Industrial Security Specialist


SEI - Carnegie Mellon University

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What We Do:

The SEI helps advance software engineering principles and practices and serves as a national resource in software engineering, computer security, and process improvement. The SEI works closely with defense and government organizations, industry, and academia to continually improve software-intensive systems. Our core purpose is to help organizations improve software engineering capabilities and develop or acquire the right software, defect free, within budget and on time, every time.

Position Summary:

We are seeking a security professional to join the SEI Security group in our Arlington office. You will be responsible for an array of personnel and physical security components of a comprehensive Industrial Security Program for the SEI and Carnegie Mellon. This includes compliance with:

  • United States Department of Defense

  • NISPOM Rule

  • Director of Central Intelligence Directives

  • Intelligence Community Directives and other government requirements.

Are you interested in being part of a highly collaborative team and working with other ISSs covering a range of responsibilities? If so this is the opportunity for you! 


  • Assist the security team in building and providing g security briefings including clearance indoctrination, foreign travel, security awareness, and refresher training to individuals and groups.

  • You will facilitate the production, storage and transmission of classified documents, media and materials.

  • You will be responsible for conducting self-inspections of the SEI Security Program, identifying and resolving issues prior to DCSA and other customer inspections.

  • You will be responsible for fulfilling COMSEC Custodian requirements in accordance with customer requirements and conduct periodic audits/inspections to ensure accountability for all COMSEC equipment and material.

  • Identify potential security incidents or violations, investigate and report to resolve any threat to classified information or deviation from NISPOM, DCID or ICD requirements is quickly contained/addressed.

  • May on occasion require after-hours and weekend duty or response to emergency situations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrates well-developed analytical, organization and problem solving skills; knowledge of general and security specific regulations, policies and practices.

  • Provide high level of support to both internal and external customers.

  • Skill to analyze data and situations, identify trends, summarize results, and make recommendations based on findings.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and relative Personnel Security systems such as DISS other personnel security systems.

  • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive security records.

  • Ability to work as part of a team to accomplish goals and objectives.

  • Infrequent work in building construction areas. Work in access-restricted areas – SCIFs and server room installations.


  • Bachelor's degree in Law Enforcement, Intelligence, Management related fields or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

  • One (1) to Three (3) years' experience in a security operations position in the industrial security field supporting the DoD or Intelligence Community.

  • You will be subject to a background investigation and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.  

  • Applicants for this position must be currently legally authorized to work for CMU in the United States. CMU will not sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment visa for this opportunity.

  • Infrequent travel to SEI and CMU locations is required; around 15%.

  • Ability to work onsite at our Arlington office

Desired Experience:

  • Professional training and certifications in Department of Defense National Industrial Security Program (NISP) including personnel security matters; Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) training..

  • Experience with the Security Information Management System (SIMS) software application.

  • Applied knowledge of all aspects of the DoD National Industrial Security Program (NISP) and work in an SCI and/or SAP environment.


Arlington, VA

Job Function

Police/Security Officers (Non-CPA)

Position Type

Staff – Regular

Full time/Part time

Full time

Pay Basis


More Information: 

  • Please visit “Why Carnegie Mellon” to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world. 

  • Click here to view a listing of employee benefits

  • Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran. 

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Tags: Audits Clearance Compliance DoD Industrial NISPOM SAP Security Clearance

Perks/benefits: Career development Travel

Region: North America
Country: United States
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