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The incumbent participates fully with the Associate Administrator in the management of all work carried out by the Office of Defense Nuclear Security in the achievement of its mission and functions by assisting the Associate Administrator in the performance of the following managerial duties and responsibilities:

  • Directs all NNSA security programs and functions. Responsible for the establishment, management, development, implementation and maintenance of policy guidelines and initiatives and implements security programs in NNSA. These programs include the protection, control, and accounting for nuclear materials, protection of NNSA classified and sensitive information, the physical security for all NNSA facilities, and other security programs as appropriate. Issues NNSA safeguards and security policies and provides implementation guidance on NNSA unique safeguards and security issues to ensure a consistent and cost-effective program.
  • Ensures that international agreements dealing with security and the NNSA are effectively managed.
  • Evaluates Federal site office security program implementation for compliance with DOE/NNSA requirements across the NNSA complex.
  • Identifies nuclear security budget resources; manages budget developments for defense nuclear security activities across the NNSA; defends the NNSA safeguards and security budget and oversees the spending and approval of changes to these activities associated with defense nuclear security.
  • Provides assistance to NNSA laboratories, industrial plant facilities, and headquarters organizations in addressing safeguard and security risks by providing information and technical support relating to the design basis threat, safeguards and security implementations procedures, vulnerability analysis and special access programs.
  • Manages a technology development and application program to improve cost effective security for the NNSA complex.
  • Maintains a working relationship and coordinates with the DOE Office of Health, Safety and Security, Intelligence/Counterintelligence, and other Federal agencies in the development and implementation of a safeguards and security architecture comprised of policies and programs that support an effective and sustained safeguards and security posture for the NNSA complex.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Domestic and overseas travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
00 – This position does not have promotion potential.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be U.S. Citizen.
  • New SES appointees must successfully complete a 1 year probationary period
  • A DOE "Q" level clearance is required.
  • Requires a financial disclosure statement (OGE-278).
  • The position is subject to drug testing and random screening.
  • The incumbent is subject to SES mobility.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, candidates must possess specialized experience at a senior level which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties described above; including progressively responsible supervisory or managerial experience demonstrating the ability to manage people and resources.

Candidates must fully address all Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) in order to receive consideration. Your responses must demonstrate possession of these qualifications; typically acquired through education, experience or training, and reflect progressive development and achievement in managing a comprehensive program and/or organization. Please provide examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibility, the scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and level of contacts. Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reviewer to search within the application or to see resume are considered incomplete and will not receive further consideration. All qualified candidates will be evaluated on the relevance of their experience, education, training, self-development, honors, awards, and outside activities. Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment; eligible for reinstatement into the SES; or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the ECQs; but MUST address all MTQs. Failure by non-Senior Executive Service member to submit a narrative statement addressing each of the ECQs and MTQs will result in loss of consideration.

Executive Core Qualifications: NOTE: Please limit your written statements to a two page limit per ECQ. Each response to the ECQs must be written in the Challenge-Context-Action-Results model . For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to first review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications

Leading Change – Involves the ability to bring about strategic change, within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

Leading People – Involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and support constructive resolution of conflicts.

Results Driven – Involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

Business Acumen – Involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

Business Coalitions – Involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): Please limit your written statements to two pages per MTQ.

1. Describe your experience in leading a complex organization with responsibility for establishing effective programs for the protection, control, and accounting of nuclear weapons, nuclear weapons components, or special nuclear materials; protection of classified and sensitive information; and the physical security of nuclear facilities.

2. Describe your experience in planning, programming, budgeting, and executing programs for a complex organization including understanding of security risk management principles associated with high security nuclear facilities.

3. Describe your experience in leading strategic efforts in national security, program management, and performance assurance for field operations to ensure long term viability of organizational security resources and capabilities during a period of rapidly changing internal and external environments.

4. Describe your experience and your ability to interface with high-level officials in various entities, to include other Federal agencies, Congress, and the national laboratories.


This position does not have a positive education requirement.

Additional information

EEO/Diversity Policy and Privacy Act Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, sexual orientation, parental status, or any other non-merit factors. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (PL 93-579, 5 USC 552a), and is used to determine qualifications for employment as authorized under 5 USC Sections 3302 and 3361.

Veteran's preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Candidates will be rated and ranked by a Merit Staffing Panel using only the information submitted within their application package. Applicants who do not demonstrate sufficient possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) AND demonstrated specialized experience, training, and/or education in support of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) by answering ALL the questions for this vacancy announcement, will be determined ineligible for further consideration. Based on the Panel's evaluation, applicants who were determined best qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. Once a candidate has been identified for selection, the Executive Resources Board will make final approval, and in competitive cases, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Qualifications Review Board (QRB), will certify qualifications. This process can take up to 90 working days .

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Q Access Authorization

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

If you are a current, retired or former Federal employee, please submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify your status.

If the position has an education requirement, also submit a copy of your transcript/s to verify your eligibility.

If you are a graduate of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Candidate Development Program (CDP), please submit on-line a copy of your CDP certification for non-competitive eligibility. You must respond to, answer, and meet all mandatory technical qualifications.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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