Federal Security Director
Department Of Homeland Security
 Boston, MA
  • Duties




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 Federal Security Director (FSD), Security Operations is the highest-ranking Transportation Security Administration (TSA) authority responsible for leading a large, complex organization, which is charged with planning, executing, and operating security services at the airport(s). You will provide day-to-day operational leadership for the Federal security responsibilities at various locations within the airport(s). You will serve as a subject matter expert and advisor to Security Operations leadership and to other Federal Security Directors. You will coordinate TSA's airport actions, with other Federal agencies, in the deterrence and discovery of threats to intermodal transportation. You will deploy airport resources to conduct deterrence activities in order to efficiently and effectively enhance security and to detect and/or deter terrorist activity or other suspicious conditions for all modes of transportation to include rail, mass transit, and aviation.

As a Federal Security Director for the Transportation Security Administration, your duties will include:

  • Organizing and implementing the Federal Security Crisis Management Response Plan, including coordination with airport and airline management, other Federal, state and local government and law enforcement organizations, and appropriate private sector entities.
  • Assuming direct responsibility and oversight for passenger, baggage, and air cargo security screening.
  • Overseeing the implementation, operation and maintenance of security technology within established guidelines.
  • Reviewing the development and deployment processes required for implementation of security technology options.
  • Directing the activities of all TSA employees within his/her area of responsibility. Examples include baggage and passenger transportation security officers, law enforcement officers, transportation security inspectors, and other support and managerial staff required to execute TSA responsibilities.
  • Establishing the organizational structure and management systems required for threat identification, risk management, crisis management, employee accountability, and security of the facility, including all aircraft.
  • Interacting regularly with Federal, state, and local officials regarding airport operations and security policies, procedures, and practices at the airport. Dealing with local members of Congress and their staff, the mayor and other top city officials as well as top state officials and local media.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Position requires occasional travel.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0340 Program Management

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship.
  • You must complete a favorable Tier 5 Background Investigation (T5).
  • 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 under the Professional/Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications listed below. 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.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, your resume must capture the critical elements and that show you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed below. We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including results of your actions. pdf for additional information about ECQs.

The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME-ONLY. Therefore, evidence of each ECQ and PTQ must be CLEARLY REFLECTED in your resume.

If you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES/TSES member or a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been previously certified by OPM's Qualifications Review Board, you are not required to address the ECQs. However, you MUST address all PTQs in your resume. Current and reinstatement eligible SES/TSES members please include with your application a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) documenting your career appointment to the SES/TSES. SES CDP graduates, please include a copy of your OPM certificate.

Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs):

  • Experience managing organizational resources (e.g., budgets, equipment, information) and identify operational and management efficiencies that support the allocation of limited resources.
  • Experience improving mission effectiveness by implementing risk-based, intelligence driven security initiatives and evaluating effectiveness through analysis of performance measurements.
  • Experience building and maintaining positive relationships with federal, state, local and private stakeholders in a way that best represents the agency.
  • Experience effectively managing, leading, and communicating with a large, diverse workforce (e.g., setting performance expectations and providing performance feedback, guiding individuals to achieve organizational goals).

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.


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.