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Los Alamos National Laboratory Security Manager 3 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Personnel Security is a discipline that works to mitigate the risk individual workers may pose utilizing a unique set of policies and procedures within Access Control and Access Authorizations. Personnel Security assists in assessing the loyalty, reliability, and trustworthiness of individuals for initial and continued eligibility for access to classified information. Personnel Security is comprised of the Badge Office, Control of Classified Visits, Clearance Processing, and the Security Awareness Program.

As a Personnel Security Manager, reporting to the Group Leader, you will provide management and operational oversight for Clearance Processing and the Security Awareness Program. You will be responsible for the leadership and supervision of staff and tactical execution of daily operations. Additionally, you will be responsible for recruiting, mentoring, and retaining qualified staff, promoting safety, security, and quality in all operations; exercising prudent fiscal and property management; promoting teamwork within the organization, and promoting a positive work environment. As a Personnel Security Manager, you will participate in the achievement of organizational goals for programmatic, business, and operational excellence; and you will develop and implement policies, procedures, standards, and training in accordance with DOE Directives, NNSA Policies, and Code of Federal Regulations.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:


Thorough knowledge and experience with security and safeguards functions that may include, but are not limited to, one or more security and safeguards specialties: security, programmatic planning, vulnerability analysis, inquiry and integration, assessments, personnel security, security area management, corrective action resolution and implementation, inspections, investigations/internal inquiries, self-assessments, and risk assessments.


In-depth experience developing and maintaining a cohesive team in a high volume customer service focused security/business environment. Proven effective and positive supervisory and/or technical lead experience in Security disciplines and/or related experience.

Problem Solving:

Extensive experience and demonstrated skill in conducting research, investigating alternative solutions and recommending solutions on problems affecting security and safeguards programs and administration. This should include identifying problem areas, investigating alternative solutions, looking at cost implications, and recommending potential solutions.


Skill in the preparation and presentation of oral and written reports to a diverse audience including managers within and outside the organization.

Audit and Implementation:

Thorough experience in conducting security audits, inspections, self-assessments, and developing appropriate corrective actions

Education/Experience : Position requires a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution and 5 years of relevant experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

Project Planning:

Excellent organizational skills for project planning, execution and management, and experience in budget preparation, execution and oversight and experience in personnel management of employees.

Laboratory Mission:

In-depth knowledge of the Laboratory mission, organizations, programs, scientific capabilities, policies and procedures. Thorough knowledge of federal, state and local security and safeguards standards and regulations.


Active Q clearance.

Work Location : The work location for this position is onsite and located in Los Alamos, NM. All work locations are at the discretion of management.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.

Note to Applicants:

  • Applicants are encouraged to include a comprehensive cover letter addressing how they meet the required and desired skills.

  • Applicants are encouraged to apply soon; the position may close quickly dependent on the number of highly qualified applicants received.

  • While the posted salary range for this position is broad, it is highly unusual for selected applicants to be hired at the top end of the range and more common for selected candidates to grow into the full salary band over time.

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

  • PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

  • Dental and vision insurance

  • Free basic life and disability insurance

  • Paid maternity and parental leave

  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

  • Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs

  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 ( . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Clearance: Q Position will be cleared to this level). Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation conducted by or on behalf of the Federal Government, and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance. and obtaining such clearance requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon the position, additional authorization to access classified information may be required, which may or may not be available to dual citizens. Receipt of a Q clearance and additional access authorization ultimately is a decision of the Federal Government and not of Triad.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 ( for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 ( for applicant eligibility requirements.

Incentive Compensation Program: Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program. You must be in an eligible position for a minimum of 3 months, before July 1st and remain in an eligible position as of the end of the fiscal year, September 30th. The annual distribution is prorated based on the number of months in the eligible position.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.