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Physical Security Specialist III – Program Coordinator (ID# 14653)

Physical Security Specialist III-Regional Coordinator – Roslyn, VA, (ID# 14653)

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 Specialist III-Regional Coordinator to serve as senior advisor to the Branch Chiefs and/or Division Chiefs on matters related to physical security program planning and execution in addition to assisting Branch Chiefs and/or Division Chiefs in the Office of Physical Security Programs or any subordinate Division of the Department of State.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The physical security specialist III conducts audit / peer review of physical security technical documents, policy documents, memos, Congressional requests, and Inspector General Inquiries for completeness and compliance with public law and security policies 
  • Manage the publishing process for surveys, memos, or projects as directed and ensures vulnerabilities, deficiencies, and mitigation measures are tracked 
  • Audits and reviews correspondence, memos, policies, and procedures for completeness, compliance with format, quality, and accuracy.
  • Responsible for the integrity of a strategic level Department database or tracking tool (ex. DS deficiencies database, residential security application, domestic security survey database, etc.). 
  • Works with Sections Chiefs and Regional Coordinators to track current, overdue, and new requirements and helps keep a steady and manageable survey schedule for posts and the program in line with survey requirements. 
  • Develops and maintains regular reporting for management, Department leadership, and Congress. 
  • Works with others in PSP and OBO (or a domestic bureau) who have downstream uses of the deficiencies database to ensure the data collected is meeting requirements
  • Serves as the programs continuity with the Physical Security Survey application to ensure long-term goals are met
  • Provides policy advice and establishes procedures with the Division Chief, Branch Chiefs, Sections Chiefs and Regional Coordinators to assist them in their duties managing the physical security program for all overseas facilities under the Secretary of State’s security responsibilities. 
  • Ensures standardization of communication across the program maintains and supports improvements to standard operating procedures for the Branch or Division, and reviews the content on both internal and external online collaboration platforms to ensure a common operating picture among all relevant stakeholders
  • Coordinate with Section Chiefs and Regional Coordinators on memos, waivers and exceptions packages, design reviews, SOPs, and taskers to ensure accuracy, consistency, and format.
  • Develop and maintain reporting, electronic records, and collaboration pages – both external and internal facing – to ensure programmatic excellence and track the status of policies, procedures, and correspondence.
  • Provide guidance, periodic training, and editing for all Division personnel on official correspondence and reporting, as well as lead data integrity initiatives to ensure the overall accuracy, completeness, and effectiveness of the Division’s communications.
  • Lead efforts with Posts and the Department to ensure the timely and effective communication of physical security requirements from the Division.
  • Provide training, briefings, and draft memos, cables, and papers related to program-level changes.
  • Working with the PSP IT Solutions team, develop and maintain reporting and tracking for the status of programmatic responsibilities and maintain the content and organization of the internal and external facing collaboration sites.
  • Serve as the focal point for DS-OBO or DS-A Bureau collaboration on programmatic responsibilities, updating, and integrity.
  • Provide assistance to help ensure Departmental and Congressional reporting accurately reflects the status of the program.
  • Identifies and tracks problem areas and works with stakeholders to develop appropriate actions necessary to improve program performance.
  • Propose policies, procedures, reporting, and technology solutions that improve the physical security risk management program.

Supervisory/Management Authority:

· This position will not have supervisory or management authority

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree education and 7 years of continuous, direct work experience in Physical Security countermeasures or Risk Management.
  • Experience with DS, OSPB, and SECCA physical security requirements, physical security concepts, requirements, and underlying principles;
  • Experience auditing critical data and demonstrated attention to detail

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Excellent writing, editing, organization, and time-management skills
  • Demonstrated teamwork and team-building experience with those who are not direct reports
  • Self-starter who has demonstrated that they are internally motivated, take ownership of their program, can work well independently or collaboratively within a team, and with minimal supervision
  • Good interpersonal skills and an effective communicator, both orally and in writing, that can explain complex details to different audiences including policy makers, DS and OBO working-level employees, computer programmers, and subject matter experts;
  • Experience drafting policy, procedures, memos, cables, and preparing reporting for executive-level decision making with minimal editing required;
  • Excellent research skills
  • Minimum 2 years of experience utilizing SharePoint 2007, or 2010 to obtain metrics.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience with current Office 365, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint etc. applications
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of applying analytic tools and/or methods such as Tableau Reader to fit reporting requirements
  • Candidate must be a US Citizen
  • Candidate must have an active and current SECRET clearance
  • Candidate must be able to successfully pass a drug test and a federal government background investigation.

Work Environment:

· This position is primarily performed in a secured federal office setting, in a controlled office environment

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 having an active and current 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.

For Pay Transparency Non Discrimination provision, please copy and paste the following link: Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision

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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