Supervisory Security Specialist (Chief of Protection Services)

Washington, D.C
Sep 24, 2022
Oct 03, 2022
Full Time

As the Supervisory Security Specialist, you will:
  • Serve as the principal advisor to the Administrator on matters related to law enforcement, security, visitor services and health services programs of the Gallery; formulates and implements systems, procedures, and guidelines to achieve program objectives; provides policy guidance and assistance to executive officers and departmental heads concerning protection services; participates in high-level policy meetings and provides advice and recommendations for improving security throughout the Gallery.
  • Provide direction of major programs and projects, ensuring that desired goals are achieved and targeting operations for saving, improved efficiency, and greater benefit to both the Gallery and the AOP.
  • Plans, organize, direct, and coordinate the activities of the Office of Protection Services, which is organized into five departments: administrative, security operations, visitor services, safety and occupational health, and technical services; directs studies to improve efficiency and economy in operations; provides leadership in developing and administering policies and in fostering effective labor management relations.
  • Ensure the readiness of the Office of Protection Services to take a leadership role in the event of emergencies; coordinates the development and preparation of contingency plans for all necessary responses to civil disturbances, power failure, natural disaster, etc.; ensures that security staff and all Gallery personnel are trained in contingency responses, including procedures for the emergency protection of works of art.
  • Provide Gallery-wide leadership to top management officials of the Gallery and their staffs in motivating and enlisting their participation in the security program of combating indifference and a negative attitude regarding precaution, evacuation, protective drills, contingency plans, etc.; reviews with curators and managers of stores techniques of protecting valuable properties during both public and non-public hours.
  • Supervise through subordinate managers a staff of over 300 full time employees in a variety of professional, technical, administrative and protective occupations; issues operational policies, procedures, orders, and instructions; furnishes policy guidance and direction to subordinate supervisors and ensures that they carry out their responsibilities effectively; meets with subordinate supervisors to review plans, progress, impact of new laws, construction, acquisition, requirements, etc., and to ensure effectiveness in operation as well as internal coordination among subordinate units and with other Gallery activities.
  • Review and approve special procedures for protecting the President, White House personnel, Heads of State, or foreign dignitaries visiting the Gallery and ensures timely and effective coordination of security measures with U.S. Park Police, Secret Service, National Park Service, and D.C. Police and Fire Department as needed.
  • Maintain liaison with the White House, State Department, U.S. Park Police, Secret Service, National Park Service, Department of Justice, D.C. Police and Fire Department, and Department of Public Health and Transportation to coordinate matters relating to Office of Protection Services operations.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
  • 5. May be required to obtain/maintain the ability to carry a firearm.

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. 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). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week.


To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.


Candidates must meet the Qualification Standards Handbook requirements for the SL-0080-00. Specialized experience is at least one year of experience (combined), equivalent in responsibility to the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, responsible for the planning, organizing, directing, evaluating and coordination of a comprehensive protection services program for a major organization or institution.

All applicants must have 1 year of experience. Experience is directly related to the duties and responsibilities of this position, referenced in the technical qualifications, that equipped the candidate with the scope and level of knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work. This level of responsibility is typically found at the GS-15 or equivalent level in the Federal Government. Eligibility will be based upon a clear showing that the applicant has had professional training and experience of the scope, level and quality sufficient to carry out the responsibilities of the position effectively. You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): Address each of the following MTQ's separately. MTQ Statements must provide specific examples that address relevant experience, accomplishments and evidence that you possess demonstrated superior technical and senior professional qualifications. Please note that the MTQs must be addressed individually and in narrative form. (Please see 'Required Documentation' section for more information)

(Maximum of 2 pages per MTQ):

1. Extensive knowledge experience applying a broad range of Federal laws including, but not limited to a diverse range of protective procedures and skills needed in order to safeguard personnel and property from possible danger due to natural disaster, criminal or terrorist activity. Broad leadership experience as a protection and/or protection and/or law enforcement executive with local, state or federal protection and/or law enforcement experience, including demonstrated experience and knowledge of protection and/or law enforcement practices, security operations, physical security planning, integrated electronic security systems and specialized investigative personnel.

2. Professional knowledge and experience in managing physical and personnel protection and security; and protection and/or law enforcement operations that are subject to congressional, media and/or public scrutiny.

3. Demonstrated experience in managing the conceptualization, development, and implementation of both external and internal protection and security plans.

4. Demonstrated experience managing human, financial and information resources strategically, including bringing about strategic change both within and outside an organization to meet organizational goals, and managing and developing teams to provide security operations at the highest standards of excellence.

5. Demonstrated experience in cultivating strategic partnerships with key inter-agencies and external stakeholders, including local, state and federal protection and/or law enforcement, national and international organizations, state and federal government officials, and technical research authorities.

Note: Your experience must be detailed in your resume and MTQ responses to receive full credit.

In addition to possessing the qualifications listed above, the incumbent must:
  • Drug Testing: The position(s) which may be filled from this vacancy announcement have been identified as Testing Designated Positions under the Drug-Free Workplace Program. All applicants tentatively selected for this position shall be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment Satisfactory completion of the drug test is a condition of placement and/or employment in the position and incumbents of this position are thereafter, subject to the NGA Drug Testing Policy.
  • Firearms Requirement: The incumbent may be required to carry a firearm and maintain proficiency in their care and use in accordance with NGA policy and standards. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition. Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such offense. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine and/or imprisonment
  • Investigation of Fitness: A character investigation shall be conducted on applicants selected for employment. The purpose of such an investigation is to secure evidence of the candidate's honesty, integrity, general character, and loyalty to the U.S. Government Such investigations will be conducted under the security requirements of the hiring agency.

Applicants and employees must have the capacity to perform the essential functions of the position without risk to themselves or others. Applicants and employees must possess emotional and mental stability. In most instances, a specific medical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant or employee. A medical condition or impairment is disqualifying only if the condition, for good medical reason, precludes assignment to or warrants restriction from the duties of the specific position. For some positions, the loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. Reasonable accommodation shall also be considered in determining an applicant's ability to perform the duties of a position.

Reasonable accommodation may include, but is not limited to the use of assistive devices, job modification or restructuring, provision of readers and interpreters, or adjusted work schedules.

  • Incumbent may be required to qualify annually (at a minimum) with the standard firearm. If required, failure to re-qualify may result in disciplinary action up to removal from the position.
  • You must not have a history of domestic violence or child abuse/sexual abuse.

Lautenberg Amendment: This position is covered by the 1996 Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968. A person convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence is not eligible for the position.

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration under merit promotion procedures.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


EDUCATION: Are you using education to qualify?

Although this position does not have a positive education requirement, you may submit copies of your transcripts or a course listing. You must provide documentation supporting your education claims.

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website .

Additional information

The National Gallery of Art fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

• More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

• Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.


• All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register . If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.

EEO Policy:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy:

Veterans Information:

Selective Service Registration: