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Classified Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM)/Group Leader

Date: Aug 31, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6293 

Overview: We are currently seeking qualified applicants with senior leadership and information management security experience to serve as the Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM)/Group Leader for all Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Top Secret classified computing in our Field Intelligence Element (FIE), which falls under our National Security Sciences Directorate (NSSD).  The FIE operates under the authorities of the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (DOE-IN) and serves as the ORNL focal point for all intelligence community matters. We provide secure IT, classified communications, classified facilities, and intelligence analysis in support of intelligence operations and ORNL classified research and development (R&D). The ISSM/Group Leader will manage a team of information assurance professionals who ensure the security of all ORNL Top Secret Classified Computing operations, communications security (COMSEC), and classified R&D.



Provide leadership and management to an information assurance group and program that provide technical subject matter expertise for a variety of classified systems that support classified technical programs and operations consistent with ORNL’s aspiration to be the world’s premier R&D institution and ORNL’s science culture.


The ISSM/Group Leader reports to the FIE Director and works closely with other group leaders, NSSD Divisions, and ORNL Directorates to implement an effective information assurance program that conforms to DOE-IN and Intelligence Community Directives and policies; develops subordinate group members to enable their career advancement; establishes capabilities that enable programs to excel at the forefront of technical professional expertise; works to solve technical challenges for science, engineering, or technical projects and functions; sets, implements, and models standards for performance of work consistent with DOE/ORNL Environment, Safety, Security, Health, and Quality (ESH&Q) requirements and business rules; and ensures a diverse and inclusive work environment where every employee feels safe, heard, and appreciated—a workplace that sets an example for the broader community.


NSSD conducts research and development to confront some of the nation’s most difficult security challenges and adversaries.  Our directorate houses S&T leadership in cybersecurity and cyber-physical resiliency, data analytics, geospatial science and technology, nuclear nonproliferation, and high-performance computing for sensitive national security missions. We draw on the Laboratory’s exceptional facilities and work closely with leading researchers in other areas at the lab such as nuclear and chemical sciences and engineering, applied materials, advanced manufacturing, biosecurity, transportation, and computing.  Our multi-disciplinary research teams are passionate about discovery and innovation as we create science-based solutions to complex security threats that put public safety, national defense, energy infrastructure, and the economy at risk.


Our commitment to diversity:  As we strive to become the world’s premier research institution in the sciences and technologies that underpin critical national security missions, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment that highly values a diverse workforce.  We recognize that a breadth of perspectives, insights, and experiences are necessary to drive the level of innovation and discovery that is mission critical to national security sciences.  Our commitment extends beyond our workforce to the next generation of researchers with STEM education outreach that seeks to engage a diverse range of students.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead a team of 6-10 IT/IA professionals and manage a complex classified computing enterprise.
  • Engage in regular interactions with program, project, and functional (line) management to ensure effective dialogue regarding customer requirements, current capabilities and future opportunities.
  • Design, develop, test, and implement IT and cyber security tools to establish an integrated defense of the ORNL classified computing systems.
  • Organize and oversee the successful implementation of R&D mission objectives; delegate work plans and assignments as required.
  • Provide regular, productive feedback to group personnel.
  • Foster a collaborative culture and provide leadership to integrate the IT and cybersecurity functions to successfully meet all program objectives.
  • Employ project management rigor for development efforts and process management techniques for effective operations; including authority to operate certifications.
  • Ensure systems are operated, maintained, and disposed of in accordance with DOE security policies and procedures and as outlined in applicable System Security Plans (SSPs).
  • Establish documented procedures for authorizing users to classified information systems.
  • Manage Plans of Action and Milestones to closure for information systems under accreditation.
  • Conduct periodic reviews to ensure system compliance with SSPs.
  • Ensure configuration management procedures for security-relevant software, hardware, and firmware is maintained and documented. Perform as required on change control review boards and evaluate vulnerabilities to classified systems under configuration management.
  • Ensure that system recovery processes are implemented and monitored to ensure that system data, security features, and procedures are properly restored. Develop contingency plans to meet recovery time objectives and ensure that contingency plans are tested and that results / lessons learned are incorporated into updates to the plans.
  • Oversee annual self-inspections, system certification testing, periodic security testing, and functional testing on systems/networks.
  • Review and analyze information system audit records at least weekly.
  • Manage approved Authorized Data Transfers between systems of same or different classification.
  • Perform established procedures for media management.
  • Document best practices and local security procedures; and training users on these procedures.
  • Consistently apply appropriate ES&H standards.
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.


Qualifications Required:

  • Requires either a Ph.D. with a minimum of 4 years relevant experience, a M.S. with a minimum of 7 years’ experience, or a bachelor’s degree with 8 years relevant experience.
  • Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience in leading technical teams



Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10 years or more of leadership/management experience
  • Advanced degree in computer science or technical equivalent
  • Knowledgeable in cyber security best practices and standards related to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) publications and Intelligence Community Directives and Standards (ICDs/ICSs).
  • Experience with implementation of contemporary and emerging cyber and IT technologies
  • Demonstrated success managing complex classified computing environments
  • Knowledge of Risk Management Framework (RMF)
  • Possess a working knowledge of Executive Order 13526 and 12333
  • Detailed knowledge of information technology and cybersecurity policies and operations
  • Possess highly developed verbal and written communication skills 


Special Requirement:
This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) 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.  In addition, due the SCI, you may be also be subject to random polygraph testing.


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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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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