Sector Security Representative - Industrial Security

Company Overview:

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 an experienced Sector Security Representative (SSR) - Industrial Security, to join our team of security professionals.

Job Summary:

Responsible for ensuring that the Air and Missile Defense Sector (AMDS) maintains a strong and proactive security posture pertaining to industrial security mandates. Will be responsible for providing a wide variety of support services and subject matter expertise with respect to security requirements and guidelines, and the establishment and implementation of procedures and best practices. Will serve as a sector co-liaison with the JHU / APL Security Services Department.


  1. Responsible for ensuring that AMDS maintains strong adherence to security requirements and guidelines. Continued evaluation of the effectiveness of the sector's security operations pertaining to industrial security. Provide oversight of the sector's industrial security to ensure compliance, and to include driving the implementation of new and / or enhanced security practices and procedures needed to meet emerging requirements and resolve security issues. Maintains routine and timely communications with sector leadership regarding heightened security concerns. (35%)
  2. Provide subject matter expertise in resolving security issues as they arise. Create / maintain a robust sector security education program that ensures continuous training and education updates for all classified and unclassified facility managers, Group Security Representatives, and AMDS staff and supervisors concerned with security requirements. Advise new staff on security procedures for the laboratory and sector, and provide targeted education and training on unique program security requirements. (25%)
  3. Coordinate security violation investigations and classified spill remediation, complete required administrative inquiry reports and ensure the successful execution of any corrective action requirements. This includes the gathering of relevant information, clear and concise documentation of events, and timely submission to APL Security. Proactively follow-up with training and recommended actions to prevent / minimize future incidents. (20%)
  4. Co-lead AMDS participation in the annual DSS security inspections and internal APL assessments. Coordinate / respond to security data calls. Additional ad hoc duties as assigned. (20%)
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
  • A minimum of 2-8 years of related professional experience in a security-related role or 7 years of relevant professional experience without degree.
  • A working knowledge of DoD security processes and NISPOM requirements.
  • Experienced in the development, coordination and implementation of security training and awareness programs.
  • Highly organized and process-oriented.
  • Demonstrated ability to expedite, multitask, and prioritize while delivering high-quality products and services.
  • Demonstrated initiative for leading / participating in activities outside of normal duties.
  • Strong analysis capability demonstrated through tasking to independently analyze, summarize and make recommendations on process, procedures, and project-related activities.
  • Committed team player with solid / excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with all levels of staff and sector management.
  • Professional Security certifications such as DSS FSO or ability to obtain within six months of hire.
  • An Active Top Secret Clearance is required.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Working knowledge of FSO responsibilities as outlined in the NISPOM.
  • Professional Security certifications such as DSS ISSM, CISSP, CISM, Security+.
  • Knowledge of JHU/APL practices and procedures and highly developed analytical skills in a technical environment.


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.


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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