Individuals with Disabilities

Individuals with Disabilities

Learn How to Apply. Click here.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is committed to hiring a highly talented and diverse workforce. Individuals with disabilities have much to contribute to our workplace to accomplish the various homeland security mission areas. We offer excellent benefits and opportunities for employment and career advancement in the United States and abroad. Our commitment to the employment of individuals with disabilities includes having an effective affirmative action plan for the recruitment, hiring, advancement and retention of individuals with disabilities; issuing robust hiring goals, and promoting an inclusive and accessible environment for all employees.

Employment Opportunities

The Department can appoint individuals with disabilities to Federal jobs non-competitively through the Schedule A hiring authority. Interested applicants may submit their resume, along with other required documents, including a Schedule A Letter, directly to a Homeland Security Selective Placement Coordinator (SPPC) to be considered for a vacant position. Individuals with disabilities may also apply for DHS employment opportunities through the traditional, or competitive process via USAJOBS, the Federal government’s official jobs website. DHS has nine SPPCs who assist with the recruitment, hiring, and facilitating accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities during the application and hiring process.

For more information about the employment of individuals with disabilities in the Federal government and the Schedule A hiring process including eligibility, please visit the Office of Personnel Management’s Disability Employment site.

If you require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or questionnaire process, immediately notify the point of contact identified in the job announcement.

Reasonable Accommodations

The Department of Homeland Security provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a job, the work environment, or the way things are customarily done that enables a qualified individual with a disability to:

  • Apply for a job;
  • Perform job functions; and
  • Ensure equal benefits and privileges of employment.

Examples of accommodations include:

  • Video Relay Services
  • Assistive technology (e.g., screen readers, speech to text, magnification software)
  • Sign language interpreters or captioning and transcription services
  • Qualified Readers and orientation and mobility services
  • Written materials in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print)
  • Modifying existing facilities to make them accessible (e.g., ramp installation, accessible door hardware installation, door and workspace widening)

For more information on reasonable accommodations, including personal assistant services for employees with targeted disabilities, please visit the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties page.  

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