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OPS has over 17 different occupational series in our team of over 850 employees to support Security Operations, Physical Security, Personnel Security, and Business Operations that includes various administrative support positions. At OPS, we use a collaborative approach to harness the knowledge and many skills of our employees.

All applicants must apply through USAJobs:


Popular interview questions:

  1. When you think of the term diversity, what comes to mind?
  2. What interests you the most about this job with the Smithsonian?
  3. How would you describe the amount of structure, direction, and feedback you need to be successful?
  4. If selected for the job, what do you anticipate to be your greatest impact?
  5. What strengths do you rely on to make you successful in your work?
  6. What are your short- and long-term career goals? How are you preparing to achieve them? 


Federal Employee Benefits

  • Health benefits including dental and vision
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Paid annual leave (starting at 13 vacation days per year)
  • Paid sick leave
  • Paid holidays (10 per year)
  • Retirement: Thrift Savings Plan, Federal Employees RetirementSystem
  • Commuter benefits up to $265 per month
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program that includes medical consultations, clinical services, and exercise facilities
  • Credit Union
  • Smithsonian Shop discounts
  • Uniforms and Laundry Services 

For more information on employee benefits, visit

Career Development Programs at OPS

  • Career Development Guide
  • Monthly Leadership Series
  • Mentorship Program
  • OPS Staff Town Halls
  • Professional, comprehensive on-site security training and annual certification programs
  • Customized Supervisory Training
  • Safety, Implicit Bias, and Procedural Justice Trainings

For more information on employee career development, visit 

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