Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Principal Associate Director, Global Security

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Administrative/Management
Organization:  Office of the Director
Posting Requirement:  External DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 105614
Job Code: Principal Associate Dir (174.0)
Date Posted: July 08 2019

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has an opening for the Principal Associate Director for Global Security (PAD/GS). LLNL, one of the nation's premier national laboratories, executes research programs in basic and applied science, and in technology maturation and application, to solve problems in nuclear security, countering weapons of mass destruction, multi-domain defense and deterrence, and energy and climate security. The Laboratory is responsible for assessing and ensuring the safety, security and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear deterrent, and is currently engaged in significant nuclear stockpile modification and life extension programs. Its budget of $2.1B supports over 7,000 employees performing work for federal agencies responsible for scientific research and national defense, including the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Intelligence Community (IC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of State (DOS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Justice Department. The Laboratory partners with industry and academia across its mission space to draw on frontier science and technology and ensure that the inventiveness and intellectual output of its staff has the broadest possible impact.



The Global Security (GS) Principal Directorate is responsible for building and carrying out programs in international and domestic security focused on nonproliferation, counterproliferation, and counterterrorism and incident response across the spectrum of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats. It houses all work performed at the Lab for intelligence community sponsors, including programs in foreign nuclear weapons assessment, cyber security, and space security. Support of domestic security includes programs in energy technologies and infrastructure protection. In addition to the National Nuclear Security Administration and the IC, GS is supported by the DOE energy technology offices, DoD and DHS. Currently, GS has approximately $400M in external funding supporting roughly 800 staff members. The GS Principal Directorate also applies internal Laboratory resources to carry out early stage work that anticipates and addresses emerging threats and security concerns.  


The PAD/GS leads and manages all aspects of the GS Principal Directorate – including budget, personnel, operations, safety and security – to assure high quality program execution and the development of innovative solutions. He or she will develop and implement a strategy to address emerging and future threats and sponsor needs using Laboratory internal research and development funds. The PAD/GS will work with the Director’s Office to ensure excellent relationships with sponsors and partners such as the DOE, NNSA, DHS, the IC, and DoD, and will work in close collaboration with the other Laboratory organizations to achieve its missions and goals. The PAD/GS serves as a member of the Laboratory's senior management team and reports directly to the LLNL Laboratory Director/President of LLNS, LLC.


LLNL is operated by Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS), LLC for U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA). The LLNS, LLC is a partnership of the University of California, Bechtel National Corporation, Babcock and Wilcox Technical Services Group, URS Corporation, and Battelle. LLNL is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center.



-Lead the execution of programs supporting global nuclear threat reduction; countering biological, chemical and explosive threats; energy and infrastructure security; cyber and space security; and all-source intelligence.

-Seek opportunities to apply Laboratory capabilities to emerging and future threats for new and existing sponsors

-Engage senior leadership in DOE, NNSA, DHS, DoD, the IC, and other federal and non-federal agencies to ensure robust communication regarding the execution of existing programs and explore the potential of the Laboratory to have greater impact in its mission space, and to enhance its capabilities.

- Establish industrial partnerships that transfer new technologies from LLNL to the public and private sector.

- Develop strategies to achieve growth in inter-agency sponsorship to complement and enhance LLNL mission and capabilities.

- Maintain emergency operations capabilities for local, regional, and national/international missions, specifically in the domain of WMD defense.

- Ensure quality of science, technical capability development, and strategic programmatic development and performance.

- Develop and articulate the mission and strategic plan for the GS organization.
- Oversee the GS budget: define and maintain baselines, establish executable plans, and maintain timely change control processes.
- Manage GS organization personnel, working with the discipline directorates and ensuring an effective system for recruiting and hiring a diverse, high-quality scientific staff, and training and developing existing staff. Employ best practices for supporting an inclusive and hospitable work environment.

- Grow scientific leaders for the nation’s multi-disciplinary science and technology enterprise with purposeful mentoring and engagement.
- Develop and sustain the broad range of GS technical capabilities and infrastructure that support the current and long-range mission of the Laboratory.

- Provide oversight and manifest personal commitment to the goals of Integrated Safety Management, Integrated Safeguards and Security Management, compliance with all Environment, Safety & Health (ES&H) regulations, best business practices, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

- Participate in Laboratory-wide prioritization, development of strategies, and input to institutional decision-making processes. 

- Partner with other Laboratory directorates to further the Laboratory’s strategy, advance capabilities, and develop the workforce for current and future needs.



- PhD in the physical sciences, engineering, or related technical fields, or equivalent level of education and related experience, with a strong background in one or more of the following technical areas: nuclear design or nuclear weapons technology, physical or engineering sciences, information technology, cybersecurity, systems engineering, and/or intelligence collection and analysis.

- Established and constructive working relationships within relevant areas of the IC, DHS, DoD, and DOE/NNSA.

- Exceptional leadership skills, both in setting technical directions and motivating people, as well as demonstrated success in managing scientific programs, projects, organizations, and promoting creative contributions to solving complex scientific problems. Evidence of a personal commitment to strategic inclusion, diversity and equity.

- Experience working effectively in a high-impact, high-visibility, multi-tasking environment and evidence of the ability to lead a multi-disciplinary management team that can deliver strategic planning, operational preparedness, and milestone delivery.
- Experience and track record in program development, including communicating new program proposals to potential sponsors and acquiring sustained funding.
- Experience managing technical priorities and balancing the delivery of program milestones and sustainment of world-class capabilities in science and engineering.
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills necessary to explain, present, direct, negotiate, influence, and coordinate technical and programmatic activities.
- Extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge of managerial and financial practices and the ability to effectively balance complex technical and budgetary priorities to achieve desired results.
- Extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge of innovation practices and strategic planning for highly technical organizations.

- Experience in both program and discipline dimensions of a matrix organization and knowledge of DOE, DoD, DHS, and IC policies and procedures.

- Experience ensuring the standards of environmental safety and health as well as quality assurance are established and appropriately followed.

- Demonstrated excellence in organizational partnerships and goal-oriented team development.


- Working knowledge of current national security science policy issues, including research & development activities funded by various federal agencies.

- Working knowledge of DOE/NNSA Laboratory complex and/or the Nation's nuclear weapons establishment.

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.  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 $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.