Personnel Security Specialist

Department Of Energy Albuquerque , NM 87102

Posted 2 months ago

  • Duties




A successful candidate in this position will play an important role in accomplishing the national security mission of the Department of Energy. The candidate supports management efforts in developing and implementing systems and procedures to meet programmatic and/or compliance requirements and provides federal oversight of the support service contractor and ensures compliance with rules and regulations.

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This announcement is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Virtual Job fair.

As a Personnel Security Specialist, you will:

  • Evaluate the personnel security program from a programmatic (versus case level) perspective; and analyzes and adjudicates the most complex/serious derogatory cases requiring the highest level of skill, expertise, and knowledge in personnel security.

  • Serve as the Senior Personnel Security Specialist and is the point of contact and subject matter expert in the application and training of one or more adjudicative guidelines.

  • Provide assistance, support, and expert advice to the Supervisory Personnel Security Specialist, the team, and the support service contractor in all areas concerning national personnel security program and its related activities.

  • Research and maintain currency and extensive technical authority and knowledge of the regulations, statutes, orders, policies and processes associated with their assigned guideline(s).

  • Support management efforts in developing and implementing business management systems and procedures to meet personnel security programmatic and/or compliance requirements.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Minimal occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

03 - This position is advertised at the target grade.

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0080 Security Administration

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen.

  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.


  • Compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity which will require that you provide two forms of identification.

  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.

  • More than one position may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

  • Subject to Random Drug Testing

  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test

  • Favorable suitability determination

  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Q Security Clearance



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: To be qualifying, experience must demonstrate knowledge of personnel security programs and laws, regulations, policies and standards that impact personnel security; including the application of adjudicative guidelines.

Examples of qualifying experience include:

  • Implemented national level personnel security policies, statutes, regulations and DOE orders at the local level;

  • Conducted research to obtain authoritative information concerning matters affecting clearance eligibility; conducted resolution interviews to address all levels of security concern; and/or rendered decisions regarding access authorizations for the NNSA.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

  • Knowledge of advanced theories, techniques, and practices in the field of personnel security and HSPD-12.

  • Skill in developing and writing new policies, approaches, implementing instructions and standard operating procedures.

  • Knowledge and skill in the application and training of one or more adjudicative guidelines.

  • Ability to develop issue papers and defend recommended actions, utilize effective leadership skills, negotiation techniques, and conflict resolution methods to address and resolve complex problems related to the personnel security program.

  • Skill in applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques in the development of new procedures and approaches for resolving significant issues or problems.

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Time-in-Grade: You must have completed 52 weeks in a position equivalent to the next lower band, i.e., NQ-02, NV-03, or GS-12.

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 within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


There is no educational requirement for this series. For more information, please refer to OPM 0080 Series Qualification Standards.

For this position education cannot be substituted for experience.

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