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National Security Specialist, Level 4


Job Description

Job ID: 308262
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

PNNL’s National Security Directorate (NSD) is the steward of the Laboratory's assets to help "prevent and counter acts of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)." Experts in NSD directly support many of the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) critical national security operations, including safeguards and security, cyber security, emergency response, and counterintelligence.

Within NSD, experts in the Security Systems Optimization (SSO) technical group understand that only through a comprehensive look at the entire security operations of the particular site, can you ensure that the high-value asset, perhaps a nuclear weapon or stadium full of fans as examples, is fully protected. Our experts are of highest caliber in vulnerability assessment, tactical response, and understanding all components of physical protection, including the people component as a critical element of comprehensive security. Therefore, in addition to having sophisticated and coordinated security technologies implemented, an organization that has assets to be protected must train and trust every staff member to defend against threats within that comprehensive system of protection.

We are seeking a Security Specialist to support projects funded by DOE and NNSA. This position is accountable to the PNNL project manager, the Subsector Manager for Domestic Safeguards and Security, and the Technical Group Manager for the Security Systems Optimization Group. This position is responsible for carrying out tasks related to the support and development of safeguards and security programs. This full time position is diverse and requires the incumbent to be proficient in the field of domestic safeguards and security.

This position requires understanding of site security programs to assess the appropriate technologies necessary and to identify areas that need to be enhanced to ensure assets are being protected against theft or diversion. Also required is experience in the physical security policies, processes and systems being utilized in the DOE and NNSA complex and the ability to identify processes to improve, enhance, standardize, and test to ensure performance is meeting asset protection requirements, as well as knowledge of safeguards and security program management practices throughout the United States to make recommendations for implementation across the DOE Enterprise. This further requires expertise or specific knowledge in DOE safeguards & security topical areas such as Protection Program Operations, Physical Security, Protective Force Operations, Information Security, Material Control & Accountability, Personnel Security and related programs.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:
The incumbent is required to assess and evaluate a broad spectrum of sites, facilities, and staffing structures, to evaluate the current level of security, and make recommendations concerning potential upgrades to result in an acceptable level of threat to the US government and the end-user entities. Activities can include workforce analysis to identify the staffing and training needs to sustain safeguards and security; providing security subject matter and management expertise in policy development, conducting security program inspections or assessments, identification of technology and training needs, and site support in all areas of security. Must apply knowledge in safeguards and security program management, in addition to strong experience in performance testing, analytical support, on-site inspections, and training.

Programmatic requirements, interactions and challenges unique to this position require close working relationships with a variety of DOE and NNSA headquarters program staff, other DOE offices and sites within the DOE/NNSA complex, and commercial contractors and vendors, and other experts in national security and security technologies. This position may require technical oversight and administration of domestic subcontracts.

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 and 7+ years of relevant experience, or an advanced degree and 5+ years of relevant experience.
- Assignment at this level requires technical proficiency and broad range of experience in the areas of domestic safeguards and security programs in addition to strong project/program management skills, and strong sponsor management and interaction skills.
- You are expected to have self-motivation and excellent teaming ability, and possess good judgment and decision-making, planning and problem-solving skills.
- You must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

- Experience in DOE/NNSA Safeguards & Security Programs. Experience in security industry, or military security operations also useful.
- Experience in DOE/NNSA Federal or contractor safeguards and security management positions.
- Knowledgeable of current security theory and principles and DOE Safeguards & Security Order requirements.
- Technical degree.
- Expertise in multiple DOE Safeguards & Security topical and sub-topical areas.
- Certified Project Management Professional or ability to potentially to obtain Project Management Professional credential.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308262
Directorate: National Security
Division: Operational Systems & Technology
Group: Security Systems Optimization

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.

- This position requires the ability and willingness to travel domestically for business purposes between 10% and 40% of the time.
- The position may be subject to stressful situations. You will be expected to manage those situations professionally and expertly to maintain safety and security, and attain program goals.