Security Specialist

Washington D.C.
Jan 17, 2019
Jan 17, 2019
IT, Security Engineer
Full Time

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required to attend meetings, events, or meet occasional training requirements.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Resume and application must be submitted online

    • You must possess or have the ability to possess a DOE "Q" clearance (Top Secret) for access to information classified as high as Secret Restricted Data and Top Secret National Security Information.
    • This position has been designated as a Testing Designated Position (TD P) subject to testing for all illegal drug use. You will be required to pass an initial drug test as well as continued random drug testing.
    • This position may require a Financial disclosure statement, OGE-450
    • 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.


    A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

    1. Experience analyzing and resolving security problems, conducting investigations on security activity and breaches; preparing necessary reports; developing policies to improve security processes; providing technical advice on safeguards and security, emergency management; implementing a security program; and overseeing all physical security operations of a large organization.
    2. Experience in integrating security systems, access control, entry control, intrusion detection, assessment systems, badges, explosive detection, communication systems, radio frequency systems, and technical threats; developing new or revised policies including the costs involved, and changes in structure or operations required for implementation.
    3. Experience developing, refining, analyzing coordinating and promulgating policies, procedures, requirements, standards, and programs for protection program planning.
    4. Experience with a wide range of physical security disciplines, procedures and techniques used to establish, review and assess the physical security posture of large office facilities to include access control, protective force operations and personnel, incident management, intrusion detection and protection of classified information.

    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!

    1. Knowledge of a wide range of security theories, methods, practices, procedures, concepts, and techniques used to independently carrying out assignments including but not limited to analyzing, examining, reviewing, and solving difficult and complex physical security problems.
    2. Ability to interpret and apply policy to a broad range of complex physical security situations, including the ability to develop recommendations and/or policy for far reaching problems and/or situations.
    3. Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to apply policies and procedures in providing guidance and oversight to the daily physical security activities of a protective force, security systems, and classified materials protection and control.
    4. Possess knowledge of recent state-of-the-art physical security criteria, equipment, devises and techniques sufficient to resolve complex questions or conditions. The employee uses extensive knowledge of physical security application or established variations in physical security criteria in the performance of assignments.

    "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.

    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.

    There is no Educational Requirement at this Grade Level, nor can you substitute Education for Experience at this grade level.

    The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    • New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check.  To learn about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
    • 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.
    • 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.

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    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 determine if you meet the minimum qualifications necessary for this position. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to determine if your qualifications meet the criteria for referral to the selecting official.

    We will also verify that you are eligible for Merit Promotion positions by reviewing your previous Federal employment to ensure you meet Time-in-Grade requirements. If you are eligible to apply to Merit Promotion announcements based on Veteran or other non-competitive statuses, we will verify your supporting documentation prior to referral.

    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 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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    Drug test required Yes

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