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Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Special Security Representative (SSR)

Laurel, MD


Are you a security professional who likes to solve complex security challenges?

Do you have a keen interest in providing top notch security support in a dynamic and rich R&D environment?

Are you highly motivated, collaborative, independent, and forward thinking?

If so, we 're looking for someone like you to join our team! We are seeking a special security representative (SSR) to help us provide APL and its customers with the best special and compartmented security support.

As a Special Security Representative (SSR), you will...

  • Primarily serve as the Special Security Representative on multiple Sensitive Compartmented Programs, providing expertise in all security functions in accordance with 32 CFR 117(NISPOM), Intelligence Community Directives, SEADs, and other policies, regulations and processes as applicable.
  • Collaborate with a broad cross-section of staff members within APL to include Information Assurance, Security, Program Managers, Contracts Managers, and Cost Account Managers.
  • Build and maintain a relationship with government security counterparts.

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  • Perform all aspects of the SCI Personnel Security Program to include, guidance and assistance for validation of SCI access, access requirements, processing SCI eligibility, polygraph requests, nomination interviews, submission of investigative requests, conduct SCI security briefings; obtain signed Non-Disclosure Agreement and Non-Disclosure Statement; and perform other related personnel security actions.
  • Provide security guidance regarding program development/operations, assure compliance with applicable government and company regulations, develop, obtain approval for, and implement security policies and procedures specific to the program to include Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), participate in self-inspections and Government compliance inspections.
  • Ensure information systems and networks comply with contract requirements by working closely with the assigned ISSM/ISSO, ensuring there are appropriate accreditations in place in order to accommodate the infrastructure, which includes the creation/tracking of Co-Use Agreements (CUA), Joint-Use Agreements (JUA), and/or appropriate MOUs/MOAs.
  • Ensure facility security administration, documentation and management adhere to contractual guidance for numerous programs and facilities.
  • Advise leadership in the area of security where risks and tradeoffs have a direct impact on the accomplishment of the project, test or evaluation.
  • Provide subject matter expertise to Program Managers concerning accurate interpretation, proper application and compliance with Security Classification Guides (SCGs).
  • Identify and resolve security challenges and issues such as legal, regulatory and compliance concerns. Perform physical security responsibilities for several facilities.
  • Lead government security inspections, advising all internal parties on preparation requirements and outcome.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Have an Associate 's Degree in Business, Information Systems, or a security-related field. Any combination of an equivalent level of Business, IT or security-related experience and/or education may be substituted.
  • Possess 4+ years of relevant security experience (i.e. CPSO/CSSO/SSR/PSR and/or DoD Intel) and have the ability to execute security principles and government special security regulations (i.e. OPSEC, COMSEC, DCID, NISPOM, DoD Manual 5205.07, Vols I - IV, ICD 704/705, JSIG, or RMF).
  • Are able to develop and execute security policy, plans and procedures.
  • Have experience utilizing SIMS or other security management tools.
  • Have experience utilizing DISS and/or Scattered Castles or other classified databases.
  • Possess excellent organizational/communications skills and the ability to effectively interact with staff at all levels. Must maintain appropriate relationships between leadership in the security department as well as the principals in the supported organization.
  • Hold an active Top Secret security clearance and can ultimately obtain a TS/SCI level clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Must be willing to take a Polygraph. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

You 'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have a Bachelor 's Degree or equivalent in Business, Information Systems, or a related field.
  • Direct experience working as a special security representative/officer.
  • Thorough understanding of DoD organizational structures.
  • Have experience navigating challenges associated with operating in special secure facilities governed by both US Titles 10 & 50 authorities.
  • Experience working in an organization with reporting responsibilities to multiple sponsors/authorities.
  • Possess some knowledge of information systems.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at

About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Only by ensuring that everyone's voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

Client-provided location(s): Laurel, MD, USA
Job ID: hopkins-6941_55087
Employment Type: Other