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Job Title: Security Specialist, GS 0080-7/9/11 (Open to All US Citizens)
Company Name: FBI
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Post Date: 10/01/2020
Expire Date: 12/31/2020
Job Description
Security Specialist, GS 0080-7/9/11 (Open to All US Citizens)

Relocation expenses will be borne by the selectee.

Job Posting Title - Security Specialist (Open to all U.S. Citizens) - Washington, DC and Huntsville, AL

Are you interested in a career supporting investigative and intelligence operations at America’s premier national security and law enforcement agency?

As a Security Specialist, you will provide direct support and service to the administration of the FBI Security Program.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is looking for Security Specialists for the CCRSB Cyber Division, Counterintelligence Division, Counterterrorism Division, Criminal Investigative Division, Directorate of Intelligence, Finance and Facilities Division, IT Enterprise Services Division, IT Branch Executive Staff Section, Laboratory Division, Security Division.

All U.S. Citizens may apply.  Please see below for specific Division locations.

Locations are for both Washington, DC, Huntsville, AL. This is NOT a DC to Huntsville posting. Selectees will report directly to the location in which they are selected with no cost assistance provided.

This posting will close on October 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST.

Questions regarding this posting should be addressed to FBI_HQStaffing@fbi.gov

Division Descriptions

CCRSB: The mission of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch (CCRSB) is to prevent, investigate, and defeat criminal activity and cyber threats and respond to incidents worldwide.

Counterintelligence Division (CD): The mission of the Counterintelligence Division is to defeat hostile intelligence activities targeting the United States. CD is located in Washington, DC

Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG):  The mission of the CIRG is to respond to and assist FBI field divisions in both pre-crisis planning and response to critical incidents and major investigations; to provide expertise in crisis management, negotiations, technical and tactical operations, behavioral assessment, surveillance and aviation; to provide enterprise-wide situational awareness and maintain a platform for critical interface and the dissemination of strategic information; and to present training programs in areas of expertise to FBI field offices, federal, state and local, and international partners.

Counterterrorism Division (CTD):  The Counterterrorism Division's mission is to lead law enforcement and domestic intelligence efforts to defeat terrorism.

Criminal Investigative Division (CID): The mission of the Criminal Investigative Division is to protect the American people from harm and uphold the Constitution of the United States.  CID is located in Washington, DC

Cyber Division (CD): The Cyber Division’s mission is to neutralize the cyber threat, using predictive means and investigative partnerships to impose consequences on nation-state and criminal actors while protecting the freedom, privacy, and civil liberties of United States citizens.

Directorate of Intelligence (DI): The Directorate of Intelligence's mission is to provide stragetic support, direction, and oversight to the FBI's Intelligence Program, and its vision is to drive the complete integration of intelligence and operations within the FBI. The DI carries out these functions through embedded intelligence elements at FBI Headquarters and in each field division.

Finance and Facilities Division (FFD): The mission of the Finance and Facilities Division is to improve financial and facility portfolio management and logistics       services in order to provide responsive customer service in support of the FBI’s mission. FFD is located in Huntsville, AL

IT Branch Executive Staff Section:  The mission of the ITB is to design, build, operate, and maintain world-class information technology that is forward-leaning, operationally-focused, and customer service-based in support of the FBI's worldwide law enforcement and intelligence missions.

IT Enterprise Services Division (ITESD):  The mission of the ITESD is to enable the FBI mission by providing first-class IT customer services and enterprise cybersecurity.

Laboratory Division (LAB): The mission of the Laboratory Division is to apply scientific capabilities and technical services to the collection, processing, and exploitation of evidence for the FBI and other duly constituted law enforcement and intelligence agencies in support of investigative and intelligence priorities. LAB is located in Huntsville, AL

National Security Branch (NSB):  The mission of the NSB is to detect, deter, and disrupt national security threats to the United States and it's interests.

Operational Technology Division (OTD):  The mission of the OTD is to deliver technology-based solutions which enable and enhance the FBI's intelligence, national security, and law enforcement operations.

Security Division (SecD): The mission of the Security Division is to provide security services to protect people, information, and facilities, enabling the Bureau and its partners to succeed. SecD is located in Washington, DC and Huntsville, AL

Working Hours: Will vary depending on Division needs

Security Division Working Hours:  Shiftwork days, evenings or nights

Travel:  Will vary depending on Division needs

Salary (Base)
GS-7:  $37,301.00 - $48,488.00
GS-9:  $45,627.00 - $59,316.00
GS-11: $55,204.00 - $71,764.00

Full Performance level: GS-11

Key Requirements
Must be a U.S. citizen
Must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) clearance may be required. If so, certain disclosure forms will be required.

Mission Statement  The mission of the FBI is to protect the American People and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Major Duties

As a Security Specialist you will:

•    Perform security work using policies, practices and methods of security administration.
•    Review requests for investigations concerning security clearances, requirements and violations.

GS-09: (In addition to the above):
•    Participate in security compliance reviews, surveys and inspections of all FBI space maintaining NSI and other sensitive information.
•    Assist in preparing security plans and procedures while maintaining historical records, directives, executive orders, and other related documents and databases.

GS-11: (In addition to the above):
•    Initiate work through Bureau indices checks, arrest records, CIA checks, and electronic surveillence checks.
•    Participate in inspections of Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities and areas designated as secure areas for the processing and storage of SCI and classified material.

