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Foreign Travel Specialist

Associate | Full-time
Administrative | livermore, CA | 09/14/2023

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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 important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$85,800 - $106.536 Annually

Job Description

We have an opening for a Travel Specialist who will work directly with the Foreign Travel Team Leader and the Business Services Travel Manager to implement Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL’s) foreign travel approval process and review/approve other special types of travel such as Extended Travel and Invited Lecturers/Discussants. You will serve as a liaison between LLNL and the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Association (DOE/NNSA) regarding all foreign travel regulations. This position is in the Asset Management Department within the Business Directorate.

Telecommuting options are available for this position.

You will 

  • Serve as lab-wide resource and liaison on foreign travel policy and procedures to internal customers, Directorate contacts, designated travel agency and DOE/Head Quarters (DOE/HQ).
  • Ensure that the complete, timely and accurate processing of foreign travel approvals and other approval documents are consistent with LLNL and DOE policies and procedures.
  • Serve as point of contact for foreign travel customer service issues and problems and independently research, resolve or escalate the foreign travel issues when necessary, resulting in high customer satisfaction. Provide guidance to customers concerning foreign travel policy interpretation.
  • Collaborate with travel accounting on foreign travel reimbursements to ensure consistency with LLNL policies and procedures and with Foreign Travel team and LLNL IT developers to maintain and enhance LLNL Foreign Travel Services (FTS) and train users on all travel-related systems as required.
  • Attend and contribute to regular Foreign Travel meetings with the directorate representatives for foreign travel and represent LLNL in regular telephone conference calls with DOE complex laboratories and DOE/HQ in discussions pertaining to all aspects of foreign travel.
  • Assist in maintaining relationships with other internal LLNL stakeholders with interests in foreign travel activities such as Counterintelligence, Export Control, Risk Management and Health Services.
  • Assist in implementing and training employees on new or amended foreign travel programs, regulations and procedures and maintain and update foreign travel desk guides, website, and training documents. Implement quality control and self-assessment reviews of foreign travel requests.
  • Prepare and provide ad hoc activity and summary reports using Microsoft Excel and other data sources to request organizations such as Risk Management and the Laboratory Emergency Duty Officer (LEDO).
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, or equivalent combination of education and related experience; may have professional travel certification.
  • Experience making foreign or domestic travel policy decisions and providing guidance to travelers in accordance with organizational policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Experience developing and delivering training material to diverse audience of users.
  • Experience coordinating multiple work activities and multi-faceted internal processes for an operation/customer service area and experience leading administrative projects. 
  • Verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills including the ability use tact, diplomacy, and discretion when dealing with customers, personnel, or management.
  • Ability to effectively work with internal and external customers, and to effectively work across organizational lines on multiple assignments that vary in priorities and complexity, often with time constraints.
  • Advanced computer and database skills including word processing, presentation software, and database programs (e.g., Microsoft Suite) necessary to provide ad hoc reports and other data requests.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills to independently solve issues.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Knowledge of DOE Foreign Travel Order and LLNL Travel Policy.
  • Knowledge of the LLNL (FTS) and DOE Foreign Travel Management System (FTMS).
  • Knowledge of special disbursements, conference management, and Cliqbook/Concur, LLNL online travel booking tool.
  • Experience performing quality assurance and self-assessment audits on foreign or domestic travel requests.

Additional Information

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

Position Information

This is a Flexible Term appointment, which is for a definite period not to exceed six years.  If final candidate is a Career Indefinite employee, Career Indefinite status may be maintained (should funding allow).

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

None required.  However, this position involves U.S. Export Control; this work must be performed by a U.S. person (U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident, U.S. national, or U.S. protected individual (e.g., refugee, asylee)).

If your assignment is longer than 179 days cumulatively within a calendar year, you must go through the Personal Identity Verification process.  This process includes completing an online background investigation form and receiving approval of the background check.  (This process does not apply to foreign nationals.)


Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must 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.

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We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 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.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

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