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Program Director for Weapon Physics and Design - ACTIVE SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIRED

Director | Full-time
Executive | livermore, CA | 08/11/2021

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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 a Program Director (PD) of the ~$450M Weapon Physics and Design (WPD) Program. You will be responsible for all aspects of the program leadership, management, advancing the WPD mission to anticipate and meet the demands of the current stockpile, future stockpile, and broader national-security concerns. As a member of the senior management team, you will work closely with WCI and LLNL leadership on all aspects of leading and managing the Program to accomplish WPD and WCI programmatic deliverables, as well as leading the WPD senior management team, consisting of Deputy Program Directors, a Chief Program Advisor, and Associate Program Directors. You will interact with all levels of management both within LLNL and external to the Laboratory including DOE/NNSA, DoD, academic institutions, and management at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Sandia National Laboratory (SNL), Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), and the NNSA production sites. This position is in the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Directorate reporting to the Principal Associate Director (PAD). 

In this role you will

  • Responsible for WPD Program strategic planning, budget, execution and reporting to ensure timely delivery of commitments to WCI, LLNL, DOE and other customers. 

  • Be an effective member of the WCI senior leadership team (SLT) supporting WCI’s strategy, processes and mission via partnership and collaboration with the WCI PAD and other SLT members. 

  • Establish a framework for the strategic planning, development, and achievement of WPD Program goals and deliverables. 

  • Manage and develop a team of Senior WPD Management staff fostering a work environment that stimulates, broadens, and retains high-quality personnel while managing and communicating program objectives, accomplishments, and plans to WPD workforce. 

  • Ensure the development, implementation and documentation of strategic and operational policies and procedures impacting the WPD Program, while ensuring, the successful execution of the annual WPD Program Plan. 

  • Represent the WPD Program to WCI management at internal and external meetings, working groups, and on special assignments, including preparing and giving presentations. 

  • Develop and promote partnerships and collaborations across LLNL with disciplines and other programs to ensure programmatic deliverables are met. 

  • Promote and maintain strong relationships and communication with NNSA, DoD elements associated with nuclear weapons and other NNSA laboratories. 

  • Develop and implement plans to promote culture, diversity, equity and inclusion. 

  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


  • 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.

  • PhD in physics or a related technical field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience. 

  • Significant experience and expertise in the physics design and development of nuclear weapons and knowledge of WCI and the LLNL weapons program. 

  • Extensive leadership and management experience in a leading-edge research and development environment directing technical managers, delegating effectively and leading, motivating, and building complex interdisciplinary teams to work toward programmatic and institutional goals. 

  • Extensive experience in the development and implementation of strategic plans including the management of a significant technical portfolio and budget, balancing the needs of delivery, innovation and risk. 

  • Expert analytical, problem solving, decision-making and organizational skills necessary to independently advise, recommend and approve appropriate actions and implement solutions. 

  • Expert communication skills, both written and verbal, that effectively explain, present, negotiate, advise, and influence all levels of management, government officials and other external stakeholders. 

  • Extensive experience interacting and negotiating at the executive level with internal and/or external managers, customers and sponsors. Proven ability to influence change at the senior executive management levels. 

  • Extensive experience sustaining productive relationships with other divisions, directorates, laboratories, UC, NNSA management, other institutions across the DOE and DoD enterprises, and external advisors and reviewers. 

  • Demonstrated experience implementing plans that promote and value diversity, equity and inclusion principles in the workplace. 

  • Experience maintaining a strong safety and security culture in the workplace as a priority while simultaneously meeting programmatic and institutional deliverables and requirements. 

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.

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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