NISPOM Security Auditor

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a NISPOM Security Auditor.

Job Summary: Team member of industrial security in-house self-inspection team responsible for conducting inspections, audits, and surveys in order to determine the protection of sensitive and classified materials in regards to compliance with the NISPOM, DD254s and APL security policies/procedures (except for Information Systems Security). The successful candidate will also serve on the APL Security (SECD) team responsible for investigating security infractions and violations. Additionally, be responsible for required security briefings, training, and other duties as assigned.

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

  • Provide security oversight and conduct internal audits and surveys to ensure NISPOM security policies and procedures are property implemented and adhered to. Review classified documents for proper marking; program security classification guides and staff security awareness. Prepare inspection schedules, reports. Present findings to SECD management. Draft comprehensive and complete reports for dissemination to /Sectors/Departments and others. Contribute to team by making recommendations for processing improvements and changes to security procedures. Have knowledge of investigative interviewing techniques and ability to conduct interviews of personnel. Maintain knowledge of contracting procedures and related documents. Have knowledge of DOD counterintelligence (CI) programs, issues and potential espionage indicators. Skills in performing security surveys and inspections. 50%
  • Conduct administrative inquiries of security violations to include loss and compromise of classified information/material, and coordinate initial and final reports. Assist in the determination of culpability. Prepare Administrative Inquiries for submission to DSS. Track inquiries and product reports for management. 25%
  • Function as the derivative classification subject matter expert. Obtain rulings and provide guidance. 10%
  • Perform necessary training and briefings on various security education and compliance topics (e.g., Technology Control Plan, Security Vulnerability Assessment Preparation, Annual Security Compliance training, ad hoc training, etc.). 10%
  • Creation and maintenance of policy and procedures related to job duties (i.e., internal auditing of department). 5%

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:

  • BA/BS in Business Administration, Homeland Security, Criminal Justice, or similar/related field or equivalent experience. 3-5 years professional industrial security experience with extensive knowledge of NISPOM regulations. Excellent teaming skills. Knowledge of investigative and interviewing techniques and ability to conduct interviews of personnel at all levels. Knowledge of counterintelligence programs, issues and potential espionage indicators. Knowledge and experience reviewing, understanding and ensuring compliance with DD254s. Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing to both internal and external customers.

Desired Qualifications:

  • NISPOM assessment/inspection team experience.
  • NCMS Industrial Security Professional (ISP) certification and/or DSS Security Fundamentals Professional (SFPC) certification.
  • Previous FSO experience.
  • Current SSBI.

Special Working Conditions: Must be flexible with hours as required.

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

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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