Aug 15, 2019

Personnel Security Specialist - Grade 2 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


Duties & Responsibilities: 

The Personnel Security Specialist 2 functional responsibilities include the following but are not limited to:

  • Provide direct support and service to the administration of the FBI Security Program by participating in the direction, from inception to completion of the less complex security assessment investigations conducted by FBI Field Offices (FOs) and rendering appropriate adjudication recommendations regarding the same. Conduct, review and analyze a variety of interviews internal and external to the organization. Subjects of investigations range from FBI applicants, contract / access applicants, and other persons requiring security clearances or access to FBI spaces.
  • Provide support, analysis, and research into complex problems and processes relating to Personal Security.
  • Completion of written reports and/or oral presentations utilizing critical thinking and analysis skills.
  • Works on complex problems and provides solutions.
  • Advises supervisor of potentially controversial matters or those matters with far reaching implications.
  • Initiate or perform extensive FBI indices checks, arrest record checks, and the like to obtain pertinent and identifying information for the cases assigned.
  • Request, receive, review and analyze various FBI Government files and related material for determination of an individual's potential security risk.
  • Summarize data and compose necessary correspondence to appropriate FOs for initiation of investigation, outlining background of individual cases, advising of information obtained from research and analysis and define security concerns. Issue guidance for the initiation of investigation, setting forth leads which are to be addressed in compliance with existing federal standards and FBI policy. Forward correspondence to Government lead for approval before transmission.
  • Coordinate with FOs for submission of investigation information. Examine and critically analyze investigative reports and correspondence from the FO’s for conformance to administrative requirements as to format and content, and to ensure the investigation is adequate, denoted leads have been sufficiently covered, and procedures have been conducted in accordance with FBI regulations and policies. Note inadequacies and transmit additional instructions to the field, recommending additional investigation and / or the elimination of unproductive procedures.
  • Recommend the need for polygraph examinations and / or interviews based upon analysis of all data available. Compose appropriate communications to pertinent FBI HQ Divisions and FOs to initiate same, setting forth any specific guidance which should be followed in regard to same (i.e., particular areas in question which need to be resolved; special qualifications desired of interviewer; etc.). Determinations and resulting communications are subject to review and approval by the Government lead.
  • Receive, review, and analyze the results of further investigations, along with the results of interviews and polygraph examinations to ensure that all issues have been resolved, that gaps in information have been adequately covered, and that areas in question have been sufficiently addressed to efficiently and effectively help determine individual's recommendation for security clearance approval.
  • Summarize all data provided and developed in a formal written analysis of the security concerns and their resolutions, giving consideration to information developed.
  • Establish and maintain liaison with other FBI HQ Divisions, DOJ and other agency officials including members of the Intelligence Community to obtain, develop, and / or resolve queries as required.
  • Coordinate or work in concert with other FBI components as required to surface, develop, and resolve various issues encountered.
  • Recommend 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 Community (IC)Directives / Regulations, Federal Investigative Standards, and / or Executive and DOJ Orders.
  • Perform security assessment investigations and provide recommendations to the FBI HQ.
  • Review and analyze requests for investigations concerning security clearances.
  • Prepare a detailed analysis of all information developed, to include potential remedial or precautionary action to meet minimum security standards.
  • Assist with briefings and debriefings of individual cases as necessary.
  • Upload all official documents into the defined system of record, management, workflow, or tracking systems, files, and / or sub-files 

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.
  • Prepare documentation for Government agencies and customers. 

Minimum General Experience/Education:  

  • Three (3) years of experience in the personnel security investigative or investigative analyst field.
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field of study.
  • Experience conducting and interpreting database checks and credit reports.
  • Experience performing routine office administrative support functions.
  • Demonstrated analytical ability to critically review and analyze various types of incoming material and investigative reports to discern potential security vulnerabilities and to identify viable investigative leads.
  • Current Top Secret (TS) security clearance and must be capable of obtaining Sensitive Compartmentalize Information (SCI) access that includes a requirement to pass a security polygraph exam.
  • Prior experience in security management.
  • Minimum three (3) years of experience developing and writing Reports of Investigation that form basis for creation of investigative and/or adjudication record.
  • Proficient in personal computing (e.g., Outlook, Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), database management, communication packages, etc.).
  • Use of internet to conduct research and / or open source checks in aid of investigations.
  • Experience performing multiple administrative tasks dealing with databases queries, filing, processing mail and performing audits. 

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 2 assigned to this position.


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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.


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Security Clearance

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