American Battle Monuments Commission Security Officer in Paris, France

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

The American Battle Monuments Commission, established by the Congress in 1923, is an independent agency of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. The Commission is the "guardian of America's overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials" and honors the service, achievements and sacrifice of United States Armed Forces at 26 overseas cemeteries that serve as resting places for almost 125,000 American war dead; on Tablets of the Missing that memorialize more than 94,000 U.S. servicemen and women; and through 27 memorials, monuments and markers.

We are seeking a seasoned Security Officer to serve as the primary Agency subject matter expert and point-of-contact for all ABMC physical and personnel security for all our property, facilities and personnel in 10 countries worldwide. This position reports directly to the Deputy Secretary for Overseas Operations (SES) and advises on security requirements in consultation with the Regional Security Office (RSO) in each ABMC host nation.


The primary duties of this position are to perform as the technical matter specialist in the functional areas of analytical, planning, advisory, operational, and evaluative work that has as its principal purpose the development and implementation of policies, procedures, standards, training, and methods for identifying and protecting personnel, property, facilities, and operations from theft, assault, vandalism, espionage, sabotage, and loss. Understanding the work and functions of a variety of organizations is critical to this position; the ability to resolve problems or conflicts between physical security requirements and organizational missions; the ability to adjust security systems for multiple and, sometimes, conflicting requirements; the indoctrination and training of organization personnel in the need for observing security requirements; and ability to review law enforcement and security guard procedures and functions to assure that required personnel are available and material controls are being properly enforced.

As a technical/subject matter specialist, duties involve the management, supervision, and performance of work in a number of specific functional areas:

  1. Coordinates with the Regional Security Office (RSO) in the following areas:
  2. Establish and maintain liaison contacts with police and security services in the areas where ABMC facilities and U.S. Direct Hire (USDH) housing are located.
  3. The security certification of Locally Employed Staff (LES) and contractors.
  4. The physical security surveys of ABMC facilities and residential security surveys of ABMC USDH employee housing.
  5. Conduct vulnerability assessments of ABMC facilities to identify criminal and terrorist threats and propose and implement countermeasures.
  6. Ensure ABMC LES and USDH personnel are enrolled in the Embassy or Consulate Personnel Emergency Notification System (PENS) used for dissemination of emergency information and personnel accountability.
  7. Ensure ABMC personnel and facilities are incorporated into the Post Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for crisis response and evacuation planning.
  8. Conduct required emergency drills and exercises at ABMC facilities.
  9. Periodically review local guard force guard orders.
  10. Identify the need for protection and security; developing and maintaining the physical means which are used for protection and security; developing, implementing, and maintaining procedural and technical methods to enhance physical protection.
  11. Develop security policy and efforts to design, develop, evaluate, and install protection systems and devices to insure that personnel, facilities, equipment, and other material is not compromised, sabotaged, stolen, misused, or subjected to terrorist, malicious mischief, or other acts of willful interference.
  12. Recommend the use and training of protective forces, guard, crime prevention programs and other measures to identify, reduce, eliminate, or neutralize criminal activity and terrorist threats.
  13. Conduct surveys and analyses to identify how critical and vulnerable facilities or sites are and threats against them; consult with operating personnel and other security specialists to devise protection systems which provide maximum security with the least interference in the organization's mission. Conducts extensive analysis of Department of State Security Environment Threat List (SETL), regulations, rules, policies and host nation laws to ensure ABMC's security program is optimized to reduce exposure to risks and ensure regulatory compliance.
  14. Serve as the key liaison to US Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Overseas Security Policy Board, Regional Security Officers (RSOs), Overseas Building Office (OBO) and other law enforcement and intelligence authorities on all issues related to security and security alerts for staff at all ABMC sites.
  15. Serves as Continuity Specialist for the ABMC's Continuity Program.
  16. Serve as a Contracting Officers Representative (COR) on specific contracts for products and services:
  17. Consistent with US Department of State DS and OBO guidelines, recommend the requirements, procedures, and facilities needed to optimize physical security and to mitigate known risks.
  18. Recommend the number and kind of safes, alarms, locks, lighting, fences, and markings needed and develops procedures for the protection of personnel and property.
  19. Ensures that ABMC sites have state-of-the-art intrusion detection systems and devices, personnel entry control systems, ballistic protection measures, protection levels monitoring and control, asset protection, and loss prevention.
  20. Serve as a management advisor helping coordinate ABMC workplace safety initiative, including but not limited to: safe use of all , required certifications, and best practices related to day-to-day workplace safety across occupations.
Travel Required
  • 50% or Greater
  • Frequent travel should be expected.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • A two year service commitment for overseas PCS is required.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service

At least one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent in scope and responsibility to the GS-13 level in the Federal service is required. Examples of specialized experience include activities such as: 1) identifying and assessing vulnerabilities and threats to facilities in order to establish new policies and local directives; 2) interpreting and implementing physical security regulations and policies related to technical security countermeasures; 3) providing technical advice and guidance on innovative technology regarding electronic security practices and protocol, devices, and trends; and 4) directing the technical evaluation, repair, installation, and maintenance of security equipment by subordinate staff (e.g., planning, overseeing, and approving technical work, evaluating work performance, resolving employee complaints, etc.)

Please make sure your competency based and specialized experience can be clearly identified in your resume.

Closing Date Only experience obtained by the closing date of the announcement will be considered.

Language Requirement Proficiency in French is preferred for this position. The selected candidate will be evaluated by a third-party testing facility to determine their proficiency in speaking and reading French using the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale. A selectee who does not have a minimum score of ILR speaking 1+ / reading 3 will be subject to a foreign language critical factor on their performance standard until this minimum is met. More information on the ILR scale is available online.

Proficiency in languages other than French (particularly Italian, Dutch, and Spanish), while not required for selection, should be indicated on your application.

Time in Grade Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Merit Promotion (generally applicants who have held a Federal civilian appointment within the previous 52 weeks.) These applicants must have 1 year time-in-grade at the GS-13 level or equivalent to qualify.

Dual-Citizenship This position is restricted to U.S. citizens only. If you are also the citizen of another country please indicate this on your application. Dual-citizenship may disqualify you for this assignment.

Security Clearance

Top Secret

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After the closing date of the vacancy

  1. Your application will be evaluated; then
  2. The Best Qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and interview.

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Other Information

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, the veteran must be a preference eligible or a veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:

  • Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A
  • Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
  • Other Special Appointing Authorities Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Salary Range: $88,136.00 to $114,578.00 / This position is eligible for Overseas Post Allowance per DSSR 220

Series & Grade: GS-0080-14/14

Promotion Potential: 14

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Status Candidates (Merit Promotion, VEOA Eligibles, and other non-competitive eligibles)

Control Number: 472315100

Job Announcement Number: OO-17-10