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Contractor Special Security Officer - 2011848 

EOE StatementCarnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

What We Do:

The SEI helps advance software engineering principles and practices and serves as a national resource in software engineering, computer security, and process improvement. The SEI works closely with defense and government organizations, industry, and academia to continually improve software-intensive systems. Our core purpose is to help organizations improve software engineering capabilities and develop or acquire the right software, defect free, within budget and on time, every time.

Position Summary:

We are seeking a well versed Contractor Special Security Officer to join the SEI Security group. You will be responsible for an array of critical personnel security and collateral security components of a comprehensive Industrial Security Program for the SEI and Carnegie Mellon. This includes compliance with:

  • United States Department of Defense (DoD)
  • National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM)
  • Director of Central Intelligence Directives (DCIDs),
  • Intelligence Community Directives (ICDs) and other government requirements.

Are you interested in being part of a highly collaborative team and working with other ISSs covering a range of responsibilities? If so this is the opportunity for you, serving in a role typical of a Facility Security Officer, COMSEC custodian, and Contractor’s Special Security Officer.


  • Bachelor's degree in Law Enforcement, Intelligence, Management related fields or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret clearance and ICD 704 eligibility for continued employment.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of experience in a security operations position in the industrial security field supporting the DoD or Intelligence Community.
  • Knowledge concerning the NISPOM, DD- 254 requirements, Common Access Cards (CACs), Security Systems including CCTV, Access Control and Alarm Systems.
  • Prior experience with ID Badging Systems.
  • Infrequent travel to SEI and CMU locations is required; around 15%.


  • You will need to have experience building and providing security briefings including clearance indoctrination, foreign travel, security awareness, and refresher training to individuals and groups.
  • Maintain an advanced level of situational awareness regarding current SEI security matters as well as the evolving rules of engagement instructed by government security authorities and established government, CMU, and SEI policies and standard practices.
  • Experience in handling the production, storage and transmission of classified documents, media and materials.
  • You will be expected to prepare the required documentation for cleared personnel and process security clearance applications; working with the applicant and agency to resolve any problems regarding the application.
  • Establishes and maintains personnel security files for all SCI eligible personnel.
  • You will be responsible for self-inspections of the SEI Personnel Security Program, identifying and resolving issues prior to DSS inspection.
  • Identify potential security incidents or violations, investigate and report to resolve any threat to classified information or deviation from NISPOM, DCID or ICD requirements is quickly contained/addressed.
  • Experience managing the inventory and maintenance of safes, locks, and closed area management.
  • May on occasion require after-hours and weekend duty or response to emergency situations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrates well-developed analytical, organization and problem solving skills; knowledge of general and security specific regulations, policies and practices.
  • Provide high level of support to both internal and external customers.
  • Skill to analyze data and situations, identify trends, summarize results, and make recommendations based on findings.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and relative Personnel Security systems such as JPAS, e-QIP and other personnel security systems.
  • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive security records.
  • Ability to work as part of a team to accomplish goals and objectives.
  • Infrequent work in building construction areas. Work in access-restricted areas – SCIFs and server room installations.

Desired Experience:

  • Professional training and certifications in Department of Defense National Industrial Security Program (NISP) including personnel security matters; Defense Security Service (DSS) training including Understanding the Security curriculum.
  • Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Physical Security Professional (PSP) or Industrial Security Professional (ISP) professional certification.
  • Prior experience resulting in established liaison contacts with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and intelligence community.
  • Prior experience conducting background investigations for US Government agencies.
  • Handling SCIF construction and accreditation.
  • Experience with the Security Information Management System (SIMS) software application.
  • Applied knowledge of all aspects of the DoD National Industrial Security Program (NISP) and work in an SCI environment.

Job Function Breakdown:

50% - Compliance activities related to the Special Security Officer functions including conducting self-inspections and presenting training sessions for SEI employees. Ensure and enforce compliance with government security requirements including Intelligence Community Directives (ICDs and NISPOM).

20% - Build, maintain, and deliver Defensive Travel Briefings for employees traveling overseas. Proactively submit, track, and ensure compliance of APACS travel requests to include subordinate requisite requirements.

15% - Participation in meetings concerning security and programmatic matters to review and enforce NISPOM/ICD compliance issues. Addressing consultation requests concerning NISPOM compliance.

10% - Internal and external peer liaison sharing best practices.

5% - Training and professional development.


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Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

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