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NNSA Enterprise Alternate Information Systems Security Manager (AISSM) - Cyber Assurance Architect [Experienced]

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689881

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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.

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.

Salary Range:

$101,400 - $201,400

*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:

Are you passionate about engaging in the resolution of complex issues that have an impact across the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)? Do you want to help plan, document, and support the effective implementation of the Cyber Security program across the NNSA? If so, consider applying for this great opportunity!

We are seeking an experienced Cyber Assurance Architect to serve as the NNSA Enterprise Alternate Information Systems Security Manager (AISSM) in support of NNSA's Office of the Associate Administrator for Information Management and Chief Information Officer (OCIO). The AISSM will work with NNSA’s Enterprise Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM) as well as the NNSA Enterprise Authorizing Official (AO) to oversee enterprise level information systems, resolve complex challenges, and develop creative solutions to meet the dynamic needs of the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE). The AISSM will serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Information/Cyber Assurance, Department of Energy (DOE) policy, NNSA policy and national policies governing the cyber security of government information.

On any given day, the selected candidate may be called on to:

  • Serve as a cyber security subject matter expert to address questions or concerns.

  • Serve as an approval authority for NNSA enterprise level information systems.

  • Develop and advise on cyber security policy, standards, practices, guidance, and procedures.

  • Identify gaps and challenges with cyber security policy guidance.

  • Maintain up-to-date technical knowledge and interpretation of regulatory requirements and authority documents to include CNSS, DOE Orders/NNSA directives, NIST Cybersecurity Framework, NIST SP 800-37, NIST SP 800-53, and other requirement drivers.

  • Support cyber audit response activities.

  • Develop and present cyber security-related briefings, presentations, and white papers.

  • Work with appropriate stakeholders to obtain approval or concurrence on important cyber initiatives.

  • Engage in policy analysis, development, and implementation projects for NNSA’s Cyber Security Program.

  • Advise management and senior NNSA leadership on a wide range of cyber security topics.

  • Travel of 50% or more

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems, Information Systems Security, Cyber Security, or relevant field, plus, eight (8) or more years of directly related experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of the job. Equivalent experience in lieu of degree must be directly related experience that demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of the job.

  • At least five (5) years’ experience as an Information System Security Manager (ISSM) or Information System Security Officer (ISSO)

  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of the Risk Management Framework as detailed in NIST publications

  • Experience working within a federal cyber security program

  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), or Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) certifications or equivalent.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q Clearance as well as an SCI Clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Active DOE Q or DOD TS security clearance

  • Active SCI Clearance.

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

  • Information/Cyber assurance experience within DOE and/or NNSA

  • Experience working in both Unclassified and Classified environments

  • Demonstrated experience partnering across a diverse organization

  • Experience with policy analysis and policy development

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

About Our Team:

Sandia National Laboratories' Cyber Security Assurance Department is responsible for defending and protecting Sandia's cyber environment against threats to its information; thus enabling successful execution of mission work. The foundation of the Cyber Security Assurance Program is our risk management framework which establishes how Sandia implements the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Program Cyber Security Plan. Our cyber security assurance responsibilities include architecting solutions to satisfy ever-changing mission needs within an acceptable risk tolerance, effectively applying technical controls and staying within certification and accreditation parameters. Additionally, the Cyber Assurance Program performs research, development and assessment of technical and administrative cyber controls for the purpose of ensuring a secure environment. We do this through careful determination and understanding of Sandia's risk posture, tolerances, and mitigation plans from a cyber-security perspective.

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: 689881

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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

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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