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Job Title:Security Specialist (Physical)

Agency:Securities and Exchange Commission

Job Announcement Number:12-DE-724505-BS

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$56,011.00 to $127,198.00 / Per Year


Thursday, September 27, 2012 to Thursday, October 11, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Do you want to perform challenging work in a collegial environment, while enjoying quality of life and a competitive compensation package? Invest in your career at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)! To find out more, go to

The SEC's mission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The agency seeks high-caliber professionals who share the same values of integrity, fairness, accountability, resourcefulness, teamwork, and commitment to excellence.

The SEC offers a number of exceptional enhanced pay and benefits plus the standard Federal benefits:

  • The SEC also has a Student Loan Repayment program for permanent employees. Up to $10,000 a year (60K cap) in student loan repayments for those who meet program criteria.
  • Paid dental insurance and vision insurance.
  • Increased agency subsidy for health insurance which supplements your health benefits premiums by $25 for self-only coverage, and $50 for family coverage.
  • Mass transportation subsidy up to $120 per month.


To find out more, go to


This position is in the Office of Support Operations (Security Services) located in Washington, DC.


The Office of Security Services (OSS) is responsible for serving the Headquarters Office and all Regional Office locations on matters including personnel and physical security, safety, emergency management, background investigations and Continuity of Operations (COOP).  OSS develops and maintains policies and procedures to promote and implement security program principles, practices and criteria in accordance with Federal statutes and regulations.  Additionally, OSS manages the HSPD-12 and National Security programs at the SEC.


Salary Ranges: SK-09 - $56,011 - $81,540

                     SK-11 - $67,772 - $106,125

                          SK-12 - $81,225 - $127,198



  • This position is open to all U.S. Citizens.


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Major Duties:


Serves as action officer and technician for physical security, public safety, facilities protection, continuity of operations and emergency management strategic policies, procedures, and requirements of the Commission. Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively and clarifies information as needed. Demonstrates written and briefing skills, to include briefing SEC staff members, officials of Federal, state and local law enforcement and public safety agencies, and key members of the Commission on pertinent issues. Shares information and knowledge to get results and builds effective networks and alliances. Provides recommendations on the most economical methods of achieving goals and objectives. Explains necessity for changes to processes. Clarifies new procedures and provides guidance in the application of new physical security, public safety, facilities protection, continuity of operations and emergency management guidelines. Responds to formal and informal inquires as well as evaluates and prepares comments on legislation to determine impact on the SEC's physical security, public safety, facilities protection, continuity of operations and emergency management programs.


Demonstrates basic knowledge of Federal physical security, public safety, facilities protection, continuity of operations and emergency management programs including the ability to apply related regulatory requirements. Promulgates necessary regulations, policies, and procedures needed. Identifies and analyses problems. Plans and carryout assignments, selecting methods and approaches on own initiative, while keeping supervisor informed of progress and potential controversies. As a security and public safety official, facilities protection, continuity of operations and emergency management action officer, assist in the development of studies, technical reviews, decision support materials, and reports to support innovative and cost effective strategies while working with the supervisor and staff members to ensure a best practices approach to reaching cost effective solutions. Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise. Weighs relevance and accuracy of information to recommend alternative solutions.   Assist in the reviews of processes, analyses, and comments on assigned program actions, transactions, and instruments for compliance with applicable laws, procedures, policies, authorities, delegations and existing regulations, pertinent clauses in the documents, and sufficiency of documentation for the proposed action.


Assist in the day to day operations of SEC physical security, public safety, facilities protection, continuity of operations and emergency management programs. Assist in the development of new insights into situations by staying current to changing threat and risk levels and environments. Adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected events or threats. As directed by the supervisor plans and manages resources by using program management and acquisition lifecycle approach to contracting recommendations for equipment, technical capabilities or resources (from market research to contract close-out). Formulates, plans, and budgets based on forecasted requirements, to include managing risk and conducting trade-off analysis reducing organizational impact due to changing requirements/conditions. Formulates objectives and priorities and implements plans consistent with long-term interests of SEC. Demonstrates analytic capability through developing and using metrics to track progress. Makes program adjustments as needed for continuous improvement.


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All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at


SK-09 level: Applicant must have one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS/SK-07 level which includes reviewing and initiating preliminary checks of physical security information; using knowledge of physical security principles, methods, processes and procedures to meet suitability determinations; utilizing physical security databases for physical security investigations.


