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Physical Security Specialist

Company: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
Location: Laurel
Posted on: November 18, 2023

Job Description:


Are you a dedicated, hardworking program physical security specialist interested in working in a growing, complex SAPF/SCIF environment and enjoy a fast-paced day-to-day ops tempo? Do you want to be part of a program physical security specialist team relied upon for compliance matters pertaining to large capital projects as well as the upkeep of current facilities? If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL. We are seeking a talented and seasoned physical security specialist to help us plan, program, construct and maintain the largest facilities footprint of all Navy University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC) in the Nation as well as oversee the construction compliance of new capital projects. We need a person who can closely work with and build healthy relationships with the APL facilities department guiding them where necessary through the stringent construction standards imposed by Intelligence Directive 705 and associated technical standards. As a Physical Security Specialist, you will...

  • Participate in the technical design and construction of the Laboratorys Special Security Areas (SSAs - SCIFs/SAPFs). Attend design meetings and perform formal review of construction documents to confirm that all elements of the physical security requirements are incorporated and are accurate, to include requirements related to technical / networking components.
  • Plan and oversee facility accreditations with sponsor and program security representatives. Develop and completion of Fixed Facility Checklists (FFCs), TEMPEST forms and associated technical drawings necessary to obtain government approvals. Perform periodic reviews and updates to the FFC as necessary. Liaise with government Industrial Security Representatives and Laboratory security professionals. Perform physical security oversight for multiple programs.
  • Function as part of a team of physical security, network planning, and technical, cleared facilities management subject matter experts executing physical security requirements as outlined in Intelligence Community Directives (ICDs), and associated technical specifications where they exist, SAP Manual Vols. I-IV, and applicable regulations, including Laboratory policies.
  • Engage with the Labs facilities management department, designers, and contractors to develop options/solutions regarding construction materials, design/installation techniques, and construction lifecycle issues that impact the construction of SSAs.
  • Participate in the technical review and development of standardization and implementation of physical security plans/procedures that are applicable to all Laboratory SSAs. Ensure facilities comply with contractual requirements by teaming with the CSSO, ISSM, CPSO, SSR, and Security Services Department (SECD) leadership.
  • Assist physical security/CPSO/SSR teams as appropriate in the completion of annual self-inspections, including but not limited to above ceiling inspections of SSAs. Initiate and follow-up on the entry and tracking of facility work requests on SSA construction needs.
  • May also escort/monitor uncleared personnel to any area of construction and/or installation where uncleared personnel will be performing on-site services.

    You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...
    • Possess a Bachelors Degree in engineering, architecture or construction management; and professional registration as a PE, RA/AIA, or CCM. Four or more years experience in Engineering, architecture, or construction management may be substituted for a degree.
    • Membership in a professional society or organization focusing on security and or the construction industry.
    • Possess at least 6+ years of professional security experience with an emphasis on physical security.
    • Have experience implementing technical physical security governing guidelines including the ICD705 and Tech Specs, and DODM 5205.07, Vol 3 SAP Physical Security.
    • Possess at least 10 years of relevant experience in construction planning and design to include facility programming/planning, developing/reviewing construction drawings and technical specifications, planning / overseeing / reviewing work of architectural and engineering professionals.
    • Have AutoCAD software application proficiency.
    • Can work under minimal supervision, to self-initiate activities and work within timelines.
    • Are willing and able to work in closed areas daily and working on construction sites.
    • Are able to obtain a TS/SCI level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship. You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...
      • Possess a Master's Degree in engineering, business, management or similar field. LEED-AP or PMP.
      • Have a solid understanding of DoD organizational structures.
      • Have experience in the application of international building, life safety, and ADA codes.
      • Have experience working in a matrixed organization with reporting responsibilities to multiple sponsors/authorities.
      • Have in-depth technical infrastructure experience supporting federal government customers and facilities.
      • Have in-depth knowledge of project and space management software tools to include MSProject, MAXIMO Work Order System, AutoCAD, and Tririga. Why work at APL?The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nations most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates. At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APLs campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at .
        About Us

        APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Only by ensuring that everyones voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

Keywords: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Baltimore , Physical Security Specialist, Other , Laurel, Maryland

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