ALDW Mission Assurance-Program Manager 4 (non-technical)

What You Will Do

Reporting to the Weapons Engineering Chief Operating Officer in the Associate Laboratory Directorate for Weapons Engineering Office (ALDW), the Program Manager 4 is responsible for programmatic oversight of matters critical to ALDW that have the potential to impact the Laboratory's performance against its contractual deliverables. The selected candidate will lead and execute a broad scope of mission assurance activities in support of the directorate and represent the directorate as needed for institutional initiatives.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Lead and manage mission assurance programs, ensuring alignment with ALDW goals and objectives. Designs, deploys, and operates systems and supporting tools for: performance improvement; commitment management; measures, assessments; lessons learned; risk characterization; issues and corrective actions management; and process improvement to enable fact- and data-based executive management decisions for ALDW and its major business areas.
  • Develop and implement program plans, schedules, and budgets in support of mission assurance activities.
  • Coordinate with engineering, quality, and experimental teams to ensure program success.
  • Manage risk identification, tracking, and mitigation across directorate and integration with institutional risks.
  • Works with the Division managers and issue management SMEs to track issues management activities across directorate and activities assigned at the ALD level.
  • Manage ALDW management review board (MRB) activities including representation at the institutional MRB.
  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives to enhance program compliance, performance, and quality.
  • Provide regular updates to senior management on program status, risks, and opportunities.
  • Successfully organize, lead, and monitor a variety of team efforts to completion, often with competing deadlines.
  • Works with Division and Deputy Laboratory Directorate for Weapons (DDW) offices on tracking and reporting on NNSA Level 2 Milestones and federal contract direction.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Knowledge, Skills, and Expertise:
  • Advanced knowledge conceiving, developing, directing, and monitoring the implementation of processes, tools, and any associated training required. Focus areas may include issues and corrective actions management; risk characterization and management; assessment planning and execution; metrics development, monitoring, and trending; prime contract requirements management; security improvement planning; environmental action planning and incident response coordination.
  • Experience in monitoring technological, legal, and operational changes that affect the activities and work processes of a program or activity.
Impact, Decision Making, and Problem Solving:
  • Demonstrated success in facilitating collaboration and coordination to analyze and solve complex institutional performance challenges.
  • Demonstrated ability to ensure all results, processes, and final products meet quality specifications and are completed according to established requirements including cost, scope, and schedule.
Leadership, Communication, and Interpersonal Skills:
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise, and informative presentations, reports, correspondence, and other written materials.
  • Proficient skills in leading and engaging people.
  • Ability to interact with varying levels of management and staff, building trust, gaining consensus, and resolving conflicts.
  • Fosters a mutually respectful and inclusive work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.
  • Experience providing coaching and advice to management customers.
Program Management
  • Advanced knowledge of and demonstrated consultative experience in all aspects of program development and/or program management of mission assurance, including defining program work scope, schedules, budgets, priorities, and performance milestones.
  • Strong understanding and application of partnership development and portfolio management principles, concepts, and practices.
  • Advanced knowledge conceiving, developing, directing, and monitoring the implementation of processes, tools, and any associated training required.
Education/Experience: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution and 12 years of directly related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level, post graduate coursework may be desirable.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of the Nuclear Weapons development process, including the development of requirements, facilitating product realization teams, and executing qualification and certification activities.
  • Knowledge in nuclear weapon design and materials of construction.
  • Advanced knowledge of LANL organizational structure, policies, and procedures.
  • Experience developing and nurturing external customer relationships, particularly with DOE/NNSA stakeholders and Program Sponsors.
Work Location: The work location for this position is onsite and located in Los Alamos, NM. All work locations are at the discretion of management.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.

Note to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter addressing all minimum and desired requirements.

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:
  • PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Free basic life and disability insurance
  • Paid childbirth and parental leave
  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
  • Flexible schedules and time off (PTO and holidays)
  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs
  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation conducted by or on behalf of the Federal Government, and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance. and obtaining such clearance requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon the position, additional authorization to access classified information may be required, which may or may not be available to dual citizens. Receipt of a Q clearance and additional access authorization ultimately is a decision of the Federal Government and not of Triad.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.

Incentive Compensation Program: Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program. You must be in an eligible position for a minimum of 3 months, before July 1st and remain in an eligible position as of the end of the fiscal year, September 30th. The annual distribution is prorated based on the number of months in the eligible position.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-664-6947 option 2 and then option 3.