Successful completion of a master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D., that is related to the position.

SK-11 level: In addition to the specialized experience listed for the SK-09 level, applicant must have one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS/SK-09 level making recommendations on establishment, modification or revision of existing policies and procedures for the conduct of suitability investigations.


Successful completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M., that is related to the position.

Combination of education and experience for the SK-09 and SK-11 level: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.

SK-12 level: In addition to the specialized experience listed for the SK-11 level, applicant must have one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS/SK-11 level using a knowledge of securities principles and practices to independently analyze and resolve complex physical security problems; adjudicating reports of investigations to determine whether to grant, deny, suspend or restrict security clearances; and developing and implementing policy, standards and procedures for physical security programs.

*In addition to the qualifications listed above, applicants must meet the following Mandatory Selective Factors.  Applicants must have received this training prior to the opening date of this announcement and the applicant must have possession of the certificate.

Formal training as an Emergency Program Manager; Formal training in Special Events and Contingency Planning for Public Safety Agencies; Formal training in the Incident Command System (ICS) for Public Safety Agencies; Formal training in Hazardous Materials and Radiological Emergency Management for Public Safety Agencies.

Note: Applicants who wish to substitute education for the specialized experience must provide copies of unofficial or official transcript(s).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Your qualifications will be further assessed based on the following KSAs: 

  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
  • Knowledge of security and emergency management programs.
  • Ability to use analytical methods and techniques in data analysis.




Important Notes:

1. Application procedures are specific to this vacancy announcement. Please read all the instructions carefully. Failure to follow the instructions may result in your not being considered for this position.

 2. To be eligible for Federal employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

3. Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.

4. This position has promotion potential to the SK-12.

5. PROBATIONARY PERIOD: This appointment requires completion of a one-year probationary period. During this time period, employee's conduct and performance will be monitored in order to determine if employee will be retained.

6. SECURITY CLEARANCE: Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. Favorable results on a Background Investigation may be a condition of employment or selection to another position.

7. PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS): Moving expenses are not authorized.

8. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

9. This position is not bargaining.


Information for veterans:  You may be eligible to receive preference in appointment.  For more information please visit:

Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees:  For information on how to apply through the Interagency Career Transition Assistance program (ICTAP) see  To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must meet the Well Qualified criteria of the rating scale for this position.


BASIS OF RATING:  Candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements for this vacancy will be rated according to the Category Rating Procedures. This means that candidates will be assigned to a pre-defined quality category based on their application and veteran preference. Generally, only candidates in the top quality category will be referred to the hiring manager.

Individuals with veteran's preference will be placed ahead of other applicants within the rating category to which they are assigned. Preference-eligible veterans who have at least 10 percent compensable service-connected disability, and who have met the basic qualification requirements, will be placed ahead of other applicants in the highest category.


There will be three quality categories: Highly Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified. 


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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.   Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


The SEC welcomes applications from qualified individuals with disabilities. 

If you may be eligible for non-competitive hiring under Schedule A because you have a severe disability, please send an email to  Include the vacancy number for the position you are inquiring about in the subject line.  Provide a brief description of your qualifications in the email and the status of your application.  Do not attach files to your email. 

For information about Schedule A hiring in the federal government under the authority in 5 Code of Federal Regulations section 213.3102(u) see


Any applicant who needs a reasonable accommodation for disability to participate in the application process should send the request to  Subject line of email must be: Applicant Accommodation Request.  Send the Applicant Accommodation Request at least 5 business days in advance of the date you will need the accommodation. 


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package.

All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, Thursday, October 11, 2012 to be considered.

Please follow the instructions listed below for submitting the Occupational Questionnaire, Résumé, and Required Documents. Please read all instructions before you begin. You are solely responsible for the delivery of your materials. We cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, etc.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 724505.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



For this job announcement the following documents are required:

1. Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire

2. Résumé

3. Transcripts, unofficial or official (if  you are using education to qualify)

4. For Veterans: DD-214; For Disabled Veterans: DD-214, SF-15 and VA letter dated 1991 or later (if you are claiming veterans preference)


Buddy E. Smallwood
Phone: (202)551-7442
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
100 F Street NE
Washington , DC


After a review of your résumé, required documents and assessment questionnaire is complete, you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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