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Information Security Specialist (Early/Mid-Career)

Sandia National Laboratories

Livermore, CA
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  • Mechanical Engineering - Applied Mechanics
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Job ID: 657653
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Livermore, CA
Job Title:Information Security Specialist (Early/Mid-Career)


This position will be assigned periodic Safeguards and Security assessments that ensure classified and sensitive material and matter are protected according to DOE requirements. This position will also be responsible for Security Performance Assurance to ensure all technical security systems and Protective Force personnel are capable of protecting people and assets. Note: this is not an Information Technology (IT) position - but focused on protection of classified and sensitive information. Based on the needs of Sandia, this position may be required to back-up or assume responsibility for other Information Security Specialist positions assigned Classified Matter Protection and Control (CMPC), Operations Security (OPSEC), Security Awareness, Embedded Security Professional, or Security Planning and Procedures.

Develops, maintains, and ensures compliance with policies, processes, procedures. Ensures that the performance and quality of products conform to established standards, specifications, and agency guidelines. Provides expertise and guidance in interpreting policies, regulatory and governmental regulations, and agency guidelines to ensure compliance or evaluates the security operations of the operating entity. Works directly with operating entities to ensure that inspections, process control analyses, or audits are conducted on a continuing basis to enforce requirements and meet regulations. Ensures that quality assurance programs and policies are maintained and modified regularly. May serve as a liaison between Sandia National Laboratories and various governmental and contractor agencies. Develops and implements training for the workforce in compliance with regulatory or governmental requirements. Provides expertise regarding security activities and how the program interfaces with other Security and Emergency Management areas.

Performs information security functions to ensure appropriate protection of classified and unclassified controlled information including all activities related to classified matter protection and control, operations security, or facility clearances. Provides technical support and develops training regarding the classified security program that will enable the organization to pursue and perform work involving classified and unclassified controlled information. Ensures that tier contractor facilities are eligible for access and meet the requirements to possess and secure classified information for conducting security activities on behalf of the Department of Energy (DOE). Coordinates with organizations internal and external to Sandia National Laboratories. Ensures that all government laws, regulations, policies, and procedures applicable to security programs are identified, reviewed, and implemented as appropriate. Responsible for developing and maintaining policies, procedures, and training materials in support of security activities.

Demonstrated ability to manage multiple, competing priorities. Ability to model behaviors that reflect Sandia National Laboratories' core values. Experience with a law enforcement, intelligence, public, or private-sector security organization. Knowledge of and experience in one or more major security areas, including classified matter protection and control, information security, physical security, computer security, or personnel security. Experience recommending appropriate and required security measures, techniques, and methods to ensure and improve the protection of personnel, activities, and Sandia and tier contractor facilities. Experience and demonstrated skill in conducting research, investigating alternatives, and recommending solutions to problems affecting security. Experience and skill preparing and presenting security reports to internal organizations.


Requires bachelor's degree in relevant discipline plus entry level experience (up to two years); or master's degree in relevant discipline; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Possession of a bachelor's degree. Experience working as a security professional at a DOE or DOD facility with knowledge in one or more security areas including Performance Assurance, Classified Matter Protection and Control (CMPC), Classification, Information Security, Personnel Security, Physical Security or Protective Force. Experience as a Law Enforcement Officer or Intelligence Professional with a state, federal or local agency or in the US Military.

Sandia Security Operations (SECOPS) protects people and assets to ensure mission success. SECOPS has responsibility for Physical Security, Classification, Classified Matter Protection and Control (CMPC), Operations Security (OPSEC), Security Awareness, the Security Incident Management Program (SIMP) and Emergency Management. SECOPS oversees Site Visitor Control and manages a 24/7 Protective Force.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation?s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

+ Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
+ Extraordinary co-workers
+ Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
+ Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
+ Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

_World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers._ Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT

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