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Job Title:Security Specialist

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Department of Energy

Job Announcement Number:DOE-HQ-HS-14-00188-CR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$124,995.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, April 23, 2014 to Tuesday, May 06, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Germantown, MD View Map


All U.S. Citizens


Q - Sensitive




About the Agency

This position is located in the Office of Enforcement and Oversight, Office of Security and Cyber Evaluations within the Office of Health, Safety and Security.
The Office of Security and Cyber Evaluations (HS-44) is responsible for the independent evaluation of the effectiveness of safeguards and security policies and programs throughout the Department, including protection of special nuclear material, protection of classified and sensitive unclassified information, and foreign visits and assignments. The office develops and validates reports that identify findings, issues, and opportunities for improvement. It also performs follow-up reviews to ensure corrective actions are effective and that complex-wide studies of issues and generic weaknesses in safeguards and security are appropriately addressed.
A successful candidate in this position will serve as a senior security analyst in the Protection Program Management (PPM) topical area. The purpose of the protection program is to ensure that DOE security interests are provided the appropriate degree of protection from theft, sabotage, and other hostile acts that may cause adverse impacts on national security or the health and safety of DOE and contractor employees, the public, or the environment. The incumbent evaluates site security management practices related to the planning process; budget process; organization and staffing; program direction; personnel security; and control systems.


  • 25% or Greater
  • Travel is required approximately 30% of the time for a period of 2 weeks at a time that results in being away from home for approximately 3 to 4 weeks over a 3-month inspection cycle.


  • No


  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Relocation is at your own expense.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.


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As a Security Specialist, you will:

  • Collaborate with senior DOE staff and comparable level contractor representatives in the implementation of the DOE Safeguards and Security (S&S) oversight program.
  • Serve as the Office's expert in security system modeling, the vulnerability analysis (VA) process, personnel security and-the subsequent development of Site Safeguards and Security Plans (SSSPs).
  • Lead teams of DOE and contract technical experts on a regular and reoccurring basis in the conduct of protection program management inspections, reviews, and special studies at DOE and NNSA facilities and laboratories nationwide.
  • Plan, lead, and coordinate inspections in the PPM and other topical areas and participates as the team's expert in these topical areas.
  • Provide program direction and guidance to ensure a highly effective Protection Program Management team capable of integrating DOE, NNSA, and site specific requirements with contractor performance evaluation and assurance systems to produce a cohesive comprehensive evaluation of protection program management performance.
  • Develop or contribute to significant portions of inspection reports which support strengths and weaknesses resulting from the inspection activities.


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A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience for this position is defined as experience in  
the protection program management specialization (i.e., topical area) and comprehensive knowledge of the full range of nuclear safeguards and security legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures, and the problems associated with their application at DOE sites and facilities.
Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You are NOT required to provide a separate narrative written response. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. 

1.  Knowledge of regulations and directives in the Protection Program Management topic area.
2.  Ability to plan, direct, and evaluate DOE and DOE contractor physical protection programs, and to serve as a topical area expert in DOE or interagency reviews for resolving problems in existing nuclear defense security systems and programs requiring innovative solutions, and to effectively interface with participants, managers, and other staff. 
3.  Knowledge of  of the general field of security inspection and review theories, survey and assessment methods, and practices required to effectively evaluate the status of the Department's S&S programs.
CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.
You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

For this position education cannot be substituted for experience.

The incumbent will be required to travel travel approximately 30% of the time for a period of 2 weeks at a time that results in being away from home for approximately 3 to 4 weeks over a 3-month inspection cycle.
Eligible candidates for this position must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance. The duties and responsibilities of this position require that the incumbent have access to documents and/or material containing Secret Restricted Data which are related to sensitive issues. Therefore, the position demands the highest degree of public trust and requires that the incumbent possess a DOE "Q" Clearance.
This position has also been designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to testing for illegal drug use. The selectee must test negative prior to being appointed to this position and will be subject to random testing thereafter. Failure to pass or refusal to take subsequent tests could result in non- selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the Federal service.


We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements.  If you meet the qualifications requirements and are found to be among the top candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.
If your résumé is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.
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  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period or a background investigation.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration regulations. To learn more about this requirement, visit the Selective Service website's Who Must Register page.


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete online application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish the application. Our application system displays a deadline timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.
Steps to submit a complete application:
  1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
  2. You must have a completed résumé. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded résumés and require that you have a completed résumé within your USAJOBS profile using the Résumé Builder (click the link for more information).
  3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the Apply Now button.
  4. You must respond to all application assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  5. You will then be asked to upload supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to): transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and other supporting documents.
  6. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process--YOU ARE NOT DONE YET! You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received. Your USAJOBS status page may show a complete application even if you have not fully completed the final step of the application process.
If your résumé does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Résumé Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail
If you cannot apply online because of a disability, please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.


  • ALL APPLICANTS: Résumé supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • Current/former Federal employees: Most recent Standard Form 50 (SF). To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show series, grade, and position type occupied.
  • Displaced Federal employees: ICTAP/CTAP documentation.
  • Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
  • Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.


Dena Richards
Phone: 202-834-5069
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: dena.richards@HQ.DOE.GOV
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
Human Resources Office
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


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