PAE, Inc Personnel Security Specialist II in Washington, District Of Columbia

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Personnel Security Specialist II

Job Description

Serves as a senior personnel security specialist contractor working for the Security Exchange Commission (SEC), Office of Security Services, Personnel Security Operations Branch providing administrative and technical support for a staff engaged in personnel security operations and assuring the implementation and compliance with security programs, policies, and requirements. In addition, this position is responsible for first level adjudicative recommendations on both interim and final decisions, as well as, quality review of work products of lower level specialists and assistants.


Individual to review by SEC personnel, and pursuant to protocols and processes approved by SEC personnel, the individual's specific duties are as follows, but are not limited to:

  • Contacts other personnel security operations and documents the reason for a “please call” designation in CVS.

  • Conducts status checks on background investigations utilizing the automated OPM Personnel Investigations Processing System (PIPS).

  • Provides advice and assistance regarding personnel security processing.

  • Provides advice and assistance regarding personnel security processing.

  • Assists in developing and implementing policies and procedures.

  • Assists in training Federal and new contractor staff.

  • Reviews entire case file and makes a suitability/fitness recommendation based on the criteria found in the OPM Suitability Processing Handbook.

  • Identifies issues requiring resolution.

  • Recommends methodology for issue resolution.

  • Conducts pre-employment inquiries as necessary to resolve issues.

  • Thoroughly documents all actions in written summaries for inclusion in case file.

  • Utilizes case management systems to document adjudicative recommendations as appropriate.

  • Completes adjudicative recommendations within established time frames.

  • Reviews the recommendations of lower level specialists to ensure recommendations are being made in compliance with guidance in the OPM Suitability Processing Handbook.

  • Conducts and documents monthly quality review of five percent of the completed recommendations.

  • Manages e-delivery of completed investigations to ensure adjudicative recommendations are made within established time frames.

  • Drafts correspondence in the form of Letters of Interrogatory, Adjudicative Worksheets, and Notices of Proposed Action for second level review.

  • Provides training to lower level specialists as needed based on results of quality review.

  • Establish and maintain tracking mechanism for work assigned to specialists to ensure timely completion of adjudicative recommendations.

  • Monitors personnel security mailbox, work log, and workflow as necessary.

  • Reports results of adjudication via OPM 79A and/or CVS to OPM as required.

  • Assists with building emergencies and OEP drills, as needed.

  • Assist with Continuity of Operations (COOP) activations and drills, as needed.

  • Provide exceptional customer service at all times and in all manner of communication with internal and external personnel

Minimum Experience & Education

  • With a Bachelor’s Degree this position requires three years of suitability adjudicative experience.

  • With no degree this position requires five years of suitability adjudicative experience.

Required Qualifications:

  • Have successfully completed or be willing to attend, at contractor company expense, formal training in suitability adjudications towards adjudicator certification in compliance with National Training Standards established by OPM.

  • Be detail oriented and have excellent office and organizational skills.

  • Experience using Microsoft Office Programs and desktop publishing application software and hardware.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing to elicit detailed information from a variety of sources necessary to evaluate an individual’s conduct and character.

  • Good customer service skills and demonstrated ability to interact with a variety of people.

  • Practical knowledge of commonly applied personnel security principles, concepts, and methodologies in carrying out a variety of support assignments.

  • Ability and be willing to learn the basic functions and operations of all systems associated with personnel security processing.

  • Must be highly organized and have excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Requires good writing and communication skills.

  • Must possess a favorably adjudicated background investigation completed within the last five years at the BI, Tier 4 level or SSBI, Tier 5 level; and be able to maintain the favorable result throughout employment on the contract.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. PAE’s hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. With over 60 years of experience, PAE supports the execution of complex and critical missions by providing global logistics and stability operations, technical services and national security solutions to customers around the world. PAE has a workforce of approximately 15,000 people in over 60 countries on all seven continents and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), should you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a currently open position with PAE, please call Recruiting at (703) 656-6064 or email with "Disability Assistance" in the subject line.