Dowless & Associates FAQs
What types of skill sets are you looking for?
We are currently seeking candidates who have a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD. in the following and related disciplines:
- Security Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Science
- Systems Engineering
- Software Development
- Network Security
- Database Engineering
- Business Process Management/ITIL
- Java Development
Do you have a full outline of your benefits?
Yes, please visit our Benefits
page to learn more about the wonderful benefits we offer to our employees.
How soon can I participate in the 401K?
You are eligible to participate in the 401K the 1st day of the month following your hire date. You sign up and maintain your account online.
When can I sign up for benefits?
You can sign up for benefits on your first day of employment. They will become effective the 1st day of the next month.
Do you offer tuition assistance?
Yes. We have a tuition reimbursement program. We encourage all of our employees to continue in their career path and obtain their degree.
Can I pursue a graduate degree?
Yes. All of our employees are eligible for tuition reimbursement for continuing and graduate education in a field related to the business.
How long does the clearance process take?
This depends on the investigating agency and level of clearance. In our experience, it could be anywhere from 3 months to 24 months.
Are your Benefits competitive?
We shop our benefits each year in the spring in preparation for our Annual Open Enrollment in June, to ensure that we have the best package and the best rates to offer our employees each year.
Who may have access to classified information?
Only those persons who have a bona fide need to know, and who possess a personnel security clearance at the same or higher level as the classified information to be disclosed. The clearance level and the classified information to be accessed are determined by the granting federal agency.
Can I obtain a security clearance on my own?
No. You must be sponsored by a cleared contractor or a government entity. To be sponsored you must be employed by a cleared contractor (or hired as a consultant) in a position that requires a clearance.
Does Dowless & Associates, Inc. sponsor for security clearances?
This is looked at on a case by case basis. There are many factors involved; if your skill set matches our core competencies and you are a U.S. Citizen, then we would encourage you to submit your resume for review and someone will contact you if you’re a good match.
Can a clearance be reinstated after it has been terminated?
Yes. If a person previously had a clearance and the investigation is still current, the clearance can be reinstated by the agency that originally granted the clearance or it can be accepted and granted by a different agency, provided there hasn’t been a break-in-service of two years or more. This usually only entails the submission of a new application and a favorable review of the application by the clearance granting authority.
What if my skill set does not match any of your current openings?
If your skill set matches any of the skill sets we look for please submit your resume against the “other” position in the jobs section. We are happy to review resumes of highly skilled, technical folks, even it seems we don’t have an opening for you.
What are the next steps after I submit my resume?
If your resume and skill set match up with an active job opening, a Recruiter will contact you to determine next steps. If your resume does not match any of our current openings; your resume will be kept on file and when a matching position opens up, you will be contacted.
What is a security clearance?
A security clearance is a status granted by agencies of the United States Government that determines a person’s ability to access and view documents of national security. A security clearance investigation is an inquiry into an individual’s loyalty, character, trustworthiness and reliability to ensure that they are eligible for access to national security information.
The investigation focuses on an individual’s character and conduct, emphasizing such factors as honesty, trustworthiness, reliability, financial responsibility, criminal activity, emotional stability, and other similar and pertinent areas. All investigations consist of checks of national records and credit checks; some investigations also include interviews with individuals who know the candidate for the security clearance as well as the candidate himself/herself.
These investigations are necessary as some of the positions may be in secure positions pertaining to national intelligence and security.
How do I apply to a position?
Please select an available position on our website. Click the “apply now” button and follow the steps to submit your resume.