Facility, Information and Personnel Security Specialist

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 03 – G – Non-exempt
  • 04 – I – Exempt
  • 05 – K – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Full/Part Time:


The Security Services Division in the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is seeking a proactive, team oriented individual to provide direct support to the Undersea Systems Office (USO) at ARL. Responsibilities include: Develop and implement security framework and provide security support; assist with the draft and development of security training programs, briefings and other materials, including Operational Security Plan(s), Concept of Operation (CONOP), and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); assist with classified test and movement plans, and coordinate with test range personnel in support of field test activities; interpret, administer, and comply with DoD and DoN security requirements regarding classified material and controlled unclassified information (CUI); develop practices and procedures to meet operational needs, and provide guidance on security-related regulations; assist with control of materials and hardware, including reproductions, transfers, destruction, sanitization, etc.; and assist Security Services and DoD/DoN personnel in governmental security inspections/assessments, investigations, and inquiries. This job will be filled as a level 3, level 4, or level 5, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Security, Business, or Engineering is desired. The following is preferred: Candidates who are well-versed in all aspects of security, including the interpretation and application of classification guidance, as well as physical and personnel security and incident investigations, such as computer contaminations; a sound technical understanding of complex systems to enable interfacing with engineers regarding direction and needs; familiarity with DoD and particularly Navy security principles, processes and procedures; and fluency with Microsoft Word/Excel/Outlook/Power Point software. Knowledge of National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) requirements, security practices, and procedures is required. An understanding of security guidance and accountability requirements of classified information and material is also required. Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, to include verbal and written communication skills, are necessary to be successful in this position. Candidate selected will be subject to a government security investigation. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen. This is a one-year, fixed-term renewable appointment.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088