U.S. Department of State company profile

Foreign Service Security Technical Specialists

Job Location:

many vacancies worldwide - Washington, DC, United States

Job Description:

Opened Wednesday 1/4/2017
Closes Thursday 2/2/2017
Salary Range $39,954.00 to $58,674.00 / Per Year

The duties of a Security Technical Specialist (STS) vary according to the size of the post and the requirements of the specific diplomatic mission. At various times at posts around the world, or in domestic locations, the following are examples of the types of duties and responsibilities assigned to STS. This list is neither exhaustive, nor in priority order:
- Install technical security system equipment and components.
- Assist and/or perform surveys, system specifications, and installations.
- Ensure vehicle barriers, X-ray machines, forced entry ballistic resistant (FEBR) doors, walk-through metal detectors and explosive detection equipment are fully operational.
- Repair and preventative maintenance of technical security systems.
- Verification-of-operation tests of technical security systems.
- Travel to overseas embassies and consulates.
- Use sophisticated electronic test equipment: oscilloscopes, time domain reflectometers, etc.
- Manage equipment logistics – shipping, receiving, Bill-of-Materials (BOM) preparation.
- Equipment Inventory – tracking, spare parts, ordering.
- Organize workshops, shop tools, equipment, parts, and supplies.
- Work with host country personnel (local nationals) when required.
- Test new-generation technical security equipment.
- Assist in the technical aspects of criminal investigations.
- Assist in the technical security support rendered to the Secretary of State.
- Manage training programs for various technical security systems.
- Train technical personnel at posts as required.
- Write technical reports, including evaluation of equipment and/or systems, maintenance and/or installation activities, and other documentation as required.

In the execution of any of these duties and tasks, STS personnel may frequently be required to:
- Work in confined areas such as crawlspaces, attics, utility pits, tunnels, manholes, and other confined spaces.
- Work from heights to include rooftops, ledges, bucket trucks, scaffolding, and extension ladders.
- Perform manual installation operations to include hammer drilling, core drilling, pulling wire, installing conduit, and terminating cable.
- Move heavy objects, such as crates, building materials, motor-generators that may be oversized and weigh in excess of 70 lbs.
- Travel and work in hostile environments such as war zones, areas of civil and political strife, and in regions of the world having extreme climates.

Travel Required: 25% or Greater

An FSS generally spends the majority of his/her career assigned to the Department of State’s overseas missions and at times, lives away from family and/or in difficult or isolated conditions. Selected applicants will be notified of an Oral Assessment (OA) requirement in Washington D.C. For selected applicants, all travel and other expenses incurred in connection with the OA are the sole responsibility of the applicant.

Relocation Authorized
After completing orientation and initial training in Washington, D.C., an FSS usually is assigned to two overseas tours, each two years in length, directed by the Department. After the initial two tours, assignments will be for periods of one to three years overseas or in the United States.

Key Requirements
- Be a U.S. citizen and available for worldwide service.
- Be able to obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance.
- Be able to obtain an appropriate Foreign Service Medical Clearance.
- Be able to obtain a favorable Suitability Review Panel determination.
- Be at least 20 years old and at least 21 years old to be appointed.
- Be appointed prior to age 60 (preference eligible veterans excepted).

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For a full description of duties and to apply, please visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/461275000

How To Apply:

Please refer to job posting for instructions on how to apply.

Contact Information:

Contact: Department of State HR/REE/REC
U.S. Department of State
Email: careers@state.gov
Website: http://careers.state.gov/engage/events


January 4, 2017

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