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Senior Export Control and Nonproliferation Advisor

Performance Management/Performance Assurance

Job Description

Job ID: 307660
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a Senior Export Control and Nonproliferation Advisor with demonstrated experience providing advice, analysis, training and implementation leadership on international strategic commodity controls, counter proliferation investigations, targeting and risk management, 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, the World Customs Organization, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This position requires the candidate to have well-developed nonproliferation policy and technical expertise, international engagement experience, relationship management, business development, project and program management skills. The preferred candidate 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, technical writing and strong verbal communication skills, experience and knowledge of the mission and goals of government agencies supporting U.S. and international export control efforts, nonproliferation and related national security issues. Candidates with experience or background in stakeholder engagement, outreach, sustainability, capacity-building, and 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 domestic and international travel.

Key Responsibilities include the following:
- Integrate policy analysis, concepts of operation, technical approaches, training, technologies and components into an effective international export control 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 export controls, counter proliferation 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 early and mid- career staff.
- Assist PNNL and various federal entities including NNSA, the Department of State , Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and others to better understand and effectively integrate strategic and current operational objectives for current and next-generation (over-the-horizon) export control and nonproliferation solutions.
- Develop and deliver training on all aspects of export control, licensing, enforcement and enterprise outreach; counter proliferation investigations and nonproliferation topics to foreign partners domestically and abroad.
- Lead and participate in business development and business capture of R&D efforts and project implementation that fund small teams 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 & Technology 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 best 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. The candidate 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

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Minimum Qualifications

- Bachelor's degree plus 12 years of experience, Master’s degree plus 8 years of experience or Ph.D. plus 5 years of experience.
- Independent contributor.
- Extensive experience in specialized field (or several fields through wide exposure and experience).
- Command of nonproliferation and export control theory and principles.
- Internationally recognized for knowledge and expertise in diverse technical subject areas.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307660
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.