Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence Program Manager (Program Manager 3)

What You Will Do

Want to Make an Impact in Nuclear Security?

The International Threat Reduction Group (NEN-3) is seeking a Program Manager to join our mission-focused leadership team. Our diverse workforce enjoys a shared work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone's opinions and ideas are considered. NEN-3 applies expertise in nuclear and radiological materials and commodities detection, packaging, international training and consultation, modeling, and simulation to reduce nuclear proliferation and enhance global security in a changing threat environment.

The successful candidate will lead the Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence (NSDD) Program for Implementation and Sustainability programs and the NSDD Science and Engineering Team (SET). A key component of this job will be interfacing with NNSA DOE HQ federal staff in NA-213 on defining scope, schedule, and budgets for a ~$17M Program. The selected candidate will be expected to work closely with LANL line management and the GS-NNS Program Office to collaboratively plan the execution of programmatic work scope.

Travel is required domestically on a quarterly basis most often to Washington DC.

The NSDD Program is supported at LANL by diverse skill sets and technical backgrounds, as such, the selected candidate must have a dynamic management style that can adapt to a wide range of programmatic situations.

Duties will include all or a combination of, but are not limited to the following:
  • Serves as the primary interface with NNSA NA-213 to develop, negotiate, and define mission goals and programmatic deliverables, in accord with Laboratory capabilities, capacities, and priorities, that balance the best interests of the NNSA customer, the program, and the institution.
  • Provides leadership, vision, and strategic and tactical planning for execution of the NSDD program for Implementation and Sustainability programs, and the NSDD Science and Engineering Team (SET). The program manager will also formulate, plan, and implement new program development initiatives that align with the team's technical disciplines.
  • Collaborate with technical colleagues from other national laboratories, foreign governments, or international institutions such as the IAEA as part of the programmatic efforts to strengthen capabilities to detect, disrupt, and investigate the smuggling of nuclear and radiological materials.
  • Develop capabilities and solutions to counter nuclear smuggling challenges, including development of software tools, concept of operations, technical procedures or integrating other types of detectors and sensors with radiation or other detection systems.
  • Develop new and innovative concepts and approaches to address specific problems in NSDD.
  • Work with Project Controls Group (PCG) to make financial decisions related to programmatic activities involving partner countries, the science and engineering team, and international nuclear forensics.
  • Development of the yearly financial annex and resource loading in P6

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Knowledge
  • Broad understanding of radiation detection equipment and/or active and passive detection systems or other security/detection equipment.
  • Experience working within established safety and quality controls for moderate to high hazard activities.

Program Management
  • Demonstrated experience monitoring project performance against budget and schedule, identifying budget and schedule variance.
  • Experience in successful management of a program or large technical project.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks, often with competing deadlines and shifting priorities.

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and nurturing effective internal and/or external customer relationships.
  • Ability to negotiate with sponsors, senior management, program and line managers, and other stakeholders to identify, commit, and prioritize resources to ensure completion of project deliverables.
  • Ability to communicate with program and line managers to identify new opportunities and develop new resources.

  • Experience in collaborating across organizational and institutional boundaries, including working closely with other national laboratories.
  • Ability to delegate work appropriately.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively present technical work, concepts, and plans to a variety of audiences.
  • Experience interacting effectively with all levels of internal and external personnel, building trust, gaining consensus, and resolving conflicts.

Technical Leadership
  • Demonstrated experience developing capabilities to address specialized problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor and lead senior staff as they develop in various programmatic areas.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Q clearance.


Position requires a bachelor's degree in STEM field from an accredited institution and 8 years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the

occupation. Advanced degree preferred

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience coordinating work with national laboratories and subcontractors.
  • Demonstrated understanding of IAEA nuclear security systems and measures concepts and recommendations.
  • Experience in project leadership and the ability to develop project plans, negotiate milestones and deliverables, as well as manage cost and budget.
  • Experience developing training materials for the operation and/or maintenance of equipment.
  • Experience working with law enforcement agencies or other security services.
  • Experience working with foreign government civilian and/or military agencies to facilitate joint operations and/or tasking with respect to matters of national security.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well across organizations within the USG (civilian or military).
  • Experience conducting border security operations with civilian and/or military organizations.
  • Experience with anti-smuggling and/or nonproliferation operations.
  • Active Q Clearance

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: Along with your resume, you must submit a cover letter addressing all job 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.

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.

Term position: Regular-status Laboratory employees applying for term-status positions may retain regular status with approval of the cognizant Principle Associate Director.

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.

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.