The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Supervisor for the Personnel Security Section (ZSG-001) in the Security Administration Group (ZSG) of the Security Services Department (SECD).
Assist ZSG group leadership in the execution of the mission, vision, and strategy for SECD. Supervise, train, develop, and mentor the members of the Personnel Security Section. Manage the Group’s collateral clearance processing caseload, badging operations and security awareness programs along with DD-254 central oversight and administration.
Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):
Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.
- Provide oversight and management of the Group’s clearance processing and badging to ensure efficient and effective service delivery. Organize and assure execution of all required clearance processing steps, actions and ensure proper internal clearance workload assignment. Review and track clearance caseload and assist in compiling management metrics. Responsible for ensuring that the processes are documented and clearly communicated to customers. Maintain accountability for the quality of work performed by the members of the Section. Provide expertise and guidance and lead Section staff members in providing creative and flexible services and solutions to enable the success of its customers while also ensuring adherence to relevant regulations. (70%)
- Recruit, develop, and retain staff meeting Section needs for a highly capable, high performing, and diverse staff. Draft requisitions, screen resumes, interview staff, and make hiring recommendations. Manage the performance management process for the Section to include setting objectives and goals, providing continuous and timely feedback, writing and conducting performance reviews, and counseling staff on performance concerns, as necessary. Ensure that staff understand and adhere to Group, Department, and Lab-wide expectations, policies, and procedures. Manage timekeeping for the Section to include approving timesheets, ensuring compliance with timekeeping policies, and managing the Section leave schedule to ensure appropriate coverage. (10%)
- Develop staff capabilities suitable to the mission and work of the Section and its customers. Mentor staff members and promote professional growth. Seek out opportunities for staff development by identifying potential new roles and supporting training and education activities. (10%)
- Provide direct oversight over security violation investigations, personnel security clearances, and Contract Security Specification Guidance. Assist in the design, development, and delivery of security education and awareness programs/briefings. Record and track suspicious contact reports, adverse information, culpability reports and security violations and infractions incurred by Lab staff. Actively participate and serve as a Team Lead on the SECD In-House Review Team. Responsible for central DD-254 management and administration for APL. (10%)
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of professional work experience.
8 years of relevant experience in the Security career field with an emphasis in the area of DoD/USG Personnel Security.
Prior formal line management experience and proven track record of successfully leading staff.
A strong working knowledge of chapters 1, 2 and 3 of the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM).
Proficiency with basic word processing and other computer programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
Strong interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated ability to provide excellent customer service; to motivate, lead, and manage staff; and to effectively interact and work with all levels of Laboratory staff, sponsors, customers, and representatives of external organizations. Demonstrated prioritization, organization, planning, teamwork, problem-solving, and negotiation skills.
Previous APL supervisory experience.
Proficiency with Service Now, SIMs and JPAS.
Special Working Conditions:
Limited travel and occasional need to work extended hours is required.
Security: Top Secret Security Clearance required. Applicant selected 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.
Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at www.jhuapl.edu
Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.