Security Specialist

Washington D.C.
Jan 20, 2023
Jan 30, 2023
DSPSC #23-018
Full Time


This is a non-status, non-permanent Personal Services Contract (PSC) position. This position does not provide Competitive or Excepted Service status into the Civil Service.

Series & grade: GS-0080-12

Key Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.

Appointment duration: Temporary Non-Status Contractor Position: 1 year renewable for up to 4 years.

This position located is in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Senior Coordinator for Security Infrastructure, Office of Information Security, Special Security Operations Division, Washington D.C.

In this position, you will serve as a Security Specialist and assist with the implementation and oversight of plans, policies, and procedures necessary to safeguard intelligence information, including intelligence sources and methods, and SCI information.

Travel: Travel is not required for this position.


Ensures the protection of SCI documents against espionage, sabotage, damage, and theft.

Directs the secure and timely receipt and transmission of SCI to DoS officials, responds to requests for information, deciding how best the information may be acquired. 

Defines and establishes tasks for staff to conduct comprehensive and often complex security surveys/inspections of DoS offices and bureaus to ensure compliance with existing regulations concerning the handling, control and safeguarding of SCI.

Manages the DoS domestic program for the accountability and control of all intelligence information, including intelligence sources, methods, and SCI, being provided by Intelligence Community (IC) agencies to DoS or being transmitted from DoS to IC agencies. 


Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements described below by the closing date of this announcement

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience protecting SCI documents.
  • Experience conducting security surveys concerning the safeguarding of SCI.
  • Experience developing procedures for protection of SCI.  

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-12 position.

How You Will Be Evaluated: 

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

  • Knowledge of security guidelines established in legislation, regulations and various policy statements pertaining to security administration
  • Knowledge of intelligence sources and methods and SCI to enable incumbent to carry out assignments and develop expertise needed to perform independent work.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of security concepts, principles, and practices to independently review, analyze, and resolve difficult and complex security problems.


Personal Services Contractors are eligible to participate in the PSC Health Insurance Reimbursement Program which allows for a contribution of 72 percent against the contractor’s health insurance premium costs toward either an individual or family policy, provided that such costs may not exceed the maximum U.S. Government contribution for direct-hire personnel as announced annually by the Office of Personnel Management.  Supplemental  insurance, such as dental and vision, is not eligible for this reimbursement under this program. The Department’s PSC Life Insurance Reimbursement Program allows for PSC’s to be provided a contribution of 50 percent against the actual costs of an individual annual life insurance policy not to exceed $500.00 per year. 

Personal Service Contractors entering on duty with prior qualifying service, as defined by OPM, may have their service computation dates updated to credit their years of applicable prior service for higher annual leave accrual rates.  PSC leave accrual rates are explained in 3 FAM 9116.1.

Benefits for PSC’s in the Department of State are outlined in 3 FAM 9116.

Other Information:

For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or

This position is telework eligible. Telework may be permitted with supervisory approval. 

How to Apply:

Submit a detailed resume. Applications must be received electronically by 11:59 pm on 1/30/2023.  Your resume or application must clearly reflect the requirements of this position, if not your application may not be considered.  Applications, which are incomplete, not received by the deadline stated above will not be considered.   All materials submitted will become property of the Department of State. For any questions, please contact DS HRM at 571-345-3766.


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