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Associate Program Director/Associate Division Leader for Nuclear Materials - Active Clearance Required

Director | Full-time
Engineering | 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 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 Division Leader (ADL)/Associate Program Director (APD) with responsibility for providing the technical leadership and management of the Nuclear Materials program element of the Weapon Technologies and Engineering (WTE) program and line-management responsibilities in Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED). You will direct a staff of both DTED and matrix employees to include scientific, technical, and administrative personnel. As an APD, you will be responsible for managing and integrating the work of multidisciplinary teams to successfully complete programmatic deliverables with multiple sponsors, and with funding from NNSA NA-191 (and other) sources. As an ADL, you will be responsible for the groups and direct supervision of group leaders within the Nuclear Materials element of DTED. This position is in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED), within the Engineering Directorate.

In this role you will

  • Implement and lead project management approaches to ensure compliance with NNSA management requirements (enhance management B) and effective accomplishment of programmatic, and institutional objectives.
  • Provide management oversight, and technical direction and leadership for all WTE Nuclear Materials efforts, including its sub-elements.
  • Develop staffing requirement plans for the Nuclear Materials program element. Support recruitment of new talent, and strategically invest in Division personnel to foster an agile, motivated, well-trained, and sustainable workforce. Provide personnel supervision for all DTED Division Nuclear Materials activities, including technical guidance and review, professional growth and leadership development, evaluations, and salary management.
  • Collaborate with DTED Division/WTE Program management team in formulation of initiatives, budget preparation, and strategic planning. Manage the Nuclear Materials element budget from all NA-191 (and other) sources.
  • Promote strong customer relationships by meeting commitments and exceeding customer’s expectations with respect to quality, timeliness, and cost effectiveness.
  • Develop strategic partnerships that are aligned with the NNSA/DOE mission.
  • Mentor and coach technical and support staff members.
  • Provide leadership and direction to ensure safe and efficient operations in all Nuclear Materials activities.
  • 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.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, materials science, or related technical field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of, and experience in, execution of work in a nuclear facility, to include work planning, special nuclear material operations, glove box operations, and special nuclear materials characterization, manufacturing and testing.
  • Significant experience in engineering and materials technologies as they apply to WTE weapon programs and the stockpile stewardship program to include knowledge and experience in the NNSA product realization process.
  • Advanced problem solving, analytical, technical, organizational, and management skills necessary to independently advise, recommend, and approve appropriate actions and implement solutions.
  • Extensive experience making decisions based on aggregate information and the recommendations of others that significantly affect the ability of the organization and laboratory to achieve its overall objectives and long-range goals.
  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal necessary to effectively explain, present, negotiate, advise, and influence all levels of management.
  • Extensive experience delegating effectively and to lead, motivate, and build complex interdisciplinary teams to work toward programmatic and institutional goals.
  • Extensive experience managing large-scale projects, supporting large-scale projects led by others, and ability to deliver results.


Qualifications We Desire

  • Master’s degree in engineering, materials science, or related technical field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Extensive experience sustaining productive relationships with other divisions, directorates, laboratories, UC, NNSA management, other institutions across the DOE and DOD enterprise, and external advisors and reviewers.
  • Familiarity with national security policy issues and with Laboratory and external contacts working these issues.

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.

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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.

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LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that 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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