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Associate Program Leader for Defense Infrastructure

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 Defense Infrastructure. You will have responsibility for leading the growth, development and execution of a portfolio of work focused on enhancing the security and resiliency of defense critical infrastructure to physical and cyber disruptions. You will be a key member of the Cyber and Infrastructure Resilience Program management team and will be expected to contribute broadly to the leadership and strategic objectives of the program. This position will be in the Cyber and Infrastructure Resilience (CIR) Program within the Global Security Principal Directorate’s E Program. While this position is funded in part by Global Security (GS), majority of your assignment will be funded through direct programmatic work. This position is programmatically in GS’s E Program and administratively will report to the payroll supervisor of the hiring organization.

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

- Develop and drive new Defense Infrastructure program growth opportunities through interactions with current and potential sponsors and the development of research proposals. Utilize technical expertise to attract and retain projects, programs and funding.
- Provide direction and technical leadership to the portfolio to ensure excellence in execution of technical work in the program. Maintain and ensure quality standards for deliverables, publications and presentations. Manage the portfolio to achieve established goals and objectives within schedule and budget constraints. Provide solutions to complex problems and establish objectives.
- Develop an integrated strategy for the Defense Infrastructure portfolio that leverages the strengths of the Laboratory and is consistent with the broader goals of the Cyber and Infrastructure Resilience (CIR) and E Programs. Actively participate in strategic planning for the CIR Program.
- Attract, retain, and develop high quality staff to support the portfolio of projects in collaboration with counterparts, management and matrix organizations.
- Increase the visibility and impact of LLNL by leveraging existing technology, programs, resources and partnerships to develop new capabilities, new applications or discoveries, resulting in new opportunities.
- Develop, maintain, and enhance engagement with current and potential sponsors, industrial and academic partners, technology leaders, and other stakeholders. Enhance the visibility of LLNL work through engagement in appropriate venues and promote LLNL skills, expertise and technologies.
- Work closely with the CIR Program Leader to ensure coordination across the program. Interface with other national laboratories and partners that have responsibilities in civilian cybersecurity, representing LLNL at meetings that require coordination for projects within the CIR Program.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition, at the SEL.5 Level
- Influence strategic technical decisions made by senior management and external customers. Champion new programs and cultivate relationships with U.S. Government sponsor leadership, providing input, influencing, developing and/or refining new concepts to support Defense Infrastructure priorities and promote LLNL skills, expertise and technologies. Play an instrumental role in attracting and retaining projects, programs, funding and staff.
- Serve as organization spokesperson to Laboratory management and/or external advisor to sponsors and serve on external scientific or technical committees.  Interface with leadership at other national laboratories and partners that have responsibilities in defense infrastructure, representing LLNL at meetings that require coordination for projects within the Cyber and Infrastructure Resilience Program.
- Lead and develop advancements in cutting edge principles, theories, concepts, and technologies. Responsible for high-level long-range goal setting and strategic planning.
- Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and significant related experience.
- Significant experience leading the application and development of principles, theories and concepts in a creative and innovative fashion in one or more of the following areas: distribution automation and operations, distribution planning, modeling and simulation, data analytics, microgrid design and operation.
- Significant experience successfully growing programs through proposal writing and sponsor engagement.
- Significant experience managing and leading a multidisciplinary team, motivating and collaborating with other personnel in achieving project objectives.
- Expert level knowledge and ability to develop, apply, and implement technical industry best practices and/or principles, techniques, and new programs, and the demonstrated ability to partner effectively with other laboratories and outside organizations.
- Ability to develop and articulate strategic direction and value proposition. Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors regarding technical information and progress within the program.
- Experience working with the Department of Defense (DoD), established contacts with at least one DoD installation, and established contacts with electrical utilities.
- Ability to travel off-site for sponsor and customer interaction.
In Addition, at the SEL.5 Level
- Extensive experience and demonstrated ability to develop and/or produce cutting-edge technical products and/or principles.
- Extensive experience growing and leading programs in the defense infrastructure area.
- Extensive experience managing and leading R&D project portfolios.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience working at an electrical utility.
- Established relationships with providers of microgrid and assured power solutions.

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 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.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

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 $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 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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