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Defense Security Service SECURITY SPECIALIST in Linthicum Heights, Maryland


Incumbent will serve as a Security Specialist (Personnel Vetting Course Instructor) at the Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE) in Linthicum, MD.


As a SECURITY SPECIALIST you will be responsible for the following duties: Under the direction of the vetting training branch chief and a curriculum manager, plans, coordinates, and controls personnel vetting-related training courses, products, and services throughout development, delivery and maintenance for security professionals of the Department of Defense (DOD), including its military personnel and industrial contractors, the DCSA, other federal agencies, and selected foreign governments. Serves as a recognized authoritative consultant and provider of personnel vetting training for personnel vetting overall for the protection of national security assets and performance of sensitive duties as set forth in SecEA, SuitEA, and DOD requirements. Coordinates and presents personnel vetting security training via resident, mobile, or virtually delivered training platforms. Provides research and advisory services to the DOD regarding the management, integration, and application of personnel vetting security program policies and procedures supporting instructional programs, products, and services. Represents DCSA and CDSE in professional organizations, on national committees, and at federal working groups related to personnel vetting enterprise program requirements, proposals, and challenges.


Conditions of Employment


The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See: OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by 04/22/2021 Applicant must have directly applicable experience that demonstrates the possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies necessary for immediate success in the position. Qualifying experience may have been acquired in any public or private sector job, but will clearly demonstrate past experience in the application of the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience required for this position is: Experience serving in a Personnel Vetting Role such, as a personnel security specialist, adjudicator, background investigator, or security manager. Extensive experience applying enterprise-wide Personnel Security/Vetting principles, policies, and procedure. Experience developing, implementing and evaluating a variety of training products and training delivery methods to include instructor-led, e-learning, Virtual Instructor-led, or performance support tools. Practical knowledge of instructional system design methodology principles and CDSE training products and services. Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills, to include public speaking. Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies: 1. Communications Communicate (i.e., written and oral) rights, responsibilities, management directives, policies, and/or regulations to employees, supervisors, and/or other pertinent individuals. 2. Personnel Security Applies personnel security principles and methods to process initial clearances, periodic re-investigations, and clearance upgrades/downgrades, and to complete the adjudication and appeals processes. Evaluates internal and external security clearance requests and ensures applicant's actions are consistent with regulatory requirements. Analyzes and reports on clearance and appeals findings to senior security officials and makes appropriate notifications. 3. Security Education and Awareness Develops, administers, and maintains curricula and materials on the full range of security principles and practices. Conducts and tracks security and counterintelligence awareness briefings and debriefings. 4. Strategic Thinking Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment that takes into consideration the environment, resources, capabilities, constraints, and organizational goals and values. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks and contingencies, recognizing the implications for the organization and stakeholders.


Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

Additional Information

DCSA, as a newly designated Defense Agency is undergoing a multi-year transformation that includes a significant expansion of predecessor agencies' authorities and responsibilities. Mission accretion and associated growth in personnel and resources requires deliberate coordination and planning across operations and support activities to achieve effective outcomes while simultaneously establishing and integrating new activities, initiatives and projects. The new organization will be comprised of nearly 13,000 government and contractor personnel operation throughout the United States and overseas supporting stakeholders across the federal government. VETERANS PREFERENCE/CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL

In accordance with DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, veterans preference is not required to be applied when considering candidates with prior Federal competitive or excepted service who have completed a probationary or trial period and have not been separated for cause. Therefore, veterans preference will not be applied to applicants with current federal service, or former federal civilian service meeting the above criteria. Other Notes:

Must attain and maintain the CDSE Instructor Certification at the Basic levels within 24 months of initiation of the Instructor Certification Program. Must successfully attain and maintain the DoD Security Professional Education Development Program (SPeD), Security Fundamentals Professional Certification and Security Asset Protection Professional Certification within 24 months of being hired. Re-employed Annuitant: This position does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at: Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a two-year trial period. If selected, Federal employees currently serving in the competitive service must acknowledge that they will voluntarily leave the competitive service by accepting an offer of employment for a DCIPS excepted service positions. If selected, non-DCIPS candidates must acknowledge in writing that the position they have been selected for is in the excepted service and covered by DCIPS. Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status. All current and former Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive); or similar Notification of Personnel Action documentation, i.e., Transcript of Service, Form 1150, etc.