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Cleared Senior/Principal Cyber Assurance Architect - Onsite

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 693663

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking experienced IT Cyber Assurance Architect to join our team and provide cyber assurance expertise in support of the critical national security missions in Special Programs, we are a dynamic team that works with customers to develop, deploy and sustain unique capabilities in support of our wide variety of government mission partners.

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

  • Develop new cyber security plans and the champion the reaccreditation of existing plans

  • Perform cyber review and assessments for information technologies from across the labs

  • Work closely with our Information Technology team (system administrators, network engineers and database engineers) to provide interpretation of NIST/CNSSI requirements and guidelines along with validation testing

  • Perform proactive cyber or telecommunications security assessments

  • Work with team members on addressing security requirements for new capability development activities

  • Capture, prioritize, and present information requested via federal cybersecurity data calls

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Salary Range:

$130,100 - $258,900

*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.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems, Information Assurance, Computer Science, or other relevant computer field plus five (5) or more years relevant experience; or Master's degree plus one (1) or more years relevant experience; or equivalent experience in lieu of degrees must be directly related experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of the job

  • Experience in information assurance and the application of security controls in both unclassified and classified systems

  • Experience with at least one of the following:

  • DOE or NNSA cyber security orders and policies

  • Relevant federal and private standards and requirements (such as NIST, ISO, CNSS, STIGs)

  • Experience with Risk Management Framework as detailed in NIST Special Publication 800-53

  • Experience as an Information System Security Officer (ISSO)

  • Active DOE Q-level security clearance or equivalent DOD Top Secret level security clearance; and ability to obtain and maintain SCI-level security clearance, which may require a polygraph test

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with Splunk, SolarWinds or similiar technologies

  • Strong oral communication skills and previous technical writing experience

  • Active DOE SCI security clearance (or DOD equivalent)

  • Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) certification

About Our Team:

The Special Programs Operations (SPO) Department is responsible for executing and coordinating a variety of classified efforts at SNL's California site. These critical efforts entail providing communications services to multiple customers. We work closely with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Department of Defense (DoD), and Intelligence Community (IC) to accomplish these efforts. The centerpiece to this effort is the manning and support of an on-site 24/7/365 Mission Support operations center. We also have charters to 1) Develop processes and procedures for the acceptance, operationalization, and accreditation of new capabilities. 2) Manage ongoing accreditation of the IT and software systems, 3) Develop of innovative IT systems to reduce the total lifecycle costs for the broad range of capabilities being executed.

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.

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. Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Applicants for employment need to also be able to obtain and maintain SCI access, which requires 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.

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.

Job ID: 693663

Job Family: IT

Regular/Temporary Position: R

Full/Part-Time Status: F

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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 California

  • Close proximity to first-tier universities, Silicon Valley companies, and other top research laboratories and facilities
  • Access to California’s finest public and private schools
  • Vineyards
  • Beaches
  • State Parks
  • Sports – Nearby major league franchises
  • Art haven
  • Proximity to SF Bay Area

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