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Deputy Principal Associate Director for Operations - Active Security Clearance Required

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Business Operations | livermore, CA | 11/09/2021

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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 have an opening for a Deputy Principal Associate Director (DPAD) for Operations. As Deputy for Operations, you will lead teams in the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Directorate that manage world-class, state-of-the-art facilities as well as oversee operational matters for WCI related to environment, safety, & health (ES&H), assurances, security, and work control that all play a key role in the safety, security and reliability of the US nuclear deterrent. In addition to Principal Associate Director (PAD) level support, you will represent the PAD on Institutional and external committees and working groups that span a broad spectrum of operational, safety, and security issues. You will collaborate with the programmatic, scientific and operations managers across the Laboratory to deliver operations and services in an effective and cost-efficient manner, and ensure the organization provides the systems and support necessary to conduct, document and report contract assurance activities. You will routinely interact with a broad range of high-level internal and external contacts, including WCI senior program management, Laboratory senior management, NNSA HQ, the Livermore Field Office (LFO), and other directorates and agencies. The DPAD for Operations will directly supervise and/or provide management and leadership oversight to a team of support personnel and will execute the PAD’s annual operations and maintenance budget for those activities (~$110M). The DPAD for Operations reports to the WCI Principal Associate Director (PAD).

In this role you will

  • As a member of the senior management team, lead the development and implementation of directorate strategies. Lead senior managers to formulate, implement, and monitor the program operational plans.
  • Direct the integration of directorate and Laboratory operational requirements with program technical and operational needs to ensure appropriate response to mission requirements.
  • Oversee the management of operational functions safely, securely, and in compliance with applicable standards, regulatory requirements, and DOE and NNSA directives for all WCI high hazard facilities.
  • Responsible for all the nuclear facility requirements that flow down through the program. Oversee the development and execution of operations plans and budgets maintaining strong ties with funding organizations; establish and maintain cost-effective, compliant programs in support of WCI and LLNL/LLNS missions.
  • Establish appropriate metrics to direct continual improvements in directorate Operations.
  • Lead the WCI Operations Review Board (ORB) and represent decision-making authority for operational issues in WCI.
  • Represent WCI on institutional policy making bodies and task forces pertaining to operations, e.g., the Institutional Operations Review Board (IORB).
  • Oversee the management of facility activities and processes involving work control, safety basis documentation, facility safety plans, conduct of operations matrices, configuration management, access control, training, quality assurance, and emergency preparedness.
  • On a variety of formal and informal audits, technical and information requests, interact with a broad range of high-level internal and external contacts, including WCI senior program management, Laboratory Senior Management, LFO, and other oversight agencies (DNFSB, IG, HSS, OE etc.).
  • Collaborate with the PAD and other members of the management team on ad hoc and recurring special projects, frequently involving sensitive issues.
  • Responsible for the general oversight and personal commitment to the goals of Integrated Safety Management, Integrated Safeguards and Security Management, compliance with all ES&H regulations, good business practices, 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 time of hire.
  • Masters degree in an engineering or scientific discipline, or equivalent level of education and related experience.
  • Extensive programmatic or operations management experience with the ability to meet operations requirements while delivering on program commitments.
  • Extensive management, technical, administrative, and leadership skills that enable building positive, trust-based relationships, executing performance management and directing and monitoring the work of others effectively.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in nuclear or explosives operations.
  • Expert knowledge of strategic planning, advanced problem solving, decision-making, and analytical skills necessary to independently anticipate, analyze, advise, recommend, approve appropriate actions, and implement solutions to highly complex issues having significant impact.
  • Expert verbal and written communication skills to effectively explain, direct, present, advise, negotiate, and influence all levels of management, executives, and internal and external customers and sponsors, and experience working across organizational lines as a recognized consensus builder with solid customer service skills.
  • Extensive experience managing issues that affect facility safety, security, and regulatory compliance effectively and implementing compliance-related aspects of federal, state and DOE regulations and directives, including responding to internal and external auditors and reviewers.
  • Extensive experience determining staffing, budget management, and organizational development needs of a large organization.
  • Expert ability to maintain a strong safety and security culture in the workplace as a priority while still meeting institutional requirements.
  • Demonstrated leadership and commitment to diversity and fostering an inclusive and equitable organization.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2020 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.  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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