Director for Client Security Services

Washington, D.C
Jan 28, 2022
Feb 05, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

As the Director for Client Security Services, you will be responsible for the following (not limited to):

Directing a leading security organization responsible for ensuring the protection of Departmental personnel, facilities, and information.

Overseeing numerous client security service programs and leading a team of 100+ supervisory and non-supervisory specialists, law enforcement officers, and support personnel responsible for a variety of initiatives that provide security solutions and policy oversight/compliance for bureaus throughout the Department.

Assisting the Director and Deputy Director for Security in leading people and organizational development and managing resources effectively to measurably mitigate the security risk to the Department, to include directing a physical security and law enforcement program and applying risk management principles to cost effectively employ various physical security mitigations (contract guards, Federal police, electronic security systems, access controls, etc.).

Providing guidance to top management officials and bureau leadership on security matters.

Developing, revising, and implementing security and law enforcement policies, procedures, standards, and regulations.

Conducting Facility Security Assessments for Department owned and leased facilities.

Establishing and fostering open, collaborative communication with federal, state, local, and international law enforcement agencies, and nurturing relationships with professional associations that will enhance the full range of security programs.

Assisting the Director and Deputy Director for Security in overseeing staff management responsibilities for personnel security, information security and the safeguarding Classified National Security Information, special security, SCIF management, industrial security, communications security, providing guidance to Department bureaus on security matters, and ensuring compliance with security policies and procedures.

Ensuring that Foreign National Visitor/Guest (e.g. Foreign Access Management) processing is conducted in accordance with Department procedure and providing support and training to Department Sponsors to ensure awareness of regulations and procedures.

Supporting the establishment and maintenance of bureau emergency management matters including Occupant Emergency Plans and supporting other continuity and emergency preparedness programs.

Supporting a comprehensive security education and awareness program to enhance employee knowledge of security requirements.

Affording high-level, strategic oversight to nationwide security operations and ensuring the Department's security requirements are directly supported through appropriate administrative, technical, and financial resources with requisite internal controls.


Conditions of Employment

  • 1 year probationary period is required for new appointments to the SES.
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug testing.
  • Background and/or security investigation required.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278 filing within 30 days of hire).
  • All members of the SES are subject to geographic relocation.
  • Federal employees are required to be vaccinated. See details below

Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification (PTQ) and each mandatory Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) listed. This is a traditional method announcement, meaning qualification narratives are required. ECQ narratives must be no more than ten pages total; PTQ narratives should be no more than two pages each. If you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and had your ECQs certified by OPM, then you only need to address each mandatory PTQs, and you do not need to submit ECQ narratives. All other applicants must attach ECQs and PTQs, addressing each ECQ and PTQ separately. You MUST attach supporting documentation with your application. Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Please give a complete and detailed answer for each mandatory qualification. Each ECQ and PTQ are unique qualifications. Therefore, duplicate responses are not sufficient in determining if you meet that specific qualification. Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reader to search within the application or to "See Resume" are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address any of the mandatory ECQs and/or PTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. As a result, you will be rated as "INCOMPLETE".

The selectee is subject to Department approval. Initial appointment to the SES must have ECQs certified by an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board prior to appointment.

OPM must authorize any employment offers made to current or former political appointees Schedule C, or Non-career SES employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political appointees Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office.

U.S. Citizenship is required.


To qualify, applicants must provide clear evidence of progressively responsible executive level leadership experience and office management experience directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed below. An individual's total experience must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The following are the five ECQs and their fundamental competencies. The ECQs were developed to assess executive experience and potential, not to evaluate technical experience. ECQs measure whether an individual has the broad experience needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
(Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
(Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
(Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)

For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at . Example ECQ statements are available at

Professional/Technical Qualifications (Mandatory):

1- Comprehensive knowledge and demonstrated progressive management of multiple security disciplines to include physical security, personnel security, information security, law enforcement/policing, emergency management operations and preparedness, special programs and SCIF management, as well as and continuity of government (COG) and continuity of operations planning (COOP) to effectively reduce security risks for large complex organizations.

2- Demonstrated experience overseeing activities pertaining to establishing and implementing appropriate security policies, standards, and procedures consistent with Presidential Directives, Executive Orders, and the Interagency Security Committee. Also, demonstrated executive level experience ensuring compliance with security matters through supervision, management, and oversight of subordinate staff through well-defined performance standards and metrics.

3- Expert knowledge of risk management and mitigation, strategic security planning, security concepts, principles, practices, and state-of-the-art developments in the security field, and skill in collaborating with high-level audiences and managing diverse personnel to acquire security services, forecast organizational budgets, oversee the development of security programs and align them to the mission, and ensure organizational goals and outcomes are met.


This position does not have an educational requirement.

Additional information

Background Investigation/Clearance: A Top Secret/SCI security clearance is required. Position is designated special-sensitive, requiring that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish security eligibility.

Financial Disclosure: This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees. The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278), within 30 days after his/her appointment, and then annually thereafter.

Qualifications Approval and Probationary Period: Persons newly selected for career appointment to the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Mobility: Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

Drug Testing: Applicants tentatively selected for employment in any position are subject to designated and/or random pre-employment and employment urinalysis. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment and/or removed from employment with the Department of Commerce.

Application materials: The materials you send with your application will not be returned.
Veterans preference and time in grade restrictions are not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service. Competitive status is not required.

-Pay increases and recognition are based on performance, if applicable

SSN: You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) only to initially access and create an account at the OPM USAJOBS website; however, only the last four digits will appear in your resume. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.
Signature: Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.
False Statements: If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. The Department of Commerce is an equal Opportunity employer.