Supervisory Security Specialist

Washington, D.C
May 16, 2021
May 18, 2021
Full Time


This serves to amend the closing date of this position to read: 5/17/21

This position is located in the Department of Commerce, Office of Security, Washington, District of Columbia. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the National Security Information (NSI) and Industrial Security Program Manager, playing a leading role in developing policies and ensuring compliance in nationwide National Security Information and Industrial Security Programs.

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The selected candidate will manage day-to-day operations of Classified National Security Information (NSI), Industrial Security, Communications Security (COMSEC), and Operations Security (OPSEC).

Major Duties include, but are not limited to :
  • Managing the Classified National Security Information (NSI) Program, providing definitive technical expertise on all matters related to Classified National Security Information. This includes conducting inspections and investigations related to the proper protection of NSI and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI); managing the Department-wide annual self-inspection program for proper handling and storage of classified information; overseeing the declassification of NSI and after-hours inspection programs; and implementing policies, procedures, and standards for the Department's security programs that deal with the protection of Classified National Security Information.
  • Managing the Communications Security (COMSEC) Program to ensure safeguarding of classified material.
  • Managing the Industrial Security Program, including managing all classified contracts under the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM).
  • Managing the Operations Security (OPSEC) Program, protecting government information by identifying, controlling, and protecting information.
  • Collecting, analyzing, and presenting metrics and data to include those from the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO).
  • Advising senior-level officials on matters related to Classified National Security Information, Industrial Security, and Communications Security by providing guidance on regulations that impact Department organizations.
  • Directing the work of subordinate staff and performing supervisory responsibilities that include assigning work, establishing performance criteria and standards, evaluating performance, providing technical and administrative advice and assistance as needed, resolving complaints and grievances, providing staff development plans, and taking disciplinary actions.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
  • A probationary period may be required.
  • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • License required: No
  • Pre-employment physical required: No
  • Bargaining Unit Position: No
  • Financial Disclosure: If you are hired, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) within 30 days after appointment and periodically thereafter.
  • Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable. (
  • This position is subject to pre-employment drug testing and random drug testing thereafter.
  • This position requires a Top Secret-SCI clearance. Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.


Specialized experience: ZA-IV (GS 13/14) - You qualify for the ZA-IV grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the ZA-III or GS-12 grade level in the Federal government, performing the following duties:
  • Serving as a principal advisor and implementer on security concepts, principles, practices, and requirements related to Classified National Information Security, Industrial Security, Communications Security, and Operations Security disciplines;
  • Planning, organizing, and conducting analyses, studies, and evaluations; and
  • Applying expertise with Classified National Security Information programs, practices, procedures, and regulations to conduct multi-faceted security management responsibilities.
NOTE: Experience: Your resume must support your claim of experience or you may be found ineligible.

Time-in-Grade Requirements: Under competitive merit promotion procedures, any individual who is currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under a non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet "time-in-grade" requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade of the grade for which you are applying). Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to current employees applying for a Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. NOTE: All current or former Federal employees must provide a copy of their SF-50 (you may need to submit more than one), "Notice of Personnel Action" that indicates proof of status and time-in-grade eligibility. The SF-50 must include your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure (1 or 2), and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).

NOTE: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). 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. For work in the federal service, include the grade level for the position(s).


Education may not be used or combined to qualify for this position.

Additional information

Promotion Potential: This position is at the full performance level.

The Band 4 is equivalent to the Grades 13/14 on the GS pay scale.

Supervisors are eligible for supervisory performance pay, increasing their salaries by up to six percent higher than the maximum rate of their pay bands (achievable through pay for performance increases only).

This is a supervisory position. Under provisions of the Civil Service Reform Act, first time supervisors and/or managers will be required to serve a 1-year probationary period. You may also be required to complete an appropriate supervisory training course within one year of assignment to this position.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Commerce requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for a TOP SECRET/SCI clearance as a condition of placement in this SPECIAL SENSITIVE position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

Telework: This position is not 100% telework and the incumbent will be required to report for physical duty periodically. There is no set schedule for telework/physical work as it is subject to change based on current projects and workload.

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions (you must submit a DD214-member copy 4).

Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Career Transition Assistance Program: This program applies to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP or ICTAP; 2) will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100 ; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. Well-Qualified includes those applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. For information on eligibility criteria and required documentation, go to:

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
  • Knowledge of resources, regulations, principles, and practices in Classified National Security Information, Industrial Security, Communications Security, and Operational Security to plan and implement security programs.
  • Ability to manage a National Security Information Program and deliver products and services to ensure the protection, transmission, storage, destruction, and accountability of Classified National Security Information.
  • Skill in developing, analyzing, revising, and implementing security policies and other subject matter material to meet mission requirements and improve security programs.
  • Ability to direct and supervise an organizational unit with a focus on delivering high quality customer service and achieving results through an outcome-based approach.
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing in order to accurately and clearly present information to senior officials.
Based on your responses, you will receive a score from the Assessment Questionnaire. Those applicants who meets or exceeds the cut-off score will be referred to the hiring manager and may be called for an interview. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.

If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you will be removed from consideration or your score will be lowered.

Due Weight will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards in accordance with 5 CFR 335.103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager.

For Competitive Merit Promotion and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Applicants: The highest rated candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

For Noncompetitive Appointment Eligibles: All qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link:

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your resume showing a detailed description of your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates with the month and year and hours worked per week (if less than 40) for each paid and non-paid work experience job title listed. FOR WORK IN THE FEDERAL SERVICE, INCLUDE THE GRADE LEVEL FOR THE POSITION(S).
2. Other supporting documents ( only submit if applicable to you) :
  • Are you claiming veterans' preference? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 or other (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or notice form. Those applying for 10-Point preference must fill out the SF-15 and provide an official document dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, and/or any other associated documentation based on your preference. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions.
  • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP/CTAP)? If so, submit:
    • A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;
    • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action'', documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
    • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
    • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
  • Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
    • Position title;
    • Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee);
    • Agency; and
    • Beginning and ending dates of appointment.
  • Are you a current or former federal employee?
    • A copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action'' documenting tenure, position occupied & highest grade/step is needed. You may need to submit more than one SF-50 to demonstrate that you meet time-in-grade requirements. Recommended SF-50s include: promotions and step increases (within grade increases).

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