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Science and Technology Assessments (STA) Associate Program Leader - Z Program

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 03/04/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are looking for individuals that demonstrate an understanding of working in partnership with team peers, who engage, advocate, and contribute to building an inclusive culture, and provide expertise to solve challenging problems.

Job Description

We are looking for multiple Associate Program Leaders (APLs) for the Science and Technology Assessments (STA) Program to lead a dynamic team developing and executing the work of the Laboratory in support of intelligence analytic missions in chemical/biological sciences, missile/space technologies, and emerging technologies.  The STA Program has execution responsibility for a diverse program distributed across four Associate Program Leaders in chemical/biological sciences, missile/space technologies, analytic systems, and emerging technology assessments.  These positions will be within the Global Security (GS) Principal Directorate’s Z Program and will programmatically report to the STA Program Leader.

In this role you will

  • Lead, manage, and coordinate Principal Investigators (PIs) and projects within one of the open Programs (chemical/biological sciences, missile/space technologies, and emerging technologies), including, ensuring that projects are conducted to the highest standards of technical and analytical quality and fiscal management, and meeting all Laboratory safety and security requirements.
  • Serve as the point of contact for relevant technical and policy areas associated with the program’s mission areas and sponsors as defined by the STA Program Leader.  Represent the program with sponsors and other U.S. Government (USG) organizations, traveling, as necessary, outside the STA Mission Manager portfolios.
  • Lead the program's research agenda, including producing highly advanced, finished intelligence analysis, reports, and briefings.  Develop an integrated strategy for research areas consistent with overall strategic planning utilizing key knowledge and insights of the program.
  • Develop and track project execution plans for the program’s assigned research and development projects, including allocation and monitoring of available personnel and budgets.
  • Build, maintain, and enhance relationships with sponsors, customers, and stakeholders to ensure exquisite execution of projects and satisfaction of commitments while developing new program opportunities, outside of the STA Mission Manager portfolios.
  • Recruit staff in collaboration with counterparts, management, and matrix organizations to support the mission areas while respecting execution requirements and commitments of other projects and programs in STA and Z Program and assist the STA Program Leader and Mission Managers to balance resources with other mission areas.
  • Maintain and ensure appropriate quality standards of highly complex projects for all the program’s research and development activities including reviewing, coordinating, and approving deliverables, publications, and presentations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition, at the SEL.5 Level

  • Develop innovative concepts and provide expert leadership, technical vision, and strategic planning for both analytic and scientific research and development environments.
  • Present project accomplishments and meet customer expectations, as well as identify new opportunities, goals, and application areas by leading the development of proposals interacting with senior program management.
  • Develop and implement new innovative analytical capabilities within the program and apply them against an expanding portfolio.  Influence strategic decisions made by senior management and external customers at the national level.


  • Master’s Degree in physical science, engineering, political science or related discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and significant related experience, and demonstrated ability to lead the application and development of principles, theories, and concepts in a creative and innovative fashion.
  • Subject matter expert knowledge of one of the following areas, chemical/biological sciences, missile/space technologies, and emerging technologies.
  • Substantial experience managing, leading, and supervising multidisciplinary projects and teams for external programmatic sponsors to meet deliverables.
  • Expert knowledge of Intelligence Community (IC) needs and practices, including Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) security marking, intelligence oversight and compliance, and related security practices.
  • Substantial experience working in a classified environment with highly complex, multi-agency security requirements and with both classified and unclassified subject matter.
  • Substantial experience with programs and projects for national security mission applications and understanding of national security mission requirements and related issues.
  • Significant knowledge of intelligence analysis in one or more of open areas (chemical/biological sciences, missile/space technologies, and emerging technologies) with a demonstrated track record of intelligence community publications.
  • Expert verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively present, explain, and advise senior management and external sponsors and customers, including preparing and presenting proposals and reporting results.
  • Ability and willingness to travel in support of the program.

Qualifications We Desire at the SEL.5 Level

  • Ph.D. Degree in physical science, nuclear physics, engineering, political science or related discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Expert knowledge of and extensive experience leading and developing positions on, and performing assessments and analyses in, one area of chemical/biological sciences, missile/space, or emerging technologies threats.
  • Technical knowledge of advancements that have impact beyond the Laboratory and the ability to champion, lead, and develop innovative principles, theories, and concepts.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

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 be subject to re-investigation of your existing Q or Top Secret clearance.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. 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, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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