The Northern Arizona VA Health Care System is currently
recruiting for one (1) Security Officer (Police Chief) to work in
the Police Service Prescott, Arizona. The incumbent provides the
operation, direction, and control of the law enforcement and
physical security activities of a Veterans Affairs Medical Center
(VAMC) or Health Care System (HCS).
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The incumbent is responsible to manage the physical security of
assets, information, buildings and people. The incumbent's
responsibility for the management, which includes the operation,
direction, and control of Police Service's law enforcement and
physical security functions of the VAMC or HCS and its off-site
properties 24 hour a day, 7 day a week basis. The incumbent
provides managerial responsibilities and interface them with staff
responsibilities in a highly visible manner. Duties include but are
not limited to the following:
- Observe, evaluate and prepare reports on the performance of
department personnel, develop programs to alter the behavior of
employees whose work performance is below acceptable
- Plan, assign and explain work requirements to subordinate
supervisors for new or changed programs and the functions, goals,
processes, skills, and needs
- Develop solutions to continuing problems in the quality of work
and operating effectiveness and takes or recommends necessary
- Resolve technical work problems not covered by precedents or
- Hear grievances and serious employee complaints to resolve or
- Review serious disciplinary cases involving Police Service
employees and recommends appropriate actions to higher level
- Approve, modify or reject career development plans, training
requests, employee utilization proposals, and similar matters
- Deal with union officials and others on matters involving
collective bargaining members.
- Develop local policies and implement corrective procedures to
alleviate identified physical security problems, taking into
consideration all internal, as well as external factors when making
decisions or recommendations concerning law enforcement and
physical security to the VHA, VBA or NCA Facility Director.
- Responsible for the development of the physical security plans
and objectives and for producing Medical Center policies which
address the full scope of the facility's law enforcement and
- Interpret complex security policies and procedures and is the
primary source to provide guidance to senior facility leadership,
other service chiefs, program managers, VBA, and NCA leaders within
the Medical Center's catchment area.
- Keep senior facility leadership informed regarding program
successes and vulnerabilities and collaborates with leaders to
address concerns, resolve program issues and/or address resource
- Serve as management's designated liaison, subject matter expert
and consultant with federal law enforcement agencies such as the
VA, Office of the Inspector General-Criminal Investigation Division
(OIG-CID), F.B.I., D.E.A., A.T.F., Secret Service, State Police and
local law enforcement agencies.
- Establish Memorandum's of Understanding (MOUs) with law
enforcement agency executives responsible for the jurisdictions in
which VA has facilities.
- Represent the Department and Facility/HCS at meetings,
conferences, events and with outside agencies.
- Participate in State FUSION Center information sharing.
- Execute complex regulations, laws, VA Directives and Handbooks
and to independently develop local directives, policies and
instructions, based on OS&LE policies, to meet the unique needs
of the catchment area, protect patients, visitors, employees and
equipment while on VA- controlled property.
- Manage the modernization efforts and plans, the integration of
new initiatives, advancements in technology, policies, etc. that
are transforming the law enforcement/security program into 21st
century policing model.
- Assist in the development and modification of new
Veteran-specific policies and procedures to accommodate the unique
needs of Veterans with mental illness, PTSD, TBI, etc.).
- Improve relationships between Veterans and Police by engaging
in non-confrontational encounters to decrease the possibility of
- Increase transparency and organizational accountability to gain
the trust and confidence of Veterans and continue to enhance the
public image of Police Service.
- Manage procurement and accountability of equipment used by and
assigned to police service.
- Provide the Firearms Program at the facility level, ensuring
that critical elements of the program are met, i.e.; weapons
training certification, inventory control of weapons and ammunition
and supporting supplies.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30 pm
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Security Officer/PD99956S
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for highly
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
0080 Security Administration
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all
requirements by the closing date of this announcement,
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal
employees and have held a GS-12 grade any time in the past 52 weeks
must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of
this announcement. For a GS-13 position you must have served 52
weeks at the GS-12. The grade may have been in any occupation, but
must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows
your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your
application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective
date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you
possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In
this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly
demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.
Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal
employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees
applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA)
You may qualify based on your experience as described below:
- Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized
experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-12 in the
normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.
Examples of specialized experience is: Developing, modifying or
overseeing the implementation of program and system improvements
for police operations; Conducting evaluations of law enforcement
and security programs; Implementing physical security reviews to
ensure compliance with security policies and procedures; and
Evaluating market research for purchasing new security
technologies. NOTE: Applicants wishing to receive credit for such
experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and
responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week
spent in such employment.
- FIREARM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT: This position is required to
carry agency-approved firearms while on duty on VA property.
Officers must achieve and maintain qualification/certification with
the agency-approved firearms as condition of gaining and continuing
employment as an officer. Applicants must be able to possess
firearms under the terms of the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended
(18 U.S.C. 922(g)(9).
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this
- Criminal Investigation
- Physical Security
- Planning and Evaluating
- Technical Competence
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; religions; 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: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of
work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis
of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants
wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly
the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position
and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Physical Requirements: The position is required to exert
considerable and strenuous physical effort on a regular basis while
performing the functions of the position. These functions are
normally performed while the position conducts security surveys and
inspections, which require crawling in unusually confined building
areas. May be called upon to defend themselves and members of
staff, patients or the public against physical attack and may be
required to exercise deadly force if necessary. Requirements of the
position include maintaining firearms qualifications, climbing
flights of stairs, carrying heavy equipment/patients during
emergencies, running, bending, stooping, physical restraint of
aggressive persons, being subjected to assaults by persons evading
arrest. Inspections and audits of security systems, constructions
sites, and full searches require the performance of duties in a
variety of inclement weather conditions walking, crawling in wooded
or over-grown field conditions in all elements of seasonal
For more information on these qualification standards, please
visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at
There is no educational substitution at this grade level.