Physical Security Specialist

Washington D.C.
Aug 07, 2017
Aug 22, 2017
IT, Security Engineer
Full Time

This vacancy announcement is open to applicants who live in the Washington, DC commuting area and/or current employees of the Federal Judiciary.

The Administrative Office (AO), an agency of the Judicial Branch of the Federal government, is committed to serving and supporting the Federal court system of the United States. The AO provides a broad range of legislative, legal, financial, technology, management, administrative and program support services to the Federal courts.

AO positions are classified and paid under a broad-banded system with the exception of positions in the AO Executive Service. Salary is commensurate with experience. Most AO employees are eligible for full Federal and Judiciary benefits.

The AO is committed to attracting the best and brightest applicants in our support of the Third Branch of government. We take pride in serving the Judicial Branch and supporting its mission to provide equal justice under law.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Overall travel is 25% or less.

  • No

  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • All non-Judiciary appointees must serve a one-year trial period.
  • Selectee must favorably complete a background investigation.
  • All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

    Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is demonstrated experience (1) planning, developing, and evaluating the results of security programs to ensure program operations meet established quality performance levels and standards and (2) monitoring and providing oversight of physical security projects.

    NOTE: Evidence of specialized experience must be supported by detailed documentation of duties performed in positions held. Please provide such documentation on your resume.


    1. All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
    2. Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship or, for noncitizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.
    3. A background security investigation is required for all selectees. Appointment will be subject to a successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. A background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.
    4. All new AO employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
    5. You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.
    6. If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.
    7. Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if authorized by the Director of the AO.
    8. The selectee of this position may be assigned to an official duty station outside the advertised area.

    Public Trust - Background Investigation


    The incumbents will report to the Chief of the Court Security Division. CSD is responsible for overseeing the physical security programs for judiciary facilities and related support provided by the USMS, the Federal Protective Service (FPS) and the General Services Administration (GSA). The Physical Security Specialists' roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

    1. Coordinating activities among the judiciary, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, USMS, FPS, GSA, and others, on judiciary security matters, to include policies, project management, priorities, budgeting and legislation;
    2. Providing administrative staff support to the Judicial Conference Committee on Judicial Security, and the Space and Security Advisory Council, in coordination with the Security and Facilities Policy Staff;
    3. Acting as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) for judiciary security related contracts and programs;
    4. Monitoring and overseeing judiciary funded security projects, in partnership with the USMS, FPS and GSA;
    5. Conducting quality assurance of judiciary security projects, funded by the judiciary, through site-visits and remote follow up with judiciary personnel;
    6. Performing onsite security assessments at local judiciary facilities, in collaboration with the USMS, FPS and GSA;
    7. Writing and editing correspondence, reports, analysis and other documents related to judiciary security;
    8. Assisting in the formulation of long-range judiciary security strategies, objectives, plans, budgets, policies and programs;
    9. Planning, developing and evaluating the results of judiciary security programs and projects, by conducting surveys and analysis to detect elements in need of improvement;
    10. Expanding partnerships between CSD and court units, conducting outreach to court units, conducting and participating in training for court units and maintaining association and communications with subject matter experts within the court security and physical security professional community;
    11. Addressing complex security issues between the judiciary, USMS, FPS and GSA, by engaging in meetings and discussions with the noted security; and providers and local court units and judges, ensuring that judiciary security needs, plans, policies and programs are fully communicated.

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