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Federal Security Director (FSD)

Security Careers

Duties and Responsibilities: The Federal Security Director (FSD) is responsible for providing day-to-day operational direction for federal security at airports projected to have a small workforce, few checkpoints, and directly involved in the national interest. The FSD will be the ranking TSA authority responsible for the leadership and coordination of TSA security activities.   These responsibilities and accompanying authority include tactical planning, execution, and operating management for coordinated security services and other duties as prescribed for the Under Secretary of Transportation for Security.  The FSD is responsible for activities such as: 

  • Organizing and implementing the Federal Security Crisis Management Response Plan,
  • Implementation, performance and enhancement of security and screening standards for airport employees and passengers,
  • Oversight of passenger, baggage, and air cargo security screening
  • Airport security risk assessments
  • Security technology implementation and maintenance within established guidelines
  • Crisis management
  • Data and communications network protection and recovery as it impacts on federal security responsibilities
  • Employee security awareness training
  • Supervision of Federal law enforcement activities within the purview of the FDS and TSA
  • Coordination of federal, state, and local emergency services and law enforcement

Key Skills

  • Ability to plan and organize, set priorities, develop schedules and milestones and formulate and evaluate plans.
  • Skill in motivating and inspiring others and adapting own leadership style to a variety of situations
  • Ability to express ideas and facts in a clear and understandable manner, tailoring communication to the intended audience
  • Ability to manage a diverse workforce and lead others, including planning and assigning work, improving and controlling performance, selecting employees, and promoting EEO, human relations, and employee participation.

Selective Factor/Quality Ranking Factor(s): Demonstrated senior level management experience in one or more of the following areas: law enforcement, aviation security, professional asset/military force protections, or corporate security.

Latest revision: 14 January 2013