Area Security Officer

U.S. Department of Defense
  • Location
    Aurora, Colorado
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Mar 27

Position description

Area Security Officers apply general security knowledge and experience in multiple security disciplines to develop, implement, and interpret security policies and procedures for the protection of National Security. They identify security program requirements; conduct surveys; perform inspections; and monitor internal security programs. They also provide indoctrinations and debriefings and security education and training; they pass and receive security clearances; and they submit personnel for special accesses.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Office of Security (SIS) is seeking to fill a critical position in support of NGA offices located in Aerospace Data Facility-Colorado (ADF-C). SIS has an opening for an Area Security Officer (ASO) who has the proven ability to operate independently under geographically dislocated supervision and provide overall security support to parent offices and/or programs and provide support to hosting agency offices and/or programs. The ASO will demonstrate a strong knowledge and application in the disciplines of information security, physical security, personnel security, and program protection. The ASO will oversee the site's program protection and integration of Controlled Access Programs (CAPs), Special Access Programs (SAPs), and highly restricted access programs. The ASO will administer various security briefings and trainings, conduct self-inspections, perform classification reviews, draft operating procedures, and conduct indoctrinations and debriefings. The ASO selected will work in a team environment coordinating and prioritizing missions, and resources. The selected individual will also provide organizational representation to other government agencies and contractor security representatives, coordinating security and requirements on NGA's behalf. The incumbent will routinely organize and actively participate on various planning and project teams, maintain project status reports, and develop and present oral and written presentations to management and others. The incumbent will also plan and accomplish work assignments, and exercise judgment in resolving problems. For routine assignments the work is performed under general supervision.The ASO will periodically visit other government and industrial sites within the Colorado area. Area Security Officers (ASOs) have broad knowledge and experience in all aspects of multiple security disciplines (e.g., Personnel, Information, Physical, Industrial, Information Systems, and Classification Management). They provide briefings, de-briefings, passing and receiving of security clearances, security education and training, and coordination of Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) accreditations. ASOs coordinate and collaborate with NGA's Protective Services and the Threat Mitigation Unit. They design/maintain security systems (e.g., alarms, card access), conduct surveys, and perform inspections and investigations. They provide oversight of SCI and collateral programs at all levels, liaise with internal/external key stakeholders, and manage customer security requirements. ASOs provide security advice and guidance on all NGA acquisition efforts to ensure security criteria and requirements (e.g., SCIF accreditation, personnel, classification management, security policy, clearance levels) are incorporated. They provide security oversight and support for agency and mission partner Controlled Access Programs (CAPs), Special Access Programs (SAPs), and other special security programs. ASOs develop, enforce, analyze, and interpret security policies and procedures, identify program requirements, perform trend analysis, and mitigate risks. They provide security support and program assistance to the Office of International Affairs in the protection of GEOINT information shared with foreign partners, as well support to foreign partners assigned to NGA.

Supervisory status



Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Security Investigation

As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards. 

- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information)
- Polygraph Test Required
- Position Subject to Drug Testing
- Two Year Probationary Period
- Direct Deposit Required

You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices. This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in our ERecruit application.


MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online resumes must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement: 1. Ability to provide exceptional customer service through interpersonal skills to apply techniques and methods with site security operations. 2. Dealing with challenges and issues while providing government oversight to contractor personnel with security access and visitor control policies and procedures. 3. Must be able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of applicable Executive Orders 12333 &13526, DOD 5200.01 and 5105.21, National Industrial Security Program (NISPOM DoD 5220.22-M), and Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) 503, 703, & 705. 4. Ability to perform security systems assessments in identifying vulnerability mitigation/risk analysis through security site surveys and investigations. 5. Demonstrated knowledge in the security disciplines (Information, Physical, Personnel, Industrial, Information Systems, Classification Management, Program Protection). EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Must obtain DoD Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC) within 24 months.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired: 1. Four-year degree from an accredited college or university. 2. Demonstrated experience in critical thinking techniques, management of security help desk/support center resources, change management principles, and teaching/training delivery. 2. Experience within an Intelligence Community personnel, information, or physical security functional area. 3. Knowledge of Joint Personnel Adjudication System, application of Multimedia Message Manager, and application of TravelNet requirements.

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