Security Officer

US Department of the Interior - Salt Lake City, UT

Full-time | Part-time | Temporary
Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. View our video titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" here.

Would you enjoy serving as a Security Officer? This position serves as the senior security specialist and advisor for the Upper Colorado (UC) Region and is the principal staff member within the Region for the management, formulation, coordination, and oversight of the Regions security function.

Location: Upper Colorado Region, Safety, Security and Dam Safety Division, Security Group. Duty stationed in Salt Lake City, Utah. For information on living conditions click: here.

  • Administers the security program for the UC Region by planning, developing, implementing, and overseeing appropriate levels of physical, operational, personnel, and information security for all Reclamation-owned facilities as determined collaboratively with SSLE and Regional management.
  • Prepares, manages, and coordinates the Region’s security budgets and policy proposals for all security related programs.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of security practices. Recommends control requirements, procedures, and mitigation needed. Assures personnel adhere to established policies and practices.
  • Coordinates security activities within Reclamation, water and irrigation districts, other federal, state and local agencies, private sector, and the security and law enforcement community. Serves as the team lead to Area Office Security Coordinators, coordinating and conducting regular coordination meetings and
  • Supervises the work of the Security Group. Plans, assigns, and evaluates the work of the Security Group. Develops performance standards and evaluates work performance.
Physical Demands - Office work is mostly sedentary but does require regular and recurring visits to field sites to conduct assessments, evaluations, inspections and investigations that require walking long distances, long periods of standing, climbing stairs and ladders, stooping, crawling, inspection of confined spaces common to most dams and associated assets, exposure to inclement weather, and lifting/carrying heavy objects of 50 pounds or less. Requires 24-hour availability/response and occasional extended hours during emergencies.

Work Demands - Work is primarily performed in an office setting but regularly requires the incumbent to travel to field sites where work is performed in an outdoor or industrial environment. Field work requires exposure to discomforts from heat, cold, noise, insects, confined spaces, and sometime hazardous and/or unsanitary conditions and compliance with all safety and health regulations, including wearing protective gear.

NOTE: This position is designated as a CRITICAL SENSITIVE (High Risk with access to Top Secret) Position. It requires a fully completed and favorably adjudicated National Security Background Investigation. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will preclude the candidate's selection. This is a condition of employment.

Travel Required
50% or less - For field assessments, meetings, and trainings.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
0080 Security Administration


Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship or National.
Suitable for Federal employment determined by a background investigation.
Must file ‘Annual Confidential Financial Disclosure Report’.
May be subject to 1 year probationary period.
Subject to pre-employment & random drug testing.
You must meet specialized experience requirements; (See Qualifications)
You must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective placement factors by the closing date of this announcement.

TIME-IN-GRADE: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b). Applicants eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) are not required to meet time-in-grade restrictions in order to be considered.

Specialized Experience: To qualify for this position, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience (described below) equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-11 level of the position in the Federal service. Specialized experience must demonstrate the applicant has been equipped with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is directly related to the work to be performed.
Definition of specialized experience for the GS-12 grade level: Experience utilizing a wide range of security concepts, principles and practices in order to oversee, coordinate, integrate, analyze and resolve complex security issues and problems. Experience in five or more of the following areas:
1. Working with physical/operational security of complex facilities, such as dams, power plants, water delivery systems, or other types of complex facilities.
2. Evaluation of effectiveness of security practices and policies.
3. Conducting physical security reviews and preparing reports with findings and developing correction plans.
4. Reviewing and implementing security policies for organizations.
5. Conducting independent reviews or analyses to resolve complex security problems.
6. Developing and implementing cost-effective mitigation measures.
7. Making security recommendations to senior management.
8. Leading diverse teams in the oversight of security programs and development of goals and objectives.

If you do not meet the definition of specialized experience, you will be determined not qualified for this position.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g. professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.

Additional information
Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.
References: On your application, please include the names and current phone numbers for at least 3 supervisory references. If any individual is no longer available for contact, you are requested to provide the name and current phone number of another person with the company (team lead, acting supervisor, etc.) that would know your work history.
E-Verify: DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit: E-Verify.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit: Selective Service.
Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. HR will evaluate each application that meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Applicants determined best qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following "Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)" through your resume and responses to the online questions:

1. Knowledge of a comprehensive range of security concepts, principles, practices and policy requirements.

2. Skill in conducting independent reviews, or analyses; resolving difficult and complex security problems for a wide variety of facilities located throughout a large geographic area.

3. Skill in establishing a collaborative working relationship with stakeholders to ensure their needs are heard and addressed.

4. Ability to supervise, coordinate, and provide oversight of activities of members of the assigned group.

Applicants’ answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resumes. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the response to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit an on-line assessment questionnaire and the following supporting documents as appropriate:

Resume: A resume with dates of employment. Your resume may be submitted in any format. If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/day/year to month/day/year or month/day/year to the date you are submitting the resume). If using an automated resume builder, be sure to include this specific information in the narrative portion of your work description. Any period of employment that does not include this specific information will not be credited toward meeting the qualifications requirements of the position.

SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action: Status applicants (transfer, reassignment, reinstatement, promotion, etc.) MUST submit a copy of their SF-50, verifying highest rate of pay and documenting career or career-conditional status in the competitive service (Tenure 1 or 2) for which you are claiming eligibility. Failure to submit an SF-50 verifying status, will result in the applicant not being considered for this position.

VEOA: For candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) you must submit the appropriate DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) documenting your eligibility. For information on veteran's eligibility visit the Vet Guide.

Special Non-competitive Appointing Authorities: For more information on special non-competitive appointing authorities click here.

CTAP/ICTAP: Provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP click here.

Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) Eligibles: If you are a current or former land management agency appointee – you must provide documentation to verify eligibility as follows: a) A copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that reflects having initially been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited (temporary/term) appointment. b) A copy of SF-50(s), Notification of Personnel Action(s), that reflect having served under one (1) or more time-limited (temporary/term) appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of two (2) or more years. c) A copy of your Performance Appraisal Plan and/or Supervisor Memorandum that reflects having performed at an acceptable level during each period of service. For more information on LMWFA click here.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


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