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Information Assurance Specialist - (Experienced) (Onsite)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693029

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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:

Are you passionate about your work and ready to be part of a high performing team? If so, we invite you to explore great opportunity with organization 5473! Sandia’s Integrated Technical Systems department is actively seeking a motivated and experienced Cyber Assurance Architect.

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

  • Aid in the generation of new, and reaccreditation of existing cyber security plans.

  • Determine security requirement gaps and provide recommendations or mitigations for addressing those gaps.

  • Work closely with our Information Security Site Manager (ISSM), Information System Security Officers (ISSOs) and system administrators to provide interpretation of NIST/CNSSI requirements and guidelines along with validation testing.

  • Establish Operational Technology (OT) sanitization procedures or periods processing protocols.

  • Perform cyber, telecommunications, and controlled article security assessments.

  • Capture, prioritize, and present information requested via Federal Cyber Security data calls.

  • Candidates must be able to handle a high-pressure environment while partnering with customers in multiple departments as well as industry partners and partner agencies.

    Due to the nature of the role, this person must be able to work onsite. The ability to occasionally travel.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Information Assurance, or relevant field, plus 5 years of experience; OR equivalent (AS +9) (no degree +13) .

  • Experience with CNARS, CARP, and Archer Programs .

  • Experience with Federal Agency level agreements (MOU, ISA, MFR, etc.).

  • Experience in the creation and maintenance of full system security plans .

  • Previous experience with information systems and the application of security controls .

  • Active DOE L with the ability to obtain a Q Level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Active DOE Q or DOD TS security clearance.

  • Familiarity with Center 5400 operations and programs.

  • Experience working with a federal cyber security program.

  • Experience deconflicting varying agency regulations and mission requirements.

  • Prior experience crafting cyber security plans and/or performing cyber security or telecommunications assessments.

  • Prior experience crafting OT sanitization procedures or periods processing protocols.

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

  • CISM or CISSP certification.

  • Prior system administration experience, to include a detailed understanding of common operating systems (e.g. Windows, Linux, and Mac) and networking architectures.

  • Prior experience as an Information System Security Officer (ISSO).

  • Detailed understanding of the Risk Management Framework as detailed in various NIST publications. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

About Our Team:

Center 5400 Integrated Military Systems Development manages several large projects, principally system engineering and proof-of-principle demonstrations of advanced and exploratory, missile defense, reentry, rocket, aided-navigation, and guided flight systems for Defense Program customers and Other Federal Agencies (e.g., DoD, NASA, etc.) with an annual budget of approximately $50-60M.

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) L security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD).

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 maintain a DOE L-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: 693029

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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
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  • Experience rich culture and history
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