Requisition Number: 2011014
# of openings: 10
The Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), Office of Security Technology (ST), is responsible for the Department's Personnel Tracking and Locator Program (PTL). PTL utilizes GPS satellite tracking for personnel, vehicles and aircraft. It is designed to maximize visualization of designated assets traveling and conducting operations in hostile or hazardous areas. This position will be responsible for working within a OCONUS command center with Embassy personnel overseas and may be required to provide technical guidance on both the PTL tracker hardware and monitoring software. The PTL program will operate 24 hours a day/7 days a week, with 40 hour a week shift. Candidate must be worldwide deployable.
Monitor tracking software and provide situational awareness for protection details, diplomatic convoy, and personnel movements.
Answer basic software operations and computer network questions and inquiries in support of field personnel.
Responsible for processing, handling, managing and disseminating classified information, including intelligence, in accordance with rules and regulations.
Complete tasks in order to further the mission of the operations center and the PTL program with minimum supervision, the operational instructions of the Senior Watch Officer (SWO) and other administrative instructions of supervisors appointed over him/her.
There are no supervisory responsibilities associated with this position.
Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree plus 3-4 years’ experience working in an operations center environment preferred or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
Software Analysis, Network Engineering, and/or COMSEC experience a plus.
Military and/or Intelligence background highly desirable.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to work in a team environment within own organization, outside own organization, and with other U.S. Government agencies/personnel on working groups, etc., to improve the protection of national security information.
Possess excellent writing and verbal skills.
Possess excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to build/maintain professional working relationships; be proactive with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, while handling multiple tasks simultaneously.
Experience with Microsoft Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office, SharePoint, etc., and the ability to learn and use other software applications.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Must have a current US Government SECRET Personnel Security Clearance
Must be a U.S. Citizen.
Must be eligible for and able to obtain and maintain required Security Clearance/access approvals.
This position involves deployment to a physically challenging and stressful environment which may require unusual physical exertion under unfavorable conditions including high elevations, extremely dusty conditions and air pollution, uneven and rocky terrain, lack of potable water, food and waterborne diseases and communicable diseases. Very limited medical care is available. The Security Specialist II will be required to wear, in many cases throughout the workday, a helmet and body armor that together weigh a minimum of 30 pounds. In addition, the individual will need to walk significant distances through rough and uneven terrain wearing protective armor and carrying emergency equipment and work materials. Transportation may be in off-road vehicles, helicopters, military troop transport aircraft or other military transportation with confined seating. Clearances may be up to 2 ft. off the ground with high step rails or ladder-type steps and small entrances. Travel in these vehicles may exceed 10 hours. In addition, the employee must be able to stand, walk and sit for a prolonged period of time; use hands and/or fingers to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; operate office equipment; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop; kneel; talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close and distant vision. The employee must occasionally lift and or move up to 50 pounds. Medical conditions or physical impediments may disqualify candidates from overseas work or where the condition or impediment would put the individual at unacceptable risk. Duties may be performed in an active combat zone where the employee would be required to seek shelter. There may be stress, psychological and physical hardships conditions associated with this position. If maintaining an individual’s health requires avoidance of these extremes or excursions, she/he should not apply for this position.
Overseas travel will be required in high-threat areas, in multiple locations (not one specific area). Domestic travel may be required for training and program coordination.
Overseas Work Environment:
Full-time, up to 84-hour week usually under hazardous conditions when deployed in a theater of operations. Personnel meeting the provisions of Department of State Standardized Regulations, Chapter 650 – Danger Pay Allowance, and Chapter 350 – Hardship Pay, are eligible to receive danger and hardship pay up to the prevailing percentages over basic compensation.
Living Environment: Living conditions are basic / challenging with sparse amenities which possibly including sharing a tent or plywood structured living quarter with other civilian or military personnel with shared bathrooms within close proximity and no cooking facilities other than microwaves.
Potential locations located in high-risk environments and will be disclosed upon interview.
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