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Senior Safeguards Policy Advisor


Job Description

Job ID: 307308
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a Senior Safeguards Policy Advisor with demonstrated experience providing advice, analysis and implementation leadership on nuclear safeguards, nuclear nonproliferation, related policy and technical issues. The candidate should possess established relationships with key offices across the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), other U.S. Government agencies, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This position requires the candidate to have well-developed nonproliferation and safeguards policy and technical expertise, international engagement experience, relationship management, business development, project and program management skills. Must have in-depth knowledge and experience in developing whole-of-government solutions to complex challenges that have direct strategic impact on US national security. The candidate should possess excellent sponsor management skills, strategic planning skills, excellent verbal communication, technical writing skills, experience and knowledge of the mission and goals of government agencies supporting IAEA safeguards, nonproliferation and related national security issues. Candidates with experience or background in stakeholder engagement, outreach, sustainability, capacity-building, or instructional design practices are preferred.
The candidate will be expected to work with non-sensitive, sensitive, and classified information as appropriate for individual projects. The incumbent should demonstrate an ability to manage sensitive business situations and influence positive outcomes. The person in this position must recognize and accept that they will be working in technical and policy areas associated with the National Security of the United States.

This is a full-time salaried, exempt position as a member of the Global Security Technology and Policy Group located in PNNL’s Richland or Seattle offices. This position will require periodic travel to Washington, D.C. and Vienna, Austria as well as other domestic and international locations.

Key Responsibilities:
- Integrate policy analysis, concepts of operation, approaches, training, technologies and components into an effective international safeguards and nonproliferation system.
- Maintain relationships at the highest levels across multiple organizations/agencies and leverage those relationships to further PNNL’s reputation as a laboratory of choice for international safeguards and nonproliferation technologies and solutions.
- Establish effective networks, both internally and externally, to create opportunities that utilize and enhance group capabilities.
- Lead multi-disciplinary teams and serve as a coach and mentor for junior staff.
- Assist PNNL and various federal entities including NNSA, DOS, DHS, DOD and others to better understand and effectively integrate strategic and current operational objectives for current and next-generation (over-the-horizon) safeguards and nonproliferation solutions.
- Develop and deliver training on nuclear safeguards and security to foreign partners domestically and abroad.
- Lead or participate in business development and business capture of R&D efforts and project implementation that funds a team of 3-5 staff. May function as a project lead, team lead or give direction to others.
- Distill complex national security strategy and policy concerns to technical requirements to guide technology development. Evaluate emerging international and national-level concepts and technologies to assess potential application in appropriate settings.
- Identify new business opportunities for PNNL in sponsor organizations and develop/execute engagement strategies to capitalize on these opportunities.
- Provide guidance to sponsors on organizational engagement strategies to identify and mitigate political sensitivities.
- The candidate is expected to self-initiate assignments and perform those assignments without appreciable direction from others. Decisions made by the candidate should impact significant segments of the Operational Systems Division, and the effects of such decisions should be long lasting and influence the course of the organization. The candidate should recommend and may develop practices for the institution. The candidate should be a productive and accomplished networker with a substantial network externally, both within the U.S. and abroad. They must be able to establish positive working relationships at all levels, both internal and external, and demonstrate the ability to influence effectively in all circles. Decisions will primarily affect projects/programs of major scope/complexity and may impact significant segments of the organization.

Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

Minimum Qualifications

- Bachelor’s degree and 10+ years of experience, Master’s degree and 6+ years of experience or a PhD and 3+ years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

- Independent contributor.
- Extensive experience in specialized field (or several fields through wide exposure and lengthy seasoning).
- Command of theory and principles.
- Widely recognized for knowledge and expertise, possibly in diverse subject areas.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307308
Directorate: National Security
Division: Operational Systems & Technology
Group: Global Security, Technology & Policy

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.

* U.S. Citizenship
* Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.
* Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.