Contractor Program Security Officer (CPSO)


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 Contractor Program Security Officer (CPSO).

Job Summary: The CPSO will provide expertise in security functions and activities supporting designated technical and engineering programs for the Laboratory; and provide security advice to Program Managers and technical staff.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

  • Serve as the special security official on multiple programs, providing expertise in all security functions for selected programs in accordance with the NISPOM, supplements, overprints and other government regulations (e.g. JAFAN). Provide facility security administration, documentation and management; ensure the adherence to contractual guidance for numerous programs and facilities. (70%)
  • Maintain understanding of the selected programs’ technology and maintain a thorough understanding of the sponsors’ security requirements. Establish and assist in administering special security provisions in subcontracts. (10%)
  • Provide professional interactions with a broad cross-section of staff members within APL and with individuals external to APL. Represent the Lab while conducting liaison between the APL, government sponsors, and subcontractors. (10%)
  • Advise management in the area of security where risks and tradeoffs have a direct impact on the accomplishment of the project, test or evaluation. Assist Program Managers in the interpretation, application and compliance with Security Classification Guides (SCGs). Identify and resolve problems and issues. Identify legal, regulatory and compliance concerns. Perform physical security responsibilities for several facilities. (10%)

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.

Required Qualifications: Bachelors Degree or equivalent in Business, Information Systems, or similar field. 5 years of professional security experience. An in-depth understanding of advanced security principles and government special security regulations (i.e. JAFAN). Ability to develop and execute security policy, plans and procedures. Excellent organizational/communications skills and the ability to effectively interact with staff at all levels. TS Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for an SSBI and access to Special Security Programs. Must also be eligible for a Polygraph examination. Preference for current SSBI. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship.

Desired Qualifications: Direct experience working as a program or contractor program security officer. Thorough understanding of DoD organizational structures. Experience working in an organization with reporting responsibilities to multiple sponsors/authorities. Some information systems skills desired. TS/SCI clearance is preferred.

Special Working Conditions: Will be working in a closed environment; extended hours periodically required; valid state driver’s license required; minimal local and out of area travel may be required (1-2 weeks per year).

Security: 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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