Security Specialist (Physical Security Specialist)

Washington, D.C
Jan 22, 2022
Jan 30, 2022
Full Time

Prepares guard force, maintenance and new implementation of security equipment (cameras, intercoms, digital recording systems, turnstiles and detection equipment) contract specifications and establishes general office performance standards and instructions.

Coordinates the activities of the contract guard force assigned to the Bureau of Prisons' (BOP's) Central Office.

Must obtain certification as the Contract Officer Representative (COR) and monitor the contract for security to ensure compliance and the BOP's interest is not compromised.

Develops and implements a training program to ensure employee compliance with BOP policies and procedures as it pertains to physical security.

Reviewing authority for contractor files and security policies and practices generated by Government Accountability Office (GAO) and/or Congress.

Maintains liaison and close personal work contact with members of the security staff, contract guards and other designated representatives, Main Department of Justice (DOJ) Building Manager, local fire and police department representatives, Federal law enforcement officials, etc.

Assists with overseeing the administration of six regional sites for security logistics.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • See Special Conditions of Employment Section.

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP eligibility, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: Click Here


To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements:


GS-11: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

Graduate Education: Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.

GS-12: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience for this position.



GS-11 and GS-12: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in federal service. To be creditable, this experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular qualifications to successfully perform the duties of the position, and must typically be in or related to the position to be filled.

Some examples of this qualifying experience are:

  • Experience/assisting in developing, refining and implementing security programs such as key control, equipment accountability and readiness, and training programs specific to security procedures.
  • Experience working with and knowledge of BOP policy/procedures specifically in the area of Correctional Services and how the policies relate to the operation.
  • Experience/assisted in coordinating and providing security for institutional operations such as inmate escorts, responses to emergencies, and emergency preparedness.
  • Experience working with outside stakeholders and contractors in ensuring policy and procedures are met while addressing appropriate equipment needs.
  • Experience with electronic equipment used to provide institution security.

  • Experience developing, refining, and implementing security programs such as crime prevention, physical computer security, control of building entrances, and effective use of keys, security devices and entrance badges.
  • Experience working with and knowledge of BOP policy/procedures specifically in the area of Correctional Programs/Services and how the policies relate to the operation.
  • Experience coordinating and providing security for special events.
  • Experience working with a contract guard force ensuring compliance to the contract and resolving problems associated with the guard force.
  • Experience with electronic surveillance equipment used to provide security to BOP occupied areas.

If applicable, credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as number of hours worked per week) spent in the activities.

**Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.**


See Qualifications Section for education requirements, if applicable.

ONLY if education is a requirement/substitution for specialized experience, applicant MUST upload legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically linked from USAJOBS at the time you apply and MUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable). All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, Click Here .

Foreign Education: For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. Department of Education website: Recognition of Foreign Qualifications .

If you are selected for this position and qualified based on education (i.e. basic education requirement and/or substitution of education), you will be required to provide an OFFICIAL transcript prior to your first day on duty.

Additional information

This position IS NOT included in the bargaining unit.

The representative rate for this position is $98,818 per annum ($47.35 per hour).

Special Conditions of Employment Section:

Initial appointment to a supervisory/managerial position requires a one-year probationary period.

The incumbent is subject to geographic relocation to meet the needs of the agency.

Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a urinalysis, physical, and background investigation. All applicants are subject to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit checks.

The addresses listed on the USAJOBS account/resume must be the primary residence at the time of application. You may be required to provide proof of residence.

Additional selections may be made if vacancies occur within the life of the certificate.

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. The agency 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.

Current Federal Law Enforcement Employees:

Individuals selected who are under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and who have not had three years "primary" law enforcement retirement coverage, will not be covered by law enforcement retirement while in this position. To regain coverage, individuals must return to a position with "primary" coverage.