Program Specialist (SHARP)

US Department of the Army



    About the Position: Serves as a work leader for a shift of 10-13 armed security guards enforcing security measures required to protect personnel, materials, and property, including highly sensitive and classified material, against accidental or deliberate injury, damage, fire, theft, acts of sabotage and espionage, and other disreputable acts. The installation includes highly sensitive, special access areas, involving specialized weapons, chemical agents, ammunition and components.


    • Distributes and balances the workload among employees in accordance with established work flow or job specification.
    • Verifies timely accomplishment of the assigned workload.
    • Instructs subordinates in specific tasks and job techniques.
    • Resolves simple informal complaints of employees and refers others to supervisor.
    • Directs the use of and monitors intrusion detection systems, with responsibility for initiating action to safeguard security areas for illegal entry, sabotage, theft, and other criminal activity.
    • Responsible for issuance of all assigned weapons and ammunition.
    • Serves as alternate shift training officer.
    • May be designated as Instructor/Trainer for shift task training and conduct training exercises.
    • Independently accesses the situation and implements and/or directs the implementation of emergency plans to protect the installation, personnel, material, and equipment against bomb threats, explosive accidents or incidents, riots or demonstrations.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0085 Security Guard

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    • Guards, Security
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  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • This position requires the incumbent be able to obtain and maintain a determination of eligibility for a Secret security clearance or access for the duration of employment.
    • This position may be filled as a term appointment or temporary promotion/temporary reassignment.
    • Term employment is subject to a one year trial period.
    • This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to pre-employment drug testing and random drug testing during employment.
    • This position requires lifting up to 50 pounds and a pre-employment physical and annual physical thereafter is required.
    • This position requires the incumbent to pass a Physical Agility Test in accordance with AR190-56.
    • This position requires possession of a valid, State-issued motor vehicle driver license.
    • This position will require working 12 hour rotating shifts and may have alternating work hours.
    • This position is covered by the 1996 Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968. Persons convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence are not eligible for the position.
    • This position requires the incumbent to possess weapons handling skills and qualifications. Semi-annual re-certification with a pistol, rifle, and shotgun is required.
    • This position is required to work both planned and unscheduled overtime.
    • This position requires successful completion of training and sustaining certifications relating to security guard work functions.
    • This position requires the incumbent to participate in the Individual Reliability Program, reference Army Regulation (AR) 190-56.
    • This position requires the incumbent to wear a uniform.
    • This position requires participation in the Chemical Accident/Incident Response and Assistance (CAIRA) situations and serve on teams dedicated to mitigating CAIRA situations.
    • This position requires the incumbent to wear personnel protective equipment.
    • This position has been designated “Mission Essential”. In the event of severe weather conditions or other such emergency type situations (natural or man-made disaster) the incumbent is required to report to work or remain at work.
    • This position requires certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.


    Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.

    • Current Department of Army Civilian Employees
    • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
    • Priority Placement Program, DoD Military Spouse Preference (MSP) Eligible

    In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described below. 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; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

    Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes such tasks as determining eligibility to enter the installation through identity proofing; controlling personnel access to and from highly restricted areas; responding to incidents and accidents; performing stationary or roving patrols; performing security checks on igloos and storage sites; preventing destruction/loss of property and protecting personnel. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-05).

    You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

    • Access Control Operations
    • Incident Response
    • Physical Security
    • Security Enforcement

    Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-05).


    Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone – no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

    Additional information

    This position may be filled as a temporary promotion or temporary reassignment not to exceed one year by a current permanent Army employee. Temporary promotions or temporary reassignments may be extended for a maximum of five years, and may be made permanent without further competition. If a current permanent Army employee is selected (from within the organization), they will be returned to the position from which they were temporarily promoted, or to a different position of equivalent grade and pay. Return rights are not guaranteed if selected for a position outside of your current organization.

    Position may be filled as a term appointment not to exceed 366 days, if the candidate is not a current Army employee. Term appointments may be extended up to a maximum of eight years.

    Although Term employees often are hired following the same competitive procedures that are used for hiring permanent employees, Term employees do not have status in the competitive service. Consequently, unless they attained status through an earlier appointment, they cannot be selected from their Term appointment for permanent career or career conditional appointments through internal merit promotion procedures. Such conversions cannot occur without special legal authority.

    Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • One year trial period may be required.
    • Direct deposit of pay is required.
    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
    • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
    • This is a Career Program (CP) 19 – Physical Security and Law Enforcement position.
    • You may claim military spouse preference (MSP).
    • If a MSP applicant is determined best qualified and selected, placement must be at the full performance level for priority consideration.
    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
    • Further certification from this announcement may take place up to 180 days beyond the closing date of this announcement.
    • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
    • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
    • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
    • Relocation Incentive will not be authorized.
    • Retention Incentive will not be authorized.
    • Recruitment Incentive will not be authorized.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority for this position. To receive selection priority, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria (2) be rated well-qualified for the position and; (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. To be considered well-qualified and receive selection priority applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a score of 90 or above. Additional information about the program is on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process
  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc). Please review the following links to see which documents you need to provide to prove your eligibility to apply: Applicant Merit Checklist and Proof of Eligibility.

    As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

    1. Your resume:

    • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
    • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
    • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.

    2. Other supporting documents:

    • Cover Letter, optional
    • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
    • Proof of Eligibility to Apply: Your application must include the documents which prove you are eligible to apply for the vacancy. The Proof of Eligibility document describes authorities commonly used in merit promotion recruitment and what document(s) are required to prove you meet the requirements of the authority. You must meet the requirements of at least one of the authorities listed in the Who May Apply section above to receive further consideration.
    • Time-in-grade documentation: If you are applying for a higher grade and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one year time-in-grade requirement so you will need to provide an SF-50 which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (examples of appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within-grade Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old).

    NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person’s personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


This job is open to

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a “surplus” or “displaced” employee.

  • Federal employees – Competitive service

    Current or former competitive service federal employees.

  • Military spouses

Clarification from the agency

See “Who May Apply” in the “Qualifications” section for more information on who is eligible to apply for this position.

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