Security Specialist
Department Of State - Springfield, VA

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This position is located in the Project Management Engineering Branch (PME), Facilities Security Engineering Division (FSE), Office of Security Technology (ST), Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS). PME is responsible for coordination of project schedules and priorities, review and approval of technical designs, development of bill of material, coordination of funding, and collaboration with other offices. The incumbent serves as the DS/ST/FSE/PME Special Project Program Manager to plan and manages the design, engineering and installation of DS approved facility security equipment.
This is a non-status, non-permanent position. You do not acquire a competitive or excepted service status from this position.


U.S. Citizenship is required.

Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.

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

Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.

Overseas travel may be required; Medical clearance is required.

  • Serves as advisor on the design, engineering and installation of Diplomatic Security approved facility security equipment.
  • Plans, manages, implements and evaluates assigned technical security equipment and systems projects.
  • Researches and investigates the development and implementation of new technology, and its integration.
  • Conducts physical and technical security program evaluations and plans and recommends the installation of multi-layered security systems.
  • Verifies all technical security systems are installed free of defect under existing Diplomatic Security installation standards and regulations.
Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

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 with design, engineering, and installation of facility security equipment such as explosive detection equipment, millimeter wave, video motion detection technology, and automated access controls.
  • Experience providing advice and guidance on development and integration of technical security equipment installations/ upgrades.
  • Experience researching development and implementation of new technology and integrating such advanced new technology with existing security practices within facilities.
  • Experience managing physical and technical security projects to include forecasting resource requirements, analyzing and identifying potential problems, developing project schedules, and overseeing staff/contractors.
There is no substitute of education for
specialized experience for the GS-13 position.


Your application will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your education (if applicable), experience, and training that is relevant to the duties of this position. If you are found minimally qualified for the job, your application package will be further evaluated to determine your possession of the critical knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics stated in this announcement. Your responses to the job specific self-assessment questionnaire will be validated against your resume to determine if you meet the qualification requirements for this position. Your resume must provide enough detail to fully support your answers to the questionnaire. Applicants found to be among the top candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

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

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics and must be supported by information in your resume:

1. Expert knowledge of state of the art physical and technical security practices, procedures, and systems.
2. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
3. Mastery knowledge of technical security design practices.
4. Ability to manage a wide range of security programs to interpret and apply security regulations.

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and in order to fully evaluate your application it must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510) Your resume must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. You may receive credit for unpaid or volunteer experience on the same basis as paid experience, provided it is directly related to this job. Failure to identify the required experience in your resume will result in loss of consideration. To receive proper credit, your resume must include: (1) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to the position; (2) examples of the specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work for each job listed; (3) actual time spent in such activities (percentage of time worked in each position); (4) beginning and ending dates of employment (dates must be listed with both month and year for qualifying purposes); (5) frequency worked (i.e., daily, monthly, etc.); (6) number of hours worked; and (7) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). This information must be clearly identified in your resume. For tips on writing your resume, please visit

Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100.
Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement.
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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.

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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