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

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Personnel Security Specialist

Personnel Security Specialist I


Personnel Security Specialist

Personnel Security Specialists determine the suitability of individuals for entry and retention in sensitive and non-sensitive positions under 5 Code Federal Regulations 731and Executive Order 12968. Assess the loyalty, reliability, suitability and trustworthiness of applicants for Federal contractor positions. Reviews, evaluates and adjudicates reports of investigation, personnel files and other records to determine whether to grant, deny, revoke, suspend or restrict building access consistent with suitability guidelines.

The program supports the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General. Assists in and initiates background investigations. Conducts fingerprinting procedures; initiates contact with personal references, employers of applicants, and appointees for use in pre-employment suitability inquiries. Verifies the appropriate level of background investigation being requested, and ensures all documents required for suitability processing have been completed and included in the individual files. Receives telephone calls and greets visitors to the office. Prepares, submits, monitors, and updates computer tracking systems concerning appropriate case material. Serves as a source of reference and guidance for staff members regarding the monitoring and maintenance of case-material.

This contract is performance based and the position is needed to help meet the standards set forth in the Performance Work Statement in the contract.

Required Qualifications:

Functional Responsibility: Performs security services in one or more of the specialized security areas. Duties may include, but are not limited to: validating and maintaining position sensitivity levels, take and receive digital and paper fingerprints, initiate name checks on personnel, validate personnel security paperwork, review security packages, track action statuses, conduct initial suitability review and preliminary adjudication, and write summaries of issues/derogatory information.

Minimum Experience & Education: With a Bachelor’s Degree this position requires one year of relevant experience. With an Associate’s Degree this position requires two years of relevant experience, one of which should be experience relevant to the nature of the contract work. With no degree this position requires four years of relevant experience, two of which should be experience relevant to the nature of the contract work. Relevant experience may include, but is not limited to: Experience within one or more of the standard security and/or intelligence fields e.g.; technical, physical, information, personnel, operational, or signal security, counterintelligence, antiterrorism, counterterrorism, counter drug, computer security, surveillance, counter surveillance or surveillance detection, infrastructure protection; force protection, technology protection, information operations, industrial security and/or intelligence programs, law enforcement, government or military experience. Subject matter expertise and hands-on experience in one or more security and/or intelligence discipline and experience implementing complex government security and/or intelligence programs and policies is preferable. Requires good writing and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Five years of general experience of which at least three years consisting of specialized experience in Personnel Security.

• Familiarity with e-QIP, PIPS/JPAS and OPM Investigative products.

• Experience in the application of 5CFR731 suitability guidelines and EO12968 National Security guidelines

• Excellent reading comprehension, writing and communication skills

• Experience in responding to requests for information and searching automated systems for data

• Ability to apply highly technical knowledge in solving complex problems and applies law, regulation, policy and procedures to the personnel security program.

• Ability to use Microsoft Office Programs

• All applicant must have a Level 6 - High Risk Public Trust, BI type investigation or higher and the position requires U.S. citizenship

• Position hours are from 7:00am to 5:00 pm shift. Shift hours are negotiable.

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.