Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Associate Program Director

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technical Management
Organization:  Weapons and Complex Integ
Posting Requirement:  External DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 104324
Job Code: Technical Manager 2 (TSM.2)
Date Posted: October 03 2018

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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 Director (APD) for Focused Material Science (FMS). You will develop the scientific understanding, as well as the material models and databases needed to describe the behavior of the materials used for Weapons Physics and Design (WPD) Program applications, both at birth and as they age.  You will work with the WPD senior management team and program work group leaders (PWGLs) to align the portfolio of material science research and development to best accomplish WPD Program priorities in the short- and long-term.  You will manage and provide leadership for multi-disciplinary teams led by five PWGLs to coordinate and successfully complete agreed deliverables. This position is in the WPD Program.
Essential Duties
- Formulate and implement WPD strategies, budgets, and program plans with responsibility for managing FMS deliverables, staffing and budget, working with the WPD senior management team.
- Develop portfolio of material science R&D consistent with WPD strategy, that broadly addresses programmatic drivers and anticipates future stakeholder needs.
- Provide leadership, direction, oversight, and review for FMS program activities, which support the broader mission objectives of enhancing our understanding of stockpile science and stockpile materials, stockpile annual assessments, and delivering on stockpile life extension programs.  
 - Foster a work environment that stimulates, broadens, and retains high-quality personnel and ensures safe and efficient operations, diversity, equal opportunity, and the adoption of good business practices.
- Cultivate close working relationships with HQ, NNSA labs and SSAA grant recipients with the goal of ensuring that capabilities for NNSA missions are developed and delivered in a timely fashion.
- Represent the WPD Program to senior lab and NNSA management in internal and external meetings, working groups, and on special assignments, including preparing and giving presentations.
- Promote and maintain effective customer relationships with NNSA HQ, and in particular represent LLNL as the main point-of-contact for the Dynamic Materials Program (C2) and Advanced Scientific Computing’s Physics and Engineering Modeling (PEM) funding streams. Support NNSA in developing NNSA program strategies, priorities and negotiating LLNL C2& PEM milestones, deliverables, and budget to ensure quality, responsiveness, and cost effectiveness of material science in support of NNSA mission objectives.
- Prepare and submit regular status updates to Federal Program Managers and NNSA Livermore Field Office regarding C2 & PEM goals, activities, plans and budgets.
- Perform other duties as assigned. 
- PhD in physics or a related technical field or equivalent level of demonstrated knowledge or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Expertise in nuclear weapon physics, nuclear weapon design, engineering, and/or testing with a focus on the capabilities used to understand, test, and model stockpile materials in dynamic experiments.
- Extensive experience managing, leading, and collaborating successfully in a large technical organization. Demonstrated ability to delegate effectively, motivate, and build complex interdisciplinary teams to work toward programmatic and institutional goals.
- Extensive knowledge of managerial and financial practices, and the ability to effectively balance complex technical and budgetary priorities to achieve desired results.
- Advanced problem solving, analytical, technical, organizational, and management skills necessary to independently advise, recommend, and approve appropriate actions and implement solutions.
- Experience in strategic planning, decision-making based on aggregate information and the recommendations of others that significantly affect the ability of the organization and Laboratory to achieve its overall objectives and long-range goals.
- Extensive experience sustaining productive relationships with other divisions, directorates, laboratories, UC, NNSA management, other institutions across the DOE and DoD enterprise, and external advisors and reviewers.
- Advanced communication skills, both written and verbal, necessary to effectively explain, present, negotiate, advise, and influence all levels of management and government officials.
Desired Qualifications
- Knowledge of national-security policy issues and the Laboratory and external contacts working these issues.
- Knowledge of LLNS, DOE, and NNSA policies and procedures particularly with respect to managing and leading a significant technical portfolio including large-scale projects.
- Experience managing issues that affect facility management, safety, security, and regulatory compliance, while meeting institutional requirements.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam:  A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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. 


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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