Program Protection Specialist - 0009

Location Arlington

Supporting JSF F-35

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time

Number of Openings 1

Clearance Top Secret (TS) Security Clearance with SCI eligibility required and current within the last five years

The Program Protection/OPSEC Specialist is responsible for development of critical program protection strategies for existing and new programs, including analysis, product development, and other activities designed to ensure comprehensive, consistent protection strategies are incorporated into the planning and execution of technology programs across the organization. The Program Protection/OPSEC Specialist serves as a key resource supporting the Security & Intelligence Directorate leadership through engagement with Program Security staff, Program Managers, and key stakeholder.

  • Proactive Protection (P2) professionals will be required to develop, execute, and sustain effective life-cycle protection strategies by applying proven P2 methodologies, critical thinking combined with traditional security and engineering principles in a manner to preserving game changing capabilities. Working closely with technical office PMs, Scientific Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) staffs, PSOs, PSRs and External Relations personnel, develop and maintain currency of Essential Elements of Friendly Information (EEFI) for and its programs to preclude inadvertent public release/disclosure of critical or sensitive information.
  • These services provide value to both government and commercial customers by continuously predicting and mitigating risks essential to achieving and sustaining warfighting or market superiority.
  • These professionals provide advisory and assistance services needed to develop and support protection services across the entire spectrum of a customer's space and begins with understanding current state- of-the-world, rest-of-the-world, or state-of-the-art technology/capability/market status.
  • For government services, our professionals analyze mission objectives and capabilities against applicable national/international policies, laws, and requirements; protection success criteria, as well as similar efforts to create a lifecycle protection architecture that minimize compromise and mission failure.
  • Our professionals serving in this capacity leverage Enhanced Protection Methodologies (EPM) to perform advanced analysis and advisory services while providing other support that includes, but not limited to, identification of critical program information (CPI); collecting and analyzing threat data; and developing, executing, and monitoring robust protection strategies that must seamlessly transition throughout the lifecycle of a support effort.
  • Identify critical program information/capabilities for programs.
  • Identify vulnerabilities of programs and technology thrust areas; work with DoD counterintelligence (CI) staff to assemble information and perform research and analysis of intelligence, counterintelligence, and open source information to identify threats, susceptibilities, and vulnerabilities of programs and technology thrust areas.
  • Develop innovative and proactive analytical methodologies; refine existing program protection analytical methodologies to meet evolving program needs.
  • Review organizational mission statements and associated publicly available technology program information for inconsistencies which may reveal sensitive information.
  • Identify indicators that could reveal critical information and compare those with threat information to identify vulnerabilities and recommend mitigation measures.
  • Work with DoD CI personnel to examine and recommend mitigation measures based on the Agency and specific program risk assessments, keeping program cost, schedule, and ultimate program capability in mind.
  • Maintain an account on the OUSD (AT&L) Acquisition Security Database (ASDb) to assist PSOs, PMs, SETA staffs, and performer staffs, if necessary, in the application of horizontal protection measure.
  • Document the complete OPSEC process in program-specific OPSEC plans.; 3.9.l) By maintaining contact with the Interagency OPSEC Support
  • Staff (IOSS), develop or import appropriate OPSEC awareness products and or training materials and make them available to personnel and its contractors.
  • Working with the SID staff, coordinate the execution of an annual OPSEC assessment. An OPSEC assessment is an intensive application of the OPSEC process to an existing operation or activity by a multidisciplinary team of experts. Assessments are essential for identifying requirements for additional OPSEC measures and for making necessary changes in existing OPSEC measures.
  • Working with the DoD OPSEC Managers, PSOs, PSRs, and other SID elements, organize and participate in OPSEC surveys of selected program activities.
  • Ensure that the Overarching SCO Operations Security Plan is periodically monitored, in light of evolving program thrusts, and is updated, as required, to remain current.

Position Requirements
Required Skills (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)
  • Attend meetings (either locally or out-of-area) and create meeting summaries or trip reports
  • Prepare and submit meeting minutes on an as-required basis
  • Prepare/present briefings, incorporating graphics (if appropriate) for/to SID leaders
  • Prepare various security forms associated with their duties
  • Assist in entry control and perform escort duties for visitors
  • Answer telephones and other modes of administrative communications in the performance of duties
  • Perform self-inspections, identify security discrepancies, and report security incidents
  • Perform, or support, security inspections, identify security discrepancies and prepare reports
  • Perform courier duties within the continental United States (CONUS)
  • Perform user-level security administrator and information security responsibilities as required and in compliance with US Codes, Executive Orders, and DoD and policy
  • Perform objective reviews on all documentation encountered during performance of duties
  • Possess the energy, experience, and subject matter expertise to demonstrate sound judgment, foresight and problem solving skills in a fast-pace S&T RDT&E environment
  • Possess excellent organizational and communication skills; demonstrating an ability to communicate, interact easily and effectively with a wide variety of individuals and echelons in both written and verbal forms
  • Manage and maintain detailed information and documentation
  • Possess excellent research and data-gathering skills with an ability to interpret/analyze complex information within operational Research & Development (R&D) / S&T environments
  • Work independently, as well as in a team environment, within the bounds and guidelines of the organization

  • Minimum of active Top Secret (TS)

Years of Experience/Education Requirements
  • Bachelor degree and at least ten (10) years of related experience, or no degree and fifteen (15) years of related experience, providing program protection support to DoD acquisition, science & technology, RDT&E, and prototyping programs.

Certification Requirements
  • Required to have completed, or successfully complete within 1 year of assuming the position, the Interagency OPSEC Support Staff OPSEC Fundamentals courses listed below hosted by the Defense Security Service (DSS) Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE). o Public Release Decisions Course (OPSE 1500) o OPSEC Analysis and Program Management Course (OPSE 2500) o OPSEC and Web Risk Assessment Course (OPSE 3500)

Additional Information
  • This job description is not designed to cover or contain all job duties required of the employee. There may be additional activities, duties and/or responsibilities that are required for this position that are not listed in this job description.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  • System High is a Military friendly employer. Our extensive work on behalf of the U.S. government offers those who have served in uniform an opportunity to continue to serve their country in a new and exciting way while enjoying a successful civilian career.
  • System High Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local law. EEO is the Law

Physical Demands
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that may need to be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Additional Information

About the Organization From our start in 2005, System High has been recognized as the provider of choice for innovative security engineering. Delivering high-end information protection services, over 50% of our security professionals are US Military veterans. Patriotism, commitment to excellence, and successful mission accomplishment permeate our corporate culture. Whether designing or constructing secure facilities (SCIFs), performing IT systems certification and accreditation, establishing regulatory compliant corporate security programs, or producing life-cycle protection planning for complex systems acquisitions, System High has the expertise and tools to facilitate mission success.
System High is a Military friendly employer. Our extensive work on behalf of the U.S. government offers those who have served in uniform an opportunity to continue to serve their country in a new and exciting way while enjoying a successful civilian career.

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

This position is currently accepting applications.

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