As a TSA Federal Security Director (FSD), you will provide day-to-day direction for federal airport security staff and operations at Des Moines International Airport (DSM) and associated regional airports while enhancing the experience of the traveling public. Your duties will also include:

  • Organizing and implementing crisis and incident management response plans and preparing the Federal Security Crisis Management Response Plan.
  • Providing oversight and management of passenger, baggage and air cargo security programs while also providing optimal communication to the workforce to ensure they have the information needed to effectively make decisions regarding passenger security.
  • Developing and maintaining a collaborative environment within TSA and with TSA stakeholders to effectively manage security operations.
  • Supporting security evolution and ensuring the deployment, management and oversight of people, processes and technology to improve security operations, as well as having responsibility for business management functions including human resources, finance and procurement.
    Supervisory Managerial Responsibilities include: Strategic planning, communicating the organization’s vision and objectives; setting priorities, assigning tasks and responsibilities, monitoring and evaluating performance of organization units, managers and employees. This includes supporting Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) concepts in all areas of responsibility: treating employees in a fair and equitable manner; fostering an organization representative of diversity; and promoting opportunities for employees to influence their work environment with a focus on continual improvements.

This is an Emergency Essential position. The series grade for this position is SV – 0340 K.

Benefits and Other Information


Homeland Security career opportunities feature competitive starting salaries and the potential for performance-based increases, flexible hours and the ability to achieve and maintain a balanced lifestyle. You will enjoy a range of comprehensive and competitive employment benefits that include:

  • 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 work 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.
  • Uniform allowance.
  • Health and wellness programs.
  • Fitness centers.
  • Telework

Other Information:

  • 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) and TSA that enables Career Transportation Security Executive Service (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.

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.