlines are defined. The work is planned and carried out independently in accordance with proven techniques, methods, and practices. Controversial use of approaches or modifications of standard procedures are typically discussed with a designated person before being carried out.

**OR Ph. D. or equivalent doctoral degree (such as an LL.M, if related) or successful completion of 3 years of progressively higher-level graduate education (54 semester hours, 81 quarter hours, or the equivalent) with a major study in a subject area related to the position. To be creditable, the education must have provided the knowledge, skills, and ability necessary to do the work of the position to be filled.

**OR a combination of appropriate specialized experience (as described above) and graduate education (as described above) that is beyond the second year of progressive graduate study to meet the qualification requirements. (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE).

For GS-12:

Applicants must meet the following to qualify for the GS-12 level:

**One year of specialized experience in or directly related to this position that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. To be creditable, the required specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service.

Examples of GS-11 level work include experience in developing and maintaining a security program; developing, implementing, and maintaining methods to enhance physical protection; assessing the reliability, loyalty, suitability and trustworthiness of persons who have access to sensitive or classified information, resources, and material; and providing recommendations to upper management on difficult security issues. Assignments at this level are planned and carried out independently, resolving most conflicts that arise, coordinating the work with others as necessary, relating new work situations to precedent ones, extending or modifying existing techniques, and interpreting and applying program policy in terms of established objectives.



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