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Manager, Physical Security - (Onsite)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693096

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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 Manager of Physical Security to lead the Field Intelligence Element (FIE) Special Security Office, Department 05112. This office is responsible for interpretation and oversight of security requirements to include Intelligence Community Directives (ICD) and DOE Orders. The functions of this department include providing a wide variety of security support for Sandia’s Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIFs), personnel security, SCI visitor control and badging, security reception support, the FIE Incidents of Security Concern (IOSC) program, the FIE Operations Security (OPSEC) program and the FIE Equipment Inspection and Compliance program.

The responsible manager will partner closely with the Special Security Officer (SSO), oversight at DOE Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (DOE/IN), other FIE security organizations and mission organizations to support the infrastructure for and enable the delivery of products and services to the Intelligence Community.

Operational activities include day-to-day support to intelligence mission organizations, ownership of processes and tools for FIE security requirements and flow-down and coordination with corporate security organizations to ensure alignment and compliance with corporate requirements. The department partners closely with sister organizations in FIE Operations to ensure implementation of a comprehensive and cohesive security program.

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

  • Lead a high performing, diverse team in the implementation of a wide variety of security requirements.

  • Provide management assurance and performance metrics as an indicator of health of the security program.

  • Lead collaborative efforts to understand and address security issues and incidents.

  • Due to the nature of this role, candidate must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, plus (8) years of relevant experience; or equivalent (AS +12)

  • Current and active DOE Q-level security clearance, or DoD TS equivalent security clearance

  • Ability to obtain and maintain SCI access, which may require a polygraph

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Current SCI access

  • Master's degree in relevant field

  • Two or more years of demonstrated leadership experience

  • Broad knowledge of DOE security programs

  • Strong working relationship with DOE oversight (DOE/IN, Sandia Field Office, NNSA)

  • Excellent internal network

  • Proven ability to work as a part of a diverse team

  • Ability to develop and motivate high-performing staff

  • Experience effectively leading teams

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrated success in building and sustaining effective, trust-based relationships

About Our Team:

The Field Intelligence Element (FIE) performs high-impact, national security work for a broad segment of the Intelligence Community (IC). The FIE Special Security Office protects the information of our customers by providing a secure environment that allows Sandia to deliver products and services that protect our nation's security. The FIE Special Security Office is responsible for interpretation and oversight of security requirements, to include physical security, access controls, facility accreditation, incident investigation, and clearance 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: 693096

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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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