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    The U.S. Department of State is hiring Security Engineering Officer (SEO) based on the needs of the Department.  The salary listed is from the FS Overseas Comparability Pay rate ($50,714 to $74,474).  The Department of State offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package. Joining the Foreign Service is more than just salary.

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    Foreign Service Security Engineering Officers (SEOs) are responsible for the protection of Department of State personnel, facilities, and sensitive information from acts of crime, terrorism, and technical espionage. The Department carries out this mission at over 275 embassies and consulates around the world, offices in the metropolitan Washington, DC area and Fort Lauderdale, FL.  

    The duties of SEOs vary according to the size of the post and the requirements of the specific diplomatic mission. The following are examples of the types of duties and responsibilities assigned to SEOs. This list is neither exhaustive, nor in priority order.

    -- Administer and manage technical and information security programs, projects, and resources worldwide.

    -- Conduct technical security assessments and recommend security upgrades to deter terrorism and technical espionage.

    -- Plan and conduct technical surveillance countermeasures (TSCM) surveys to detect and nullify technical penetrations of Department of State facilities.

    -- Identify security risks, analyze and manage those risks, and specify system requirements and procedural measures to ensure the integrity of stand-alone computers and network information systems.

    -- Plan and conduct certification tests, as well as maintain the security requirements for information processing and secure conferencing facilities.

    -- Produce a variety of written documents including well-crafted management memoranda, trip reports, telegraphic communications with posts, and engineering surveys or technical service reports detailing specific engineering services planned or performed.

    -- Perform extensive travel throughout the world to service overseas embassies and consulates, often in remote locations, including the transport of technical supplies and materials (and on occasion, diplomatic pouches) by vehicle, airplane, train, and public transportation.

    -- Specify, design, maintain, evaluate, procure, install, and certify equipment, and/or products for technical security systems, such as:

    • Closed-circuit television, emergency notification systems, radio-frequency (RF) communications systems, intrusion detection and alarms, locking devices, access control and denial systems, countermeasures equipment, and acoustic/RF attenuation technologies.
    • Computer systems/encryption, firewalls, computer forensics, network intrusion monitoring and prevention, and system security audit products.

    -- Engage in work that can, on occasion, be dirty and /or physically demanding.

    -- Evaluate a wide variety of equipment, systems, and products for security vulnerabilities.

    -- SEOs are considered “essential personnel’” and are on call to provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


    The beginning base salary for a SEO is FP-6, step 14. (The maximum starting salary is limited to the FP-6, step 14. Salary is non-negotiable.)  The salary received while in initial training, and while assigned overseas, is based on the Overseas Comparability Pay salary table.  Salary received while assigned to the D.C. area is based on the Washington, DC salary table.  The salary tables may be found at:  www.state.gov/m/dghr/pay.   Information on Benefits may be found at:  https://careers.state.gov/work/benefits/fss/.  For more information, please contact DSRecruitment@state.gov.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - An SEO generally spends about half of his/her career assigned to the Department of State’s overseas missions and at times, lives away from family and/or in difficult or isolated conditions. Selected applicants will be notified of a Written and Oral Assessment (OA) requirement in Washington D.C. For selected applicants, all travel and other expenses incurred in connection with the OA are the sole responsibility of the applicant.

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