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Sandia National Laboratories High-Risk Embedded Security Professional (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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.

Salary Range:

$63,500 - $122,100 *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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a High-Risk Embedded Security Professional to support and manage special access program security operations. The selected individual will work closely with other security team members; cyber security staff; Field Intelligence Element staff; physical security subject matter experts; program management and technical staff, and government sponsors to provide guidance and oversight on special access program security matters. This person will be responsible for managing and implementing their security program for the area(s) in which they are assigned. This person will manage their special access security program consistent with other similar programs at SNL. The successful candidate may be required to wear a pager during non-working hours and respond to SNL, as needed, to support security operations.

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

  • Ensure compliance and adherence to applicable security policies and requirements

  • Conduct risk assessments and provide results/analysis to management personnel

  • Manage and protect classified and/or sensitive information Classification and marking adherence

  • Top Secret control accountability

  • Destroy/transmit/store/reproduce classified information

  • Interpret and adhere to contract specific security requirements

  • Personnel Security administration and program access request processing

  • Implement physical access controls

  • Administer Security education and training

  • Assist with the development of standard operating procedures

  • Act as a security inquiry official.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline (Security, Criminology, Cyber, IT, Political Science, Sociology, Human Resources, Business/Project Management or related) or equivalent experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of the job.

  • Active DOE Q (or DoD Top Secret) level security clearance within 5-years

  • Able to acquire and maintain Special Access Program (SAP) and SCI accesses, s ubject to polygraph testing.

Qualifications We Desire:

Ideally, we would like to see your background include some of the following:

  • Bachelor's degree or Master's degree in the relevent disciplines listed above.

  • Demonstrated ability to team and partner for success

  • Experience with Department of Defense and/or Department of Energy security requirements.

  • Active SCI Security Clearance.

About Our Team:

The High Security Operations (HSO) group performs high impact, national security work for a broad segment of the Intelligence Community (IC) as well as DOE and NNSA special access programs. We protect our customer’s information and assets by providing a secure environment that allows Sandia to deliver products and services that protect our nation’s security. The HSO group is responsible for interpretating and providing oversight of special access program security requirements, to include information, personnel, physical and operational security, access controls, facility accreditation, incident investigation and program access management.

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.

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 and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access 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 the 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.

Job ID: 686822