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Solicitation of Interest: Offsite Extended Duty Assignment - Washington, D.C.

Sandia National Laboratories
Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States
9 days ago


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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate:

Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.

Salary Range:

$106,700 - $209,800

*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:

This is a broad solicitation of interest for an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment in Washington, DC. This temporary assignment is with Headquarters Air Force/A10 (HAF/A10) to serve as a Technical Advisor to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence. HAF/A10 is responsible for the direction, guidance, integration, and advocacy regarding the nuclear deterrence mission of the U.S. Air Force and engages with joint and interagency partners for nuclear enterprise solutions. The term of this assignment is (1) year with possible extensions for a maximum of (3) years.

In addition to this primary responsibility, the individual will be encouraged to contribute, as required, to the diverse nature of issues that encompass the HAF/A10 work portfolio. As such, this requires the individual to be agile and to be able to effectively team with a wide range of individuals and organizations.This is not a standard Post-and-Bid opportunity, and disposition of interested candidates will be handled outside the Hiring Process, HR002.1. Upon submission of interest, resumes will be forwarded to Bernie Gomez, 00320, for review. The selected candidate will retain their current job level/classification for the duration of the assignment. Individuals currently at the senior staff level through senior manager possessing the desired knowledge and experience will be considered. Job responsibilities beyond focused core responsibilities, will be tailored to the selected individual's skillset, offering an opportunity for the individual to broaden their knowledge and experience.

On any given day, you may be asked to:
  • Be responsible for stockpile-related matters
  • Participates in the study, review, and adjustment of the programs and budgets needed to support AF strategies, concepts, and plans
  • Initiate and conduct analyses of complex policy, strategy, capability, force structure, and operational planning issues
  • Anticipate emerging problems, identify implications, and develop options to address challenges
  • Collaborate with the Intelligence Community to address threats to strategic stability and the U.S. nuclear enterprise
  • Provide expert advice to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence on key strategy, planning, programming, budgeting, and policy matters
  • Prepare briefings, presentations, and decision memoranda to support deliberations and decisions by senior management
  • Prepare communications for senior leaders, both orally and in writing, to a wide variety of audiences on complex issues, both nationally and internationally, in and outside of government
  • as directed, represents HAF/A10 within the USG interagency process and with representatives of foreign governments
  • Prepare and coordinates official responses to Congressional inquiries and reports
  • Coordinate with OSD A&S, OSD Policy, DTRA, USSTRATCOM and other combatant commands, DOE/NNSA, the Intelligence Community, State Department, National Security Council, and other governmental agencies

Qualifications We Require:
  • Bachelor's and advanced degree (Master's or PhD) in a technical or engineering subject area, plus (5) years of experience
  • Experience in nuclear weapons programs and basic understanding of nuclear weapons technology (e.g., commensurate with WR708), and knowledge of organizational responsibilities within Sandia
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally
  • DOE Security Clearance - Candidates must possess an active Q-Level clearance and be able to acquire an SCI clearance and Sigma 15

Qualifications We Desire:
  • Broad experience in nuclear weapons design, development, qualification, production, surveillance, sustainment, and annual assessment as well as non-nuclear component technical maturation.
  • Relationships within the Sandia NW program and line organizations
  • Knowledge of the elements of the nuclear enterprise, to include familiarity with Nuclear Weapons Council functions and processes
  • Understanding of and experience with the nuclear weapons Phase Processes and the Integrated Phase Gate approach
  • Understanding of the government budget process and NNSA's funding structure
  • Knowledge of NNSA Defense Programs organizational responsibilities
  • Relationships within the NNSA Defense Programs Federal Program Managers
  • Understanding of U.S. interactions with close allies (UK) and NATO
  • Experience and relationships with the Intelligence Community

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:

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). Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 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: 684032

Job Information

  • Job ID: 64044434
  • Location:
    Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States
  • Position Title: Solicitation of Interest: Offsite Extended Duty Assignment - Washington, D.C.
  • Company Name For Job: Sandia National Laboratories
  • Job Function: Aerospace

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