Facility Information and Personnel Security Specialist (Security Specialist)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 03 – G – Non-exempt
  • 04 – I – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Security Services
Full/Part Time:


The Security Services Office of The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is seeking a Security Officer. Responsibilities include: Assist with the development and management of advanced industrial security practices, procedures, and processes as well as trainings, including briefings, while ensuring compliance with government policies and regulations; provide agile and efficient security support and outstanding customer service to all organizational groups and personnel in an extremely fast-paced, complex and rapidly evolving environment; assist with or oversee the management of advanced security programs such as Communications Security (COMSEC) and Operations Security (OPSEC) as well as physical security systems and counterintelligence; work autonomously in a very busy and highly service-driven environment; and prepare for and represent the organization in all aspects of security inspections and oversight by U.S. government agencies. This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, 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 degree in Security, Risk Management/Analysis, Criminal Justice, Military Science, or Business Administration is desired. Experience in the following is preferred: Security Information Management System (SIMS); Department of Defense (DoD) security systems; government security clearance process and requirements; DoD or USG-based industrial security experience; as well as cyber and physical security principles, including sensitive and/or controlled information, electronic access controls, alarm systems, and video surveillance. A background in leadership, compliance, and risk-management, as well as military experience, are all highly desirable. Experience requirements include: Microsoft Office software, databases, and web applications. The successful candidate will be a service-oriented team-player with polished interpersonal and office skills, including above average written and verbal communications, with a high attention to detail and the ability to work autonomously and effectively in fast-paced environment. A cover letter and resume are required to be considered. 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. The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; we believe this is central to our success as a Department of Defense designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are part of our workforce.

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