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Position: Physical Security Specialist (Journeyman - Compliance Specialist)
Type: Full Time
Location: Arlington, VA
Reports to: ARMADA HQ
Security Clearance: Secret

Travel: 25%

Duties & Responsibilities:
The individual serves as a Compliance Specialist with responsibility for overseeing a broad range of compliance activities associated with the planning, design, and construction of major projects affecting and related to the physical security of U.S. diplomatic facilities and related buildings and residences, compounds, as well as renovations, rehabilitations, and modifications. The scope of the work is broad and consists of providing security oversight and coordination for building projects, renovations, and modifications to existing Departmental facilities abroad, monitoring compliance with established physical security standards at building sites, recommending priorities for physical security projects, and providing expert physical security advice and guidance to posts on a wide and varied range of compliance issues. The work provides guidance and advice to project managers and construction managers in OBO on physical, security standards and Overseas Security Policy Board (OSPB) policies applicable to overseas diplomatic missions and their implementation in projects.

  • Examine, evaluate, and extend guidelines to a considerable degree in order to ensure strict compliance with physical security policies and standards in the design, construction, rehabilitation, and related physical security projects of buildings and compounds at overseas posts.
  • Research and identify the need for new or updated policies and standards to meet changing requirements and continually improve the effectiveness of physical security measures.
  • Continually appraise physical security programs and operations at regional posts and assesses adherence, through physical security survey evaluations and inspections.
  • Maintain thorough familiarity with the rules and regulations governing the safeguarding of national security information, protection of personnel and diplomatic facilities as defined in the Department of State rules and regulations, OSPB standards, policy memoranda, and applicable public law.
  • Provide physical security oversight and coordination for U.S. diplomatic facilities abroad within an assigned geographic region. Provide assistance and guidance in recommending approval regarding the adequacy and appropriateness of security measures based on conformance with standards applied to specific projects affecting these facilities.
  • Recommend, implement, and ensure enforcement of all pertinent foreign affairs manuals, handbooks, and applicable legislation on the protection of diplomatic facilities.
  • Ensure compliance with appropriate OSPB requirements and be sufficiently conversant to impart guidance that ensures compliance and proper implementation.
  • Provide expert technical guidance and advice to OBO project managers and construction managers, planners, architects, etc. on the implementation of physical security standards and policies.
  • Review and recommend approval for all project drawings, plans, and documents for conformance to security standards and policies affecting diplomatic facilities.
  • Review assigned diplomatic construction projects to identify physical security needs to ensure the integrity of each project. Identify broad range of critical and complex physical security issues and recommends modification as required to ensure compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Evaluate physical security policies and procedures in response to a variety of physical security issues, changing design requirements, and evolving overseas security conditions. Research, analyze, and recommend establishment of standards and criteria that will achieve the best overall protection for U.S. government assets, personnel, and mission profiles at overseas posts.
  • Stay proficient with emerging developments in the physical security discipline. Research, evaluate, and recommend adoption of new developments that will enhance efforts to reduce physical security risks at overseas facilities and ensure compliance with standards.
  • Establish and maintain liaison and serve as the focal point of the coordination and communication with appropriate Department bureaus and offices, overseas posts, and interested foreign affairs and intelligence agencies.
  • Participate in working groups to identify, examine, negotiate, and resolve security mandates, concerns, and issues.
  • Review and prepare responses to all incoming correspondences and cables (classified and unclassified), waiver/exception requests, and inquiries from U.S. diplomatic facilities and foreign affairs agencies, RSO, Ambassadors, et al, regarding physical security standards compliance at posts. The Contractor shall write comprehensive technical reports and memoranda on physical security compliance-related topics. 
  • Apply risk management methodology to assess post threat levels against security standards, continually balancing security costs against risks and creating vulnerability assessments of overseas diplomatic facilities as well as locations deemed soft targets.
  • Maintain appropriate documentation for each security project in accordance with both federal and PCD records management policies and produce project milestone reports.
  • Remain well-versed in the implementation of, and provide advisement on, state-of-the-art physical security technology, including vetted systems and related devices certified by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security countermeasures program including vehicle anti-ram barriers, forced-entry and ballistic resistant walls, doors, and windows, blast mitigation (e.g., window fragmentation countermeasures), and shatter-resistant window films.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

  • Mastery of physical security principles, methods, and practices as applied to the planning, design, review, and construction of multi-use buildings and compounds, located at sites around the world where the protection of people, information, and property is paramount.
  • Substantive experience as a member of a design and construction team as it pertains to the construction or renovation of diplomatic facilities. Previous multitasking experience is essential to oversee and support multiple complex and diverse security-related projects overseas.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience involving U.S. diplomatic facilities ranging from embassies, consulates, other foreign affairs buildings, and residences ensuring stringent compliance with applicable security requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to read, write, and comprehend in English, at a 4th year college level equivalent, technical documents, memorandums, reports, and power point and develop and present ideas and solutions to physical security challenges in accordance with applicable regulations.
  • Ability to conduct comprehensive physical security analyses, evaluate compliance, and enforce physical security standards.
  • Ability to meet and work effectively with a variety of levels of Department bureaucracy and other agencies to develop cooperation and understanding necessary to support security program objectives.
  • Familiarity with roles and responsibilities of foreign affairs and intelligence agencies and the interrelationships at U.S. diplomatic facilities to ensure compliance with appropriate and applicable regulations governing the protection of these facilities, personnel, and information.
  • Ability to diagnose, isolate, and resolve critical and complex physical security problems associated with the physical security standards that govern the building, planning, design, and construction phases.

Minimum Education:
BS/BA in a related field preferred, but not required. 

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work to be performed. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of the employee assigned to this position. 

Special Notes: Relocation is not available for these jobs.

ARMADA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. ARMADA complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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