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Physical Security Specialist II – Regional Coordinator (ID# 14648)

Physical Security Specialist II - Regional Coordinator Rosslyn, VA, (ID# 14648)

Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs (CNSP) is a versatile, tribally owned 8(a), SDB providing solutions throughout the U.S. and overseas. CNSP has expertise in a wide range of technical disciplines, including global vulnerability assessment, information assurance, intelligence operations, program management and professional services with partners in Information Technology. CNSP is owned by Cherokee Nation Businesses, the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the U.S. One-hundred percent of the company’s profits support future business investments and the well-being of the tribe’s citizens through health care, education and job creation, ensuring better lives for Cherokees today and tomorrow.

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CNSP is looking for a Physical Security Specialists II – Regional Coordinator that supports the Physical Security Programs Office of the Department of State and its subordinate divisions.  These positions serve as Department experts on physical security policies stemming from public law, Department or interagency policies and Diplomatic Security guidelines.  Physical Security Specialists are also the primary sources of Department expertise on physical security conditions at each specialist’s assigned posts, including knowledge of the number and impact of physical security deficiencies in relation to standards, as well as mitigation strategies in place to account for vulnerabilities resulting from physical security deficiencies.  Physical Security Specialists serve as primary authors of official documents detailing physical security conditions for Department decision makers.  Physical Security Specialists support a geographical region’s senior physical security specialist (Section Chief) or Branch Chief. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Expert-level knowledge of legislative and Department / Interagency standards and policy:  Physical Security Specialists must develop a mastery of policy related to legislative requirements and Department / Interagency physical security standards.  Due to the fundamental roles of standards in all elements of PSP operations, Physical Security Specialists must demonstrate strong comprehension and analytical skills in order to apply appropriate standards to PSP and Department processes related to physical security, including but not limited to the legislative waiver and standards exception process and physical security surveys.
  • Prepare legislative waivers and standards exception requests:  The PSP function of coordinating waiver and exception requests is a direct and primary responsibility of the PSP Physical Security Specialists.  These processes are integral to the physical security risk analysis and management process.  They also are central to educating Department leadership about the risks inherent with U.S. Government presence overseas, as well as in terms of Department leadership’s acknowledgement and acceptance of this risk. 
  • Facility Security: Physical Security Specialists are, together with Regional Security Officers overseas or domestic security officers, the Department’s foundational elements in the process of surveying, and understanding physical security conditions at official Chief of Mission and Department facilities and residential properties overseas and domestically.  PSP coordinates the surveying of these properties, documenting and assessing deficiencies related to standards, and managing and mitigating risk associated with physical security vulnerabilities.
  • Briefings and Briefing Papers: As the Department’s foremost experts on physical security conditions at U.S. Government points of presence overseas, Physical Security Specialists are regularly called upon to provide in-person briefings or written briefing papers for Department leaders, Department oversight bodies, and other high-level U.S. Government decision-makers.  Physical Security Specialists must consistently demonstrate outstanding oral and written briefing skills.
  • Residential Security: Physical Security Specialists must be thoroughly familiar with their assigned posts’ levels of compliance with residential security standards.  They must serve as sources of expertise and advice on residential security countermeasures for RSOs overseas.  They track residential security yearly budgets and ensure compliance with Department funding and budgeting timeline requirements.
  • Soft Targets:  Physical Security Specialists serve as primary PSP points of contact for RSOs on the Department’s Soft Target program.  They serve as Department experts on countermeasures appropriate for soft targets, primarily but not limited to schools overseas attended by children of Chief of Mission personnel.  They coordinate soft target funding requests from RSOs in conjunction with OBO elements.
  • Design Review:  Physical Security Specialists are responsible for coordinating design reviews of OBO projects to ensure compliance with OSPB standards, and domestically, to A Bureau and GSA related to domestic standards compliance.
  • This position requires moderate levels of travel.  For those divisions covering overseas locations, this travel is often to locations further than 12 or more hours by air.  During the international trips, long periods of standing, walking, and bending is expected.
  • This position may require travel to high threat environments and all contractors will be required to successfully pass the Department of State’s on-line High Threat Security Overseas Seminar training course. Successful completion of Department required on-line courses such as  Cyber Security Awareness, EEO briefings and instruction on methods of handling National Security information will be required upon entry on duty.
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Be in possession of a valid US Passport.
  • Must have a current and active Secret clearance
  • Incumbent will be required to successfully pass a drug test and be subject to a federal government background investigation.

Supervisory/Management Authority:

· This position will not have supervisory or management authority

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree education and 5 years of continuous, direct work experience in Physical Security countermeasures or Risk Management.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Physical Security Specialists must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills in order to draft, edit and review documents that will be viewed at the highest levels of the Department.


  • Ability to rapidly learn and apply DS, legislative, and Department / Interagency standards, and physical/residential security requirements;
  • Demonstrated teamwork and team building experience with those who are not direct reports;
  • Excellent writing skills to including editing, ability to identify grammar mistakes, contextual errors, and ability to ensure products conform to established standards;
  • Experience drafting policy, procedures, memos, cables, and preparing reports for executives for decision making;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills that can explain complex details to different audiences including working level employees, senior leadership and subject matter experts; and excellent customer service to both external and internal customers.
  • Excellent research skills; with experience in basic data analysis, statistical analysis and demonstrated attention to detail
  • Experience in basic budgetary accounting procedures and recordkeeping;
  • Organized, self-starter who has demonstrated they are internally motivated, take ownership of their program, can work well independently or with a team, and with minimal supervision; demonstrated ability to multi-task, prioritize and track activity;
  • Demonstrated IT competence: current SharePoint, Office 365, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc., applications

Work Environment:

  • This position is primarily performed in a secured federal office setting, and controlled office environment. When airport travel is involved, the incumbent can be expected to stand for extended periods of time

With $400 million in annual revenue, 20% growth per year, approximately 950+ active contracts serving 60+ government agencies in 25 countries, 47 states, 2 territories and 2000+ employees, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) group of Federal Contracting Section 8(a) companies is well positioned to deliver expertise needed to solve complex technical issues. Federal Solutions provides an array of services for 12 of the 15 cabinet-level departments and agencies – from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense.

Why consider Cherokee Nation and our Federal Solutions business? Here are some great resources highlighting what we do and compelling reasons for joining our team!



Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information and possess an active SECRET clearance.

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, gender identity and sexual orientation. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please copy and paste the links to the following two sites: EEO Statement | EEO Poster

If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may email “[email protected]” for assistance. This email address is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the application process or status.

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We maintain an Affirmative Action Plan for proactively seeking employment and advancement for qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Upon request, we will schedule time to make our Affirmative Action Plan accessible. If you are interested, please submit a written request with the email subject line: 2018 Request to View Affirmative Action Plan to the Compliance Administrator at “[email protected]” This email box is not for resumes or follow up on job applications.


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