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Sandia National Laboratories National Security Programs - Associate Lab Director, Division 5000 in Albuquerque, New Mexico


This posting will be open for application submissions for 30 calendar days, including the ‘posting date’ and will close on July 7th, 2021. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.


Reporting to the Lab Director, this role provides leadership, oversight, and management direction for SNL’s National Security Programs and the NSP division. This position is responsible for applying Sandia’s multidisciplinary science, engineering, and technology functions to anticipate, innovate, and deliver responsive solutions for the nation’s complex, global, national, homeland and energy security challenges. This position leads the bulk of the Laboratories’ Strategic Partnership Projects (SPP) for Federal (non-DOE) agencies and applicable commercial companies, as approved by the NNSA Contracting Officer and ensures all National Security Programs work is consistent with and complementary to mission assigned to the Contractor by NNSA.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts work consistent with NNSA mission requirements for non-DOE agencies, including the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

  • Ensures all SPP work is consistent with and complementary to SNL mission and is conducted with full cost recovery and cost transparency.

  • Works with NNSA to obtain prior approval on non-DOE work.

  • Responsible for the SNL Field Intelligence Element as the Senior Intelligence Executive

  • Leads a senior staff to drive excellence and results across all National Security Programs, providing excellent products and customer services safely, securely, effectively, and efficiently.

  • Partners with other Sandia executives to ensure the strategic future of the Laboratories.

  • Creates a diverse and inclusive environment, attracting and retaining exceptional talent

  • Responsible for the sustainment and growth in core national security competencies which includes hypersonics, specialized sensors and radars, information technologies, vulnerability assessments and trusted strategic radiation hardened microelectronics.

  • Manages a $800M budget (annual) and staff of 2000.


  • Masters of Science degree in engineering, science or related discipline

  • 15 years of progressive experience in scientific and technical leadership

  • 10 years’ management experience in directing applied research and development program in a laboratory environment

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills with the ability to alter for varying audiences, including NNSA and non-NNSA sponsors

  • Experience applying innovations to develop solutions to practical problems.

  • Financial and business savvy coupled with the ability to analyze metrics.

  • Strong ability to prioritize projects and make quick, sound decisions.

  • Change agent with a continual focus on increasing value to the customer.

  • Must be an U.S. Citizen in order to acquire a DOE Q Level security clearance as well as higher clearance levels as required.


  • PhD in a STEM field or MBA preferred.

  • Prior experience with DoD, NNSA, other Government agencies, and commercial customers for applied science and engineering solutions

  • Six Sigma certification (Green belt, Black belt, LEAN).

  • Experience in leading S&T projects and programs through agile technologies

  • Delivery of cost reduction and quality improvement initiatives.

  • Senior management-level strategy development.

  • Proven ability to collaborate with other technical and administrative functions to successfully deliver integrated solutions for complex systems.

  • Ability to manage business and organizational vision by communicating a compelling purpose, driving change cross-organizationally, and inspiring and motivating people and organizations.

  • Integrative thinker with demonstrated ability to solve complex, multi-faceted problems with due consideration for business and strategic consequences.

  • Drives continuous improvement in support of safety, security, product quality, delivery, and cost initiatives.

  • Ability to appropriately balance business needs and security requirements

  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills

  • Demonstrated previous leadership experience, including strong managerial and leadership skills to work across all functions and levels of an organization; ability to effectively build high performing teams and model high performance standards and partnership with other executives

  • Demonstrated program execution skills, including a persistent drive for results utilizing sound project management, organizational and problem-solving skills

    Department Description:

As a multidisciplinary national laboratory and federally funded research and development center (FFRDC ( ), Sandia accomplishes tasks that are integral to the mission and operation of our sponsoring agencies.

As an FFRDC for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), we have a long-term relationship with our sponsor. This creates an environment that supports our fields of expertise, enables us to maintain our objectivity and independence, and allows us to be familiar with our sponsor’s mission. As an objective, independent, and trusted advisor, we draw from our deep science and engineering experience to anticipate, innovate, create, and inform the policy debate for decision makers.

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, 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.

EEO Statement:

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.