Sr. Contractor Special Security Officer (CSSO)

Hawthorne, CA


SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.

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SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


SpaceX is looking for an experienced SCI subject matter expert to provide support for a critical effort as a Sr. Contractor Special Security Officer (CSSO) responsible for a large portfolio. This is a chance to fill a critical role within a dynamic and high-tempo environment working on programs pushing the boundaries of industry and technology. A successful candidate will be a self-starter and problem-solver and will possess the ability to convey security requirements to a diverse group of technical personnel.


  • Partner with Mission Management and government security points-of-contact to ensure program deliverables are met
  • Partner with Mission Management and Engineering teams to ensure their understanding of the program classification requirements and protections needed
  • Provide subject matter expertise, develop teammates, and provide leadership
  • Lead and prepare all annual self-inspections and government compliance inspections
  • Participate in all aspects of the initiation, management and upkeep of personnel clearances for responsible programs
  • Create CONOPS, OPSEC Plans, PPIPs, MFRs, etc as needed for approval by government customer
  • Coordinate all transportation plans and courier documents for any transportation of classified program materials or assets
  • Ensure SOPs are up to date and accurately reflecting the procedures being used, and approved by government security officials
  • Generate and coordinator all CUA’s between agencies utilizing shared spaces
  • Account for DD254 tracking, generation and issuance of subcontractor DD254s
  • Create and update all annual refresher, INDOC, and exit briefings as needed in accordance with policy and government customer requirements
  • Oversee the review of clearance packages for accuracy and completeness and initiates follow up actions as necessary
  • Responsible for ensuring all reportable information to including foreign travel and foreign contact, financial, personal conduct, etc., are up to date
  • Process classified visit access requests
  • Counsel individuals who have been denied access and assists employees through the appeal process as necessary
  • Prepare and submit annual personnel clearance certification reports in accordance with contractual requirements


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 7+ years of security experience as a CSSO
  • Active Top Secret with SCI eligibility. Note that an active clearance may provide the opportunity for you to work on sensitive SpaceX missions. If so, you will be subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol testing


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
  • Strong knowledge of program SCGs and ability to implement appropriate controls within the program
  • Strong knowledge of NISPOM, ICDs, and related security policy and procedures
  • Familiarity with e-QIP, DISS, NBIS, TALON, and Scattered Castles
  • Familiarity with SIMS and CORE


  • Ability to favorably complete a U.S. Government CI scope polygraph
  • Ability to travel in support of mission requirements
  • Willingness to work overtime or weekends as needed in support of mission-critical deadlines and milestones


Pay range:      

Sr. Contractor Special Security Officer (CSSO): $110,000.00 - $145,000.00/per year

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.  

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.

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Tags: C Clearance Compliance ConOps NISPOM Polygraph Top Secret Travel

Perks/benefits: Equity Health care Insurance Medical leave Parental leave

Region: North America
Country: United States
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