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Security Guard (Control Room Operator)

Full Time
New York, NY
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Job description


  • You will monitor security management systems to include access control, CCTV, fire, and life safety. In addition, the Unit Control Room Officer (UCRO) will act as the timekeeper for the facility and the central hub of communications for the operational security functions of a given unit.
  • You will dispatch response functions to alarms generated within a security management system in order to mitigate the protection of life and property within the Smithsonian Institution.
  • You will coordinate response for maintenance requests that impact identified elements within the security management system to include access control, CCTV, fire, and life safety.
  • You will facilitate emergency response procedures within the security management system and make necessary notifications to responsible parties, both internal and external to the Smithsonian.
  • You will processing and prioritizing information from multiple electronic communications sources and from multiple facilities.


Conditions of Employment

  • Requires career/career-conditional status or eligibility.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.

Conditions of Employment


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Physical Demands:

The work is generally sedentary, although there may be nominal walking or standing for short periods of time, or carrying of boxes of paper weighing up to 50 pounds, and /or tapes and disks. Requires ability to distinguish colors on a computer screen; eyesight correctable to 20/40; ability to clearly distinguish CCTV images at a nominal distance; and adequate hearing to be able to acknowledge the full range of audible alarm sounders used in the control rooms and to monitor radio transmissions.

Qualification requirements, including one year time-in-grade at the next lower grade level for promotion candidates, must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on OPM Website.


Experience: You qualify for this position if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as 1) Operating a wide variety of security, access control, CCTV, radio communications, fire and safety systems; 2) Troubleshooting basic security systems using methods and techniques to determine inoperative security devices; and 3) Utilizing specialized entry and access requirements, methods, and procedures to safeguard national treasures, works of art, literary collections, and artifacts in large government facilities.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

This position is included in the bargaining unit.

Flexible Spending Accounts - https://www.fsafeds.com/
Health Insurance - http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp
Leave - http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp
Life Insurance - http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp
Long Term Care Insurance - http://www.ltcfeds.com
Retirement Program - https://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/

  • Benefits

    The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options.

    Please see Benefits at https://www.si.edu/OHR/benefits for a complete description.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

  • Security Technology
  • Oral Communication
  • Security Methods
  • Emergency Response
  • Computer Literacy

Important Note:

Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

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  • Benefits

    The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options.

    Please see Benefits at https://www.si.edu/OHR/benefits for a complete description.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

    Your application package should include the following documents:

    • Resume - Your resume can be uploaded and attached to your application or created using the USA Jobs on-line resume builder. Ensure your resume contains the job title (including the occupational series and grade if it is Federal), job-related qualifications, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary for each employment period. It is your responsibility to ensure all information is submitted. Failure to include this information may result in disqualification for the position.

    • A copy of your most recent SF-50 which shows your position title, series, grade, step, salary, position occupied, and tenure to verify Time-in-Grade/competitive status. If you have previously held a higher grade and are applying based on that grade you must provide a copy of the SF-50 showing you held the higher grade and/or have promotion potential to the grade being advertised. Do NOT submit award SF-50s.
    • Most current Performance Appraisal.
  • How to Apply

    Please Note:

    • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
    • You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process;
      You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
    • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
    • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.


  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates

    04/11/2022 to 04/25/2022

  • Salary

    $46,797 - $60,836 per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 06

  • Location
    • New York, NY FEW vacancies
  • Telework eligible


  • Relocation expenses reimbursed


  • Appointment type

    Permanent - Federal

  • Work schedule

    Full-time - Full-Time, Permanent

  • Service


  • Promotion potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0085 Security Guard

  • Supervisory status


  • Security clearance


  • Drug test


  • Position sensitivity and risk

    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

  • Trust determination process


  • Announcement number


  • Control number


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