• Security Specialist III

    Job Location
    # of Openings
    Security Clearance
    Active Secret; Active Top Secret Preferred
    Percentage of Travel Required
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Analyze all information received for security packages to determine if an appropriate type of request has been submitted that it is consistent with suitability and security requirements relative to the type of position to be filled and its sensitivity level.


    • Obtain any necessary clarification and/or resolves discrepancies with the Requesting Official
    • Review security questionnaires and identify whether all necessary information has been provided for the proper scoping of the case per the appropriate investigative standards required to support the type of security action and/or investigation request made
    • Apply guidelines and policy as they are associated with the office Pass Thru Adjudication process
    • Contact Requestors and/or applicants for any additional information required or to resolve discrepancies in the information provided
    • Evaluation of information that is received to the DS PSS Directors box and routing to the correct office with the office as well as liaison with PSS Adverse Division to ensure that reports are responded to and addressed under supervision
    • Draft instructional guidance or clarifications of existing procedures, subject to supervisory review, for Human Resources personnel located both domestically and at overseas posts that are responsible for the submission of requests for investigations and clearance actions
    • Assist in control of the Adjudication Restriction program, including routing, decision making, and consulting with Team Leaders and Adjudication Division Chief under supervision
    • Make security clearance and/or public trust determinations and makes recommendations based on their analysis of the investigative records checks in conjunction with the information provided in the security package
    • Work hand in hand with Adjudicators on K27 Acceptability reviews; may track and ensure reports are complete
    • Assist in assuring the suitability for employment or retention of employees in sensitive positions
    • Obtain investigations conducted by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and other certified investigative agencies of agency personnel and grants security clearances and forward recommendations for security clearance denials
    • Review Presidential Case paperwork for completeness as well as updating as requested by the DS/SI Front Office and DS/SI/PSS Office Director
    • Research and conduct preliminary investigations on applicants and prepare documentation to obtain security clearance
    • Resolve any discrepancies in data pulled from the queries versus what is contained in an individual’s security file documents
    • Work cooperatively with established counterparts in other agencies and within the Department of State
    • Make contact routinely via email, telephone, and in person with applicants as well as with persons within the Bureau of Diplomatic Security or the Department of State (DOS) regarding the security clearance of an applicant, including program managers responsible for substantive subject-matter programs or their designated representatives, Human Resources analysts, and other security specialists in field or headquarters locations
    • Apply guidelines and policy as they are associated with the office Pass Thru Adjudication process under supervision
    • Provide official liaison with other federal agencies for the conduct of investigative and clearance verification requests, which support inter-agency visits and reciprocity clearance actions
    • Utilize special handling procedures for cases involving Presidential and political appointees, as well as other designated cases that have highly time-sensitive hiring requirements
    • Follow established security measures and guidance for the handling of classified material, material from sources who request confidentiality, and material that includes reports/information from other agencies that are restricted from being released without permission from the originator
    • Assist in developing criteria for identifying and analyzing trends in security clearance processing problem areas
    • Assist with developing methodologies for ensuring the conduct of timely and sufficient investigations
    • Participate in developing data systems as necessary to respond to management information requirements, and to manage the work of the Office
    • Assist in developing information required by the supervisor for program planning, and in developing policies, procedures and criteria for implementation of national directives and Departmental requirements in the Department’s Personnel Security and Suitability Program
    • Assist in the professional development of lower level specialists and assistants
    • Assist in design, planning, and coordinating or conducting analytical management studies of program policies, organizational structures and operational, or other administrative systems and provide consultation on administrative issues, program planning
    • Provide management support for decision making, recommend policy and promote administrative improvements, conducts or directs analysis of, policy issues affecting assigned department
    • Meet with management to assist in establishing priorities for projects in key areas
    • Determine priorities for evaluation and conduct or coordinate the evaluation of existing or proposed administrative activities for effectiveness, efficiency, and conformity to established or agreed upon guidelines
    • Document, present, and justify program recommendations
    • Draft or review and comment on policies
    • Review and suggest modifications of department goals and objectives, planning, and program activities to improve policy coordination with other departments
    • Ensure follow-up on implementation of recommendations
    • Communicate program and/or administrative policies and procedures and assist in providing training as necessary
    • Review, maintain, and make changes to the Operations team Standard Operating Procedures based on current, ever changing policy and procedure
    • Be responsible for keeping supervisor informed on progress, potential controversial matters and/or developing security issues which may have implications of adverse impact upon the individuals
    • Interpret and apply a number of subject-matter policies and regulations such as those that apply to determining the adequacy of information developed in the course of an investigation located in the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) and Foreign Affairs Handbook (FAH)
    • Use judgment in interpreting, adapting, and applying available guidelines
    • Resolve gaps in specificity or conflicts in guidelines, consistent with stated security program objectives
    • Act as consultant to review and offer guidance for team members in regards to adhering to guidelines and applying policy and regulations
    • Analyze the applicability of guidelines to specific circumstances and works with upper level management in regards to regulatory or procedural changes designed to improve the effectiveness or efficiency of the personnel security and suitability program


    • Education:
      • 2 years of specialized experience performing management improvement studies in areas such as organizational analysis, systems and procedures analysis, records management analysis, space utilization studies, work measurement or work simplification studies, cost benefit analysis, budget analysis
      • OR 3 or more years of experience assisting in planning and carrying out various management improvement studies in at least 1 of the previously listed areas
      • OR A Bachelor's degree
      • Master's degree may be substituted for one year of the specialized experience
    • Required Knowledge/Experience:
      • Three to five years’ experience working with the public
      • Must be familiar with the following:
        • Industrial security
        • Information security
        • Security policy review and research
        • Working group assistance
        • Security training
        • Protection, acquisition, and management of goods and services
        • Investigations and inspections
        • Security program review, development, and implementation
      • Ability to coordinate with other Government agencies and private sector personnel
      • Excellent communication skills in writing and verbal with all levels of personnel
      • Experience with investigating and analyzing unusual security problems, considerations, and issues associated with information and personnel security programs
      • Experience with studying issues and recommending approaches to correct deficiencies or enhance program operations
      • Experience developing systems and procedures tor establishing, operating, and assessing the effectiveness of administrative control systems

    Other Responsibilities

    • Perform other tasks consistent with the goals and objectives of the department/contract
    • Perform other duties as assigned by Sr Program Executive

    Invest in a company that invests in you! Copper River provides its employees with ample opportunities for career growth and development. Tuition reimbursement is offered to help employees further their education and skillset. Other perks include Open Leave, 401k matching with immediate vesting, Medical, Vision, and Dental coverage.


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    Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.


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