Program Manager for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction and Threat Reduction Initiatives

Date: Sep 14, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 10741 

Level: MG01


The Intelligence & Special Programs (I&SP) Team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Program Manager to develop, manage, and sustain ORNL’s ongoing research, development, test & evaluation (RDT&E) program with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) that focuses on countering weapons of mass destruction (C-WMD) and threat reduction initiatives. 


  • The position will be responsible for the day-to-day program coordination and implementation, program development, relationship management, and strategy formulation and execution related to ORNL’s portfolio of support for its DTRA sponsors across the C-WMD and threat reduction mission space. 
  • This position will ensure effective communications, accountability, and transparency among federal sponsors, ORNL senior leadership, Programs teammates, and other ORNL directorates and divisions that will be involved with conducting operations in support of national security RDT&E.
  • This position requires to the facilitation of coordination and collaboration across research and programs teams. 
  • The position will seek to build cross-organizational partnerships and collaborative efforts with DTRA’s end user and stakeholder communities consistent with the laboratory’s DTRA portfolio efforts and national security priorities.
  • The position will coordinate implementation of the programs/projects in collaboration with the other laboratory directorates and divisions and in accordance with the federal sponsors requirements, ORNL procedures and policies, and Department of Energy (DOE) guidance.  
  • This position will be responsible for developing, coordinating, and managing program development initiatives and managing associated program resources in close coordination with laboratory partners and stakeholders.  In close coordination with laboratory partners and stakeholders, this position will be responsible for monitoring Department of Defense and DTRA strategy or priority developments, disseminating this information to appropriate laboratory leadership and partners, and leading internal strategy development efforts to align RDT&E efforts in this national security space with our laboratory’s competencies, national security priorities, and Laboratory Plan’s goals and objectives. 
  • This position will be responsible for developing key internal business and research relationships across the laboratory’s directorates and divisions to help advance program objectives and outcomes.
  • This position will report to the Program Director, Intelligence and Special Programs and collaborate with the entire I&SP Programs Team.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  •  Coordinate, plan, and manage major RDT&E programs/projects in accordance with the federal sponsors requirements, ORNL policy, and DOE policy and guidance.
  • Serving as the Programs focal point to identify and coordinate RDT&E initiatives to a wide spectrum of S&T requirements and mission needs in alignment with ORNL’s core competencies, national security priorities, and Laboratory Plan’s goals and objectives. 
  • Identify, develop, and sustain key relationships with DTRA program managers, end users, DoD leadership, and other associated partners and stakeholders.
  • Develop and sustain key internal relationships (e.g., Strategic Partnership Program, Office of the General Counsel, Contracts, Finance, Accounts Payable/Receivable, Technology Transfer, Institutional Planning, Special Security Office, Office of Classification, Environment Safety Health and Quality, to advance national security program objectives and outcomes.
  • Facilitate and ensure effective communications, accountability, and transparency among federal sponsors, Programs teammates, other ORNL directorates and divisions, sub-contractors, vendors, partners and stakeholders.
  • Contribute to developing research proposals and engagement strategies to foster business development and program growth.
  • Provide regular reporting and updates to the Director I&SP, NSSD Associate Laboratory Director, laboratory leadership and the sponsoring agencies.
  • 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 Required:

  •  A.A. degree in related discipline with 15+ years of experience in the Defense and/or intelligence communities. Relevant years of experience can substitute for education requirement. 
  • B.S degree in a related discipline and 10+ years of relevant technical experience
  • Previous experience in managing classified programs/projects
  • US Citizenship
  • Existing TOP SECRET Clearance and with an SSBI within the last 5 years
  • Must have excellent interpersonal, communication, computer, writing skills, and professional image
  • Refined teaming skills and understanding of team collaboration concepts
  • Ability to multi-task and bring projects to successful conclusion
  • Self-starter with minimal supervision
  • Attention to detail and follow-through when completing tasks
  • Ability to plan, schedule, and arrange activities in accomplishing objectives
  • Ability to develop and implement solutions to a variety of complex problems
  • Experience with all Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Willing to work extended hours, in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
  • Willing to travel on company business both domestic and foreign travel
  • Ability to display tact, discretion, and diplomacy in dealing with all levels of employees, federal sponsors, and program partners/stakeholders


Preferred Qualifications:

  •  Demonstrated success in leading, coordinating, and managing Defense and/or intelligence community classified programs/projects
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, and strong personal motivation.
  • The ability to work in a dynamic, collaborative, interdisciplinary team. 
  • Demonstrated program management and business development success


Special Requirement:

  •  This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.  Additionally, the position will also be subject to random polygraph testing.


ORNL Ethics and Conduct:

As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct. Our full code of conduct, and a statement by the Lab Director's office can be found here:


Benefits at ORNL:

UT Battelle offers an exceptional benefits package to include matching 401K, Pension Plan, Paid Vacation and Medical / Dental plan. Onsite amenities include Credit Union, Medical Clinic and free Fitness facilities. UT Battelle offers a wide range of relocation benefits for individuals and families to make it easier to come and work here. If you are invited to interview, please ask your Recruiter about relocating with ORNL. 


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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