This job listing has expired and the position may no longer be open for hire.

Facility Security Officer & Contractor Program Security Officer at Applied Research Associates, Inc

Posted in Software 30+ days ago.

This job brought to you by eQuest

Type: Full-Time
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Job Description:

Applied Research Associates (ARA), Inc. Southeast Division has an immediate need for an experienced security professional to serve in the dual roles of Facility Security Officer (FSO) and Contractor Program Security Officer (CPSO) to stand up and manage a Special Access Program Facility (SAP-F) in the Raleigh area. The successful applicant will perform daily security functions in support of an expanding group of ARA employees. The position is for full time (40 hours per week). Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Opportunities for advancement exist.

 Information Security:

  • Maintain security documentation in accordance with DSS and other agency requirements

  • Develop and administer effective security education training and awareness program (SETA)

  • Verify compliance with applicable security policies/procedures

  • Investigate and report security violations and incident reports

  • Coordinate incoming and outgoing classified deliveries including delivery schedule, method, receipt confirmation and courier responsibilities

  • Prepare/coordinate/keep records of DD254 forms for this office and its subcontractors

  • Coordinates the physical transfer of classified materials between geographically separated facilities and trains staff on appropriate procedures for hand carrying classified documents.

  • Coordinates data transfers, scanning, and copying data to/from external media

  • Coordinates classification management and classification marking guidance as needed.

  • Ensure SAP-F is in compliance with SAP security requirements per DODM 5205.07 vol 3, and ICD Technical Specification 705 version 1.4, or meets standards for reciprocal use per the ICS 705-2: Standards for Accreditation and Reciprocal Use of Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities.

  • Conducts required travel briefings and debriefings.

  • Prepares and processes visit requests for travelers to and from the organization.

  • Ensures compliance with special communication standards of the SAP facility.

  • Controls transfer, storage, management, duplication and destruction of SAP information.

Personnel security:

  • Assist with in-processing for all new employees including orientation for company policies and clearance application submissions for uncleared employees

  • Provide employees with SF 312 Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) responsibility guidance as a part of their access indoctrination(s) and debriefs

  • Process program access requests (PARs); execute program indoctrination agreements (PIAs); review of SF86s, JPAS, DCII and other customer vetting processes to ensure individuals meet program eligibility requirements

  • Provide employees with personnel security guidance, consistent with the 13 adjudicative guidelines, to best assist them managing their clearances

  • Utilize JPAS for visits (incoming and outgoing) and maintaining personnel security records

Physical security:

  • Apply physical security concepts to improve security in depth posture

  • Manage/maintain Intrusion Detection System (IDS) and Access Control System (ACS) in accordance with DoD and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 2050 compliance standards

  • Manage Alarm Response Program

  • Maintain effective “Document Inventory and Control Program” for management of classified systems, media and documents

  • Develop and manage key and combination control program

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree

  • Facility Security Officer (FSO) Certification

  • Must have current/active Top Secret security clearance with eligibility for access to Special Access Program Information

  • 7-9 years related experience

Desired Qualifications & Experience

  • 10 - 12 years related experience

  • Must possess excellent written communication, report writing, and presentation skills

  • Experience using standard office and position-specific tools is required: Microsoft Office suite of products, eFCL, ISFD, SWFT, OBMS, JPAS, and SIMS (or similar security database)

  • Should be able to digest large volumes of information and apply a variety of concepts to form cohesive policies and procedures in a growing and changing environment using sound risk management principles

  • Experience working with federal/government agencies or defense contractors

  • Experience interfacing with DSS and other government representatives

  • Some knowledge of the NIST SP 800-53, NIST SP 800-57 and the NIST SP 800-171 is also preferred.


Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1,100 professionals and continues to grow. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

While this is all of the Year One and Beyond stuff, Day One is pretty good too. These are things like our competitive salary (DOE), Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), benefits package, and a challenging culture where innovation & experimentation are the norm. At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please apply at




  • Facility Security Officer (FSO) Certification

  • Must have eligibility for access to Special Access Program Information

  • 7 - 9 years: Experience related to the position



  • Bachelors or better

Licenses & Certifications


  • Security Clear Top Secret

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

See job description