Chief of Police

Montgomery County, Maryland
Dec 06, 2022
Dec 14, 2022
Executive, Chief
Full Time

  • Incumbent serves as the Supervisory Security Specialist (Chief of Police), and is the official responsible for the planning, direction, and management of the NIH's security, personnel protection, law enforcement, crime prevention, and investigations.
  • Evaluates the spectrum of threats against NIH facilities and personnel while not impeding or interfering with the conduct of mission-critical biomedical research.
  • Incumbent is responsible for the coordination of all the security, protection, surveillance, and communications systems across all NIH facilities.
  • Incumbent directs the development, implementation, administration, and evaluation of integrated and highly complex security operations, law enforcement, crime prevention and intelligence programs to protect NIH facilities and personnel.
  • Incumbent is responsible for collaborating/planning/conducting/and coordinating emergency response protocols; investigations of criminal and other offenses; and plans and conducts community policing services.
  • Plans, develops, organizes, and directs all administrative and operational facets of the NIH Police force.
  • Directs the investigation of crimes and deploys personnel to assist the United States Magistrate in subsequent court cases.
  • Serves as the leading NIH Police authority in the science of traffic management.
  • Provides leadership, supervision, and oversight to a staff of approximately 120 employees and 600 security contractors.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement or proof of being a U.S. National must be met by closing date.
  • Employment is subject to the successful completion of the pre-appointment process (i.e., background investigation, verification of qualifications and job requirements, completion of onboarding forms, submission of required documents, etc.)
  • If selected, you must pass a pre-employment medical examination and psychological examination.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Applicants must meet all qualifications requirements within thirty (30) calendar days of the closing date of this announcement, including time in grade.
  • If selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE form 450 to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency.
  • A one-year supervisory probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.
  • This position has on-call or call-back requirements and weekend hours.
  • Pre-employment and/or random drug and alcohol testing is required for this position.
  • The selectee must possess and maintain a valid state motor vehicle license.
  • Incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP Secret Security Clearance.
  • In accordance with Executive Order 12564 of September 14, 1986, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is A Drug-Free Federal Workplace. Pre-employment and/or random drug and alcohol testing is required for this position.
  • The selectee may be required to use protective clothing. The selectee will be required to wear a uniform.
  • Criminal history background checks are a required for this position.
  • This position is subject to the Lautenberg Amendment Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended, which prohibits access to firearms by people convicted of crimes involving domestic violence or any felonious act.
  • You must have reached your 21st birthday prior to an initial Federal Police Officer appointment.
  • If selected for this position, you will be expected to travel 12 weeks for initial entrance level training at Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). FLETC may be waived for eligible candidates.
  • Selectee will be required to obtain and maintain a CPR and First Aid Certification.
  • Must be able to lift and or move heavy items weighing a minimum of 50 lbs.


In order to qualify for a Police of Chief, GS-0080 position at the GS-15 level, you must have:

You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: managing, supervising, and directing a civilian police operations; providing strategic advice to senior-level officials on a wide range of complex law enforcement and crime prevention procedures and operational analysis of physical security measures that reduce vulnerabilities to the agency; analyzing investigative reports for the specifics of the incident and to identity long-range implications for future prevention; evaluating Police training needs and requirements based on assessment of current threats, issues in law enforcement, security, and legal precedence; formulating operating policies for the planning, managing, and overseeing of programs and services including providing comprehensive security, police protection, and law enforcement for an organization.

Do not copy and paste the duties, specialized experience, or occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into your resume as that will not be considered a demonstration of your qualifications for this position.

You will receive credit for all experience material to the position, including experience gained in religious, civic, welfare, service, and organizational activities, regardless of whether you received pay.

Preview assessment questionnaire before you apply:


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
  • 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. Employees providing healthcare or services in support of healthcare (Healthcare Workforce) may be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine because they are expected to perform duties that put them in contact or potential contact with patients. We may request COVID-19 vaccination, and other vaccination documentation from Healthcare Workforce personnel at any point during the onboarding process or at any time during your employment with NIH.
  • This position is designated as an "emergency essential" position and the selected candidate will be considered an "emergency essential" employee and will be required to be available, ready, willing, and able to report for duty under all circumstances (e.g., inclement weather, government closings and holidays, lapses in appropriations, non-emergency and emergency situations) for operation 24 hours a day and 365 days per year coverage.
  • A one-year supervisory probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.
  • In accordance with Executive Order 12564 of September 14, 1986, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is A Drug-Free Federal Workplace. All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and be subject to random, reasonable suspicion, and post-accident drug testing upon hiring. Appointment to the position will be contingent upon a negative applicant drug test result.
  • Veterans' Preference applies only to Schedule A (disability appointment) and Veterans Recruitment Appointments (if applicable).
  • The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.
  • The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.
  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.
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