Director of Court Security & Emergency Planning

Richmond, Virginia
Mar 04, 2021
Mar 11, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


Are you interested in a position that protects and serves the people and facilities of the federal Judiciary? If so, this is an excellent opportunity for an innovative, resourceful individual with a background in security or emergency planning to join the Court family. A college degree is required. This is a new position that presents a unique opportunity for the individual to serve as the principal security expert for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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The nature of our business requires that courthouses be accessible, which makes them vulnerable to random acts of violence. Therefore, Courts must have proper security procedures, technology, personnel, and architectural features to protect the safety of the people and property within and around the Courts, as well as the integrity of the judicial process. While there is no one solution, emergency management plans are required and must involve collaboration with law enforcement offices, emergency agencies, and governing bodies.

The Director of Court Security & Emergency Planning (DCSEP) serves as the principal security expert for the Court of Appeals. The DCSEP also serves as a resource for other court units throughout the Fourth Circuit. The DCSEP is a member of the Space and Facilities Department, but he or she will be expected to work with colleagues from other departments on security-related matters.

The Fourth Circuit prides itself on being a collegial and collaborative organization as well as an overall exemplary place to work. The ideal candidate has excellent interpersonal skills, unquestioned integrity, and is committed to serving and protecting our people and facilities.

  • Lead representative to security committees throughout the circuit. Delivers security solutions as well as evaluates solutions presented.
  • Advises judges and court leadership on the implementation of security measures.
  • Coordinates emergency and security responses with the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), the Federal Protective Service, the General Services Administration, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement and emergency services agencies.
  • Assists with the coordination of security issues on major construction and renovation projects.
  • Coordinates and monitors responses with the USMS on matters of judicial security, including home intrusion detection systems, security escorts, after hours security, and security coverage for events.
  • Develops and implements emergency preparedness plans for appellate court units. Plans and conducts training and drills. Assists other courts throughout the circuit with the same.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or necessary.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
30 - If hired at CL-29, there is promotion potential to CL-30.


Conditions of Employment

Applicants must be citizens of the United States or meet requirements under current law. Federal Judiciary employees serve under "Excepted Appointments," and are thus "at-will," and as such, can be terminated with or without cause. Employees are subject to the Judicial Code of Ethics and Conduct, which is available to applicants for review upon request. All applicant information is subject to verification. The appointment to the position is provisional pending a suitability determination by the Court based on the results of an FBI background investigation, which includes fingerprinting, that is updated every five years. Employees are required to use Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) for payroll deposits.

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, to withdraw the job announcement, or to fill the position sooner than the closing date, if a closing date is shown; any of these actions may occur without any prior written or other type of notice.


Required Qualifications
  • CL-29: Four (4) years, or CL-30: Six (6) years full-time specialized experience.
  • Bachelor's degree in Homeland Security, Court Security, Criminal Justice, Emergency Management, Emergency Preparedness, or related field.
  • Understanding of the general law enforcement environment, site and judicial security issues, and first response protocols.
  • Familiarity with security systems and standards.
  • Experience developing and implementing emergency preparedness plans.
  • Highly developed and proven leadership, management, and negotiation skills.
  • Must always manifest the highest degree of professionalism, courtesy, and diplomacy; have excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills; and unquestionable integrity.
  • Ability to work independently and in team settings as well as the ability to manage multiple priorities and situations.
  • Work is performed in an office setting with occasional travel. Duties may require working outside of normal business hours.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Certification as an IAEM Emergency Manager; a FEMA Professional Continuity Practitioner or Master Continuity Practitioner, or other national or state-recognized authority; or accreditation as a Certified Protection Professional.
  • Experience in or working knowledge of the Judiciary.
  • Experience advising judges or high-level managers in matters of emergency preparation and during emergencies.
  • Experience organizing drills and training.


Bachelor's degree in Homeland Security, Court Security, Criminal Justice, Emergency Management, Emergency Preparedness, or related field.

Additional information

This announcement can also be viewed on the Fourth Circuit's website at .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants will be evaluated based on the requirements listed in the Qualifications section and the information provided in the How to Apply section.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

No documents are required at the time of application submission other than those listed in the How to Apply section. However, the successful candidate will be required to show I-9 documents.

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.