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Director, Threat Assessments Division

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Department Of Homeland Security Arlington , VA 22201

Posted 4 months ago

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Securing Travel, Protecting People

  • At the Transportation Security Administration, we serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, we secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and public transit systems, thus protecting our transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce.

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The Director, Threat Assessment Division leads the agency wide efforts related to the program oversight, deployment and implementation of real time threat detection and analysis programs that are essential for TSA to become a high-performing counterterrorism organization. The Director is responsible for coordinating and leading implementation of TSA's specialized screening programs, including behavior detection, insider threat, explosives detection canine, and explosives operations. As Director, Threat Assessments Division you will also be responsible for providing user requirements and advocacy for Officer career progression efforts across the agency. The Director serves as the principal advisor to the Executive Assistant Administrator/Deputy Executive Assistant Administrator (EAA/DEAA) for Security Operations on real-time threat and detection security matters, and functions as the principal executive responsible for managing the vision, development, coordination and implementation of initiatives and supporting activities.

High level duties include:

  • Collaborating with multiple key stakeholders, ensuring the specialized screening functions are in alignment with TSA's security mission.

  • Developing long term strategies for effective and efficient deployment of specialized screening capabilities.

  • Ensuring the use and delivery of effective capabilities that engender trust, confidence and support from the American public by identifying and mitigating unknown and potential threats.

  • Providing oversight responsibility and management in developing state of the art behavior detection capabilities for the transportation security network, including harmonization with the international security community.

  • Establishing, overseeing, implementing and monitoring the infrastructure necessary to sustain behavior detection, insider threat, explosives operations, and canine explosives programs. These include areas such as:

  • Program Management - metrics, evaluation, and testing

  • Training

  • Research and Development

  • Operations Support

  • Compliance

  • Serving as a user advocate and leads or supports initiatives required to professionalize the workforce, ensuring additional focus on workforce capability, recertification, threat detection testing, mentoring and training.

  • Overseeing Program Management activities in support of consistency, uniformity and standardization of practice.

  • Leading aviation security efforts for Security Operations in response to threats.

  • Identifying emerging issues related to real time threat detection and analysis. Addresses emerging trends, current and projected threats, TSA initiatives, and future focus.

  • Analyzing and evaluating highly complex issues, advises the EAA/DEAA regarding expanding existing policy reviews and develops a range of alternatives that effectively establishes new or revised plans for TSA programs.

  • Identifying areas of major concern, reviewing and evaluating the effectiveness of current program management activities, resolving issues containing controversial or conflicting data, and developing policy options for effective management of overall TSA programs.

  • Establishing effective management controls over program activities, evaluates program accomplishments and deficiencies, and develops new concepts for the effective management of TSA programs.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Position requires occasional travel.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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    1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship.

  • You must complete a favorable Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).

  • You must pass Drug Screening, subject to random drug tests.

  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance.

  • Disclosure of your financial information is required.

You must meet the qualification requirements of this position no later than the closing date of the job opportunity announcement.


As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section of the Job Opportunity Announcement. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the equivalent of the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state and local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.

DRUG TESTING: You must pass a pre-employment drug test. In addition, you may be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing during employment.

SECURITY CLEARANCE: This position requires a TS/SCI (Top Secret/Secured Compartmentalized Information) clearance that must be completed prior to appointment. You will be subject to a 5-year periodic investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance.

MOBILITY: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in the wake of 9/11 to strengthen the security of the nation's transportation systems while ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA employs a risk-based strategy to secure U.S. transportation systems, with nearly 50,000 Transportation Security Officers, each day at approximately 450 airports nationwide. The agency continuously sets the standard for excellence in transportation security through its people, processes, technologies and use of intelligence to drive operations.

As a member of the TSES, you may be subject to frequent changes in posts of duty and positions. Mobility is a condition of employment, so you must be prepared to accept, without objection, the judgment of your superiors concerning reassignments for operational and/or career development purposes, or for other reasons determined to be in the best interest of the Transportation Security Administration.

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, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.


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Director, Threat Assessments Division

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