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Associate Program Leader for Counterterrorism

Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for an Associate Program Leader (APL) for the Counterterrorism (CT) Program to manage and execute all-source intelligence analysis of terrorist chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats for the International Assessments (IA) Counterterrorism Program. You will provide analytical and technical leadership for an interdisciplinary team of analysts and subject matter experts focused on assessing real-world factors that may influence terrorist CBRN activities and international efforts to protect against terrorist CBRN-related threats, and you will have management responsibility for all analytic work conducted by the CT Program. This position is funded in part by Global Security; however, most of your assignment will be funded through direct programmatic work.

This position will be filled at either the SEL.4 or SEL.5 level depending on your qualifications.  Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Lead, manage, and coordinate Principal Investigators (PIs) and projects within the CT Program, including funding oversight of a multi-million-dollar program.
- 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 IA Program Leader. Represent the program with sponsors and other U.S. Government (USG) organizations, traveling as necessary.
- Lead the program's research agenda, including producing highly advanced, finished intelligence analysis, reports, and briefings. Develop an integrated strategy for the CT Program research areas consistent with overall strategic planning utilizing key knowledge and insights on terrorist CBRN threats, specifically nuclear threats, and the security of nuclear and radiological material.
- Develop and track project execution plans for the program’s assigned research and development projects, including allocation and monitoring of available personnel and budgets.
- Develop new program opportunities, including the definition and development of research proposals in collaboration with potential sponsors and customers.
- Recruit staff in collaboration with counterparts, management, and matrix organizations to support the mission areas while respecting execution requirements and commitments of other projects and programs in IA and Z Program, and assist the IA Program Leader to balance resources with the other program areas.
- Maintain and ensure appropriate quality standards of highly complex projects for all of the program’s research and development activities including reviewing, coordinating, and approving deliverables, publications and presentations.
- Build, maintain, and enhance relationships with sponsors, customers, and stakeholders to ensure exquisite execution of projects and satisfaction of commitments.
- 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 environments.
- Present project accomplishments and meet customer expectations, as well as identify new opportunities, goals, and application areas by leading the development of proposals interacting with senior program management.
- 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.

- Bachelor’s Degree in physical science, nuclear physics, weapons design, 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 principles, theories and concepts in a creative and innovative fashion.
-Subject matter expert knowledge of terrorist CBRN activities or international efforts to protect against terrorist CBRN-related threats.
- Substantial experience managing, leading, and supervising multidisciplinary projects and teams for external programmatic sponsors to meet deliverables.
- Expert knowledge of Intelligence Community (IC) needs and practices, including 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 intelligence analysis of terrorist CBRN threats or international nuclear security programs with a demonstrated track record of intelligence community 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 reporting results.

In Addition at the SEL.5 level
- Master’s Degree in physical science, nuclear physics, 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 of terrorist CBRN threats or international nuclear security programs;

- Technical knowledge of advancements that have impact beyond the Laboratory and the ability to champion, lead, and develop innovative principles, theories, and concepts.

Desired Qualifications
- Ph.D.  in physical science, physical science, nuclear physics, engineering, political science or related discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Experience formulating, proposing, winning and managing a multi-million dollar analytic portfolio consisting of several projects funded by different sponsors, and significant experience simultaneously managing and leading several projects that require all-source information analysis.


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.

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.


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

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. 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, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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