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Supervisory Security Specialist (NIH Chief of Police) (General Services)

NIH Office of Research Services
Bethesda, Maryland
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Dec 7, 2022

Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

Office of Research Services



Supervisory Security Specialist (NIH Chief of Police) (General Services)


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, the world’s largest medical research facility, is seeking applications from exceptional candidates for a Supervisory Security Specialist (NIH Chief of Police) at the NIH (Office of Research Services, Office of Security and Emergency Response, Division of Police)


Supervisory Security Specialist (NIH Chief of Police) (one vacancy, GS-0080-15)


If you are a knowledgeable, talented, and motivated individual and have experience in the application of police methods and techniques, consider joining the Division of Police. The responsibility of the position is the investigation, apprehension, or detention of persons suspected of offenses against any criminal laws of the United States.


This position is a Supervisory Security Specialist (NIH Chief of Police) with the National Institutes of Health.


This opportunity will be available on for 22 calendar days over the next 2 ½ weeks. The application period reflects the NIH’s effort to hire talented people quickly.


Chief of Police GS-0080-15 announcement dates: 12/5/22 -12/26/22

Merit announcement: # NIH-ORS-MP-23-11704855 and link:

DE announcement: # NIH-ORS-DE-23-11705530 and link:


The Supervisory Security Specialist (NIH Chief of Police) opportunity has one posting on USAJOBS.


Supervisory Security Specialist (NIH Chief of Police)



  • Incumbent serves as the Supervisory Security Specialist (Chief of Police), and is the official responsible for the planning, direction, and management of the NIH's security, personnel protection, law enforcement, crime prevention, and investigations.


  • Evaluates the spectrum of threats against NIH facilities and personnel while not impeding or interfering with the conduct of mission-critical biomedical research.
  • Incumbent is responsible for the coordination of all the security, protection, surveillance, and communications systems across all NIH facilities.
  • Incumbent directs the development, implementation, administration, and evaluation of integrated and highly complex security operations, law enforcement, crime prevention and intelligence programs to protect NIH facilities and personnel.
  • Incumbent is responsible for collaborating/planning/conducting/and coordinating emergency response protocols; investigations of criminal and other offenses; and plans and conducts community policing services.
  • Plans, develops, organizes, and directs all administrative and operational facets of the NIH Police force.
  • Directs the investigation of crimes and deploys personnel to assist the United States Magistrate in subsequent court cases.
  • Serves as the leading NIH Police authority in the science of traffic management.
  • Provides leadership, supervision, and oversight to a staff of approximately 120 employees and 600 security contractors.

(Conditions of Employment)

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement or proof of being a U.S. National must be met by closing date.


  • Employment is subject to the successful completion of the pre-appointment process (i.e., background investigation, verification of qualifications and job requirements, completion of onboarding forms, submission of required documents, etc.)
  • If selected, you must pass a pre-employment medical examination and psychological examination.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Applicants must meet all qualifications requirements within thirty (30) calendar days of the closing date of this announcement, including time in grade.
  • If selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE form 450 to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency.
  • A one-year supervisory probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.
  • This position has on-call or call-back requirements and weekend hours.
  • Pre-employment and/or random drug and alcohol testing is required for this position.
  • The selectee must possess and maintain a valid state motor vehicle license.
  • Incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP Secret Security Clearance.
  • In accordance with Executive Order 12564 of September 14, 1986, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is A Drug-Free Federal Workplace. Pre-employment and/or random drug and alcohol testing is required for this position.
  • The selectee may be required to use protective clothing. The selectee will be required to wear a uniform.
  • Criminal history background checks are a required for this position.
  • This position is subject to the Lautenberg Amendment Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended, which prohibits access to firearms by people convicted of crimes involving domestic violence or any felonious act.
  • You must have reached your 21st birthday prior to an initial Federal Police Officer appointment.
  • If selected for this position, you will be expected to travel 12 weeks for initial entrance level training at Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). FLETC may be waived for eligible candidates.
  • Selectee will be required to obtain and maintain a CPR and First Aid Certification.
  • Must be able to lift and or move heavy items weighing a minimum of 50 lbs.


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A full package of Civil Service benefits is available including retirement, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, leave, and a 401k equivalent savings plan. 


The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.


DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers

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