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Security Specialist - SME

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The Security Specialist will provide Subject Matter Expert (SME) support to the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) to effectively review and support Safeguards & Security (S&S) plans and documents. The Security Specialist will support the analyses of S&S program performance, and make recommendations to NE management. This position supports DOE clients on issues, actions and decisions relating to S&S.

The individual must be “Q” cleared and possess an understanding DOE Security Policy and how it is promulgated - sufficient to review and support S&S plans and documents (such as assessment reports, vulnerability assessment, etc.) in order to analyze S&S program performance, and make recommendations to NE.


Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge / quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative / motivation, cooperation / relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral / written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability / dependability, flexibility and ownership / accountability of actions taken.

Attends/participates in all relevant conference calls and meetings as appropriate and as directed by DOE.

Maintains an independent perspective in the execution of this task and, i.e. not a representative of DOE or any company or organization that would exhibit/present a conflict of interest.

Works with federal Subject Matter Experts, reviews requests from the INL to the Program Office (i.e. S&S plans, equivalencies, deviations, etc.) and recommends the appropriate course of action/response.

Participates as a member of multidisciplinary team in oversight activities of selected aspects of the INL’s S&S program.

Identifies indicators of progress and/or shortfalls in meeting long-term S&S milestones, objectives and/or performance goals.

Conducts analysis, performs research and provides recommendations on a wide range of S&S issues and initiatives, both immediate and long-term, associated with development/implementation of DOE S&S policy and Program Guidance.

Included in all activities will be the thorough and timely collection, dissemination, storage and disposition of program information, in addition to comprehensive communications and information distribution, planning and performance/achievement reporting, and other administrative information management and dissemination, as appropriate, to successfully complete the activity. 

Follows established department directives and office procedures for the work performed.

Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the company.

Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor’s instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output. 

Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and coworkers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions to the best of own ability.


Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline and a minimum of five (5) years’ of experience, or equivalent combination of education/experience. Must be an acknowledged expert in safeguards and security and have a full working knowledge of the field. Experience providing expert guidance and insight into specific subject areas; and analysis, evaluation and recommendations for improvements.


Current Department of Energy Q security clearance is required. 


Specialized technical expertise to provide technical consulting and other related services associated with the development, implementation, operation and management of S&S program activities

Specialized expertise to support independent audit activities associated with program and project execution and management activities

Applies principles, methods and knowledge of the functional area of expertise to specific task order requirements

Excellent verbal and written communications skills with solid presentation skills

Exceptional customer service and relationship-building skills

Expertise in providing independent analysis, evaluation and recommendations for improvements, optimization, development and/or maintenance efforts for client-specific or mission-critical proficiencies

Expert ability to consult with clients, analyze data and advise and/or recommend innovative solutions


Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public.


Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform successfully the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Work is primarily performed in an office environment. Regularly required to sit. Regularly required use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms to handle objects and operate hand tools, computer, and/or controls and talk or hear. Required to stand, walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl under and behind objects. Must frequently lift, push, pull and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. May be exposed to risk of electrical shock and vibration. May work in high, precarious places. Exposed to general office noise with computers, printers and light traffic. May be required to hear with the use of headphones.

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