Sr. Physical Security Specialist

Rockville, Maryland
Oct 22, 2021
Oct 29, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in The Office of Administration (ADM), Division of Facilities and Security (DFS), Security Management and Operations Branch (SMOB)

The supervisor is Denis Brady.
This position is Non Bargaining Unit and requires occasional travel.
This position is subject to Confidential Financial Disclosure reporting requirements.

This position is not subject to security ownership restriction reporting requirements.

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The Sr. Physical Security Specialist will assist the Chief, Security Management and Operations Branch (SMOB), in development, direction, coordination and administration of the NRC Facilities Security Program, which involves the safeguarding of NRC classified and sensitive unclassified matter at NRC Headquarters, regional offices, contractor, licensee and other facilities coming under the NRC Security Program.

The Facilities Security Program includes physical security measures, to include guard forces; conducting security surveys and inquiries; approving security plans, personnel identification and access control systems; occupant emergency planning; handling of classified and sensitive unclassified matter; managing the insider threat program and providing various other agency-wide security support functions to include executive protection at NRC hearings and meetings in the Washington, D.C. area and other locations around the country. Represents the NRC on government security committees.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Analyzes threats and makes recommendations on needed security equipment, methods, procedures, and systems to mitigate any existing threats.
  • Work with the NRC Region Security Advisors to devise and maintain protective systems that provide maximum security with the least interference to NRC missions and functions.
  • Conduct surveys and analyses to identify critical and vulnerable facilities or sites and threats against them.
  • Prepares written reports and assessments and make recommendations for corrective action.
  • Design, inspect, analyze, and evaluate security systems.
  • Review, interpret, and implement Executive Orders, DoD and other agency policies, inter-Agency guidance, and local procedures related to assigned program areas.
  • Implement and enforce policies and procedures designed to safeguard national security, safeguards, and other sensitive information.
  • Review security incidents; analyzes reports of security incidents prepared by office security staff; and drafting memoranda to the affected office and recommended corrective actions.
  • Prepares briefings and reports for Agency senior leaders, higher-level managers, contractors, and peers.
  • Represents the NRC and establishes liaison with other government agencies, industry personnel and local law enforcement personnel to maintain an awareness of any security threat to NRC operations.
  • Assist in the administration and coordination of the NRC Occupancy Emergency Program and Continuity of Operation Plans.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel up to 25%.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.

You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.


In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GG-13) in the Federal Service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector:

Specialized Experience: experience that demonstrates knowledge of the U.S. Government National Industrial Security Program, principles and practices of physical security, threat assessment and emergency preparedness; technical expertise in interpreting regulations/policies on security, emergency management, and/or safety and continuity of operation plan issues.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:
  • Demonstrated interdisciplinary knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of physical security and through knowledge of interagency security committee standards and best practices for the protection of Federal facilities. Provide previous experience in design and certification of secure rooms, perimeter intrusion detection systems and access controls. Demonstrate prior experience conducting official inquiries requiring coordination between multiple law enforcement agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability in the application of physical security principles, methods, and tools to support actual decision making with respect to safety and security or operational issues for complex security systems such as access controls for Federal Identity, Credential and Access Management (FICAM) compliance, closed circuit television (CCTV) systems to meet interagency security committee standards and/or designing security systems for floors or buildings.
  • Knowledge of NRC rules and (Federal) regulatory requirements, policies, practices, and programs applicable to facility security, information security, industrial security, and occupant emergency planning. Experience in responding to facility emergencies and performing duties outlined in the occupant emergency plan.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and conduct complex and innovative occupant emergency and safety exercises. Including the ability to develop and implement successful approaches to problem solving and conflict resolution with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex technical issues, especially those associated with Federal facilities security, occupant emergency planning, physical security and industrial security, clearly, both orally and in writing.

  • A description of how you possess the specialized experience, as well as how you meet the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate should be addressed in your resume and additional space provided for supplemental response.


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    Although the NRC has operated under full time telework for most staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, the position advertised in this vacancy announcement will not be approved for post-pandemic full time telework and the selectee will be expected to relocate to the stated duty station.

    Based on the staffing needs of the office, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

    The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Individuals with disabilities may contact the Selective Placement Coordinator for assistance with the application or hiring process via Deaf applicants may contact the Disability Program Manager by calling the NRC videophone at 240-428-3217.

    Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an OPM special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority. Veterans, please visit:

    Selectee's will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

    A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver. To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you will need a favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.

    The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in a NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements. If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager. Please keep in mind your resume is of key importance for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Q Access Authorization

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    List of supplemental material that may be applicable:

    If you are a NRC employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available.

    If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.

    Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service; Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; SF-15 Form and related documentation; VA letter.) You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at

    All supplemental documents will now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

    1. Use the "USAJOBS" feature to download documents from your USAJOBS portfolio; or
    2. use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer. The following types of documents can be uploaded: .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pdf, and .doc; or
    3. use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.

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