Physical Security Specialist

Washington D.C
Oct 19, 2021
Oct 28, 2021
Full Time

The Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) is responsible for the enforcement of laws, regulations, and ordinances for crimes committed on, to, or against facilities owned, controlled, or operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

The Physical Security Specialist will be responsible for conducting security, building, and ground inspections. Incumbent selected for this role should be knowledgeable about physical security protocols, crime prevention through environmental design, intrusion detection, and how to utilize & manage closed-circuit television (CCTV) technologies.

The Metro Transit Police Department has tristate jurisdiction and operates in the District of Columbia, the State of Maryland, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Physical Security Specialist offers a competitive starting annual salary of $75,982. Those who are eligible may receive a higher starting salary up to $115K depending on years of experience and qualifications. In addition, the Metro Transit Police Department offers a rich benefit package to include health, dental, group life insurance, paid holidays, annual and sick leave, a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan and a 401a Plan, tuition reimbursement, flexible spending accounts, and free transportation on Metrobus and rail.


  • A Bachelor's degree in Physical Security or Law Enforcement
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in Security or Law Enforcement
  • Possession of a valid District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia motor vehicle operator's permit issued from jurisdiction of residence or the ability to acquire one on a timely basis.

    The Physical Security Specialist is responsible for conducting physical security risk vulnerability inspections and reviewing facility designs. The incumbent develops and executes physical security standards and procedures. The Specialist provides technical support for camera systems and electronic access control systems.

  • Conducts physical security inspections and surveys, as well as other related activities in compliance with current policy, directives and regulations.
  • Develops and coordinates physical security and crime prevention programs.
  • Facilitates security and safety awareness training for WMATA personnel.
  • Inspects WMATA facilities and ensures that physical security standards are met.
  • Conducts preventative maintenance inspections of WMATA security equipment and systems to avoid costly repairs. Submits repair requests and conducts follow up inspections to ensure repairs are satisfactorily completed.
  • Assist in the review of various construction plans to ensure that physical security measures and access control technologies are properly incorporated into the all plans. Ensures all security measures comply with the standards outlined in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design.
  • Visits WMATA construction sites to inspect buildings and grounds ensuring that sufficient and appropriate security technologies are installed and deployed at existing and new facilities, in compliance with plans, policies and regulations.
  • Reviews and makes recommendations for various levels of access to WMATA properties facilities and specific rooms based on role and duties performed.
  • Conducts security procedures training for WMATA Special Police Officers and Contract Security Officers.
  • Reviews and analyzes current and proposed physical security technologies to ensure that the most up to date technologies are incorporated into the design of new and rebuilt facilities. Coordinates with IT Cybersecurity regarding these technologies as needed.
    The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

    Evaluation Criteria:

    Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.
    Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Personal Interview
  • Skills Assessments
  • Verification of education and experience
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Successful completion of a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening
  • Review of a current Motor Vehicle Report
    Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a Federal contractor, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists. Our hiring process is designed to be accessible and free from discrimination.

    This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.