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Associate Program Leader for Nonproliferation and Arms Control (NPAC) - Z Program - Active Clearance Required

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | 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 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 an Associate Program Leader (APL) to manage and execute policy and technical all-source analysis to support nuclear threat reduction.  You will provide leadership for an interdisciplinary team of analysts and subject matter experts focused on supporting the Department of Energy’s role in supporting nonproliferation and arms control through the development, administration and sustainment of policy, international partnerships, export controls, verification and monitoring technologies and methodologies.

This position is in Global Security Principal Directorate’s Z 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.

In this role you will

  • Lead, manage, and coordinate Team Leads, Principal Investigators (PIs) and projects within the Nonproliferation and Arms Control (NPAC) Program, including funding oversight of a multi-million-dollar program.
  • 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 NPAC Program Leader.  Represent the program with sponsors and other U.S. Government (USG) organizations, traveling as necessary.
  • Lead the program's research agenda, including producing highly advanced, finished intelligence analysis, reports, and briefings.  Develop an integrated strategy for the NPAC Program research areas consistent with overall strategic planning utilizing key knowledge and insights on WMD and nuclear threat reduction technology and national security needs.
  • Develop and track project execution plans for the program’s 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.
  • 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 NPAC and Z Program.  Assist the NPAC Program Leader to balance resources with the other program areas.
  • Maintain and ensure appropriate quality standards of highly complex projects for all the program’s research and development activities including reviewing, coordinating, approving deliverables, publications, and presentations.
  • Build, maintain, and enhance relationships with sponsors, customers, and stakeholders to ensure exquisite execution of projects and satisfaction of commitments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, 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.


  • 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 if hire. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in physical science, nuclear physics, weapons design, 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.
  • Experience leading teams responsible for and contributing to analysis in support of the U.S. government’s execution of WMD-related trade controls, including intimate familiarity with at least one of the major export control compliance control regimes (Nuclear Suppliers Group, Missile Technology Control Regime, Australia Group and Wassenaar Arrangement).
  • Substantial experience participating in inter-agency settings, including a record of leading and contributing to collaborative success among the Departments of Energy, Defense, State and Commerce.
  • Subject matter expert knowledge of foreign and sub-national WMD programs, enabling technologies for nuclear, radiological, chemical, and biological weapons production, and WMD delivery system acquisition, and the relationships between these activities and U.S. policy objectives.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Additional Qualifications at the SEL.5 Level

  • Master’s Degree in a technology or policy field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience, with advanced knowledge of nuclear materials fuel cycles, nuclear weapons physics and design, weapons engineering and testing, and with special focus on technologies associated with the detection of nuclear weapons.
  • Expert knowledge of intelligence analysis of nuclear threats and the export control regime. Extensive experience and demonstrated ability to lead, develop positions on, and perform assessments and analyses of WMD threats and interdiction.
  • Technical knowledge of advancements that have impact beyond the Laboratory.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Ph.D. in a technology or policy field or equivalent level of demonstrated knowledge, with advanced knowledge of nuclear materials fuel cycles, nuclear weapons physics and design, and weapons engineering and testing, with special focus on technologies associated with the detection of nuclear weapons.
  • Experience formulating, proposing, winning and managing a multi-million-dollar analytic portfolio consisting of several projects funded by different sponsors, and significant experience simultaneously managing and leading several projects that require all-source information analysis.
  • Experience engaging foreign partners in support of enhancing nonproliferation-related missions, including international safeguards, domestic export controls, and/or customs and border protection.

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

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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