Applicants must be U.S. citizens between the ages of 20 and 59.
Superior Oral and Written Communication Skills: In order to pass the Foreign Service’s thorough and competitive assessment process, successful candidates must consistently meet a high standard for English, both written (overall structure as well as grammar, spelling and punctuation) and spoken (overall structure as well as delivery, clarity and succinctness). Those who fall short of this standard will have little chance of passing through the Foreign Service’s highly competitive assessment process.
Prior to appointment, Security Technical Specialist candidates must undergo a thorough background investigation to determine eligibility for a TOP SECRET security clearance and suitability for appointment to the Foreign Service and undergo an extensive medical examination to obtain a Class 1 medical clearance for worldwide service.
In addition, Security Technical Specialist candidates must meet supplementary physical standards to include, but not limited to, additional vision and hearing requirements. The standards for the Security Technical Specialist position can be found at http://careers.state.gov/resources/downloads in documents entitled “DS supplementary physical qualification standards (http://careers.state.gov/resources/downloads/downloads/diplomatic-security-supplemental-qualification-standards).”
Some of the essential functions of the job have a physically demanding component. For instance, when installing or repairing technical security equipment, a Security Technical Specialist is periodically required to perform work that requires regular and recurring periods of prolonged standing, bending, and stretching. A Security Technical Specialist is required periodically to climb ladders and work from heights in performing the essential duties. Other essential duties of the job may involve recurring lifting of moderately heavy equipment and tools. Related activities may include crawling, maneuvering, and working in cramped spaces as well as the occasional moving and transporting of diplomatic pouches.
The Office of Medical Services will conduct or arrange for a physical examination of each applicant offered a position to ensure that the candidate meets the physical and medical requirements necessary to perform the essential functions of the job and can meet the standards required for a worldwide medical clearance. In addition, candidates must have vision that is correctable to 20/20 in one eye and 20/40 in the other, no color blindness, adequate night vision, and good peripheral vision. In addition, candidates must be able to hear whispers at 15 feet with no loss of greater than 30 decibels at 500, 1000, or 2000, Hz level.
Worldwide availability, tolerance of intensive world travel, living away from family, and working and living in difficult and/or isolated conditions.
High School Diploma/GED (required)
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE
Applicants may substitute educational achievements for specialized experience. Each time period of related formal academic, technical, vocational, or trade school education may be substituted for the equivalent time period of specialized experience up to a maximum of two years.
Qualifying educational experience may be one or more of the following:
- An associate’s degree in any electronics or electro-mechanical specialty
- Vocational or military training in any electronics or electro-mechanical specialty
- Formal job-related classroom training, equipment manufacturers’ schools, etc.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal job requirements for this position if the applicant can show that foreign education is comparable to education received in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for Federal jobs. To view how foreign education is evaluated for federal jobs, please visit http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have at least 3 years of specialized experience which demonstrates the ability to troubleshoot and repair electronic, electrical, and/or electromechanical systems and equipment, and is supported by work experience in this discipline.
QUALIFYING SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
Examples of expertise include the following:
- Reading, interpreting, and drawing electrical, electronic, and electromechanical schematics
- Reading and interpreting building plans (blueprints)
- Troubleshooting, maintenance, repair and installation of AC power distribution systems, motor-generators
- Troubleshooting, maintenance, repair and installation of motors, motor controls, disconnects, relays
- Troubleshooting, maintenance, repair and installation of low voltage DC electronic systems
- Troubleshooting, maintenance, repair and installation of low voltage DC electromechanical systems
- Use, repair, and/or calibration of electronic test equipment – meters, oscilloscopes
- Bench repair of electronic, electrical, and electromechanical equipment to the component level
- Troubleshooting, maintenance, repair and installation of mechanical and electromechanical locking systems – electronic strikes, locks
- Troubleshooting, maintenance, repair and installation of pedestrian and vehicular access control systems – door controls, vehicle barriers / arrest
- Troubleshooting, maintenance, repair and installation of closed-circuit television systems (CCTV) systems – monitors, cameras, switches
- Troubleshooting, maintenance, repair and installation of metal detectors – hand held, walk through
- Troubleshooting, maintenance, repair and installation of radio communications systems, voice and digital communications networks
- Troubleshooting, maintenance, repair and installation of Intrusion Detection Systems – alarms, detectors, sensors
- Troubleshooting, maintenance, repair and installation of Public Address Systems – emergency notification systems, intercoms
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Candidates will be evaluated on their total background including experience, education, awards, training and self-development as it relates to the position. Part-time work experience will be prorated. Candidates will be initially evaluated through an online application screening. Those applications which rank at or above the determined cut score will be further evaluated to confirm that they meet the minimum qualification requirements. Selection for this position will be made only from among candidates possessing the best qualifications. Candidates invited to the assessments will then be evaluated through written and oral assessments.
The Foreign Service selection process may be lengthy, multi-staged, and due to the limited number of appointments available, highly competitive. It commences upon receipt of the candidate’s application materials and will continue until the candidate is appointed from a list of eligible candidates (a process which can sometimes take as long as a year or more), or the candidacy is terminated.
Those who have successfully gone through the selection process will be required to obtain the following:
- A Top Secret security clearance
- A valid Class 1 medical clearance and supplementary medical requirement pertaining to hearing and vision requirements
- Pass a final suitability review
Once all clearances are received, candidate names are added to a rank-order Register. Candidates can improve their standing on the register by obtaining additional points for qualifying veterans preference and / or proven language ability as determined by the Foreign Service Institute. More information on these two points, as well as the clearance process, is available on our website at http://careers.state.gov/specialist/selection-process. Selection for this position will be made only from among those candidates possessing the best qualifications. Incomplete packages will not be considered.
Application materials become the property of the Department of State and will not be returned. Failure to adequately substantiate education and work experience by virtue of documentation and verification will result in termination of your application for the position of Security Technical Specialist.
Professional-level speaking ability in a foreign language is welcome, but not a requirement for applying. However, the applicant must be willing to be trained by the Department of State in a foreign language to meet a job requirement or expectation. These will be important considerations in the competitive promotion process. To preview questions please click here.