Program Leader for Nonproliferation and Arms Control - Active Security Clearance Required

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California, (US)
Closing date
16 Jun 2023

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Company Description

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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.

Pay Range

$233,400.00 - $301,224.00 Annually

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have an opening for Program Leader for Nonproliferation and Arms Control (NPAC). In this role, you will collaborate with a dynamic team of program leaders, collaborators, and technical staff to develop and execute strategic initiatives to support our nuclear threat reduction mission. The NPAC Program’s focus is on development and support of international safeguards, export controls, nuclear verification and treaty compliance, and nonproliferation policy, all with an aim of preventing nuclear proliferation. Efforts in the program are focused on policy analysis, technical development, analysis, and integration of intelligence, international engagement, and software development. This position programmatically reports to both N and Z Programs in the Global Security Organization.

In this role you will

- Manage the development and execution of a broad portfolio of nonproliferation and arms control projects and programs, including developing new program initiatives, directing research, engaging the sponsor base, and managing a large budget (i.e., ~$26M+).

- Serve as a senior member of N & Z Program’s leadership teams, collaborate, and attend regular meetings with managers and leaders from across the organization, and participate in LLNL’s nuclear threat reduction strategic plan development and implementation to meet the needs of the Nation.

- Develop and foster long-lasting relationships with sponsors from the Department of Energy (DOE)/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Department of State (DoS), U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), and other departments and agencies to identify and understand national and international requirements related to current and future programs and goals.

- Manage and mentor a diverse staff of scientific, technical, and support personnel; this includes delegating assignments via Associate Program Leaders, technical managers and leads, establishing workplans, performance management, and determining staffing requirements.

- Promote and maintain a positive image of the Laboratory and strong internal/external customer relationships by ensuring project and program objectives and commitments are met successfully.

- Cultivate effective and mutually beneficial partnerships with universities and external industry to meet the strategic needs of current and future projects. Utilize these partnerships to foster a pipeline for attracting and retaining workforce talent, developing, and enhancing projects and related technology, and supporting educational advancement.

- Manage and coordinate NPAC related proposal submissions for the Laboratory to ensure consistency, quality, and mission/vision alignment in partnership with other senior managers.

- Perform other duties as assigned.


- Active DOE Q or Top Secret clearance required at time of hire, with the ability to obtain SCI.

- Master’s Degree in a technology or policy field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience, with advanced knowledge of nuclear fuel cycles, nuclear weapons physics and design, weapons engineering and testing, and technologies associated with the detection of nuclear weapons.

- Extensive experience working on national nonproliferation and security policy issues.

- Significant experience managing multi-million-dollar budgets and effectively balancing complex technical and budgetary priorities. Advanced program management skills with a demonstrated ability to deliver successful results.

- Significant experience with managerial practices related to performance reviews, salary management, and recognition and/or disciplinary actions. Experience managing issues that affect facility management, safety, and regulatory compliance effectively.

- Expert problem solving, analytical, technical, communications, and organizational skills to independently advise, recommend, and approve appropriate actions and implement solutions and effectively influence all levels of management.

- Demonstrated ability to effectively lead, motivate, and delegate effectively while building diverse and inclusive interdisciplinary teams to achieve programmatic and institutional goals.

- Experience cultivating successful and productive relationships with external clients/sponsors and the expert collaboration skills needed to effectively develop and sustain partnerships with other programs, directorates, laboratories, University of California, NNSA management, other institutions across the USG interagency, and external advisors and reviewers.

- Ability and willingness to travel extensively.

Qualifications We Desire

- Ph.D. in a technology or policy field with advanced knowledge of nuclear materials fuel cycles, nuclear weapons physics and design, and weapons engineering and testing, with special focus on technologies associated with the detection of nuclear weapons.

- Familiarity with and knowledge of export controls policy and community.

- Established working relationships with the Intelligence Community.

Additional Information

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

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

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 reinvestigation of your existing Q or Top Secret Clearance.

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.

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