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Physical Security Specialist, Rosslyn, VA, (ID# 16073)


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 will provide Physical Security Specialists in support of the Physical Security Programs Office 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..




  • Coordinating legislative waivers and standards exception requests is a direct and primary responsibility of PSP Physical Security Specialists.
  • Develop a mastery of policy related to legislative requirements and Department / Interagency physical security standards.
  • Coordinates the surveying of official Chief of Mission and Department facilities and residential properties overseas and domestically, documenting and assessing deficiencies related to standards, and managing and mitigating risk associated with physical security vulnerabilities.
  • Provide in-person briefings or written briefing papers for Department leaders, Department oversight bodies, and other high-level U.S. Government decision-makers.
  • Become thoroughly familiar with their assigned posts’ levels of compliance with residential security standards, and serve as sources of expertise and advice on residential security countermeasures for RSOs overseas.
  • Track residential security yearly budgets and ensure compliance with Department funding and budgeting timeline requirements.
  • 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.
  • Coordinate soft target funding requests from RSOs in conjunction with OBO elements.
  • Coordinating design reviews of OBO projects to ensure compliance with OSPB standards, and domestically, to A Bureau and GSA related to domestic standards compliance.



No supervisory or management responsibilities





  • Bachelor’s Degree or five years of continuous, direct work experience in Physical Security countermeasures or Risk Management
  • Experience drafting policy, procedures, memos, cables and preparing reports for executives for decision making
  • Experience in basic data analysis, statistical analysis and demonstrated attention to detail
  • Experience in basic budgetary accounting procedures and recordkeeping



  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must possess a SECRET clearance
  • 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, including editing, ability to identify grammar mistakes, contextual errors and ability to ensure products conform to established standards
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills that can explain complex details to different audiences including working level employees, senior leadership and subject matter experts
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent customer service
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, prioritize and track activity
  • 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 IT competence: SharePoint, Office 365, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc applications




  • Work is performed in a secured federal office environment
  • 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 can be 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.


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.

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