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Classification Technical Reviewer (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691147

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About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide

  • Extraordinary co-workers

  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world

  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities

  • Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

  • Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:*These benefits vary by job classification.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a highly motivated Classification Technical Reviewer to join our team! You will play a vital role to protect the interests of national security through the review of classified documentation.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Use your skills, experience, and knowledge of key national security issues to evaluate scientific advances, technologies, and other information that may, in the interests of national security, require protection.

  • Develop and maintain classification guidance for use by U.S. government agencies.

  • Analyze science and engineering publications and activities to identify classified and sensitive information in accordance with sponsor requirements, federal laws, and regulations and in light of openly published research and previously released information.

  • Interpret classification guidelines to categorize information from both ongoing projects and new innovative technology and review technical and security-related material to prevent inadvertent release of classified or sensitive unclassified information.

  • Evaluate scientific, technical, and program information to ensure the proper classification and protection of national security interests.

  • Review documents and materials for proper classification and, with special authority, derivatively declassifies documents and materials.

  • With proper authorization, act as a derivative classifier (DC) up to the Top Secret Restricted Data level and category.

  • Develop classification guidance for technical and nontechnical information and support the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other agencies in developing and implementing classification and Unclassified Controlled Information (UCI) guidance.

  • Consult with DCs, Subject Matter Experts, and members of the workforce regarding classification questions and provide guidance as necessary.

  • Develop classification training and provide classification-related briefings to the workforce.

  • Review and approve as Unclassified Unlimited Release or other proper designation-materials to be disseminated outside of Sandia National Laboratories.

  • As needed, work with the external DOE classification community and other government agencies to resolve classification issues for the benefit of customers and to explore ways to resolve overarching classification issues in the DOE complex.

  • With proper authorization, act as an UCNI Reviewing Official. Identify key issues and involve others (classification co-workers, management, other NNSA Classification Offices, DOE Office of Classification, etc.) as necessary to resolve.

  • Review Security Incident Management Program (SIMP) incidents and make classification determinations.

  • Review and approve on Contract Security Classification Specification (CSCS) forms assuring guidance is correct, listed DC is correct, overall clearance levels are correct for work being done, and assures all information on the form is unclassified.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Salary Range:

$101,400 - $201,400

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in STEM plus five (5) years of relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

  • Must have an active DOE Q-level security clearance to start, with ability to acquire and maintain Sigma 15/14 access authorization, which may require polygraph testing; or related clearance such as SCI or DOD Top Secret.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Master’s degree, or higher in STEM.

  • Ability to perform independent technical analysis, providing technical consultation to staff, management, or customers, and demonstrated attention to detail.

  • Experience in the development or evaluation of nuclear weapons, or any of Sandia's numerous Strategic Partnership Projects.

  • Demonstrated strong teaming skills to work efficiently as a team member in a technically diverse environment.

  • Experienced background in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or micro-electronics, a plus.

  • Experience in working in a regulatory environment and/or interpreting regulations.

  • Experience working with or in the DOE Defense Programs or DoD communities.

  • Experience as a DC or Derivative Declassifier.

  • Basic knowledge and understanding of export control regulations.

  • Knowledge of classified and other sensitive information programs at other government agencies.

  • Familiarity with DOE classification and declassification policies, procedures, and guidance.

  • Strong organization and time management skills and able to adapt to multiple tasks and changing priorities.

About Our Team:

The Classification Office at Sandia National Laboratories has the responsibility for implementing DOE's Classification and Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information (UCNI) programs at Sandia/New Mexico. In addition, the department assists in the identification of Unclassified Controlled Information (UCI). The department performs classification reviews, assist Derivative Classifiers (DCs) and staff in making classification determinations, develops training and awareness briefings for members of the work force, designates and trains DCs and UCNI Reviewing Officials, and develops classification guidance in coordination with DOE, NNSA and laboratory programs as necessary. The department also supports DOE, NNSA and the Nuclear Weapon Complex in the implementation of the classification program, development of classification guidance and the resolution of classification issues.

Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Job ID: 691147

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

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  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
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