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Chemical and Biological Assessments Associate Program Leader: Z Program

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 11/16/2021

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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 Program Leader (APL) for Chemical and Biological Assessments to lead a dynamic, multidisciplinary team of intelligence analysts and technical experts conducting analysis in support of national security interests in chemical/biological sciences. As part of the Science and Technology Assessments (STA) Program’s management team, you will have execution responsibility for a diverse portfolio of scientific and technical intelligence activities that supports multiple stakeholders across the Intelligence Community (IC) and national security enterprise. This position is in the Global Security (GS) Principal Directorate’s Z Program and programmatically reports to the STA Program Leader (PL).

In this role you will

  • Lead the program's research agenda, including producing highly technical, finished intelligence analysis, reports, and briefings.  Develop and implement an integrated strategy for research and production, consistent with overall programmatic objectives
  • Lead, manage, and coordinate Principal Investigators (PIs) and projects within chemical/biological sciences, ensuring that projects are conducted to the highest standards of technical and analytical quality and fiscal management, and meet all Laboratory safety and security requirements.
  • Develop and track project execution plans for the program’s assigned analytic projects, including allocation and monitoring of available resources, personnel, and budgets.
  • Serve as the point of contact for relevant technical and policy areas associated with the program’s mission areas and sponsors as defined by the STA Program Leader.  Represent the program with sponsors and other U.S. Government (USG) organizations, traveling, as necessary.
  • Build, maintain, and enhance relationships with sponsors, customers, and stakeholders to ensure exquisite execution of projects and satisfaction of commitments while developing new program opportunities.
  • Recruit staff in collaboration with counterparts, management, and matrix organizations to support the mission area and assist the STA Program Leader and Mission Managers to balance resources with other laboratory mission areas.
  • Maintain and ensure appropriate quality standards of complex projects, program deliverables, and research and development activities including reviewing, coordinating, and approving publications and presentations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition, at the SEL.5 Level

  • Develop innovative concepts and provide expert leadership, technical vision, and strategic planning for both analytic and scientific research and development activities.
  • Ensure project execution meets and exceeds customer expectations, as well as identify new opportunities, goals, and application areas by leading the development of proposals and engaging with senior stakeholders and program management personnel.
  • Develop and implement new innovative analytical capabilities within the program and apply them against an expanding portfolio.  Influence strategic decisions made by senior management and external customers at the national level.


  • Master’s Degree in chemistry, biology, physical science, engineering, political science or related discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and significant related experience and demonstrated ability to lead the application and development of analytic principles, theories, and concepts in a creative and innovative fashion.
  • Subject matter expert knowledge of chemical and/or biological sciences and their relevance to national security issues and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).
  • Substantial experience managing, leading, and supervising multidisciplinary projects and teams and delivering analytic support to external programmatic sponsors.
  • Expert knowledge of Intelligence Community (IC) requirements, standards, and practices, including Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) security marking, intelligence oversight and compliance, and related security practices.
  • Substantial experience working in a classified environment with highly complex, multi-agency security requirements and with both classified and unclassified subject matter.
  • Substantial experience with programs and projects for national security mission applications and understanding of national security mission requirements and related issues.
  • Significant knowledge of all source intelligence analysis and tradecraft with a demonstrated track record of authoring and contributing to intelligence community and/or national security publications.
  • Expert verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively present, explain, and advise senior management and external sponsors and customers, including preparing and presenting proposals and analytic reports.
  • Ability and willingness to travel in support of the program.

Qualifications We Desire at the SEL.5 Level

  • Ph.D. in chemistry, biology, physical science, engineering, political science or related discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Expert knowledge of and extensive experience leading and developing positions on, and performing assessments and analyses related to the national security aspects of chemical/biological sciences.
  • Technical knowledge of advancements and emerging technologies related to chemical and biological sciences that have global impact and the ability to champion, lead, and develop innovative principles, theories, and concepts.

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

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. Also, you must have the ability to obtain and maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access. Please note that your current active Q or Top Secret clearance with DOE or another agency does not guarantee DOE SCI access approval; if you are denied access, you may be subject to re-investigation of your existing Q or Top Secret clearance. 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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