Aug 15, 2019

Personnel Security Specialist - Grade 4 Washington D.C, District of Columbia

  • Armada Ltd.
  • Washington D.C, District of Columbia
Full-Time Defense Government Law Enforcement & Security Other Strategy - Planning

Job Description

Type: Full Time

Location(s): Washington, D.C.

Reports To: ARMADA HQ

Security Clearance Required: Active Top Secret


The PSS – Grade 4 functional responsibilities include the following but are not limited to:

  • Perform all duties associated with Grade 3 as necessary
  • Act as Team lead.
  • Initiates or perform extensive FBI indices checks, arrest record checks, and the like to obtain pertinent and identifying information for the cases.
  • Coordinate the submission of resulting investigative information. Review and critically analyze investigative reports and correspondence from the field for conformance to numerous administrative requirements as to format and content, and to ensure investigation is adequate, ensure denoted leads have been completely covered, and procedures have been conducted in accordance with FBI regulations and policies. Determine inadequacies and transmit additional specific instructions/leads to the field, recommending additional investigation, and / or the elimination/termination of unproductive methods or processes.
  • Prepare and submit a response in writing or verbally, to recommend adjudication as to the approval, denial, or revocation of security clearances and/or access authorizations for appropriate SecD units to determine the final adjudication. Prepare outgoing communications to transmit recommendations with supporting analysis and data.
  • Participate in the formulation, preparation and direction of new and revised rules, regulations, guidelines, processes and procedures in relation to the personnel security programs. Provide recommendations and suggestions affecting personnel security program missions, reviewing program material and provide feedback to the Security Officer or FBI HQ to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of programmatic goals and operations.
  • Ensure that Government and applicable personnel are properly appraised of potential security risks/vulnerabilities in which approved level of security clearance / access authorizations may expose them to. Ensure individuals are properly debriefed as necessary.
  • Conduct security briefings that include Security Awareness and Hostile Threat. Revise security briefings based on the specific issues developed and security requirements.
  • Provide guidance and assist in resolving security issues for current on-board employees, as well as providing expert guidance relating to various security programs to other field office personnel including agent personnel.
  • Remain vigilant for new methods and procedures for passing and affirming clearances including SCI-between and among all Federal Government agencies participating in the Intelligence Community in accordance with Intelligence Directives / Regulations, Federal Investigative Standards, and/or Executive and DOJ Orders.
  • Engage with internal and external customers on personnel security to ensure the assigned program / project is fully integrated; leverage current threat intelligence to enhance or modify procedures.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): 

  • Experience with various Government Law Enforcement and community IT systems for conduction automated record checks. Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Be a team-oriented individual with the ability to handle multiple, high priority projects with a keen attention to detail.
  • Be a motivated self-starter with the ability to perform duties and meet deadlines independently with little or no supervision.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience to conduct established federal government standards for investigations, background investigations, and security investigations relating to suitability and security standards.
  • Processing security clearance and background investigations documentation in preparation for adjudication.
  • Knowledge of DOJ and FBI regulations regarding the personnel security process.
  • Experience conducting interviews and security briefings, discussing analysis and opinion in a concise, logical and objective manner, and preparing written communications setting forth analyses and recommendations.
  • Thorough knowledge of the indices systems, various record check systems, and file review processes in order to develop and extract the most complete and accurate information relative to the subject as possible.
  • Prepare documentation for Government agencies and customers.

Minimum General Experience/Education: 

  • Meet all Grade 3 experience requirements.
  • Advanced degree in any field of study.
  • Seven (7) years’ experience in the personnel security investigative or investigative analyst field.
  • Possess oral and written communications skills to functionally conduct interviews, security briefings, discuss analysis and opinion in a concise, logical and objective manner, and prepare written communications setting forth analyses and recommendations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the indices systems, various record check systems, and file review processes in order to develop and extract the most complete and accurate information relative to the subject as possible.
  • Demonstrated analytical ability in order to extensively analyze various types of materials, including investigative reports, to develop information regarding security vulnerabilities; to develop.
  • Investigative leads; to propose a recommendation as to the approval, denial, or revocation of security clearances.



Disclaimer: 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 Personnel Security Specialist (PSS) – Grade 4 assigned to this position.

Applying: If you feel you have the knowledge, skills and abilities for this position visit our careers page at  

Special Notes: Relocation support is not available for this job. 

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.


General-Other: Security-Protective Services,   Security Intelligence & Analysis  



Security Clearance

Active Top Secret

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