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    The U.S. Department of State is hiring Security Technical Specialists (STS). The salary listed is from the FS Base Schedule Payscale. In most cases, new-hires are paid at 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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    Security Technical Specialists (STS) provide support for and assist in worldwide technical security programs to maintain and provide protection for Department of State personnel and facilities from technical espionage, acts of terrorism, and crime.

    The duties of a Security Technical Specialist (STS) 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 an STS at posts around the world, or in domestic locations. This list is neither exhaustive, nor in priority order:

    • Install and troubleshoot technical security equipment and components.
    • Assist with and/or perform technical surveys, system specifications, and equipment installations.
    • Conduct evaluations of security designs.
    • Conduct inspections and compare security equipment designs to established standards.
    • Prepare “As-Built” drawings.
    • Ensure vehicle barriers, X-ray machines, forced entry ballistic resistant (FEBR) doors, walk-through metal detectors, vehicle arrest systems, explosive detection equipment, and other technical security systems are fully operational.
    • Repair failed systems and performs preventative maintenance of technical security systems.
    • Service facility imminent danger/emergency notification systems.
    • Apply IT best practices to monitor and troubleshoot networking equipment and applications.
    • Travel to overseas embassies and consulates and coordinate technical support trips.
    • Use sophisticated electronic test equipment: oscilloscopes, time domain reflectometers, etc.
    • Manage equipment logistics – shipping, receiving, Bill-of-Materials (BOM) preparation.
    • Oversee and supervise the explosive detection program (EDP).
    • Maintain/Repair electro-mechanical systems using electronic test equipment.
    • Conduct radiation safety checks.
    • Organize workshops, shop tools, equipment, parts, and supplies.
    • Work with host country personnel (local nationals) when required.
    • Test new-generation technical security equipment.
    • Provide technical security support to high level USG officials and Foreign Dignitaries.
    • Manage training programs for various technical security systems.
    • Train security personnel at posts as required.
    • Takes training to maintain and upgrade technical skills.
    • Write technical reports, including engineering security services reports (ESSRs), evaluations of equipment and/or systems, maintenance and/or installation activities, technical field notices, and other documentation as required.
    • Assist in the administration of security contracts. Serve as Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) and as Government Technical Monitor.
    • Supervise regional security technicians when so assigned.
    • Assist in mentoring and evaluating junior STS personnel when so assigned.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - An FSS generally spends the majority 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 an 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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    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/577156400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.