Qualification Requirements

Applicants can qualify for GS level based on Specialized Experience (SE), Education, or a combination of both as outlined below.

Your application will be evaluated for Specialized Experience (SE) and/or Education, compared to your responses to the online assessment questionnaire, and will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements for each GS level. If you meet all qualification requirements, and are deemed Competitive, you will be referred to respective hiring managers for further consideration. Self-assessment that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents, will eliminate you from Competitive status.

Applicants must meet ALL requirements by the closing date of this job posting.

Specialized Experience (SE)

In order to qualify based on Specialized Experience (SE) alone, you must possess the SE below for the various GS levels. Please ensure all specialized experience can be identified in your resume.

GS-07: Applicant must possess at least one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS-05 grade level, as defined below:
•    Experience working with indices systems, various record check systems, and file review processes in order to develop and extract accurate information relative to the subject.
•    Experience communicating factual and procedural information as it pertains to security administrative matters.

GS-09: In addition to the above, applicant must possess at least one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS-07 grade level, as defined below:
•    Applying policies and procedures of security investigative matters.
•    Conducting security interviews and briefings in order to prepare analysis.

GS-11: In addition to the above, applicant must possess at least one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS-09 level, as defined below:
•    Reviewing, analyzing and resolving security issues to protect personnel, data and facilities.
•    Analyzing investigative reports to develop information regarding security vulnerabilities; develop leads; and propose recommendations.


Education may be substituted for SE, and all degrees must be from an accredited college or university. Transcripts are required when qualifying based on education.

GS-07: Applicant must have a bachelor’s degree with superior academic achievement of a GPA of 3.0 or higher as recorded on an official transcript, or one (1) full year of graduate level education.

GS-09: Applicant must have a master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

GS-11: Applicant must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements provided you can show foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

Position Skills

As part of the application process, you will have the opportunity to identify particular skills that relate to the position. If you possess any of the listed skills, please ensure you select those skills on your application.
Hiring managers will have the ability to filter for the skills needed to successfully perform the function of the position. Please ensure any skills you selected can be identified in your resume. If your identified skills match those skills required by the Hiring Manager(s), you will be deemed Most Competitive.

How to Apply

For detailed instructions related to applying, uploading documents, withdrawing an application or updating your application, please review instructions on How to Apply. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this posting. If applying online is a hardship, please use the contact information listed in the job posting prior to the closing date for assistance.

Required Documents

To apply to this position, interested applicants must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:
•    Your resume, specifically noting relevant work experience and associated start and end dates
•     A complete assessment questionnaire
•    Other supporting documents (if applicable):
•    College transcripts, if qualifying based on education or if there is a positive education requirement
•    Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50
•    Most recent Performance Appraisal; not applicable to current FBI employees
•    Veterans: DD 214; Disabled Veterans: DD 214, SF-15, and VA letter dated 1991 or later

What to Expect Next

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The Most Competitive candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of your status throughout the process.

Additional Information

•    The FBI is in the Executive Branch of the federal government. It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is the principle investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service.
•    Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and polygraph. You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation.
•    Failure to provide necessary and relevant information required by this vacancy announcement may disqualify you from consideration. Additional information will not be requested if your application is incomplete. You application will be evaluated solely on the basis of information you have submitted.
•    Management may select any grade for which this position has been announced.
•    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.
•    If you are hired, you will be required to serve a two-year probationary period. Probationary employees are precluded from being considered for all job opportunities until 12-months of their two-year probationary period has concluded. Probationary Employees may be considered for competitive vacancies that are advertised within their respective division or field office after serving 90 days within the FBI.
•    Memorandum of Understanding: Work performed outside assigned duties (that would not normally be documented on an SF-50, i. e., back-up duties), has to be documented in detail by an immediate supervisor in order to receive full credit for amount of time worked in that position. If no documentation is furnished no credit will be given for time worked in that position. The following notations must be specified in the documentation (Memorandum of Understanding):
        a. Percent of time worked in the particular position (cannot conflict with main duties)
        b. The month/year work began
        c. Frequency worked (i.e., daily, monthly, etc.)
        d. Specific duties performed
Attach the Memorandum of Understanding to your application in the “Cover Letters and Attachments” section of My Career Tools on the Careers Home page. Please upload the attachment as type “Other.”

Veterans' Preference

If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume and application. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.


Nepotism is the act of favoring relatives in the hiring process, and is prohibited by law. Public officials are prohibited from hiring or promoting relatives or relatives of officials in their chain of command, as well as actively or indirectly endorse a relative’s appointment or promotion.

During the hiring process, all selected candidates and FBI hiring managers will be required to certify they are not related to anyone involved in the hiring process.

Reasonable Accommodation Request

The FBI provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please notify the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs (OEEOA) Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Program by either e-mail at REASONABLE_ACCOMMODATIONS@ic.fbi.gov, telephone at 202-324-4128, or FAX at 202-324-3976.  Your request will receive an individualized assessment.
This e-mail address is only for reasonable accommodation requests.  Please do not submit your application and/or any questions unrelated to reasonable accommodations.  Should any applications be received, they will not be forwarded for consideration during the hiring process.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise prohibited by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.

The FBI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:  http://www.opm.gov/insure/new_employ/index.asp

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