NA-83 Exercise Planner

Location:    Department of Energy (DOE), Forrestal Building, Washington D.C.

This position is for an Exercise Planner to assist in the planning, execution, and evaluation of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) internal and interagency nuclear forensics exercises. These actions primarily consist of working with a small team to plan the exercise while supporting the exercise director and the evaluation team with finalizing exercise evaluation guides, inputting controller observations into a database, and drafting/reviewing exercise after action reviews.

The emergency response organization position will require support outside of normal office hours. Additionally, certification as an emergency response team member is required with frequent on-call duties.

The position requires domestic and infrequent international overnight travel.


  • Provides guidance, consultation, and facilitation for the Federal client and project team by planning, designing, executing, and evaluating exercises supported with exercise-related products.
  • Supports the planning and design phases to NNSA asset, intra- and inter-agency, and national level nuclear forensics exercises by preparing and disseminating products such as the Exercise Plan (EXPLAN), Controller/Evaluator (C/E) Handbook, Master Scenario Events List (MSEL), player briefings, and After-Action Reports/Corrective Action Plans (AAR/CAP) in the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) format.
  • Develops, coordinates, and assists in the implementation of annual exercise and training and staffing plans.
  • Develops, schedules, and assists in the execution of all levels of training and administration of exercises.
  • Prepares and manages complex training aids including their design and creation to support a wide range of exercise objectives.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (desired fields include Emergency Management, First Responder, Antiterrorism, Security fields, or equivalent).
  • Minimum five years emergency response program experience with an emphasis on radiological and nuclear response policy and expertise preferred. Minimum two years of experience developing, planning, and executing exercises including TTX, CPX, FTX and After-Action events.
  • Must be able to professionally deliver technical briefings and material in a Senior Leader environment supported by 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 personal interactions with others.
  • Skilled in articulating complex issues at an easily understood level in both oral and written form.
  • Must be an independent self-starter with excellent organizational skills, an ability to multi-task, and comfortable working with a team of technical experts in varying fields of security and emergency operations disciplines.
  • Able to work after hours, extended shifts, and on weekends when required during emergency responses and exercises.
  • Travel is required. Travel is "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.
  • Candidate must have a valid Top-Secret security clearance. 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 may 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 or Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with the interagency on matters related to radiological and nuclear response recommended.
  • Understanding of HSEEP and the interagency exercise planning process preferred.

Please e-mail your résumé to:

Equal Opportunity Employer/AA/M/F/Vet/Disabled (Compliant with the new VEVRAA and Section 503 rules.)