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Physical Security Specialist II, Arlington, VA 22209 US. ID# 18713

Join the team who values your skills and expertise. From intelligence and cybersecurity to vulnerability assessment and mission assurance, Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs (CNSP) brings experience and results. Building on a reputation as a dedicated, disciplined and tightly knit organization, CNSP supports DOD and other federal clients in their critical, strategic and operational programs. CNSP is looking for qualified talent to give our clients the support they deserve and the quality they expect from our team – a team of experts, like you.

Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs is part of Cherokee Federal – a team of tribally owned federal contracting companies focused on building solutions, solving complex challenges, and serving the nation’s mission around the globe for more than 60 federal clients.

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CNSP will provide Physical Security Specialists in support of the Physical Security Programs Office and its subordinate divisions.   This position serves as primary authors of official documents detailing physical security conditions for Department decision makers.  They also support a geographical region’s senior physical security specialist (Section Chief) or a Branch Chief.  Below are the requirements

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate 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.
  • Coordinate 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.
  • Coordinate design reviews of OBO projects to ensure compliance with OSPB standards, and domestically, to A Bureau and GSA related to domestic standards compliance.

Supervisory/Management Authority:

  • This position will/will not have supervisory or management authority

Education and/or Experience:

  • 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 record-keeping

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 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 and customer service capabilities
  • 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
  • Must be able to travel as needed OCONUS (including high threat environments) and CONUS
  • Must be a US citizen and have an active secret clearance
  • The ability to successfully pass a drug screen and a federal background check is mandatory

Work Environment:

  • This position is performed in a secured federal office setting

About Cherokee – Federal
Cherokee Federal – a division of Cherokee Nation Businesses – is a team of tribally owned federal contracting companies focused on building solutions, solving complex challenges, and serving the nation’s mission around the globe for more than 60 federal clients. Our team of companies manages nearly 1,000 projects of all sizes across the construction, consulting, engineering and manufacturing, health, and technology portfolios.

Since 2012, the Cherokee Federal team of companies has won more than $5 billion in government contracts. Our 3,000+ employees work in 26 countries, 50 states and 2 U.S. territories.

Why choose Cherokee Federal? Visit our website and learn about the great reasons to join our team.



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