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Classification Officer

Date: Sep 13, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9037 


The Laboratory Protection Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of the ORNL Classification Officer. This position is responsible for managing the programmatic and technical support and expertise to the ORNL Classification Program. The selectee will serve as the Classification Officer and manage the Classification Office Team through management and oversight of the ORNL Classification Program and the classification of scientific, technical, and other information as well as provide classification, and Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information (UCNI) guidance for ORNL Programs.


The ORNL is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. Our diverse capabilities span a broad spectrum of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

The position is responsible for managing the classification requirements of the current UT-Battelle, LLC, contracts by ensuring the appropriate identification of ORNL programs and publications requiring protection in the interest of national security as defined in the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (AEA) and Executive Orders, applicable federal regulations (10 CFR 1045, 10 CFR 1017, etc.), and Department of Energy (DOE) Orders and Directives. This position will lead the Classification Office team as the named ORNL Classification Officer in the performance of the analysis of complex scientific and engineering information to determine the classification of documents.


The selected applicant will lead the ORNL Classification Office team by:

  • Obtaining written authorization from the DOE Office of Classification as the Classification Officer for ORNL.
  • Obtaining and maintaining broad classification authority for documents and materials produced at ORNL from the DOE Office of Classification.
  • Providing leadership, guidance, and oversight to Classification Office team members.
  • Maintaining a thorough knowledge and understanding of the ever-changing federal classification policies, laws, and statutes.
  • Identifying scientific and technical information that requires protection or control in accordance with federal regulations and DOE/National Nuclear Security Administration Classification policies and guidelines.
  • Maintaining operational awareness of the classification/UCNI issues.
  • Evaluating the effect of new or revised classification guidance upon ongoing ORNL missions.
  • Providing guidance and leadership to all ORNL Derivative Classifiers (DCs) and UCNI Reviewing Officials so that they maintain a thorough knowledge and understanding of their area of classification authority and can competently execute their DC role within the boundaries of their charter.
  • Developing, maintaining, and providing training for ORNL DCs and UCNI Reviewing Officials.
  • Ensuring ORNL staff maintains a healthy awareness of classified subject areas, their responsibilities for protecting classified information, and the resources available to them for ensuring classified information is identified and protected.
  • Providing recommendations to resolve classification/UCNI issues affecting ORNL mission objectives.
  • Interpreting policies and developing procedures for ORNL staff to ensure compliance with federal requirements related to the identification of classified, UCNI, and Controlled Unclassified Information.
  • Analyzing complex information and providing interpretations to identify the classification or controls that will be required on programmatic work products or processes to adhere to current classification guidance from DOE and other federal agencies.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Requires a scientific or technical degree (Bachelor of Science minimum) as well as a minimum of twelve years relevant experience in classification, UCNI, declassification, or potentially classified subject areas; with increasing responsibilities for managing, implementing, planning, evaluating, and assessing this type of work.
  • The applicant must be a Derivative Classifier before the appointment and must be a Derivative Declassifier within six months of appointment.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of classification principles, policies, and current classification/UCNI guidance, excellent analytical and interpretation ability, strong verbal and written communication skills, and well-developed interpersonal relationship skills.
  • An extensive understanding of the DOE Classification Program and overall mission
  • Excellent analytical and interpretation abilities for applying current DOE classification guides in such areas as nuclear weapons design and testing, military applications, arms control, nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear materials production, intelligence/counterintelligence, or safeguards and security to ORNL’s national security programs.
  • Knowledge and extensive experience in the Laboratory's operating environment in order to define processes and procedures that ensure compliance with federal requirements and are consistent with Laboratory objectives and operations are highly desired.


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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