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Sandia National Laboratories Strategic Planner (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.


Are you a high-energy individual looking to join a dynamic team? Sandia's Facilities Project Development and Space Planning Department is looking for a dedicated and hard-working Strategic Planner to join our team!

You will apply your technical expertise for strategic space planning direction and serve as the chief integrator of future partner/customer mission and corporate space stewardship needs.

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

  • Ensure that customer needs are integrated based on space policies/corporate priorities. Then perform evaluations and issue strategic space recommendations with awareness of the goals and objectives of various program areas.

  • Communicate goals, objectives, and strategies to partners, Facilities leadership, and SFO.

  • Collaborate with the Tactical Space Planners (TSPs) on space requests and ensure Facility Area Management (FAM) teams are integrated on modification requests.

  • Ensure database is updated by the TSPs.

  • Provide improvements and consistency of space utilization metrics.

  • Forecast, program, and plan for space needs and space strategies.

  • Concisely and accurately communicate study methodologies, analysis, and recommendations to customers and management.

  • Lead strategic space studies in various areas, such as telecommuting; conference rooms, laboratory, and space utilization; uncleared, new hire, and student space; and co-location and functional realignment.

  • Work closely with Facilities Projects and Operations teams to execute space plans and projects.

  • Mentor and lead TSPs and support space planning efforts.

  • Prepare charters for corporate space initiatives and processes.

  • Use data-driven systems thinking to break down and solve complex space challenges.


  • Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Engineering, or Urban/Regional Planning plus five (5) or more years of relevant experience in facility space management; or Master's degree in a relevant disciple plus one (1) year in a relevant experience; or the equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

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


  • Ability to collaborate with customers, peers and leadership; as well as leading teams by exercising latitude in setting objectives and carrying out assignments.

  • Experience with or general knowledge of the broader NNSA complex or other highly regulated environments.

  • Strong interpersonal skills: negotiations, teaming, coordination, leadership.

  • Familiarity with basic project management skills, managing scope, cost, and schedule.

  • Continuous learner who is creative and adaptable to change.

  • Strong skills in forward-thinking, and leading others to think beyond their known environment.

  • Experience with facility management practices, data, and/or tools.

    Department Description:

The Site Planning & Partnerships department (4854) consists of two major parts. The Planning team engages in long-term, comprehensive planning for sites within the context of their surrounding communities for development and redevelopment to meet mission, balanced with the responsibility for stewardship of federally-owned assets on behalf of the DOE/NNSA. Project Development oversees projects from a conceptual idea through scoping and validation to a funded project. We also plan, track, and report the progress of the Corporate Investment Plan at the funding program level.

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 L-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 the 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.