Associate Program Leader for Safeguards

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

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We have an opening for an Associate Program Leader to manage and execute all-source policy analysis and technical development for International Atomic Energy Agency nuclear safeguards, an element of LLNL's Nonproliferation and Arms Control (NPAC) Program. You will provide leadership for an interdisciplinary team of analysts and subject matter experts focused on supporting the Department of Energys role related to the development, administration and sustainment of safeguards-based policy and education, international partnerships, and technical development. This position is in the Global Security Principal Directorates N Program. While this position is funded in part by Global Security, most of your assignment will be funded through direct programmatic work.
Essential Duties
- Lead, manage, and coordinate Team Leads, Principal Investigators (PIs) and projects within the NPAC safeguards program, including funding oversight of a multi-million-dollar program.
- Serve as the primary technical point of contact for relevant technical and policy areas associated with the programs safeguards mission areas and sponsors as defined by the NPAC program leader. Represent the program and provide strategic technical advice to sponsors and other U.S. Government (USG) organizations, traveling as necessary.
- Manage the program's research agenda, including producing high-quality reports, and briefings (open- and all-source). Develop and maintain an integrated strategy for program research areas consistent with overall NPAC strategic planning, utilizing key knowledge and insights on safeguards, and associated WMD and nuclear threat reduction technology and national security needs.
- Develop and track project execution plans for the programs assigned research and development projects, including allocation and monitoring of available personnel and budgets.
- Develop new program opportunities, including the definition and development of research proposals in collaboration with potential sponsors and customers, including those outside of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) such as Department of State (DoS), US Intelligence Community (IC), and other agencies.
- Maintain and ensure appropriate quality standards of highly complex projects for all the programs research and development activities including reviewing, coordinating, and approving deliverables, publications and presentations. Promote and maintain a positive image of the Laboratory and strong internal/external customer relationships by ensuring project and program objectives and commitments are met successfully.
- Cultivate effective and mutually beneficial partnerships with external organizations to meet the strategic needs of current and future programs. Utilize these partnerships to foster a pipeline of workforce talent, projects, technology and educational advancement.
- Manage and coordinate NPAC related proposal submissions for the Laboratory to ensure consistency, quality, and mission/vision alignment in partnership with other senior managers.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition, at the SEL.5 Level
- Develop innovative concepts and provide expert management, leadership, technical vision, and strategic planning for both analytic and scientific research and development environments.
- Present project accomplishments and exceed customer expectations, as well as identify new opportunities, goals, and application areas by leading the development of proposals interacting with and influencing strategic decisions made by senior program management.
- Masters Degree in physical science, nuclear physics, engineering, political science or related discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and significant related experience, and ability to lead the application and development of principles, theories and concepts in a creative and innovative fashion.
- Subject matter expert knowledge of IAEA safeguards, including contemporary compliance issues, technical development needs, and international training needs at the IAEA and among foreign partners.
- Significant experience leading teams responsible for and contributing to analysis in support of the U.S. governments status as an IAEA member state, including intimate familiarity with comprehensive safeguards agreements and the additional protocol, associated cases of noncompliance with those agreements, and the IAEAs broader mission in other areas such as technical cooperation.
- Significant experience managing multi-million-dollar budgets and effectively balancing highly complex technical and budgetary priorities. Advanced program management skills with a ability to deliver successful results.
- Significant experience with managerial practices related to performance reviews, salary management, and recognition and/or disciplinary actions. Experience managing issues that affect facility management, safety, and regulatory compliance effectively.
- Expert problem-solving, analytical, technical, and organizational skills to independently advise, recommend, and approve appropriate actions and implement solutions. Ability to delegate effectively to lead, motivate, and build complex teams to work toward programmatic and institutional goals.
- Significant experience cultivating successful and productive relationships with external clients/sponsors and the expert collaboration skills needed to effectively develop and sustain partnerships with other programs, directorates, laboratories, NNSA management, other institutions across the interagency and intelligence community.
- Expert communication skills, both written and verbal, to effectively explain, present, negotiate, advise, and influence all levels of management. Ability and willingness to travel extensively.
Desired Qualifications
- Ph.D. in a technology or policy field with highly advanced knowledge of nuclear materials fuel cycles, nuclear weapons physics and design, and in-country or IAEA experience as a safeguards subject-matter expert and practitioner.
- Expert knowledge of all-source analysis tradecraft, with application to nuclear-related issues including the safeguards mission. Extensive experience and ability to lad, develop positions on, and perform assessments and analyses of WMD concerns and threats.
- Expert knowledge of global technical advacements that may influence or impact WMD analyses.

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 an active Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance or active Top Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency at time of hire. Also, you must have the ability to obtain and maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access. Please note that your current active Q or Top Secret clearance with DOE or another agency does not guarantee DOE SCI access approval; if you are denied access, you may besubject to reinvestigation ofyour existing Q or Top Secret clearance.

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 applyingcutting-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 $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 employees.

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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