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Associate Deputy Director for Science and Technology, Active Security Clearance Required

Director | Full-time
Executive | livermore, CA | 10/13/2021

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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 an Associate Deputy Director for Science and Technology. The individual selected for this position will work closely with the Laboratory’s Deputy Director for Science and Technology (DDS&T) and with Laboratory senior management in formulating and carrying out activities to sustain and advance the Laboratory’s science, technology, and engineering foundations and to ensure leading edge capabilities are available to support the Lab’s national security missions.

The office of the DDS&T is responsible for the annual preparation of LLNL’s S&T Investment Strategy, the allocation of more than $180M in annual internal investments, and representation of the Lab and its science enterprise and research outcomes in a number of external communities. This office includes the Laboratory Directed Research and Development program, the Lab’s Innovation and Partnerships Organization, the University Relations and Science Education programs, program development coordination for LLNL’s DOE Office of Science programs and related basic science efforts for other sponsors, STEM diversity, equity, and inclusion activities, creation of effective science communication materials, publication of the Science and Technology Review, the institutional Library, and the Laboratory Archive. In addition, this office oversees planning and programming for the Laboratory’s Open Campus, coordinates the external peer reviews of the laboratory program and discipline organizations, gathers metrics related to Lab’s science and technology work, leads research integrity assurance, and reports to NNSA on the Lab’s science and technology accomplishments in support of NNSA’s performance evaluation process. 

This individual will be responsible for actively leading, managing, and/or collaborating with numerous other senior Laboratory officials on a diverse range of institutionally significant issues across all parts of the Laboratory and the broader DOE and NNSA enterprises. This position is a direct report to the Deputy Director for Science and Technology and serves in that role when needed.

In this role you will 

  • Represent and implement objectives and initiatives of the DDS&T office, working with the DDS&T to recommend and establish strategic priorities and approaches to issues. Determine, as required, integrated strategies and tactical approaches for major office programs
  • Provide operational oversight and assurance of the conduct of all DDS&T office activities
  • Plan, organize, set clear goals, and execute initiatives for the DDS&T and Director’s Office in a manner informed by extensive knowledge of the Laboratory, expert problem solving skills, and sensitivity to the perspectives of key stakeholders both internal and external to LLNL
  • Act on behalf of the DDS&T in internal and external activities involving Laboratory leadership, Federal agencies and key representatives, external collaborators, foreign representatives, University of California Regents and the UC Office of the Vice President for National Laboratories, and scientific program sponsors
  • Make high level decisions in areas where rules are imprecise and decision outcomes may introduce risks of audits and/or potential impacts on the ability of the Lab to conduct activities necessary for its responsibility as a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC)
  • ·Oversee activities of DDS&T senior staff, assuring appropriate processes are in place and executed to carry out the programs under the DDS&T, interacting with the mission PAD’s, discipline S&T AD’s, and other leaders to resolve issues with, assure alignment of, and execute on institutional initiatives
  • Regularly interact with PAD’s, AD’s, CFO, Deputy Directors, Chiefs-of-Staff, and others in one-on -one meetings, and in senior meetings such as the SMT, to identify issues, decide on potential solutions, and enable solutions through resource allocations, consensus building, or other methods
  • Provide technical oversight of the Laboratory’s Technical Evaluation Committee which evaluates and assures over the laboratory’s indirect funded technical activities are appropriate under NNSA guidelines
  • Promote and support programs for advancing diversity and inclusion in the laboratory’s culture and workforce
  • Provide information and advice to the DDS&T as requested to inform policies and actions
  • Mentor, as appropriate, staff members in DDS&T and in other laboratory organizations
  • Mentor and provide guidance to staff to ensure successful execution of activities on behalf of the DDST.  Provide ongoing management of staffing for DDST office and constituent organizations (IPO, Library) including performance appraisal, weekly monitoring, problem resolution
  • 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 a scientific or technical field, or equivalent education and experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to, and success in, assuring excellence in science and technology as required to carry out the Laboratory’s current missions and to anticipate future national security needs
  • Extensive knowledge of LLNL and the interests and perspectives of key internal and external stakeholders
  • Expert leadership and management skills in championing innovative directions, influencing the development of institutional goals and objectives, and executing on action plans
  • Expert communication skills -- listening, verbal, and written -- that enable understanding of complex topics, creation of effective narratives and presentations, negotiation of healthy agreements out of conflicting views, provision of trusted advice, and constructive influence at all levels of the Lab including executive leadership
  • Advanced problem-solving, decision-making, and leadership skills, including the judgment necessary to independently advise, counsel, recommend, and develop solutions on a wide variety of scientific, technical, financial, and administrative issues
  • A commitment to promoting inclusion, diversity, and equity values and a successful track record in taking effective actions to advance inclusion in the workplace

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

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

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.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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.

LLNS is committed to offering reasonable accommodations during the application and recruiting processes due to a disability.  If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please submit a request via our online form

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