Full Time

Critical Infrastructure & Physical Security Specialist

Secure Community Network Chicago IL






The Critical Infrastructure and Physical Security Specialist is responsible for assessing the threats, hazards and risks against physical structures, and related preventative, protection, preparedness and mitigation as well as response and recovery measures. Conducts extensive threat, hazard, vulnerability, risk assessments as well as protective surveys of facilities and structures. Reviews for selection, and recommends for use, physical and technology systems as well as solutions, as they apply in an emergency management, security and crisis/incident management as well as communications context. Develops technical standards for best-practice implementation to ensure protection, prevention, preparedness and mitigation capabilities. 



The Secure Community Network (SCN), a nonprofit 501(c)(3), is the official safety and security organization of the Jewish community in North America. Working on behalf of the 50 largest Jewish non-profit organizations in North America, 146 Federations, and over 300 independent communities as well as with other partners in the public, private, non-profit and academic sectors, SCN serves as the Jewish community’s formal liaison with U.S. federal law enforcement and coordinates closely with law enforcement partners at all levels on safety and security issues related to the Jewish community; through the organization’s Operations Center, SCN intakes and tracks threats and incidents as well as analyzes intelligence and information, working with both law enforcement and community partners. SCN’s team of law enforcement and security professionals works with communities and partners across North America to develop and implement strategic frameworks to enhance the safety and security of the Jewish people. This includes developing best practice policies, plans and procedures, undertaking assessments of facilities, providing training and exercises to prepare for threats and hazards, offering consultation on safety and security matters, and providing response as well as crisis management support during critical incidents. 



  • Conducts extensive threat, hazard, and risk assessments as well as protective surveys of facilities and structures, both internal and external. 
  • Determines position and structure of facility hardening assets. 
  • Determines active and passive technologies for denial of unauthorized entry to protected facilities, as well as identification procedures for authorized entry. 
  • Maintains knowledge of state-of-the-art electronic technology systems for access control, alarms, and surveillance techniques, both overt and covert. 
  • Maintains knowledge of state-of-the-art homeland security, counter-terrorism and counter-crime techniques for the physical security of facilities, assets, and persons. 
  • Reviews for selection, and recommends for use, technology systems associated with emergency management, homeland security, crime and loss prevention. 
  • Assist in the training for use of recommended physical and technology systems. 
  • Maintain knowledge of state-of-the-art processes related to facility protective security surveys and risk analysis, and. 
  • Assists with examination of critical infrastructure, and in the creation of recommendations to protect and secure such infrastructure. 



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree OR current/honorable discharge from military duty in a related Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) AND a minimum of ten (10) years of full-time professional work experience in Emergency Management, Fire Service, Law Enforcement or Emergency Medical Services. (If applicable, must provide original transcript). 

  • Outgoing and humble demeanor. 
  • Expert presentation skills and the ability to speak in public. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to work under pressure. 
  • High attention to detail and the ability to multitask. 
  • Demonstrated team leadership and project management experience. 
  • Thorough knowledge of physical, technological, and other systems for physical and infrastructure security. 
  • Knowledge of Structural Engineering Concepts. 
  • Proficiency in physical and technology technical standards and best practices. 
  • Familiarity with Incident Command System (ICS), National Incident Management System (NIMS), crisis management, incident management. 
  • Skill in technical threat, hazard and risk assessment techniques and protective advance techniques. 
  • Extensive knowledge of concepts, threats and countermeasures regarding explosives, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and vehicle borne improvised explosive devices. 
  • Ability to train personnel in the use of recommended technology systems. 
  • Ability to share and communicate ideas clearly, both orally and in writing, to multiple audiences in clear, concise language. 
  • Certifications as a Physical Security Professional (PSP), Certified Protection Professional (CPP). 
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office. 
  • Must be willing to travel on a regular basis and be on-call 24/7. 
  • Ability to successfully complete credentialing process to receive secret intelligence and information pursuant to the United States Department of Homeland Security guidelines. 



  • Previous grant writing experience.
  • Knowledge of cyber safety and security techniques. 



Competitive and commensurate with experience. 



The Secure Community Network is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified individuals may apply by emailing a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to HR@securecommunitynetwork.org


This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the above position.