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Strategic Planner (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689865

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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:

$88,600 - $172,300

*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 looking to join a dynamic and robust team? We are seeking a qualified Facilities Strategic Program Planner to join our high-energy team! You will articulate facility requirements to fulfill both customer and corporate needs.

In this Strategic Planner role, you will work with customers to develop analyses, studies, projections, and plans needed to sustain facilities and site infrastructure. You will help translate customer mission needs to facilities and infrastructure (F&I) requirements, help prioritize needs, and integrate customer requirements with corporate site planning stewardship and regulatory compliance requirements.

You will create customer engagement strategies to develop long range facilities sustainment plans for critical capabilities. This position will communicate with management, engineers, architects, and financial personnel on customer’s long-range facility needs. You will also collaborate with architectural and engineering firms to manage project development activity.

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

  • Articulate a customer’s facilities needs to mitigate mission risk.

  • Identify a customer’s facility investment needs, likely funding sources, and resources needed in cost and time to plan and implement project development.

  • Respond to National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Other Government Agency (OGA), and/or internal corporate investment calls.

  • Support Program Managers with facilities information to help manage budgets.

  • Lead and develop planning studies to address Program, Division, or Center-specific facilities needs, including development of project charters to justify need, define scope, schedule, and budget to support Sandia’s mission objectives.

  • Be responsible for planning phase activity to incorporate site stewardship objectives.

  • Partner with various subject matter professionals with scientific, engineering, and facilities backgrounds to develop planning studies, and will work with corporate and NNSA data bases to communicate facility and infrastructure needs.

  • Articulate how project development fits into big picture campus and site-wide long-range site planning initiatives, and short- and mid-range implementation plans.

  • Provide information to feed into corporate and NNSA data bases and data sources used to manage facility assets.

  • Lead planning teams, and monitor quality of work for development of planning phase deliverables.

  • Coordinate with capital investment program management leads.

  • Prepare summary reports, presentations, and obtain approval for project development plans.

The successful candidate will need to obtain a professional accreditation in Architecture, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Project Management, Professional Engineering, or Urban/Regional Planning within one year.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Urban/Regional Planning, Engineering, Project Management, or relevant discipline plus five (5) years' experience in planning and project development for buildings and infrastructure systems that support science and engineering laboratories and support facilities; or equivalent combination of education and experience (HS diploma + 13 years of exempt level, relevant experience; Associates degree plus 9 years of exempt level, relevant experience; Master's degree plus 1 year of exempt level, relevant experience).

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

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Strong experience with Project Programming (Architectural and Engineering)

  • Accreditation from AIA, AICP, PMI or Professional Engineering licensure.

  • Self-motivated and teaming design professional with good communications skills in coordinating activities with others.

  • Demonstrated presentation skills with ability to adapt message to collaborate with a broad range of management and staff.

  • Ability to lead teams with minimal guidance, and experience exercising latitude to develop objectives and how to carry out assignments.

  • Active DOE Q-level or DOD security clearance.

About Our Team:

Center 4100 is responsible for ensuring the Labs have the facilities and infrastructure (F&I) capabilities needed to enable the Labs mission success. Nuclear Deterrence (ND) F&I priorities are a predominant consideration in achieving this objective.Our team includes strategic F&I capital planning and acquisition, investment planning, and stewardship of Sandia’s overall strategic approach to teleworking. Center 4100’s alignment to Division 4000 will amplify existing partnerships with Centers 4200, 4700 and 4800. As we chart our course for strategic space and investment priorities during these dynamic times, Center 4100’s work and partnerships within and outside the division will be essential to the success of the Labs.

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.


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: 689865

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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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Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.

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