Security Specialist

Rosslyn, Virginia
Dec 04, 2021
Dec 08, 2021
Full Time

  • Serves as the principal action officer on the entire spectrum of DS security responsibilities in the assigned regional area to assure that the services provided by the RD Office are current, timely, and adequately support diplomatic/consular posts.
  • Prepares briefing papers relating to the security posture of overseas posts for use by decision-makers prior to inspections of overseas posts.
  • Reviews and evaluates security programs and operations at posts providing policy, planning, and budgetary guidance. Remains informed on security matters to advise on security capabilities, weaknesses, and threats to people, property and information
  • Participates in professional security seminars, conferences, and meetings in order to share information on overseas security matters, including physical, procedural, personnel, and information security. Briefs/debriefs selected personnel as needed.
  • Develops Department instructions, cables, correspondence, and memos on all phases of operational security matters.


Conditions of Employment

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application. NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement. Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions, per 5CFR 300, Subpart F.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
  • Experience evaluating and assessing the security environment at overseas posts and developing appropriate mitigation strategies.
  • Experience reviewing, analyzing and evaluating security surveys and other relevant data to provide comprehensive guidance and recommendations to decision-makers.
  • Experience coordinating budgetary and other resource requests related to the management and administration of security programs.

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-14 position.


See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

Additional information

For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or .

If eligible, telework and remote work agreements may be permitted with supervisory approval. Please note that any approved remote work arrangement is subject to the locality pay area of the alternative telework worksite.

If eligible, applicants to this announcement may be referred to other positions in other Bureaus/Offices in the Department that may require a higher security clearance.

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Federal Employees:

As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021, or before appointment or onboarding with the Department of State, if after November 22. The Department of State will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement

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