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High-Risk Embedded Security Professional - (Experienced) (Onsite)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693538

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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:

The Program Security Office (Org 5114) is 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 a t 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

  • Lead internal self-assessments in high security operations

  • 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

    Due to the nature of the work, this candidate must work onsite. Ability to be on-call and hold a pager.

Salary Range:

$78,000 - $150,000

*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 a relevant discipline (Security, Criminology, Cyber, IT, Political Science, Sociology, Human Resources, Business/Project Management or related) , plus 5 years of relevant security experience

  • Active DOE Q (or DoD Top Secret) level security clearance with the ability to obtain an SCI clearance which may require a polygraph

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Master's degree in a relevant discipline

  • Demonstrated ability to lead integrated teams to solve complex issues.

  • Makes recommendations to management on policies and general business operations.

  • Understanding of ICD 705 “Technical Specifications for Construction and Management of Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities” requirements

  • Basic knowledge of Risk Management Framework for DoD Information Technology requirements

  • Experience with Department of Defense and/or Department of Energy security management in SAP and/or SCI environment

  • Experience with Sandia, the FIE, or other government operations (IC, DoD, NRO, CIA, etc.)

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.

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: 693538

Job Family: SY

Regular/Temporary Position: R

Full/Part-Time Status: F

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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

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

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