Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Associate Program Leader (APL) for Security and Protection

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Security Organization
Posting Requirement:  External DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 106633
Job Code: Science & Engineering TSL 5 (SEL.5)
Date Posted: March 02 2020

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for an Associate Program Leader (APL) for the Security and Protection (S&P) Program within the Security Organization (SO). The S&P Program is responsible for managing the evaluation, development and operations support of the Argus security system. You will manage a multi-disciplinary team of scientist and technicians and be responsible for all areas of program management, high-level goal setting, and developing strategies to execute the program’s annual plan to meet objectives approved by the NNSA Office of Defense Nuclear Security (NA-70).

Essential Duties
Provide leadership and technical direction to a multi-disciplinary team of matrixed scientists and technicians, including establishing and communicating schedules, cost requirements, and NNSA Headquarters priorities.

– Develop strategic initiatives to ensure the ongoing success of the enterprise solution and lead the development of future enterprise initiatives in collaboration with stakeholders.

Develop and track project execution plans, including the allocation and monitoring of available personnel and approximately $12.8 million dollars in budgets.

Provide technical oversight to ensure functionality of the Argus network and allow 24x7 coverage with extremely high availability.

Cultivate relationships with the NNSA sponsors and technology leaders, providing technical input and developing or refining new concepts to support nuclear security priorities and promote LLNL skills, expertise and technologies.

– Improve physical security efforts by effectively interfacing with the other national laboratories that have similar responsibilities. Represent LLNL at meetings that require coordination for projects related to the physical security of high consequence assets.

Provide guidance and technical direction on the research and development of advanced electronic security technologies.

Write Work for Others (WFO) proposals for the development of new electronic physical security technologies.

Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Nuclear Security or related discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and extensive related experience and ability to champion, lead, and develop innovative cutting edge principles, theories and concepts.

Extensive experience solving complex system engineering problems, applying expert knowledge of state-of-the-art technologies in physical security systems or industrial control systems, with in-depth expertise in a specialized area.

Extensive experience successfully managing and leading multidisciplinary project teams with a successful history of producing high quality cutting edge technical products.

Ability to motivate and collaborate effectively with other personnel in achieving project objectives.

Extensive experience leading complex programs and a proven record of resolving program management issues, as well as negotiate statements of work, timelines and deliverables.

Significant experience developing and articulating strategic direction and value proposition, and ability to plan the integration and implementation of new programs and/or operational best practices.

Extensive experience leading, tracking and budgeting projects that consistently require application of creativity and innovation in managing and resolving resource conflicts, effectively accomplishing goals within a multi-disciplinary team through leadership and influence.

Significant experience working with sponsors/government agencies, such as, NNSA, DOE, DHS DoD, IC members.

Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, influence, and advise at all levels – technician to senior management.

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 $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 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.