Los Alamos National Laboratory Weapons Infrastructure Program Director (Project-Program Director 6) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Project-Program Director for Weapons Infrastructure (WI) reports to the Deputy Laboratory Director for Weapons Programs and is responsible for management of the $435M annual program that funds operations and maintenance of weapons facilities. Key responsibilities include leading LANL planning, programming, and budgeting; interfacing with NNSA HQ/LASO stakeholders/customers and LANL program/line management organizations; and managing reporting program and project management staff. Specifically, the WI Project-Program Director:

  • Provides leadership, vision, strategic and tactical planning, and overall direction for executing the WI program, which has both Lab-wide and complex-wide impact. Responsibilities include:

  • Incorporating advanced knowledge of Laboratory and Weapons Program missions, develops 10-20 year strategic plans, 5-year program plans, and annual operations plans for the WI Operations and Facilities portfolio, in conjunction with other (site) WI Directors, consistent with NNSA and LANL senior management direction. Identifies portfolio risks and develops mitigation strategies/corrective actions, and recommends risk acceptance/avoidance for all aspects of the WI portfolio.

  • Uses expert knowledge to develop formal budget documents, and present plans and proposals to LANL and NNSA management in support of the NNSA Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Evaluation (PPBE) process.

  • Maintains and improves management processes/practices (program, project, financial, work authorization, etc.) to ensure effective planning and execution of the annual operating budget within the WI portfolio. The portfolio includes (1) operation of key facilities (or facility groups) including CMR, TA-55, TA-50, BTF, DARHT, LANSCE, WETF, Radiography Facilities, HE Facilities, and Firing Sites; (2) Key activities such as Facility Management and Support, Real Property Maintenance, Process Equipment, and ESH&Q; (3) Cost recovery efforts at TA-55 and CMR; and (4) WI liaison activities to the Infrastructure Support program that funds basic site services and non-weapons facilities.

  • Functions as the recognized authority and primary interface for the WI Program. These responsibilities include:

  • Integrates planning and execution efforts with LANL indirect programs, LANL weapons programs, other direct programs, and line executing organizations.

  • Prepares and presents proposals and recommendations to various management and integration groups (LANL senior management, Integrated Nuclear Planning, Plutonium Integration and Mission Execution Board, Infrastructure Validation Team, etc.).

  • Developing and maintaining strong partnerships with various external stakeholders (NNSA HQ, other NNSA sites, LASO, DNFSB, state and local communities, etc.). This responsibility includes strategizing with and directly negotiating with executive-level counterparts in support of Laboratory and Weapons Program missions.

  • Serves as the JOWOG-30 lead and is the face of Los Alamos to the outside world on Weapons Infrastructure.

  • Assumes direct line management responsibility for WI staff, including deployed staff from line organizations to manage the WI program.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Advanced, expert-level knowledge of and demonstrated consultative experience in all aspects of program or project management of technical or operational work, including defining work scope, schedules, budgets, priorities, and performance milestones; developing cost, scope, and schedule baselines; reporting cost and schedule variance; and managing change control and risk.

  • Advanced, expert-level knowledge of and demonstrated consultative experience in the technical or operational discipline of the assigned portfolios.

  • Demonstrated consultative experience in successfully developing, planning, and managing technically complex and multidisciplinary programs/projects.

  • Advanced, expert-level knowledge of and demonstrated consultative experience in partnering, implementing, and providing guidance for governmental regulations related to technical or operational work of assigned portfolios.

  • Advanced, expert-level knowledge of and demonstrated consultative experience in partnering, implementing, and providing guidance for Laboratory objectives and other statements of policy, practice, and/or procedure.

  • Demonstrated consultative experience in management, supervision, and development of assigned employees.

  • Demonstrated consultative experience in developing and nurturing effective executive-level external and internal customer relationships.

  • Demonstrated consultative experience in interacting effectively with all levels of external and internal personnel; building trust, gaining consensus, and resolving conflicts.

  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance (active clearance preferred)

  • For full consideration, applicants must provide a cover letter addressing each of the individual minimum job requirements.


Position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline and at least ten years relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. An advanced degree and Project Management Institute certification are preferred.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.

*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.

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

Internal Applicants:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

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 regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work_

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Maximum Salary: 299900

Minimum Salary: 168400

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Wallin, Scott Michael

Organization Name: WI-PO (Weapons Infrasturcture Program Office)

Email: smwallin@lanl.gov

Job Title: Weapons Infrastructure Program Director (Project-Program Director 6)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC69687