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Operations Coordinator

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
United States, Maryland, Laurel
11100 Johns Hopkins Road (Show on map)
November 30, 2023

Are you searching for important work to help protect and defend our US national security space capabilities?

Do you enjoy providing critical contributions to critical challenges?

Do you enjoy working with people and coordinating activities to ensure team success?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

We are seeking an Operations Coordinator to help bring meaningful contributions to the National Security Space (NSS) Mission Area. As a member of our team, you will have an opportunity to work on exciting projects that challenge your skills and expertise. Our team strives to foster an environment of inclusion and values contributions from diverse talent. We value innovation and open communication to provide a collaborative environment that promotes learning, growth, and professional development.

As an Operations Coordinator

  • Your primary responsibility will be to support the Program Security Representative (PSR), Special Security Representative (SSR), and Facilities Operations Manager
  • Assure program operations and compliance with applicable government and company regulations
  • Build and maintain a relationship with government security counterparts
  • Assist the personnel security program in the validation of access, eligibility, polygraph requests, nomination interviews, investigative requests, Non-Disclosure Agreements/Non-Disclosure Statements, and other related security actions.
  • Assist facility security administration and management of numerous programs and facilities.
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems and make decisions that enhance the organizational efficiency
  • Be responsible for managing tracking program and facility charge numbers needed to support the facility's logistic and operational environment
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of National Security Space


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Possess a Bachelor's degree in Business, Information Systems, or a security-related field. Four-plus years of security related work experience may be substituted for the degree requirement.
  • Have familiarity with the National Industrial Security Programs Operating Manual (NISPOM) and DoD policy such as 5205.07 SAP manuals.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the operation of facilities within a secured environment including the protection, storage and handling of electronic hardware, physical and electronic information.
  • Have experience working in a secured space / classified environment, including familiarity with the technical and electronic aspects of classified facilities, safes, PCs, Laptops, mobile devices, and other types of equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand Standard Operating Procedures for handling and transporting classified material and information systems.
  • Self-motivated and able to proceed on own initiative with willingness to support a variety of programs/tasking as part of a team or as an individual.
  • Communicate effectively with staff of all levels and with external customers to include liaising with military or government sponsors.
  • Hold an active Top Secret security clearance and can ultimately obtain a TS/SCI level clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

You 'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have a Master's Degree in Business, Information Systems, or a related field
  • Have a thorough understanding of DoD and government organizational structures.
  • Are proficient with information systems, records management, database applications, access control software, JPAS, SIMS and intrusion detection systems

Be Part of Something Innovative

Over the past 25 years, the Space Exploration Sector at APL, has pushed the boundaries of what is possible; delivering game-changing impacts to sponsors like NASA and the Department of Defense. This includes historic, science space firsts like New Horizons reaching Pluto, Parker Solar Probe being the first to "touch" the sun, and the DART mission that redirected an asteroid for planetary defense. As a not-for-profit university affiliated research center, APL also delivered solutions to our nation's national security challenges, as proven with the recent Deep Space Advanced Radar Concept (DARC) Tech Demo, and acts as a trusted partner with the US Space Force in space domain awareness and space-integrated warfare.

APL teams are currently developing missions that will advance the search for life in the Solar System through programs such as Europa Clipper and Dragonfly, exploring the lunar and cislunar domains, and providing fundamental knowledge of our Sun's influence on the near-Earth environment through IMAP and other research and technology endeavors. To learn about these APL's mission and projects, and .

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at.

About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Accommodations@jhuapl.edu. Only by ensuring that everyone's voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

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