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Industrial Security Specialist

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Date: Aug 29, 2017

Location: El Segundo, CA, US, 90245

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 28762 

All Locations: El Segundo, CA (California)  

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation.  A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning clandestine to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves.  When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators.  Are you ready to launch your career?


The Industrial Security Specialist is responsible for providing a variety of security support and ensuring compliance with the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM).  The position provides on-site support for all security actions in accordance with corporate and governmental policies and directives.  The selected candidate for this position will be responsible for the personnel security discipline supporting DOD customers with the Security & Safety Directorate.  We are looking for an Industrial Security Specialist to provide personnel security expertise and support DOD government requirements.  Duties include the following:


Key Functions

  • Preparing and submitting investigative packages by initiating individuals in the Office of Personnel Management’s Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing and ensure completeness of the security questionnaire
  • Working with the DOD Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS)
  • Interviewing new hires for clearance processing
  • Interfaces with government background investigators
  • Reports incidents in JPAS
  • Processing classified visit requests
  • Process employee security clearances in accordance with DoD regulations
  • Process DOE security clearances in accordance with DOE regulations
  • Creating, updating and maintaining various files and filing systems including complex databases.
  • Take digital fingerprints of employees and electronically transmit them to the government
  • Handling and resolving problems associated with clearance issues and visit requests
  • Processing ECAs and NATO refresher briefings
  • Works with and handles High Sensitivity/PII information daily
  • Handling constant phone inquiries and walk in customers regarding security matters
  • Provides security access control guidance to lobby receptionists on incoming visitors
  • Coordinates large workshops with Corporate Communications
  • Prepares and participates in government inspections
  • Frequent interaction with all levels of employees, management, Air Force, contractors and government dealing with personnel security issues and visitor access
  • Update clearance eligibility and special restrictions in JPAS
  • Conducts termination debriefings and ensures employees understand their life long obligation to safeguard classified and proprietary information
  • Issues badges and parking decals
  • Other administrative duties as requested 


This position can be filled at a Level 2 or Level 3


Requirements for Level 2

  • Bachelor’s Degree OR  8 or more years of personnel security clearance experience with High school Diploma.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Must have the ability to be discreet when working with sensitive personnel information
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOD TOP Secret clearance
  • Requires some light lifting, reaching and stooping


Requirements for Level 3

  • 5 or more years of personnel security clearance experience with Bachelor’s degree OR 3 or more years of personnel security experience with a Master’s degree.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience leading projects and working cross functionally with teams
  • Must have the ability to be discreet when working with sensitive personnel information
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOD Secret clearance
  • Requires some light lifting, reaching and stooping



  • Knowledge of the National Industrial Security Operating Manual, NISPOM.
  • Working knowledge of JPAS
  • Completion of DSS FSO Management Course
  • Bachelor's degree. or 8 or more years of relevant experience with High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Fingerprint experience
  • Must be dependable, flexible, detailed oriented and demonstrate initiative and good judgement
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communications skills are essential
  • Must be able to effectively prioritize and efficiently manage workload and work effectively under pressure of schedule deadlines
  • Must perform well in both individual and team settings, and work effectively with staff, customers and management personnel
  • Must be highly customer service oriented and able to perform with minimum supervision
  • Must have the ability to make sound decisions and respond to requests quickly
  • Must be tactful and professional


Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Ability to use a computer and other office equipment to complete activities
  • Ability to communicate with individuals and groups in person, by phone and telepresence.
  • Some light lifting (10 lbs. maximum), reaching and bending
  • Requires some light lifting, reaching and stooping


Transcript Requirement



Additional Requisition Details


Clearance Requirement: Top Secret 

Access: None 

Polygraph: None 

Relocation Available:  No 

Employment Type: Regular 

Work Schedule: Full Time 


Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.


Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

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