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Integrated Security Specialist

Company: Penn State University
Location: University Park
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:


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We are searching for an Integrated Security Specialist to join our team at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State University. The Integrated Security Specialist is responsible for continuous enhancement and implementation of local security programs and procedures for classified information protection. This position is responsible for developing and administering local security programs and procedures for classified and proprietary materials, documents and equipment in support of USG and DoD programs. Works closely with program leadership, IA/ISSM staff, local security team members and peers in adjacent business areas to ensure appropriate security support across multiple offices. Coordinates with other local directorates and business area leadership to identify and support business needs. Leads Program security inspections and participate in security program self-assessment initiatives, ensuring compliance with security regulations prescribed by multiple USG agencies. Strong customer service skills are a must.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with the creation, accreditation, and close out of secure facilities in accordance with sponsor security directives
  • Develop and implement security procedures required for classified contracts, to include the development and administration of Operational Security Plan(s) (OPSEC), Concept of Operation (CONOP), and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP); develop,
  • Implement, and administer Information System Security Plans
  • Develop and present briefings/trainings, to include new employee briefings, initial clearance briefings, refresher trainings, information systems briefings, courier briefings, and foreign travel/defensive briefings
  • Assist with the management of Communications Security (COMSEC) equipment and documentation
  • Assist in the analysis of contract proposals to identify and respond to all security needs, including invoicing
  • Represent facility in periodic security inspections
  • process various security forms for personnel submitted to research sponsors, including initial submission and periodic re-investigations
  • Provide guidance to employees regarding classification and proper marking of documents and media

Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required skills and experience includes:

  • An active Top Secret security clearance with SCI eligibility
  • Experience in industrial security
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, to include oral and written communication skills

Preferred skills and experience includes:

  • Experience with government security policies, Automated Information Systems security, physical security and personnel security

ARL at Penn State is an integral part of one of the leading research universities in the nation and serves as a University center of excellence in defense science, systems, and technologies with a focus in naval missions and related areas.

You will be subject to a government security investigation, and you must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the ARL will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.

ARL is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; we believe this is central to our success as a Department of Defense designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are part of our workforce.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on ARL, visit our web site at www.arl.psu.edu.


Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

EEO is the Law

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

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