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Radiation Protection Functional Area Manager

Director | Full-time
Environmental, Safety & Health | livermore, CA | 06/15/2021

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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

We have an opening for the Manager of the Radiation Protection Functional Area (RPFA). In this role, you will provide day to day management and leadership of the organizations, disciplines, and personnel within the RPFA. Additionally, you will be counted on for strategic vision and technical oversight to meet the goals and objectives of RPFA customers and stakeholders. You will be a key member of the Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) Directorate senior management team and report directly to the Associate Director for ES&H, ensuring that radiation protection practices at the Laboratory are effective, efficient, and compliant in order to enable the safe execution of work involving radioactive materials. This position is in the ES&H Directorate within the Director’s Office.

In this role you will

  • Serve as an integral member of the ES&H Directorate senior management team to formulate and execute high-level goal setting and strategic planning.
  • Provide overall leadership, direction, technical oversight, and personnel administration to the RPFA while managing the delivery of innovative, cost-effective, schedule-driven, compliant, and reliable radiation protection program.  Elements of the RPFA’s radiation protection program includes field support, internal and external dosimetry, environmental radiation, whole body counting and instrumentation.
  • Engage RPFA customers and stakeholders to ensure comprehensive integration and teaming to operate with shared fate and as a valued and trusted partner, enabling successful mission execution and enhancing safety performance.
  • Provide expert level understanding of RPFA regulations in the Prime contract to effectively liaison with the DOE Livermore Field Office (LFO) on regulatory interpretation and to resolve highly unusual, complex and/or sensitive technical issues. Interface with external agencies such as the Department of Energy (DOE) Headquarters and the Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board (DNFSB) on radiation protection issues and matters.
  • Serve as a key advisor to Directorate and Laboratory senior management on broad issues of radiation protection and engineering. Conduct frequent interactions across organizational lines to gain concurrence/acceptance on complex issues affecting radiological work activities and facilities across the Laboratory.
  • Develop and maintain meaningful, data driven performance measures for the RPFA that inform Laboratory decision makers and accurately reflect the health of RPFA at the Laboratory.
  • Oversee the RPFA’s performance management, salary management, and manage hiring and recruiting activities, including career development of employees and organizational succession management. Maintain a commitment to attract high-quality staff, and to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment.
  •  Collaborate with and benchmark against other DOE sites to share practices and continuously improve.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in health physics, physics, nuclear engineering, physical science, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and extensive related experience.
  • Significant experience leading and/or managing a Radiation Protection program at a large company or national laboratory, including significant experience with strategic planning, workforce planning, managing budgets, organizational dynamics, and establishing strategic and operational goals.
  • Expert level knowledge of, and extensive experience interpreting and evaluating, radiation protection regulations, policies, procedures, and practices imposed by the Prime contract, demonstrated ability to determine their applicability and impact on operations, and experience evaluating and proposing solutions for issues related to implementation.
  • Extensive experience building strong working relationships and trust with a demanding customer base, leading staff in achieving high standards of customer service, and a personal commitment to a customer service ethos.
  • Experience successfully collaborating on senior management teams to develop organizational strategy, objectives, measures, and goals.
  • Expert situational awareness, problem solving, decision making, and analytical skills necessary to independently advise, recommend, and resolve highly complex problems impacting a large organization.
  • Significant experience in performance management and supervision of organizational staff and managers, including performance issues, career development, annual performance appraisals, and salary management with the ability to motivate and inspire a diverse group of personnel.
  • Expert communication, facilitation, collaboration, interpersonal, and conflict resolution skills necessary to effectively explain, direct, present, advise, negotiate, and influence all levels of management, both internal and external to the Laboratory.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Advanced Degree in Health Physics, physical science, engineering, or related field.
  • Certification as Health Physics Professional.
  • Experience with drafting and submitting proposals and leveraging opportunities to engage in innovative research and development supporting improvement in organizational capability and technical excellence and/or collaborating with university partners in attracting and developing future candidates for LLNL career opportunities within the RPFA and ES&H Directorate.

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.  Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above).  If you are selected and a clearance is required, 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.  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.

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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