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Principal Associate Director, Weapons and Complex Integration - ACTIVE SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIRED

Director | Full-time
Executive | livermore, CA | 05/08/2021

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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 committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) currently has an opening for the Principal Associate Director (PAD) for the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) organization. LLNL is one of the nation's premier national laboratories with programs that range from basic and applied research across multiple scientific disciplines to nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship and support of other national security priorities. The Laboratory has an annual budget of $2.7 billion and about 8,000 employees. LLNL is operated by Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS), Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The LLNS LLC is comprised of the University of California, Bechtel National Corporation, Babcock and Wilcox Technical Services Group, and Amentum.

As the PAD for WCI you will be responsible for LLNL’s programs that ensure the safety, security, and effectiveness of the Nation’s nuclear deterrent in the absence of explosive nuclear testing and serve as one of LLNL’s key interfaces with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and its Stockpile Stewardship Program (SSP). This includes responsibility for conducting the Annual Assessment of the enduring stockpile, carrying out stockpile modernization programs as required and assigned, developing and maintaining the scientific capabilities and tools necessary for addressing current and future stewardship needs, and developing and advancing an excellent workforce to sustain this important mission. WCI is responsible for a broad portfolio of mission-supporting research including LLNL’s Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) activities, Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program, and advanced manufacturing partnerships to support NNSA enterprise modernization.

You will also be responsible for maintaining WCI core capabilities and the infrastructure necessary for the long-term health of the weapons and complex integration program. These responsibilities include maintaining existing and implementing new infrastructure needed by the weapons program and operating many of the high-hazard and nuclear facilities located at LLNL. As the PAD/WCI, you will oversee a budget of approximately ~$1.6B and lead an organization of about 600 direct staff members with an additional ~2600 matrixed staff consisting of scientists, engineers, and other technical staff who support the Laboratory’s mission. LLNL is committed to creating an excellent and diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive work culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to enable the innovation and creativity we need to ensure the success of the Laboratory and continued delivery on our missions.

Due to the matrixed character of LLNL, the WCI PAD must work closely with all members of LLNL’s Senior Management Team. Additionally, success in the nuclear deterrence mission requires WCI to build and sustain strong partnerships with the laboratories, plants, and sites that comprise the NNSA nuclear security enterprise as well as federal stakeholders. You will assure high-quality program execution and develop and implement efforts to meet future stakeholder needs, via strategic use of the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program and other initiatives. As the PAD/WCI, you will work with the Director’s Office to assure excellent relationships with executives in the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense (DoD), and will work in close collaboration with National Ignition Facility, NIF and Global Security Programs, as well as Operations and Business (O&B), and Science and Technology (S&T) organizations at the Laboratory. You will serve as a member of the Laboratory's senior management team and report directly to the LLNL Director / President of LLNS, LLC.

In this role you will

  • 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 the time of hire.
  • Lead and execute the Laboratory’s nuclear weapons program to support the current stockpile, its transformation to a future stockpile, and the health of the infrastructure of the nation’s nuclear weapons complex, ensuring stockpile safety, security, reliability, and performance.
  • Execute the Stockpile Annual Assessments Review (AAR) process in cooperation with Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and support the LLNL Director’s Letter to DOE and DoD.
  • Execute the Independent Nuclear Weapon Assessment Process (INWAP) in cooperation with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). 
  • Deliver on assigned stockpile modernization programs, and provide peer review for LANL and SNL as requested.
  • Maintain, execute, articulate and update as required the mission and strategic plan for the WCI organization.
  • Oversee the WCI budget; define and maintain baselines; establish executable plans and maintain timely change control processes.
  • Manage WCI organization personnel, ensuring an effective system for recruiting and hiring a diverse, high-quality scientific staff and training and developing existing staff.
  • Create and work on diverse and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Grow scientific leaders for the nation’s nuclear weapons enterprise with purposeful mentoring and engagement.
  • Develop and sustain the broad range of WCI scientific and technical capabilities and infrastructure that supports the current and long-range missions of the Laboratory.
  • Develop and deploy advanced technologies to modernize the production complex and ensure the safe dismantlement of retired weapons.
  • Manage operations in nuclear, high explosives, super-computing, waste processing facilities, and production development.
  • Develop and maintain a close partnership with DOE/NNSA headquarters, laboratory, site, and production complex and DoD across all relevant areas of interest to the nuclear enterprise, including strategy, program priorities, major milestones, and budget.
  • Provide oversight and manifest personal commitment to the goals of Integrated Safety Management, Integrated Safeguards and Security Management, compliance with all Environment, Safety & Health (ES&H) regulations, good business practices, diversity, and equal opportunity.


  • Ph.D. in a scientific or engineering discipline, or equivalent level of demonstrated knowledge and experience, with a strong background in nuclear design, nuclear weapons technology, engineering, or the physical sciences.
  • Broad knowledge of the DOE/NNSA laboratory, site, and production complex and the Nation’s nuclear weapons programs and policies.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the technical elements of the Stockpile Stewardship Program (SSP), including a working knowledge of weapon physics and design, weapon engineering, advanced computing, and the Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Program
  • Exceptional leadership skills, both in setting technical directions and motivating people, as well as demonstrated success in managing scientific programs, projects, or organizations and promoting creative contributions to solving complex scientific problems.
  • Experience working with senior program leaders, officials in Washington D.C., DoD stakeholders, and industry collaborators.
  • Experience working effectively in a high-impact, high-visibility, multi-tasking environment and ability to lead a multi-disciplinary management team contributing to strategic planning, operational preparedness, and milestone delivery.
  • Experience and track record in program development, including communicating new program proposals to potential sponsors and acquiring sustained funding.
  • Experience managing technical priorities and balancing the delivery of program milestones and world-class capabilities in science and engineering.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills necessary to explain, present, direct, negotiate, influence, and coordinate technical and programmatic activities.
  • Extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge of managerial and financial practices and the ability to effectively balance complex technical and budgetary priorities to achieve desired results.
  • Extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge of innovation practices and strategic planning for highly technical organizations.
  • Strong understanding of the regulations and requirements associated with operating WCI’s facilities. 
  • Experience ensuring standards of environmental safety and health as well as quality assurance are established and appropriately followed.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Broad knowledge of WCI’s core capabilities and infrastructure.
  • Established contacts with the relevant academic, sponsor, and Congressional communities.
  • Working knowledge of current national security and nuclear policy issues.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 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

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Most positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement).  If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  An L or Q 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.

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.

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