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Senior Director, Office of Government and External Affairs

Director | Full-time
Executive | livermore, CA | 02/06/2022

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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 Senior Director, Office of Government and External Affairs. In this key leadership position, you will work in partnership with the Senior Management Team (SMT) to develop and manage strong and productive relationships between the Laboratory and an array of federal, state, and local governmental stakeholders, as well as to anticipate needs and concerns within those communities of interest.   You will be responsible for planning and guiding the Laboratory’s federal, state and local governmental relations program and advocacy efforts, and work in partnership with the Laboratory Director and other senior leaders to ensure effective liaison for the Laboratory to the Administration, Members of Congress, federal agencies and departmental representatives, boards and commissions.

You will also be supervising the Laboratory’s Offsite Fellows program and Washington, DC office. You will report to the Laboratory Director and be an essential member of the SMT.

This position is under External Affairs and Engagement within the Director’s Office.

In this role you will 

  • In partnership with the Laboratory Director and other senior leaders develop a strategy to enhance understanding of the Laboratory’s missions and science and technology among key leaders throughout government.
  • As the Laboratory’s Chief Government Relations Officer work with the other Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) laboratories, plants, and sites to develop strategies and coordinate efforts on behalf of the national laboratories and the nuclear security enterprise.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with local, state and federal legislators, other public officials, and advocacy groups through personal visits, correspondence, phone, and other communications. 
  • Monitor and keep Laboratory leadership continuously informed of legislation, regulations, and other government initiatives that could impact the Laboratory. 
  • Cultivate and maintain meaningful and sustainable partnerships with community stakeholders. 
  • Work with the Director’s Office, the SMT, and the Strategic Communications entities to position the institution and senior leadership within the larger community. 
  • As member of SMT, assist with the development and advancement of the Lab's mission-oriented goals and strategic objectives. 
  • Coordinate and manage on-site events involving local, county, state, and federal officials. 
  • Produce position papers, fact sheets, talking points, and speeches on relevant legislation and government regulations.
  • Support the Laboratory Director and other senior leaders in the planning and execution of their external engagements with stakeholders.
  • Supervise the Laboratory’s Washington DC office team including the Director of Washington Operations and Director of Congressional Affairs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university in Government Relations, Political Science, Government Policy, International Relations or related field or the equivalent combination of education and related senior position in government relations.
  • Expert knowledge of both California state and federal government offices and elected and appointed officials.
  • Extensive experience in or substantial knowledge of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), DOE and NNSA.
  • Knowledge of the government budget processes and key participants.
  • Knowledge of DOE or NNSA and/or other national laboratories and/or related government entities, including their composition and areas of concern.
  • Significant knowledge of all aspects of the legislative, appropriations, and political processes; expert skill to read, interpret, understand, and respond to proposed legislation, including writing effective position statements and drafting proposed legislation correctly and appropriately.
  • Exceptional ability to build and sustain relationships with internal and external constituencies to achieve institutional goals and objectives.
  • Experience in effectively working with third-party organizations (e.g., trade organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), industry and academia) to advance issues or policies.
  • Strong ability to recognize potential areas of constituency concern and skill to effectively address, resolve and/or mitigate problems or issues.
  • Proven experience in developing and implementing strategies, managing projects, and supervising people.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in planning and executing advocacy programs on a federal or state level, for example advancing issues or policies in Congress or the state legislature and/or within state or federal departments or agencies. 

Qualifications We Desire

  • Knowledge of LLNL missions, S&T, operations, partnerships, and stakeholder communities.
  • Extensive experience working with DOE and Department of Defense. 
  • Established, constructive relationships with key sponsors and/or stakeholders.
  • Experience working with agencies and the legislature of the State of California.
  • Master’s degree in relevant area or equivalent experience.
  • Active DOE Q or DoD Top Secret clearance.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2022 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 a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  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.  Q-level 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.

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

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

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