Operations Advisor

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. In addition, this position will support the NA-84 Operations and Exercises program in the planning and execution of exercises, drills, training, and after-action results related to the NA-84 mission. The focus will be providing subject matter expertise and directly reporting to the OPX Program Manager. In addition, the Advisor will serve as an on-call member of an emergency response team to support emergency operations in the DOE Headquarters building (Forrestal), or in support of deployed field assets at remote locations.


  • Develop exercise after-actions and improvement plans to support Nuclear Incident Response efforts.
  • Serve as lead evaluator for Nuclear Incident Response Exercises.
  • Produce evaluation documentation (Evaluation Plan and Observation Form)
  • Produce after-action documents (Quick look, AAR, Improvement Plan)
  • 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 Operations and Exercise Program.
  • Ability to facilitate communication and program-related information across the NA-84 mission space, because OPX interacts with all of the NA-80 Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation programs.
  • The Advisor must be able to brief senior leaders and interact at senior-leader levels; interactions will include direct working relationships with interagency and international partners.
  • Coordinate and track multiple plans, policy, and program initiatives.
  • 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.
  • Up to 50% travel may be required to support operations, training, and meetings.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor of Science degree and 5+ years of emergency response program experience with an emphasis in radiological and nuclear response policy and expertise preferred. Experience working with the interagency on matters related to radiological and nuclear response recommended.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Proficient in Adobe Acrobat and SharePoint.
  • Willingness to work directly with clients in an environment that changes rapidly; must possess a mature approach to the personal interactions between a consultant and the Client.
  • Must be an independent self-starter with excellent organizational skills and have the ability to multitask and be comfortable working with a team of technical experts in varying fields of security and emergency operations disciplines.
  • Ability to track and monitor documents from inception to production.
  • Ability to perform in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented work environment.
  • Ability to successfully execute many complex tasks simultaneously.
  • Understanding of the Homeland Security Exercise and 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.
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience in:
    • Incident Management (National Incident Management System [NIMS] and Incident Command);
    • Emergency Management; and
    • Emergency Operations Center Operations.
  • Able to sit for extended periods and perform work in an office environment, including extensive use of computers, under sometimes stressful conditions.
  • Able to work after hours, extended shifts, and on weekends when required during emergency responses and exercises. Parking is not available on site.
  • Travel may 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.
  • DOE site access requires the qualified candidate be a U.S. citizen with an ACTIVE DOE Q or Department of Defense (DoD) Top-Secret security clearance. The candidate’s written consent to conduct a pre-employment background check and test for the absence of any illegal substances will be required as a condition of employment and for the purposes of maintaining the security clearance.
  • 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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Understanding of DOE and NNSA Strategic Mission.
  • Completion of relevant emergency management course curricula.
  • Experienced Emergency Management and program support services regarding planning and operational issues affecting Emergency Operations for the Department of Energy.

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