NMCA Deactivation & Decommissioning (D&D) Program Manager (2/3) - Military Veterans

at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do



As the Deactvation & Decommissioning (D&D) Program Manager within the Safeguards Nuclear Material Control and Accountability (SAFE-NMCA) Group, you will serve as a liaison and interface with project managers to develop, negotiate, and define the NMCA D&D program scope, in accordance with DOE Orders, LANL, and NMCA capabilities, capacities, and priorities, which balance the best interests of the customer, the program, and the institution as a whole. You will provide leadership, vision, strategic and tactical planning, and overall direction for execution for NMCA activities requiring multidisciplinary integration across multiple organizations. Additionally you will apply broad knowledge and expertise to develop an execution/implementation plan that covers the programmatic work from conception to completion; directly manage the interface with program, project, and line management to ensure performance, monitor and track cost, and schedule.

This position will be filled at either the Program Manager 2 or 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

NMCA D&D Program Manager 2 $103,500 - $172,800

At this level you will represent NMCA to uphold nuclear material safeguards for high priority

work that will improve our facility for critical National Security missions. In this role, you will

ensure that requirements are maintained in highly fluid environments. As a successful NMCA

D&D Program Manager, you will insert yourself in the conceptualization, planning, execution,

and controlling of D&D activities to devise and implement the necessary NMCA elements. You

and your team will develop plans and procedures for best practices to maintain requirements

for the measurement and accounting of: legacy material, material held up in processing, and

waste items in the LANL NMCA accounting system. You will be an integral part of

the TA-55 NMCA Team, but also interfacing with Project Managers, Waste Experts, Engineering,

and Operations Personnel. To be successful in this role you will need to possess

maneuverability, creative problem solving, strong questioning atitude, and unwavering

adherence to requirements.

NMCA D&D Program Manager 3 $125,200 - $210,600

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level you will draw on your prior experience in a DOE/NNSA facility or similar high consequence of error environment. You will be adept in the implementation of requirements of NMCA (or safety basis, criticality controls, etc.). Ideally you will possess prior knowledge of NDA techniques specific to this work and maintain expert-level knowledge of Non Destructive Assay (NDA) of nuclear material, as in hold up in facility processing areas, specifically identifying best measurement techniques and practices for characterization and quantification. Using your existing working knowledge of NMCA requirements (DOE O 474.2) and Laboratory protocols you will be expected to effectively identify potential risks, develop risk mitigation strategies and corrective actions, and recommend risk avoidance for theft and diversion of nuclear material.

What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:



Leadership: Demonstrated experience and leadership in developing and executing complex

organizational interface work plans. You must have strong collaborative and relationship building

skills to help the division foster teamwork, problem solving, and a creative, positive

work environment. You must also demonstrate an ability to lead with integrity and

decisiveness towards institutional, programmatic, and organizational goals.

Program Management: Demonstrated ability to successfully manage a program and provide

direction to a project management team. Working knowledge of and experience in program

management of technical or operational work, including defining program work scope,

schedules, budgets, priorities, and performance milestones; scope and schedule baselines;

reporting cost and schedule variance; and managing change control and risk.

Communication: Demonstrated ability to effectively present technical work, concepts, and

plans to a variety of audiences. Successfully demonstrated experience in interacting effectively

with all levels of internal and/or external personnel; building trust, gaining consensus, and

resolving conflicts. Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills &

experience interacting in an effective manner with NNSA and/or other federal customers.

Collaboration: Successfully demonstrated experience in developing and nurturing effective

internal and/or external customer relationships.

Additional Job Requirements for NMCA D&D Program Manager 3:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:

Program Management: Advanced knowledge of and consultative experience in all aspects of

program or project management of technical or operational work, including defining work

scope, schedules, budgets, priorities, and managing change control and risk.

Technical Knowledge: Advanced knowledge of NDA techniques for characterization of nuclear

material related to D&D, including: material in processing equipment, gloveboxes, and

disposition of waste items.

Education/Experience at Program Manager 2 level: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree from

an accredited institution and 5 years of directly related technical and project management

experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the

occupation. At this level an advanced degree may be expected.

Education/Experience at Program Manager 3 level: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree from

an accredited institution and 8 years of directly related technical and project management

experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the

occupation. At this level an advanced degree may be expected.

Education/Experience at lower level:

Position requires a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution and 5 years of directly related technical and project management experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

At this level an advanced degree may be expected.

Education/Experience at higher level:

Position requires a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution and 8 years of directly related technical and project management experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

At this level an advanced degree may be expected.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with Department of Energy Material Control and Accountability (MC&A) requirements in a production environment.
  • Experience collaborating with programmatic/operations stakeholders in nuclear/high-hazard facilities with the ability to support compliance in a production environment.
  • Advanced ability to understand a high-hazard production processes.

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine:

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

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, please submit a comprehensive resume reflective of your relevant experience to the job requirements and desired skill stated above.
  • This position may require working overtime or irregular schedule, working off-shift/rotating schedule, safety glasses or eye protection, mask or respirator, hearing protection

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):

Vision: Experience in implementing strategic and creative approaches to meet requirements

often under constraints. You will be able to share the strategy in a way that deputizes your

team to work successfully and autonomously under routine circumstances.

Physical Job Requirements: Distance vision, depth perception, standing, walking, bending,

stooping, crouching, typing or keyboarding.
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 (paid sick, vacation, 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). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

*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.

426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

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.

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.
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 or preference, 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment StatusFull Time

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