Associate Director, Engineering

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory seeks to fill the position of Associate Director (AD) for Engineering. The AD for Engineering, leads an organization of approximately 2,300 engineers, technical staff and professional/administrative personnel that apply world class engineering and state of the art technologies to enhance national security, reduce global threats and address scientific and engineering challenges of national importance.

The Engineering Directorate is one of three discipline organizations responsible for providing expertise and technical leadership to LLNL core programs and missions. The AD has the responsibility to develop and execute a strategy for sustaining engineering excellence and enhancing mission contributions in a climate of increasing national security challenges. Through its exceptional engineering staff, and the application of rigorous engineering approaches, LLNL has developed an extraordinary track record of meeting large engineering challenges in support of mission needs. To build on this foundation, the AD for Engineering must personally embody excellence in the rigor and practice of the engineering discipline, and act as the recognized long-term steward of LLNLs engineering excellence. This individual leads, motivates and enables innovations that result in new, mission enhancing capabilities. Such capabilities will help to define the Laboratory and produce transformational breakthroughs that meet national security challenges. By supporting and expanding the organizations entrepreneurial culture, the AD will strengthen the organizations effectiveness in developing funded collaborations with internal and external stakeholders to expand and leverage Engineerings capability base.

As a partner with the Laboratorys mission program organizations, the Engineering Directorate provides staff, expertise, technology, and facilities to achieve the Laboratory's goals. AD responsibilities include recruiting, managing and developing the directorates staff; supervising all aspects of directorate operations; initiating and overseeing compelling research activities that create mission transforming capabilities; establishing strategic partnerships with universities, industries and other laboratories; and advancing the reputation of the Laboratory as a world class engineering organization. The AD is responsible for ensuring a secure and inclusive work environment, as well as an effective safety culture. The Engineering AD serves as a member of the Laboratorys senior management team and works with the Director and others to develop institutional strategies, implement institutional initiatives, and provide input to key decisions.

The Engineering Directorate is home to the broad range of engineering expertise, capabilities, and research required by the Laboratorys major programs. It comprises the Defense Technologies Engineering, Laser Systems Engineering, and National Security Engineering Divisions that are aligned with the three major mission areas of the Laboratory, and the Materials Engineering and Computational Engineering Divisions with crosscutting capabilities spanning all mission areas. The directorate also includes the Center for Micro and Nanotechnologies, the Advanced Manufacturing R&D Laboratory, Center for Bioengineering, and facilities for non-destructive characterization, materials characterization, and electronics and mechanical manufacturing. Its foundation is a world class staff with expertise in additive and advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, micro and nanotechnologies, modeling and simulation, signal and image processing, data science and analytics, nondestructive characterization, precision engineering, laser and optical systems, sensor imaging and communications, advanced diagnostics, autonomous systems, project management, systems analysis and engineering of large complex systems. The directorate is responsible for developing and executing cutting-edge research in the engineering sciences, operating several engineering facilities, and maintaining outstanding engineering capabilities needed to meet current and future mission needs and to sustain the long-term vitality of its scientific foundations. This position reports to the Laboratory Director.

Essential Duties

- Develop and execute a vision and strategy for the Directorate that enables sustained success in the Laboratorys programs and enriches the core engineering capabilities of the Laboratory for present and future mission needs.
- Advance Engineerings role as custodian of LLNLs engineering expertise, rigor and discipline.
- Foster continued advancement of staff expertise in project management and systems engineering.
- Ensure that the Directorate has the world class engineering capabilities needed by the Laboratory and its core programs to meet commitments to stakeholders and to sustain the long-term vitality of its scientific foundations.
- Develop and maintain strong relationships with programmatic partners within the Laboratory and throughout other Federal Agencies and academia.
- Manage the portfolio of externally funded activities in engineering R&D by reviewing new research proposals, existing projects, and interacting with potential sponsors and stakeholders in government, industry, and academia.
- Oversee the operation of a number of facilities and service centers that are critical to the execution of programmatic missions of the Laboratory.
- Manage financial activities in the organization, ensuring budgets and accounts are properly maintained and overseen, and all Laboratory, and DOE fiscal policies and practices are followed.
- Create a cadre of inspired leaders and a culture of innovation to identify and create new capabilities with high impact on LLNLs national missions.
- Nurture and expand entrepreneurial capabilities to assure the skills necessary to build a strong stakeholder community, and to secure the resources needed to accomplish Engineerings mission and maintain its long-term vitality.
- Implement programs to increase the hiring of diverse talent into the Directorate as well as initiatives to create and sustain an inclusive environment and culture.
- Manage Directorate personnel, ensuring an effective system for recruiting and hiring a diverse, high quality scientific staff, and training and developing existing staff.
- Oversee comprehensive performance management and evaluation of all Directorate staff. This includes career development activities, yearly performance appraisals, ranking and salary management.
- Perform other duties as assigned.


- Ph.D. in engineering or a related field, or equivalent level of related education and experience.
- Extensive experience in the successful leadership and application of engineering discipline and rigor in large and small engineering projects.
- Extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge of strategic planning and other organizational dynamics.
- Prior success leading and managing large engineering programs or organizations.
- Exceptional leadership skills, both in setting technical directions and motivating people and promoting creative contributions to solving complex scientific problems.
- Recognized ability to lead engineering innovation and successfully transition new capabilities to the end user.
- Experience in applying entrepreneurial approaches to developing new customers for engineering capabilities.
- Understanding of the FFRDC role and federal oversight environment, and the ability to work within that environment towards long-range goals.
- Exceptional verbal and written communication, facilitation, collaboration, and problem-solving skills necessary to direct and represent the organization, lead innovative research, build cooperative multi-disciplinary teams, and interact with management and customers/sponsors.
- Experience in preparation of performance reviews, ranking, and salary management.
- Experience working effectively in a high impact, high visibility, multi-tasking environment.
- Demonstrated ability to balance scientific, programmatic and research needs with operational requirements.
- Experience ensuring adherence to safety and environmental standards and practices.

Desired Qualifications

- Demonstrated effectiveness in developing relationships with external stakeholders in government, industry, and academia
- Working knowledge of the DOE/NNSA Laboratory complex and the Nations nuclear weapons establishment.
- Established contacts with academic and sponsor committees

Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance: This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, wewill initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if youmeet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2.

Note: This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.

Site 300 is an experimental test site operated by LLNL. Situated on 7,000 acres in rural foothills approximately six miles southwest of downtown Tracy and 15 miles southeast of Livermore, Site 300 hosts approximately 200 employees with expertise in such fields as engineering, chemistry, biology, and environmental restoration.

LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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