Security Specialist (Operations)

Quantico, Virginia
Nov 16, 2020
Nov 24, 2020
Full Time


The purpose of this position is to serve as the Program Manager for DCSA Operations Security (OPSEC).

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As a Security Specialist (Operations) you will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Conduct program reviews to evaluate and assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the OPSEC program.
  • Develop recommendations for strategic communication, training and awareness activities associated with OPSEC.
  • Participate in the development of Executive Orders, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and DoD Directives, and other National Security Decision issuances governing Operations Security.
  • .Identify and protect critical information related to the critical infrastructure protection (CIP) with appropriate OPSEC measures and advise supporting contractors of information protection requirements.
  • Independently interpret regulations and formulate appropriate DCSA regulations, manuals and operating instructions for operations security.Provide definitive technical advice, policy clarification and assistance to the Program Coordinator and DCSA senior leadership in the area of operations security.
  • Ensure compliance with policy for content reviews of information intended for release outside the control of the organization, including release to the public, is appropriately evaluated during program reviews and other oversight activities.
  • Develop plans, schedules, timelines, and tracking mechanisms to evaluate progress, risks, and opportunities in complex security projects and programs.
  • Represent the DCSA Security Office at meetings and working groups at DCSA, DoD and national levels.
  • Serve as authoritative representative and spokesperson regarding DCSA equities, objectives and requirements within the DoD, federal and interagency security communities.
  • Establish and analyzes program metrics for results and impact; assess program resources requirements and justify funding/manpower; develop mechanisms and conduct oversight assessments and activities to ensure agency compliance with program standards.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Male born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents received by 11:59PM EST will be considered
  • This is a Drug Testing designated position
  • Position is a (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under U.S.C. 1601
  • WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
  • OVERTIME: Occasionally
  • TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible
  • PCS (Permanent Change of Station): Not Authorized
  • TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is telework eligible
  • Must obtain and maintain the Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC) within one year of employment.
  • May be subject to random counterintelligence-scope polygraph examinations during employment


The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See: for OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by 11/23/2020

Applicant must have directly applicable experience that demonstrates the possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies necessary for immediate success in the position. Qualifying experience may have been acquired in any public or private sector job, but will clearly demonstrate past experience in the application of the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Specialized experience required for this position is: Comprehensive knowledge of the concepts, theories, principles, and procedures associated with OPSEC policies and procedures; knowledge of budgeting, contracting, procurement functions to provide authoritative recommendations for modification of security budget resource allocation and manpower resources; Expert knowledge of OPSEC, in-depth knowledge of Executive orders, DoD directives, and national level security that impact the management and execution of DoD component level OPSEC program.

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:

1. Information Security: Applies knowledge of policies, procedures, and requirements established under appropriate authorities to protect information that, if subjected to unauthorized disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause damage to national security

2. Operations Security:Analyzes unclassified, highly sensitive, and close-hold information to identify sensitive information that could adversely affect mission if revealed to those without a need to know. Advises on the protection of the unclassified, highly sensitive, and close-hold information.

3. Program Security:Employsan array of acquisition and contract security measures to sustain secrecy of highly sensitive USG programs and/or activities. Prevents unauthorized disclosure of national intelligence program information throughout the contract life cycle.

4. Communications: Communicate (i.e., written and oral) rights, responsibilities, management directives, policies, and/or regulations to employees, supervisors, and/or other pertinent individuals.


Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

Additional information

DCSA, as a newly designated Defense Agency is undergoing a multi-year transformation that includes a significant expansion of predecessor agencies' authorities and responsibilities. Mission accretion and associated growth in personnel and resources requires deliberate coordination and planning across operations and support activities to achieve effective outcomes while simultaneously establishing and integrating new activities, initiatives and projects. The new organization will be comprised of nearly 13,000 government and contractor personnel operation throughout the United States and overseas supporting stakeholders across the federal government.

Employees Serviced by DLA: Civilian Federal employees who receive human resources servicing through the Defense Logistics Agency DO NOT need to submit supporting documentation if applying through merit promotion. Your record in Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF) will be used to verify your eligibility. It is your responsibility to ensure the required documents are in your eOPF for verification purposes. If your documents are not in eOPF, you must submit them to the announcement you are applying for at the time of application. Failure to submit all of the documents on time will result in automatic disqualification.

In accordance with DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, veterans preference is not required to be applied when considering candidates with prior Federal competitive or excepted service who have completed a probationary or trial period and have not been separated for cause. Therefore, veterans preference will not be applied to applicants with current federal service, or former federal civilian service meeting the above criteria.

Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

Other Notes:

Re-employed Annuitant: This position does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at:

Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a two-year trial period.

If selected, Federal employees currently serving in the competitive service must acknowledge that they will voluntarily leave the competitive service by accepting an offer of employment for a DCIPS excepted service positions.

If selected, non-DCIPS candidates must acknowledge in writing that the position they have been selected for is in the excepted service and covered by DCIPS.

Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status

All current and former Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive); or similar Notification of Personnel Action documentation, i.e., Transcript of Service, Form 1150, etc.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc.).

Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

The following documents are REQUIRED
1. Your resume:
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the dates of employment (i.e., Month/Year to present).
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
2. SF50:
  • Copy of your latest SF50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive); or similar Notification of Personnel Action documentation.


If selected, additional documentation may be required prior to appointment.

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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