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Bonneville Power Administration Security Specialist in Portland, Oregon


This position is located in the Personnel and Information Security (NNP) organization of Security and Continuity of Operations (NN), Chief Administrative Office (N), Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

The purpose of this position is to perform a wide variety of work in planning, developing, implementing, overseeing, and evaluating the BPA personnel security program.


As a Security Specialist, you will: Perform a wide variety of analytical, planning, advisory, operational, and evaluative work in planning, developing, implementing, overseeing, and evaluating the organization's personnel security program.

Evaluate the sensitivity determination of each position as described by management.

Serve as an authoritative source of personnel security program knowledge for all departments within the organization.

Review, evaluate, and adjudicate reports of investigations and other records to determine whether to grant, deny, revoke, suspend, or restrict logical and/or physical access privileges.

Perform analytical, planning, advisory, operational, and evaluative work concerned with the physical protection of sensitive or classified information, personnel, facilities, installations, or other sensitive materials, resources, or processes.

Develop security policy and design and develop, evaluate, and sometimes install protection systems and devices.

Review designs; inspect facilities where sensitive material will be located; ascertain the use to be made of material in the organization, who is to use it, and how it should be protected.

Develop documentedorganizational security policies, plans, and procedures.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a United States Citizen.

This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page,Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.

When you apply you will be asked a series of questions to determine your eligibility for employment and your qualification for this position specifically. You must answer all of these questions completely and truthfully.

A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check.

This position has been designated as High Risk and requires a security clearance at the DOE “Q” level; the incumbent will be required to access, process, use, and safeguard classified information. The incumbent is required to obtain and maintain this clearance level; failure to do so may result in separation from federal service.

This position requires an initial drug test prior to appointment and random drug or drug and alcohol testing thereafter. Failure to test or a positive result on random drug or drug and alcohol tests conducted after appointment may result in removal from Federal employment.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTSA qualified candidate's resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11) in the Federal service.

Specialized Experience for this position is defined as: Provide operational support with planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating one of more of the following programs: physical security, personnel security, or information security in order to ensure compliance with standards and policy.

There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 level.

Your resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies (KSACs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your resume how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSACs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. Compliance - Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance.

Decision Making - Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.

Personnel Security and Safety - Knowledge of methods and controls of personnel, public safety, and security operations; investigation and inspection techniques; or rules, regulations, precautions, and prevention techniques for the protection of people, data, or property.

Physical Security - Knowledge of methods and controls to protect an organization from natural or man-made threats to physical locations where information systems equipment is located or work is performed (for example, computer rooms, work locations, and equipment rooms).

Planning and Evaluating - Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes. "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


There are no specific education requirements or substitution of education for experience for this position.

Additional Information

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.

If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.

More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.

Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.

All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government. EEO Policy: Accommodation Policy: Information: Service Registration:

BPA strives to ensure a safe, positive, inclusive work environment, supported by Leadership Behaviors. For more information on Leadership Behaviors visit:

We also understand the importance of work/life balance and offer a variety of programs and policies designed to create more flexible, responsive work environments supportive of commitments to community, home and family members. BPA also supports employees’ overall wellness through its Be Well program, which helps employees adopt healthier lifestyles and feel better about their work/life balance. The program supports five key areas of life: career, community, financial, physical and social.