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Cyber Policy Architect - Cyber Assurance Architect (Experienced) - Hybrid

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693067

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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 Cyber Assurance Architect to join our team and provide cyber and policy analysis expertise in support of the national security mission of Sandia National Labs. Are you passionate about identifying and engaging in the resolution of complex issues? Do you want to help plan, document, and support the effective implementation of the Cyber Security program across Sandia? If so, consider applying for this great opportunity.

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

  • Engage in policy analysis, development, and implementation projects for Sandia’s Cyber Security Program.

  • Develop cyber security policy, standards, best practices, guidance, and procedures in coordination with the Cyber Assurance, ISSM, Cyber Project Management, and IT Policy teams

  • Identify gaps and conflicts in cyber security policy guidance and make recommendations to close identified gaps.

  • Maintain up-to-date technical knowledge and interpretation of regulatory requirements and authority documents to include DOE Orders, NNSA directives, NIST Cybersecurity Framework, NIST SP 800-37, NIST SP 800-53, and other requirement drivers.

  • Support audit response activities as they pertain to cyber security policy.

  • Develop cyber security-related policy briefings, presentations, and white papers for distribution to the diverse user and stakeholder community.

  • Work with oversight officials to document frameworks that provide effective information assurance support of program and project mission requirements.

  • Act as a cyber security subject matter expert to address customer and stakeholder questions and concerns.

This position is eligible for Hybrid work and the selected applicant must live within a reasonable distance for commuting to the assigned work location when necessary.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems, Information Assurance, Computer Science or other relevant field plus five (5) or more years of relevant experience;

  • or Master's degree in above subject areas or related field;

  • or combination of education and experience that are demonstrably equivalent to the requirement above.

  • Experience with policy analysis and policy development

  • Experience and understanding of the Risk Management Framework as detailed in NIST publications.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Active DOE Q or DOD TS security clearance

  • Experience working with a federal cyber security program

  • Knowledge and experience with DOE Orders/NNSA cyber security directives and policies; relevant federal and private standards and requirements (e.g., NIST, ISO, CNSS, STIGS)

  • Previous experience as an Information System Security Manager (ISSM) or Information System Security Officer (ISSO).

  • Demonstrated technical writing experience.

  • Demonstrated experience partnering across organization

  • Familiarity with Sandia Cyber and IT processes and procedures

  • Excellent verbal communication skills.

About Our Team:

Sandia National Laboratories' Cyber Security Assurance Department is responsible for defending and protecting Sandia's cyber environment against threats to its information; thus enabling successful execution of mission work. The foundation of the Cyber Security Assurance Program is our risk management framework which establishes how Sandia implements the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Program Cyber Security Plan. Our cyber security assurance responsibilities include architecting solutions to satisfy ever-changing mission needs within an acceptable risk tolerance, effectively applying technical controls and staying within certification and accreditation parameters. Additionally, the Cyber Assurance Program performs research, development and assessment of technical and administrative cyber controls for the purpose of ensuring a secure environment. We do this through careful determination and understanding of Sandia's risk posture, tolerances, and mitigation plans from a cyber-security perspective.

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:

Sandia is required by DOE 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 obtain and 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.

Salary Range:

*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.

$104,000 - $207,100

Job ID: 693067

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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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