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3 weeks ago

Sr. Contractor Special Security Officer (CSSO) – Top Secret Clearance

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Job Description

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 critical efforts as a Sr. Contractor Special Security Officer (CSSO). This is an opportunity to fill a critical role within a dynamic, high-tempo environment focusing on programs that are pushing the boundaries of industry and technology. A successful candidate will be a self-starter and problem-solver with 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 security deliverables are met, as well as ensure their understanding of the program classification requirements and protections
  • Provide SCI-level subject matter expertise for an expansive portfolio
  • Lead all annual self-inspections and government compliance inspections
  • Participate in all aspects of the initiation, management, and upkeep of personnel clearances for SCI programs
  • Create security CONOPS, Operations Security (OPSEC) Plans, Program Protection Implementation Plans (PPIPs), Memorandums for Record (MFRs), and other relevant security documentation as needed for approval by government customers
  • Coordinate transportation plans and courier documents for transportation of classified program materials and/or assets
  • Ensure SOPs are up to date and accurately reflecting security procedures, including proper facilitation of government security official approval
  • Generate and coordinate co-use agreements (CUAs) between agencies that are utilizing shared spaces
  • Facilitate DD254 tracking, generation, review, and issuance of subcontractor DD254s
  • Create and/or update annual refresher briefings, indoctrination briefings, and exit briefings as needed in accordance with government customer requirements
  • Process incoming and outgoing classified visit access requests
  • Counsel individuals who have been denied access and assist employees through the appeal process as necessary
  • Prepare and submit annual personnel clearance certification reports in accordance with contractual requirements
  • Other duties as assigned


  • High school diploma or equivalent certificate
  • 5+ years of security experience working in the SCI environment
  • 3+ years working experience with 32 CFR part 117 (NISPOM), Intelligence Community Directives (ICDs), and/or other security policies and procedures
  • Active Top Secret security clearance with SCI eligibility. Please note that an active clearance will provide you the opportunity to work on sensitive SpaceX missions. As such, you will be subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol testing


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree
  • Strong familiarity with Security Classification Guides and ability to implement appropriate classification controls within the program
  • Familiarity with DISS, NBIS, TALON, Scattered Castles and/or other customer specific systems


  • 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. Those with an active clearance will receive a 10% differential, up to an additional $15,000 annually, once officially briefed into a classified program.

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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