Senior Security Specialist (Physical Security & Occupant Emergency Planning)

Rockville, Maryland
Oct 19, 2019
Oct 27, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of Administration (ADM), Division of Facilities and Security (DFS), Security Management and Operations Branch (SMOB). The supervisor is Denis Brady.

This position is Non Bargaining Unit. This position requires minimal travel.

Travel expenses associated with interview and/or relocation expenses associated with job offer may be paid.

Selectee will not be subject to Office of Government Ethics Confidential Financial Disclosure reporting requirements.
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As the Senior Physical Security Specialist you will serve as the agency's authoritative expert on technical issues related to physical and facility security, and occupant emergency planning and management to assure continued effective oversight, coordination and implementation of NRC's facility security, occupant safety, and physical security programs. In addition, represents NRC interests on various governmental security policy and oversight committees to provide authoritative technical expertise, and advice in key technical and policy areas related to physical and facility security. Recommends and develops policies and procedures regarding specific facility and physical security programs consistent with national policies and regulations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • Background investigation leading to a "Q" clearance is required
  • U.S. Citizenship Required

You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.


In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. Demonstrated interdisciplinary knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of physical security and through knowledge of interagency security committee standards and best practices for the protection of Federal facilities. Provide previous experience in design and certification of secure rooms, perimeter intrusion detection systems and access controls. Demonstrate prior experience conducting official inquiries requiring coordination between multiple law enforcement agencies.

(EXAMPLE: Describe work experience, education, training, and other activities that demonstrate your knowledge of physical security principles performed as part of physical security assessments of Federal facilities. Cite education and training in physical security and other relevant disciplines. Cite examples of, and references for, research performed, course work or studies completed, certifications received and papers presented).

2. Demonstrated ability in the application of physical security principles, methods, and tools to support actual decision making with respect to safety and security or operational issues for complex security systems such as access controls for Federal Identity, Credential and Access Management (FICAM) compliance, closed circuit television (CCTV) systems to meet interagency security committee standards and/or designing security systems for floors or buildings.

(EXAMPLE: Describe the scope and complexity of assessments you have performed that apply the theories, principles, and methods of physical security to support the evaluation of physical security or operational issues for complex access control or CCTV systems. Describe your specific role. Cite evidence of how well you performed the planning and execution.)

3. Knowledge of NRC rules and (Federal) regulatory requirements, policies, practices, and programs applicable to facility security, information security, industrial security, and occupant emergency planning. Experience in responding to facility emergencies and performing duties outlined in the occupant emergency plan.

(Example: Describe your experience and accomplishments in these areas. Provide examples which demonstrate your related experience and involvement in these areas, including how your accomplishments in these areas demonstrate knowledge of NRC policies, practices, and programs related to facility physical security, information security, industrial security, and occupant emergency plans, etc.)

4. Demonstrated ability to plan and conduct complex and innovative occupant emergency and safety exercises. Including the ability to develop and implement successful approaches to problem solving and conflict resolution with multiple internal and external stakeholders.

(EXAMPLE: Provide examples of your experience and describe your specific role in conducting or providing technical oversight and direction, and leadership, of occupant emergency planning, exercise development and execution. Describe professional experience with problem identification and resolution and give instances where your problem-solving and conflict resolution skills were demonstrated to be especially effective. Describe the scope and complexity of the programs. Cite evidence of how well you performed your role.)

5. Demonstrated ability to communicate complex technical issues, especially those associated with Federal facilities security, occupant emergency planning, physical security and industrial security, clearly, both orally and in writing.

(EXAMPLE: Describe significant technical presentations that you have made (and the audiences for those presentations), technical meetings you have coordinated, and written material you have originated. Describe work assignments that demonstrate your ability to communicate the technical issue, results, and conclusions or outcomes of those communications.)

In addition to the basic requirements, to qualify for this position you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as demonstrated knowledge of security principles, detailed knowledge and understanding of the U.S. Government National Security Program and the interrelationship of that program with the overall NRC security program in order to assure that the NRC program incorporates the legal requirements and the intent of the national program. Such knowledge and experience would normally be evidenced by experience in a responsible government or industrial security position which is directly related to the application of national-level security directives at the Federal agency level.

A description of how you possess the specialized experience as well as how you meet the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate should be addressed in your resume.


Additional information

The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Individuals with disabilities may contact the Selective Placement Coordinator for assistance with the application or hiring process via Deaf applicants may contact the Disability Program Manager by calling the NRC videophone at 240-428-3217.

Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an OPM special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority. Veterans, please visit:

Selectee's will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver. To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you will need a favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.

The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in a NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and answer to the vacancy questions to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements. If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager. Please keep in mind your resume is of key importance for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume and answers to the vacancy questions that directly relates to this position.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Q Access Authorization

Drug test required

Required Documents

As a NRC employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available. You may do so electronically by following the instructions below:

All supplemental documents can now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

1. Use the "USAJOBs" feature to download documents from your USAJOBs portfolio; or

2. use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer. The following types of documents can be uploaded:
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3. use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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