Group Leader - Secure IT Systems, FIE

Date: Mar 26, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12755 


As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,000 people! Our vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation.


The Field Intelligence Operations Division (FIOD), National Security Sciences Directorate (NSSD) at ORNL is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Senior Information Technology manager to serve as a technical Group Leader (GL) of our FIOD Secure IT Systems Group. Our group supports all ORNL Field Intelligence Element (FIE) members by maintaining a protected classified intelligence information enterprise providing foundational communications and research. The GL will directly train and supervise IT personnel with the primary goal of pursuing global leadership in their field, nurture ORNL’s culture among group members, and continue to build and scale up individual excellence and impact. The GL reports to the Section Head, Secure Operations and collaborates with other group leaders to implement the group’s technical vision.


The NSSD conducts  R&D 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 S&T, nuclear nonproliferation, and high-performance computing for sensitive national security missions. We draw on the Laboratory’s outstanding 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. Under DOE-IN authorities, the FIE serves as the ORNL focal point for all intelligence community matters and supports national security science by providing secure IT, communications, facilities, and analysis.



Major Duties/Responsibilities: 



  • Develop and implement a vision and strategy that drives classified science and technology research and development at ORNL. Leadership activities include:
    • Lead a team of 10-20 IT professionals and manage a complex, classified IT system that enables IC Community and ORNL mission requirements and growth opportunities.
    • Provide project management leadership and support throughout entire project lifecycles.
  • Coordinate, collaborate, and build positive, proactive synergies with the Secure Enterprise IT Group Leader, the Information Systems Security Manager Group Leader, and other key partners to ensure requirements are met, that tasks are validate, and projects are completed as expected.
  • Conduct briefings and technical meetings with internal and external customers concerning specific operations/programs/projects.
  • Manage all FIE secure IT intelligence systems, lead and support FIE upgrades, and ensure all operations are within compliance and up to standard.
  • Collaborate with key partners within the FIE, ORNL, and DOE-IN to develop and implement strategic plans and policies.

Service, Accountabilities, and Authorities:

    • Serve as the key conduit for FIE, ORNL, DOE-IN, and other Intelligence Community collaborators and partners.
    • Adhere to ORNL personnel practices and policies, including timekeeping expectations, accountability, performance and code of conduct, conflict resolution, and growth and professional service (engagement in scientific societies, workshop and conference organization.
    • Communicate funding/proposal opportunities to staff and support proposal development as appropriate.
    • Participate in hiring and recruiting efforts, working closely with HR, Recruiting, and FIE leadership.
    • Effectively communicate the importance of protecting proprietary or sensitive information and complying with ORNL cybersecurity policies and guidelines.
    • Ensure the quality and safety of the Group’s work environment.


All team members 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:

  • BS in computer science or related field and eight (8) years of relevant experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Experience leading multi-sized and multi-tiered projects in support of multiple project sponsors.
  • Experience with secure information technology and cybersecurity operations
  • Experience leading/managing technical teams.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5 years or more of leadership/management experience
  • Advanced degree in computer science or technical equivalent
  • A working knowledge of Executive Orders 13526 and 12333.
  • Detailed knowledge of information technology and cybersecurity policy.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


Special Requirements:

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


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 the following: 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.

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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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