Physical Security Specialist
Occasional travel - 10% or less travel is required
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
You must submit an unofficial or official transcript and all supporting documentation by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy level "Q" security clearance.
May be required to successfully complete a one year probationary period.
To eligible for the GS-11 grade level, you must meet one of the following qualification requirements:
A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service in assisting facilities in preparation of security programs and systems; reviewing security programs and plans; assist with all aspects of the certification and decertification process; and serves as liaison between the Headquarters Facility Security Manager and the Protective Force with respect to visitor management and customer service;
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Have completed from an accredited university or college, either: a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree;
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3 years of progressively higher level graduate education; or a Master's of Laws (LL.M.), which has provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position of a Physical Security Specialist;
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An equivalent combination of the specialized experience and the graduate education. Only graduate education beyond the first 36 semester hours will be combined with the specialized experience. Copy of transcripts is required.
To be eligible for the GS-12, a qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service including, conducting security inspections of facilities analyzing and evaluating all phases of security for compliance; preparing and reviewing reports for recommending improvements to systems, and processes to improve operational efficiencies; reviewing, analyzing and assessing proposed material related to physical protection developed by the organization staff to determine the impact on current or planned headquarters operations; assisting an organization Security Officers by providing sound guidance based on applicable organization directives and the Facilities Master Security Plan; and serving as a liaison between the Facility Security Manager and the Protective Force with respect to visitor management and customer service.
For the GS-12 grade level, education cannot be substituted for specialized experience.
Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!
- Knowledge of requirements and regulations for Department of Energy Headquarters security areas to include vault-type rooms and limited areas.
- Knowledge of site-wide security measures to include Protective Force organization, hierarchy, and posting as well as all pertinent security systems employed at the Department of Energy Headquarters (DOE). This will include physical alarm descriptions (i.e., motion detectors, building management systems devices, tamper switches, etc.) as well as alarm response types, (i.e., tamper, supervisory, motion, etc.) in order to consult with security management with respect to enhanced security measures, innovations, and mitigation of unnecessary alarms.
- Knowledge of the programs, activities, and interrelationships within the Office of Physical Protection and the Office of Headquarters Security Operations.
- Knowledge of database management systems sufficient to monitor and track visitors, review video footage, and request and review entry/exit logs.
- Ability to communicate orally in order to persuade decision making officials of recommendations and resolving security issues and problems for carrying out security plans. This includes planning and coordinating inspections, provide advice, and resolve security issues.
- Ability to communicate in writing.
Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.
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 must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
If applying for the GS-11 based on education, you MUST submit an unofficial/official transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Other supporting documentation must include all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
To be eligible for a GS-12 grade level, education cannot be substituted for specialized experience.
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.
- The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
- Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
- If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
- 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.
- Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
- This position is excluded from the Bargaining Unit.
- 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.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Reasonable_Accommodation_Policy_Statement
Veterans Information: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Veterans_Information
Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to place you into an initial quality category via OPM's Category Rating procedures. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to ensure you have been placed into the appropriate quality category.
Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (when applicable), and training as described in your resume and applicant assessment. Your credentials are measured against the established duties of the position at the grade level(s) being advertised.
The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", and "Qualified", although they may differ slightly based on individual agency policy.
If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.
If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.
If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
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