Associate Program Leader, Nuclear Verification

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

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We have an opening for an Associate Program Leader to manage and execute analysis and technical development to support nuclear verification, an element of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratorys 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 a nuclear verification and arms control portfolio. This position is in the Global Security Principal Directorates Nuclear Threat Reduction Program. While this position is funded in part by Global Security, most of your assignment will be funded through direct programmatic work.
This position will be filled at either the SEL.4 or SEL.5 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
Essential Duties
- Lead, manage, and coordinate Team Leads, Principal Investigators (PIs) and projects within the NPAC verification 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 verification 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 technical analyses, written reports, and briefings. Develop and maintain an integrated strategy for program research areas consistent with overall NPAC strategic planning, utilizing key knowledge and insights on verification and arms control needs, and associated weapons of mass destruction (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.
- Manage and coordinate NPAC-related proposal submissions for the Laboratory to ensure consistency, quality, and mission/vision alignment in partnership with other senior managers. Develop new program opportunities, including the definition and development of research proposals in collaboration with potential sponsors and customers, including those outside of 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.
- 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 while interacting with and influencing strategic decisions made by senior program management.
Qualifications
- 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 across relevant missions, including nuclear test monitoring, seismic cooperation in partner states, and activities performed by and the Laboratorys role in supporting the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), and technical pursuits. Also advanced fuel cycle understanding, particularly with respect to uranium and plutonium verification, and specific projects pertaining to uranium sourcing, uranium hexafluoride age dating, and plutonium production in graphite-moderated reactors.
- Significant experience leading teams responsible for and contributing to analysis such as the U.S. governments role in supporting nuclear verification projects. Expert problem-solving, analytical, technical, and organizational skills to independently advise, recommend, and approve appropriate actions and implement solutions.
- Significant experience managing multi-million-dollar budgets and effectively balancing highly complex technical and budgetary priorities. Advanced program management skills with ability to deliver successful results. Expert ability to delegate effectively to lead, motivate, and build complex teams to work toward programmatic and institutional goals.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ability and willingness to travel extensively and internationally.
- Expert communication skills, both written and verbal, to effectively explain, present, negotiate, advise, and influence all levels of management.
In Addition, at the SEL.5 Level
- 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 experience applying technical subject-matter expertise.
- Expert knowledge of all-source analysis tradecraft, with application to nuclear-related issues including verification and arms control missions. Extensive experience and ability to lead, develop positions on, and perform assessments and analyses of WMD concerns and threats.
- Expert knowledge of global technical advancements 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.

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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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