Physical Security Specialist
Department Of State 166 reviews - Washington, DC

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This is a non-status, non-permanent position. You do not acquire a competitive or excepted service status from this position. This position is located in the Uniformed Protection Division, Office of Domestic Facilities Protection, Office of Domestic Operations, Diplomatic Security Service, Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The incumbentwill be responsible for monitoring and overseeing Uniformed Protection Officer security operations at assigned Consular Affairs Passport Office facilities to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of operations and compliance with established policies and procedures.


Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.

U.S. Citizenship is required.

  • Plans and conducts surveys of new facilities/sites to determine security needs, security system and equipment requirements, uniformed officer space requirements, and other aspects of the facilities/sites that affects Uniformed Protective Officer operations.
  • Conducts site inspections of Uniformed Protective Officer forces at Passport Office facilities to review operational activities and conditions.
  • Assures that all physical security systems at assigned facilities are properly maintained and needed repairs are made in a timely manner.
  • Provides technical and supplemental guidance on general Uniformed Protective Officer policies, directives, and orders.
  • Reviews duty logs, identifies security problems and nationwide trends, and recommends appropriate corrective actions.
  • Maintains liaison with Passport Office Uniformed Protective Officer site supervisors.
Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized
experience equivalent to the GS-12 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 reviewing security operations at facilities to identify and resolve security problems or discrepancies.
  • Experience providing guidance on physical security, security system maintenance and repairs, and uniformed officer security operations, policies, and procedures.
  • Experience conducting inspections and surveys of facilities and security system equipment to determine security needs and providing written reports on findings.
  • Experience serving as a liaison to other facility security personnel.
There is no substitute of education for
specialized experience for the GS-13 position.



Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

1. Knowledge of physical security requirements at facilities to include access control, intrusion alarms, and locks.

2. Knowledge of security guard operations and procedures to review and monitor security operations.

3. Knowledge of physical security system equipment installation, maintenance, and repairs.

4. Ability to plan and coordinate technical and logistical activities to ensure operational readiness of all security systems at assigned facilities.

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration. For tips on writing your resume, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center.

Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100.

If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this job opportunity. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.
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The Bureau of Diplomatic Security has a program that allows personal services employees to be reimbursed for their health insurance premium costs that they incur during their period of performance. The program pays up-to-5% of the employee’s base salary or up-to-50% of the insurance premium cost (not to exceed 5% of a GS-15/Step 10 salary equivalent) towards either an individual policy or a family policy. To be eligible for this Health Insurance Reimbursement Program, the employee must provide proof of insurance coverage and the cost of the premium for which s/he is responsible.

All official international travel will require MEDEVAC insurance prior to departure. This insurance will be reimbursed in full upon proof of insurance coverage and cost.

Former Military Service and Annual Leave Accrual Rates:
Personal services employees entering on duty with prior military service can credit their years of uniformed military service for higher annual leave accrual rates. Please submit a copy of your most recent DD-214 form for consideration of higher annual leave accrual rates.


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