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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 looking to join a dynamic and robust 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 to define requirements to fulfill both customer and corporate facility and site infrastructure needs.

As a Facilities Strategic Planner, your primary focus will be on project development. You will also be responsible for planning phase activity to incorporate customer and corporate site stewardship objectives for Sandia National Laboratories and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

You will also work with a prioritized needs list to engage customers and develop analyses, studies, projections, and plans needed to sustain facilities and site infrastructure. You will help translate customer mission needs to facilities and infrastructure requirements and integrate customer requirements with corporate site planning stewardship and regulatory compliance requirements. Other responsibilities include:

  • Communicating with peers, management, engineers, architects, funding sponsors and financial personnel on customer’s long-range facility needs and expected costs.
  • Collaborating with architectural and engineering firms to manage project development activity including: prioritization, fee negotiation, schedule management, and document quality control.

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

  • Develop project charters to define scope, schedule, and budget, to address a facility needs, and describe justification to support Sandia’s mission objectives.
  • Lead and develop planning studies to address needs for multiple customers.
  • Articulate how project development fits into big picture campus and site-wide planning initiatives, to include long-range, short- and mid-range site 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 acquire approval for project development plans.

The successful candidate will be required to obtain professional accreditation in Architecture, Project Management, Engineering, or Urban/Regional Planning within one year.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Urban/Regional Planning, Engineering, Project Management, or related field, plus five (5) years' experience in facility programming and project development for science, engineering, or technical facility projects; or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance.


  • Highly-motivated design professional with sophisticated communications skills in coordinating activities with others.
  • Ability to collaborate with customers, peers and leadership; as well as leading teams by exercising latitude in setting objectives and carrying out assignments.
  • Strong experience with Project Development, Project Management and/or Architectural Programming.
  • Experience with or general knowledge of the broader NNSA complex or experience within other highly regulated environments.
  • Accreditation from AIA, AICP, PMI, or as a PE.

Department Description:

The Project Development and Space Planning Department consists of two major parts. The Project Development portion oversees projects from a conceptual idea through collaboration, scoping and validation to a programmed and funded project. The Space Planning team collaborates to develop space solutions that meet strategic business needs, customer expectations, and workforce demands.

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*

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*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.