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Sandia National Laboratories Safeguards & Security (S&S) Planning & Operations Specialist (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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.


We are looking for an experienced, proactive, and team oriented individual to work on the Strategy & Program Operations Department as our Safeguards & Security Planning & Operations Specialist (Limited Term Employee) and contribute to our performance assurance program!

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

  • Develop and implement security assurance activities including alarm response assessments, essential elements assessments, and limited scope performance tests, among other types of tests and assessments.

  • Develop continuous program and process improvements.

  • Track, compile, and analyze data from assessments.

  • Ensure safeguards and security program compliance with DOE orders.

  • Independently determine areas of focus based on risk management principals.

  • Provide advice on Physical Security and Protective Force program compliance with requirements.

  • Review and report on performance metrics.

  • Interpret information, advise management, and recommend actions regarding issues.

  • Collaborate with a variety of customers and various levels of management.

The successful candidate will need to conduct performance assurance evaluations during after-hours, weekends and holidays.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field plus ten (10) years of law enforcement experience (Police, Military Police, and/or Protective Force); or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

  • Experience in managing regulatory requirements to ensure compliance.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain an active DOE Q-level security clearance.


  • Knowledge of DOE orders and regulations related to safeguards and security.

  • Have a basic knowledge of protective force individual and team tactical movements.

  • Demonstrated experience of the regulatory and contractual processes and the SNL tools available for the disposition of nonconformance and noncompliance.

  • Experience with creating a safety conscious work environment.

  • Demonstrated experience with quality and security assurance activities, including conducting performance tests and assessments, and recommending corrective actions.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply critical thinking skills to synthesize data into useful information, such as developing reports and presentations.

  • Excellent negotiation and communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex issues clearly and concisely both in writing and verbally to varying audiences.

  • Self-motivated and demonstrated ability to exercise initiative, solve problems and achieve results with minimal direction and supervision.

  • Ability to work in a team-focused environment, exercise discretion, and maintain confidentiality of information.

    Department Description:

The Strategy & Program Operations Department is part of Sandia's Safeguard & Security (S&S) Center, whose primary function is the protection and support of Sandia's mission, information, resources, and people. We strive to develop strategic partnerships and provide effective tools and resources to fully integrate security into every aspect of the work performed at Sandia. The Strategy & Operations Department is responsible for leading efforts in the development, implementation, and successful execution of a diverse portfolio of S&S-related initiatives involving strategy and operations. We are responsible for program operations such as strategic planning, risk management, requirements management, program communications, performance monitoring, assessments, corrective actions, and management review. Additionally, we are responsible for leading S&S quality initiatives and for applying quality standards across the S&S program to ensure effective, efficient, and quality processes are executed. Last, we provide support for special projects and executive-level briefings.

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.


This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.