Security Specialist

Washington D.C.
72,030 - USD $93,638
Oct 19, 2020
Oct 29, 2020
Other, Trainer
Full Time


This is a non-status, non-permanent Personal Service Contract (PSC) position. You do not acquire a competitive or excepted service status from this position

"You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined."

SERIES & GRADE: GS-0080-11


-U.S. Citizenship is required.

-Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.

-Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.


50%  or more domestic travel may be required for this position. 

DURATION APPOINTMENT: Temporary Non-Status Position: 1 year renewable for up to 4 years


This is a non-status, non-permanent Personal Services Contract (PSC) position. You do not acquire a competitive or excepted service status from this position.

This position is located in the Security Support Division, Office of Domestic Facilities Protection, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State. The incumbent manages and operates the ID unit and DS ID services. 

This position is telework eligible. 


-Formulates and implements security policies, standards, plans, methods, and procedures for the protection of personnel, facilities, and classified and sensitive information. Plans, develops and advises on physical security measures, state-of-the-art security technology, systems and devices.

-Provide guidance and support to staff members on security processes and procedures related to the operation of the ID Unit Customer Service Center and security systems used by the office. Assists in the development and implementation of standard operating procedure (SOP) for the ID Unit and Customer Service Center. 

-Manages operations for the Visitor Access Control System-Domestic (VACS-D) to include setting up and maintaining operator accounts, providing system training for customers (users) and operators, providing customer support, and processing trouble tickets. 

-Serves as a 'certified' Software House C-Cure System trainer for employees,  staff, and Uniformed Protective Officers. Provide training, as required in system operation and monitoring.

EVALUATIONS: 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:

1.       Knowledge of physical and technical security concepts. 

2.       Knowledge of physical access control systems.

3.       Knowledge managing Software House C-Cure Systems used for access control.


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

Applicants applying for the GS-11 grade level must meet one of the following requirements:

A. Have at least 1 full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service which provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

-Experience working with physical access control and intrusion detection systems. 

-Experience operating and providing guidance on security technology systems and devices. 

-Experience programming, operating, monitoring, and managing of Software House C-Cure Systems used for access control and IDS monitoring.


B. Have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M. from an accredited college or university.


C. Have a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience (as described above), which is equivalent to the GS- 09 level in the Federal Service. This experience and education together meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

Combination of Experience and Education: When an applicant has less than one year of specialized experience as described in the announcement, he or she may combine successfully completed graduate-level education with experience to meet the total qualification requirements. Generally, 18 graduate semester hours is equivalent to 1 full-time year of graduate study (your school and department determine what constitutes 1 full time year of graduate study). The percentage of specialized work experience and the percentage of graduate study must total at least 100%.


Note: All applicants WILL BE required to submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you may lose consideration for this position.

Submit a detailed resume. Applications must be received electronically by 11:59 pm on October 29, 2020. 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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