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Security Assistant

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Saginaw
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

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This position is located in Police Services. The primary purpose of the position is to monitor physical security equipment and systems.

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Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Performs alarm and access monitoring, tracing access patterns, programming, assigning or removing user permissions, updating databases, remotely opening and securing doors during routine and emergency operations and generating a variety of reports as needed. Assesses on-scene behavior and determines when it is appropriate to dispatch law enforcement or other personnel to investigate.
  • Responsible for responding to alarm systems monitoring fire, access, intrusion, duress/panic, medical emergencies, psychiatric emergencies, medical assist teams, etc.; and emergency digital paging system. Monitors emergency weather alerts and transmits warnings system wide when appropriate. Maintains radio/alarm activity records/logs to include dates, times, and results of communications and activities and prepares completed reports. Performs and documents emergency callbacks when necessary. Tracks critical information and reports findings to the supervisor.
  • Implements policies, procedures, and methods for identifying and protecting information, personnel, property, facilities, operations, or material.
  • Operates an established vehicle registration and visitor management program and parking registration and/or photo identification equipment.
  • Issues and retrieves government issued keys and/or identification cards. Reviews requests for and issues passes and identification documents. Maintains accurate key inventory and accountability database.
  • Performs system checks on a variety of equipment used in the dispatch center. Troubleshoots systems when problems arise and resolves issues whenever possible. Conducts equipment inventories and completes records and other logs. Performs monthly alarm checks, submits reports documenting the operational status of each circuit tested. Initiates work orders for malfunctioning circuits and
  • equipment.

Work Schedule: Variable Shifts (Including some weekends and holidays).

Compressed/Flexible: Not Available

Telework: Not Available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: Security Assistant/PD99858A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

25% or less - travel to LETC for training.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0086 Security Clerical and Assistance

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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 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/10/2021.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS 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-05 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-04. 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.

  • 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) appointment.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

Grade Requirements:


Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-04 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Experience transmitting or receiving messages via the telephone, radio, fax and various computer systems; Recording incidents into a computerized journal; Conducting radio station identification code checks; Receiving and compiling information from various sources related to police and emergency incidents, taking appropriate action regarding fire, intrusion, duress and holdup alarms, and directs response and/or notifies responsible personnel depending on the type of incident or request; Operates a variety of communications and security equipment, such as computers, alarm processors, radio consoles, card lock access, and related peripherals. Operation of security systems, i.e., CCTV, Alarm monitoring systems; Planning, directing, and coordinating police assignments by dispatching police personnel, vehicles, and medical teams to meet the job requirements; Directing police response to areas of alarm activations and criminal/disorderly activity; Answering telephone on both emergency and non-emergency lines; Experience with administrative tasks pertaining to security.



Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have 4 years above high school..


Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

  • Communications
  • Computer Skills
  • Manages and Organizes Information
  • Security
  • Technology Application

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.

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.

Physical Requirements: The work is typically sedentary in nature. However, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts; etc. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. Working on off-tours, rotating shifts or regular overtime may be required.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at


A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Saginaw , Security Assistant, Other , Saginaw, Michigan

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