Personnel Security Specialist

Location: Springfield, VA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

Overview
Big Sky is seeking a Personnel Security Specialist with an active Top Secret/SCI clearance to serve NGA’s SI Personnel Security Division (SISP). This position will be performed on-site in Springfield, Virginia.

This role will provide security expertise, guidance, consultation, facilitation, and leadership in all security related functions pertaining to personnel security, industrial and physical security, computer investigation and awareness, security operations, and other security business. 

We’re looking for self-motivated, results-oriented professionals who thrive in a high-risk, high-reward environment.

Client Mission:
SISP delivers agile and responsive customer service through a full-range of personnel security services to ensure a NGA trusted workforce for the protection of national security equities.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Collect, investigate, research, document, and forward to adjudications, all reportable information from employees and contractors within the IRTPA and DNI mandated timelines.
    • Complete processing of all security reportables within 60 days of receipt (this includes monitoring the time it is within adjudications).
    • Document, file, and maintain all actions in the PeopleSoft security system of record.
  • Collect, investigate, research, document, and forward to adjudications, as applicable, all relevant information received through automated records checks (ARC) and the continuous evaluation program (CEP) for employees and contractors, in the SISP mandated timelines.
    • Follow-up as appropriate to ensure timely action on all Automated Record Checks (ARC) and CEP events.
    • Document, file, and maintain all actions in the PeopleSoft security system of record.
  • Prepare accurate and quality reports of investigation.
  • Process quality applicant and employee background investigation initiations within 7 days to meet IRTPA mandates.
  • Process quality contractor e-nominations in ten days or less in accordance with ICD 704, ICD 709, and ICPG 704.4 standards.
  • Submit appropriate documentation to applicable databases to complete the National Agency Checks in less than 30 days.
    • Prepare the National Agency Check report using the established template and place in ePSF, annotating action in the Investigations Module in PeopleSoft.
    • Identify any outstanding actions on a weekly basis to the government Team Lead.
  • Process contractor e-nomination crossover requests in two days or less and in accordance with ICD 704, ICD 709, and ICPG 704.4 standards.

Basic Qualifications:

Level I:

  • Associate’s Degree and/or 2-3 years of equivalent experience in a related field, including 1+ years within the DoD/IC
  • General knowledge of security practices. Knowledge may be broad based and crossing multiple markets (e.g., government, industry).
  • Works closely with senior specialists or task leads.

Level II:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or 3-6 years of equivalent experience in a related field, including 2+ years within the DoD/IC
  • General knowledge of security practices with emphasis in personnel, physical and/or industrial security. Experience may be broad based, crossing multiple markets (e.g., government, industry) and may also include relevant and associated certifications and knowledge of applicable tools, methodologies, or best practices.
  • Works independently and closely with senior specialists or task leads.

Level III:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or 7-10 years of equivalent experience in a related field, including 3+ years within the DoD/IC, AND for Access Control Specialist positions, experience must include 2+ years SMS and CAC.
  • Significant experience in a distinct functional or cross-functional security areas (e.g., personnel, physical, industrial security; computer investigations; classification management; operational security; security education, etc.) based on the specific needs of the task. Experience may be broad based, crossing multiple markets (e.g., government, industry) and may also include relevant and associated certifications and knowledge of applicable tools, methodologies, or best practices.
  • Experience directing the activities of security specialists as necessary on activities to the specified field of discipline.

Level IV:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or 11-14 years of equivalent experience in a related field, including 5+ years within the DoD/IC
  • Extensive experience in a distinct functional or cross-functional security areas (e.g., personnel, physical, industrial security; computer investigations; classification management; operational security; security education, etc.) based on the specific needs of the task. Experience may be broad based, crossing multiple markets (e.g., government, industry) and may also include relevant and associated certifications and knowledge of applicable tools, methodologies, or best practices.
  • Directs the activities of specialists or other staff as necessary related to the specified security field or security discipline.

Level V:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or 15+ years of equivalent experience in a related field, including 5+ years within the DoD/IC
  • Subject Matter Expertise (SME) experience in a distinct functional or cross-functional security area (e.g., personnel, physical, industrial security; computer investigations; classification management; operational security; security education, etc.) based on the specific needs of the task. Experience may be broad based, crossing multiple markets (e.g., government, industry) and may also include relevant and associated certifications and knowledge of applicable tools, methodologies, or best practices.
  • Directs the activities of specialists or other staff as necessary related to the specified security field or security discipline. 

Additional Qualifications:

  • Must obtain DoD Security Professional Education Development (SPeD) Certification IAW DoD Manual # 3305.13M within 1 year of service start date.
  • General knowledge of security processes, potentially broad based, crossing multiple markets (e.g. government, industry).
  • Works closely with senior specialist or task leads.
  • Must obtain DoD Security Fundamentals Professional Certification within 1 year of service.
  • Clear and concise writing skills.
  • Positive, engaging communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills to ensure meeting required timelines and FIS quality standards

Our Values:

Everything we do at Big Sky is dictated by our values. We take them very seriously, and we're proud of this unwavering commitment.

Intellectual Curiosity: We will always be professional problem solvers and learners.

Results!: Our success is defined by the results we deliver.

Fun in Everything We Do: We spend most of our time working, and we ought to have a good time doing it.

Relationships Matter: Our relationships with each other and with our clients are the basis of trust by which we’ll succeed in business and in life.

Value Focus: We believe in providing a measurable return to everyone we touch including clients, shareholders, and employees.


Big Sky is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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