Operations Advisor (NA-84)

Location:    Department of Energy (DOE) Forrestal Building in Washington, DC

This position is for an Operations Advisor to assist the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Office of Nuclear Incident Response (NA 84) in the development and execution of the Operations and Exercise (OPX) program. This position will also support NA-84 OPX program in the planning and execution of exercises, drills, training, and after-action results related to the NA-84 mission. The focus will be subject matter expertise, capturing lessons learned, and directly reporting to the OPX Program Manager. The Office of Nuclear Incident Response position may require support outside of normal office hours. Additionally, certification as an emergency response team member is required, with occasional watch standing duties and responding to operations and emergencies.


  • Provide technical and administrative support to a broad range of operations and exercise-related policies, meetings, exercises, and responses. Track issues and topic areas that cross programmatic boundaries which impact the OPX Program. Because OPX interacts with all of the NA-80 Counterterrorism and Counter-Proliferation programs, facilitate communication and program-related information across the NA-84 mission space. The Advisor must be able to brief and interact at Senior Leader levels and will include direct working relationships with interagency and international partners.
  • Schedule, prepare, and distribute agenda and technical briefing for and travel to meetings.
  • Coordinate and track multiple plans, policy, and program initiatives.
  • Maintain coordination with NA-80 and ensure Emergency Management Enterprise reporting requirements are met.
  • Serve on call when required, typically for one week each month, and report to work within two hours of notification. Must be willing to support emergency response operations and incident management with an on-call requirement including after hours, extended shifts and weekends.
  • Provide guidance, consultation, and facilitation for the Federal client and project team by coordinating, planning, designing, and evaluating training-related products.
  • Attend Training and Exercise Working Groups to represent NNSA assets.
  • Provide operational and staff support to Emergency Management, Consequence Management, Counter-terrorism, CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive) programs.
  • Requires domestic and international overnight travel. Up to 30% travel may be required.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor of Science degree plus five years’ emergency response program experience, with an emphasis on radiological and nuclear response policy and expertise preferred. Experience working with the interagency on matters related to radiological and nuclear response recommended.
  • Understanding of Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and the interagency exercise planning process preferred.
  • Must be able to professionally deliver technical briefings and material in a Senior Leader environment, backed up with subject matter policy expertise to guide policy discussions.
  • General knowledge of agency organization and structure.
  • Demonstrated writing and editing skills in the creation of documents and procedures.
  • Willingness to work directly with clients in an environment that changes rapidly; must possess a mature approach to the personal interactions with others.
  • Skilled in articulating complex issues at a level easily understood, in both oral and written form.
  • Must be an independent self-starter with excellent organizational skills, an ability to multitask, and comfortable working with a team of technical experts in varying fields of security and emergency operations disciplines.
  • Extensive experience with the Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint, including advanced word processing using Microsoft Word, as well as Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Able to sit for extended periods and perform work in an office environment, including extensive use of computers.
  • Able to work after hours, extended shifts, and on weekends when required during emergency responses and exercises. Parking is not available on site.
  • Travel will be required. Travel will be best cost to the government and only economy airfare and economy class rental cars will be allowed.
  • Able to lift 50 pounds, carry your own luggage, and walk up to a quarter of a mile to work locations.
  • Desired experience with DOE/NNSA Nuclear Emergency Response Assets or Interagency Nuclear Response Assets and Operations.
  • DOE site access requires the qualified candidate be a U.S. citizen, have a valid Top-Secret security clearance, and obtain a DOE “Q” security clearance within 30 days of employment. The candidate’s written consent to conduct a background check for the purposes of obtaining a security clearance will be required as a condition of employment.
  • Certain positions requiring a security clearance may require the periodic successful completion of a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination.
  • Ongoing reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal substances will be conducted as a requirement for ongoing access to DOE sites. The candidate’s written consent to conduct such tests will be required as a condition of employment.

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