Director, Laboratory Protection Division

Date: May 24, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 10824 


The Facilities & Operations Directorate (F&O) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applicants with experienced leadership and a strong security background for the Division Director of the Laboratory Protection Division (LPD).  This critical division is responsible for providing personnel, physical, and information security for the entire ORNL reservation to include security protection; emergency preparedness; 24-hour fire protection, emergency medical services and site operations; foreign national visits, assignments, and processing; nuclear materials control and accountability and nuclear materials management; and export control services. LPD resides within the Facilities and Operations Directorate at ORNL. The Director of LPD must ensure regulatory and operational compliance and will also serve as the lab-wide owner for all aspects of ORNL procedures, processes and systems related to DOE’s emergency management and safeguards and security requirements.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  Provide a vision and implement a strategy for the development and integration of division capabilities that will address changing organizational needs and serve LPD, F&O, and ORNL.
  • Prepare and implement division business plans and budgets, manage commitments and schedules, develop solutions, and set priorities for safety, programmatic, and operational needs across LPD.
  • Attract, develop, motivate, and retain a diverse staff of safety and security professionals through effective staff recruitment and development, salary planning, performance management, and employee relations.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with key internal and external customers and stakeholders while managing the implementation and flow down of DOE requirements to achieve highly reliable compliance and enable ORNL’s mission.
  • Communicate and support strategies for protection and use of intellectual property, including identification, proper disclosure, and deployment.
  • Authorize work and ensure work activities are performed safely, securely, and effectively and in compliance with environmental, safety, health, and quality requirements, applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures (specifically 10CFR 824, 830, 835, and 851).
  • Ensure that external safeguards and security and emergency management requirements are analyzed and appropriately implemented through ORNL management systems.
  • Continuously improve performance of management systems by assessing system performance and by addressing performance and implementation issues identified from customer feedback, staff suggestions, and other assessment activities.
  • Deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, criminal justice, or related technical field.
  • A minimum of twelve years of relevant experience in the US military, law enforcement, DOE security, and/or emergency management roles with at least five years in a management or leadership role.
  • Hours outside of the normal work schedule and occasional travel may be required.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in business, criminal justice, or related technical field.
  • Significant prior knowledge of and experience in using DOE directives in the above fields.
  • Experience working in a research and development environment (i.e., DOE National Laboratory)
  • Experience developing corporate level policies and strategies and preparing briefings to regulators and senior management.
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem solving, and verbal and written communication skills.


Special Requirements:

Q clearance with SCI: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret 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 also be subject to random polygraph testing.  



Benefits at ORNL:  

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.

Other benefits include: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.


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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