Drug Enforcement Administration Secretary (OA) in United States

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

TOUGH WORK. VITAL MISSION. Challenge yourself! You have the power to help combat drug trafficking. Be a part of DEA! It's tough work, but a vital mission. Whatever your background or expertise, your work at DEA will be tremendously rewarding because it will have a daily impact on national security and the quality of life of all Americans.

Do your career "Justice" by working with DOJ, which has been ranked in the Top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Come and join the nation's law enforcement agency, where our most important resource is our people. The Department leads the nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. Become a member of a team where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important mission. All applicants for employment with DEA must possess and maintain the highest levels of character and conduct. DEA will evaluate applicants' qualifications based on these qualities. Once a conditional offer is made, DEA will conduct a continuous evaluation of information, as it is obtained, to ensure that the prospective employees with DEA meet the agency-specific qualifications in the areas of character and conduct. To this end, an unfavorable decision in any of the areas that follow will be deemed as disqualifying: Drug Policy Requirements (as specified in this announcement), Credit History, Candor and Honesty, Work History, History with the Law, and other qualities that would detract from the integrity and efficiency of the DEA.

Position will be filled subject to availability of funds.


This position is located in the Mexico City, Mexico Country Office.

  • Maintains the supervisor's calendar and independently schedules appointments and meetings. Attends the meetings, prepares minutes, and follows up on action items with appropriate staff members.

  • Receives, reviews and controls incoming mail and correspondence. Composes non-technical correspondence and reports and assembles and summarizes information from files and documents.

  • Makes travel arrangements and prepare travel vouchers. Prepares time and attendance reports.

  • Maintains office files and manuals.

  • Coordinates the work of the office with officials of other foreign country offices, foreign nationals, Embassy personnel, and/or other agencies; and provides advice to staff regarding administrative requirements.

ASSIGNMENT INFORMATION: Length of Tour: Employees are limited to a maximum of five years of service in an overseas assignment. The initial tour of duty for this assignment is 3 (three) years. After the initial tour of duty has been completed, extensions may be granted in one-year increments up to the five-year maximum. Employees who wish to remain on an overseas assignment in excess of the five-year maximum must request a tour extension or renewal before the end of their current assignment. Employees who are approved to extend their overseas assignment beyond the five-year maximum will forfeit the right to return to an office of preference. They will be placed in an appropriate position at a DEA domestic office where a vacancy exists.

At the conclusion of an overseas tour, DEA will attempt to return employees to their home location. If such a placement is not possible, employees' office of preference lists will be considered. However, employees are reminded that assignments are determined based on the needs of DEA.

Educational Allowances: Education of dependents through high school provided or paid by U.S. Government as allowable and authorized in accordance with appropriate regulations. Dependents (under the age of 23) in college allowed one round trip to overseas location each 12 months.

Post Differential: 15% Danger Pay: 15% Home Leave: Allowed after the initial 24 months incident to tour renewal. Housing Allowances: Housing paid for by U.S. Government Foreign Language: None Rest & Recuperation: 2 Mexico City is a furnished post

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) employees serving under a career or career conditional appointment in the competitive service and eligible displaced and surplus DOJ employees in the local commuting area may apply.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Background and/or Security Clearance
  • Open to DEA Employees ONLY
  • Drug testing designated position

GS-07: Must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-06 Federal grade level performing such duties as providing administrative support to an office (i.e., served as the primary point of contact for an office, coordinating correspondence for compliance, responding to routine office questions, etc.).

GS-08: Must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 Federal grade level performing such duties as utilizing and applying complex word processing, office automation, several types of software, substantive databases and systems (i.e., desktop publishing and graphic applications, to generate specific working documents and forms); preparing confidential administrative reports and correspondence, and providing authoritative guidance to an organization on administrative matters.

Competencies: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competencies in the following areas:

  • Customer Service
  • Database Administration
  • Writing

PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT: Applicant must be able to type 40 words per minute, with 3 or fewer errors.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Overtime: Occasionally

  • Candidates should familiarize themselves with the living conditions by reviewing the Department of State Post report. Up-to-date Post reports can be obtained by calling (202) 307-8222

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site.

Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

Security Clearance

Top Secret

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive an acknowledgement letter of receipt. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses. A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official. You will receive a notification letter of the results of the review of your application package via email.

We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

If you submit a resume but no questionnaire, you cannot be considered for the position. If you submit a questionnaire but no resume, you cannot be considered for the position. Your application will be appropriately documented and you will be removed from further competition against this announcement.

Regarding Interviews: The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision. Accommodations maybe made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.

NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a withdrawal from further consideration for employment regarding this vacancy.


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Other Information

**Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)**

SELECTIVE SERVICE:MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.


Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement

In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in postage-paid Government envelopes.

If you experience technical issues with completing your online application, you may review online help resources or submit a ticket to the Help Desk by accessing the 'Help Center' (upper-right of your screen, next to the question mark icon).

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474392900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-14 to 2017-07-24

Salary: $35,359 to $50,904 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 7 - 8

Series: 0318 Secretary

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time

Job announcement number: F-OE-17-10026881-MP-RCW

Control number: 474392900