Acquisition

Security Acquisition Career Opportunities

Acquisition is more than the purchasing of goods and services, it’s the managed invention of complex systems and technologies that don’t yet exist to better perform the Department’s vital mission. This includes cargo scanners, mobile command centers, chemical detectors and the custom limousine that transports the President, which were all planned, developed, tested and deployed through the acquisition process.

At the Department, you can find more than just a job, you’ll find a career as a vital part of the solution to our country’s security challenges for the 21st century. We need exceptional individuals for mission-critical positions in the acquisition workforce. You will be part of a team that acquires over $20 billion worth of goods and services annually, the third largest acquisition budget in the federal government. You will directly impact the mission every day by procuring everything from IT hardware and software to ships and aircraft.

Potential Careers

  • Contract Specialists: Gather requirements, solicit proposals from industry, determine the best value between proposals, and negotiate and sign contracts on behalf of the federal government.
  • Program Managers: Manage the day-to-day operations of government contractors. They ensure that work is being completed on time and on budget, milestones are being met, and provide federal government oversight.
  • Systems Engineers: Work with program managers in the day-to-day management of contractor work, acting as technical advisors. They also assist contract specialists.
  • Industrial Engineers: Work with program managers in the specialized field of conducting cost estimating analysis, developing simulations using mathematical modeling.
  • Logisticians: Work with both acquisition personnel and front-line operational personnel to properly arrange and execute the life cycle logistics of a project. They analyze project needs and costs, such as repair work, replacement part needs and requirements for user training or disposal costs.
  • Information Technology Specialists: Similar to systems engineers, provide their technical expertise to program managers in the day-to-day management of contractor work on information technology projects.

Our acquisition workforce recruitment team is ready to assist you in learning more about the Department’s acquisition opportunities. Please e-mail acquisitionprofessionals@dhs.gov to inquire about GS-9-15 career opportunities.

We are seeking people to fill positions in:

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • Immigrations and Customs Enforcement
  • Office of Procurement Operations
  • FEMA
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
  • Acquisition Professional Career Program
  • Experienced Federal Annuitants

Acquisition Professional Career Program

The Acquisition Professional Career Program is a new entry-level program for college graduates designed to develop future Department acquisition leaders.

Experienced Federal Annuitants

The Experienced Federal Annuitants Program encourages reemployment with the Department without sacrificing your retirement annuity.