As Assistant Administrator for Human Capital (AA HC), you will be the senior TSA official responsible for managing the effective and efficient delivery of the full range of Human Resources (HR) services. The AA HC serves as TSA’s Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) and is responsible for developing and disseminating innovative policy consistent with ATSA authority; managing the Human Capital Office and providing overall direction and expertise on HR servicing and development; managing and evaluating HR services and products delivered via strategic outsourcing; advising management on the full range of HR programs, products, services and policies; and overseeing the appropriate use of resources.

As AA HC, you will be principal adviser to the Executive Assistant Administrator (EAA) and Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) for Enterprise Support, executives and managers on all issues relating to human resources management, including operations, performance, policies and procedures. Your responsibilities will include preparing well-researched and comprehensive written materials on human resources issues to accomplish the work and improve effectiveness of day-to-day operations, as well as identifying, analyzing and addressing complex human resources issues, office interrelationships and the current and future impact of decisions to ensure adherence to established policies and procedures.

Duties include:

  • Developing, implementing and managing the concepts, principles, federal policies and regulations of staffing and recruitment, position management, compensation and benefits, employee relations, performance management, succession planning, agencywide collective bargaining and executive personnel, as demonstrated by a comprehensive understanding and/or experience in multiple areas of human resources management (HRM).
  • Responsibility for day-to-day operations, which include leading, administering and coordinating the understanding of and compliance with federal laws, regulations and legislation (such as the Aviation and Transportation Security Act) related to HRM.
  • Ensuring that TSA offices are optimally designed to ensure the most efficient use of resources through a comprehensive classification and position management program. You will implement and maintain a Table of Organization as a tool for managers to use to manage position allocations.
  • Ensuring compliance with TSA human capital policies and practices by component organizations through the implementation of a comprehensive evaluation program.
  • Coordinating with the DHS Chief Human Capital Officer and counterparts in DHS components on human capital programs, initiatives and issues.
  • Developing the framework for a strategic workforce plan for TSA. You will ensure alignment of plan goals to those of DHS.
  • Developing and executing programs and initiatives to support organizational development and cultural transformation within TSA.
  • Conducting briefings, counseling management and employees and justifying/defending approaches and decisions in the resolution of complex human resources issues.
  • Promoting an equal opportunity environment by fostering fairness in selections, encouraging and recognizing achievements, ensuring fair treatment of all employees and demonstrating sensitivity to the professional development needs of all employees, including minority groups, women and people with disabilities.
  • Providing oversight and management direction of contracted functions to ensure efficient and effective use of alternative resources, both public and private, in support of TSA’s mission.

The series/grade for this position is SW – 0201 01. Note: All TSES SW positions are equivalent to the ES-00 (SES).  Occasional travel is required. Relocation expenses may be reimbursed.


Homeland Security careers offer competitive starting salaries and the potential for performance-based increases, flexible hours and the ability to maintain a balanced lifestyle. You will enjoy a range of comprehensive and competitive employment benefits including:

  • Health benefits, insurance and retirement.
  • Medical
  • Dental and vision.
  • Thrift Savings Plan
  • Flexible spending accounts.
  • Life insurance.
  • Long-term Care Insurance
  • Retirement plan.
  • Pay (including locality pay), vacation and leave.
  • Personal leave days for vacation, illness and family care.
  • Paid federal holidays.
  • Flexible schedules and work/life balance (Maxiflex and Gliding Schedules).
  • Free enrollment in and streamlined application process for TSA Pre✓®.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Additional benefits may include:

  • Employee recognition program.
  • Training and development.
  • Tuition reimbursement.
  • Transportation subsidies.
  • Health and wellness programs.
  • Fitness centers.
  • Telework


Key Requirements:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.
  • You must complete a favorable Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).
  • You must pass drug screening and be subject to random drug tests.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.

Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs):

  1. Knowledge of the concepts, principles, federal policies and regulations of staffing and recruitment, position management, compensation and benefits, employee relations, performance management, succession planning, collective bargaining and executive human resources programs, as demonstrated by a comprehensive understanding and/or experience in multiple areas of human resources management, in accordance with federal laws, regulations and legislation (such as the Aviation and Transportation Security Act).
  2. Demonstrated ability to direct human resources programs, operations and promote culture change. This includes the ability to strategically plan and direct day-to-day human resources programs, as well as organize and coordinate complex operational activities, and develop and manage HRM programs in a large multi-layered, diverse and geographically dispersed organization.
  3. Demonstrated experience in providing executive oversight and leadership for large-scale strategic outsourcing initiatives and service delivery by third parties.

Executive Leadership Experience:

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 nongovernmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.

Please ensure that your resume demonstrates these 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.

Other Information:

  • The TSA, an Excepted Service agency, was established by Public Law 107-71, the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), on November 19, 2001. ATSA provides TSA with the authority to modify and develop its own human capital program, provided such modifications are consistent with 49 USC 40122.
  • This is an excepted service position. However, there is an interchange agreement with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that enables career TSES members who have been approved by the Qualifications Review Board at OPM to qualify for Senior Executive Service (SES) positions without additional competition.
  • You will be required to serve a probationary period of one year, unless you previously completed the probationary period in a SES/TSES position.
  • When you enter on duty, you will be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 278. You will need to provide this information annually.

View common definitions of terms in this announcement at www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-careers/common-terms-announcements.

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About Transportation Security Administration

Securing Travel, Protecting People — At the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), 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.