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CPSO - Contractor Program Security Officer

Job Description


Are you a program security specialist (PSR) with a keen interest in providing top notch security support in a dynamic and rich R&D environment?


Are you highly motivated, mature, collaborative, independent, and forward thinking?


If so, we 're looking for someone like you to join our team! We are seeking a Program Security Representative (PSR / CPSO) to help us provide APL and its customers with the best special and compartmented program security support.


You will work at our Field Office location at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.


As a Program Security Representative (PSR), you will...

  • Primarily serve as the Program Security Representative on multiple Special Access Programs and/or Sensitive Compartmented Programs, providing expertise in all security functions in accordance with the NISPOM, and other government regulations (e.g. DoD Manual 5205.07 & 5205.11Vols. I - IV, ICD 705, JSIG, RMF, DoD Manual 5105.21 Vols I-IV, and DoD Manual 5200.01 Vols I-IV).
  • Interact with with a broad cross-section of staff members within APL and with individuals external to APL.
  • Represent the Lab while performing as a liaison between the APL, multiple government sponsors, and subcontractors. You will collaborate routinely with all levels of APL program security leadership to include Information Assurance, Security, Program Managers, Contracts Managers, Cost Account Managers and Government customer personnel.
  • Provide security guidance regarding program development/operations, assure compliance with applicable government and company regulations, develop, obtain approval for, and implement security policies and procedures specific to the program to include Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), and participate in self-inspections and Government compliance inspections.
  • Ensure facility security administration, documentation and management ensure the adherence to contractual guidance for numerous programs and facilities.
  • Advise leadership in the area of security where risks and tradeoffs have a direct impact on the accomplishment of the project, test or evaluation.
  • Provide subject matter expertise to Program Managers concerning accurate interpretation, proper application and compliance with Security Classification Guides (SCGs).
  • Identify and resolve security challenges and issues such as legal, regulatory and compliance concerns. Perform physical security responsibilities for several facilities.



You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Have an Associate 's Degree or equivalent in Business, Information Systems, or a related field.
  • Possess 4+ years of relevant security experience (i.e. CPSO/CSSO/SSR/PSR and/or DoD Intel) and have the ability to execute security principles and government special security regulations (i.e. SAP, OPSEC, COMSEC, DCID, NISPOM, DoD Manual 5205.07, Vols I - IV, ICD 705, JSIG, or RMF).
  • Are able to develop and execute security policy, plans and procedures.
  • Possess excellent organizational/communications skills and the ability to effectively interact with staff at all levels. Must maintain appropriate relationships between leadership in the security department as well as the principals in the supported organization.
  • Hold an active TS/SCI level clearance.  If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.


You 'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have a Bachelor 's Degree or equivalent in Business, Information Systems, or a related field.
  • Have direct experience working as a compartmented and/or special program security officer. Thorough understanding of DoD organizational structures.
  • Are experienced working in an organization with reporting responsibilities to multiple sponsors/authorities.
  • Possess additional skills in information systems.


Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.




About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Accommodations@jhuapl.edu. Only by ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

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