Security Specialist

U.S. Department Of State Washington , DC 20319

Posted 4 days ago

  • Duties

HelpDuties Summary

This position is located in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research (INR). The incumbent serves as a Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary and manages the Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) adjudicative review for the Department of State. The Bureau of INR is the lead organization for the management of SCI from member agencies of the Intelligence Community (IC) and for the management and supervision of designated special access programs (SAP).

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  • Manages the program of review for adjudication cases with sensitive issues, concerns, or problems that require substantive reviewagainst criteria established for the protection of national security.

  • Serves as an expert Security Advisor to the Head of the Intelligence Community Element (HOICE) for SCI security policy and the SCI Adjudicative Program.

  • Keeps abreast of Intelligence Community, Department of of State, INR and Diplomatic Security policies, plans, initiatives, and development that impact the protection of SCI.

  • Assists with the development of long range plans and policies for enhancing the efficiency of SCI security operations.

  • Recommends SCI access suspensions or terminations to the Head of the Intelligence Community Element (HOICE), the INR Assistant Secretary, in coordination with the INR Senior Security Advisor.

  • Reviews and recommends approval or disapproval of all SCI nomination requests for Department of State employees, contractor , and detailees in coordination with the INR Senior Security Advisor.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    0080 Security Administration

  • Requirements

HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.

  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

  • Obtain/maintain eligibility to access Sensitive Compartmented Information

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.

If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

Time-In-Grade Requirements:
Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions, per 5CFR 300, Subpart F.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
1.Experience adjudicating personnel security and suitability for individuals requiring access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI).
2.Experience implementing and administering security policy and practices as they apply to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI).

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-14 position.


See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

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Security Specialist

U.S. Department Of State