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ZEUS Testbed Project Director (Program Director)

Company: Mission Support and Test Services, LLC
Location: Las Vegas
Posted on: March 17, 2023

Job Description:

Mission Support and Test Services, LLC (MSTS) manages and operates the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). - Our MISSION is to help ensure the security of the United States and its allies by providing high-hazard experimentation and incident response capabilities through operations, engineering, education, field, and integration services and by acting as environmental stewards to the Site's Cold War legacy. - Our VISION is to be the user site of choice for large-scale, high-hazard, national security experimentation, with premier facilities and capabilities below ground, on the ground, and in the air. (See for our unique capabilities.) Our 2,750+ professional, craft, and support employees are called upon to innovate, collaborate, and deliver on some of the more difficult nuclear security challenges facing the world today. - In this environment, the best ideas need to be voiced and every opinion matters. - As such, MSTS places great value on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and is committed to a diverse and equitable workforce, with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, and perspectives.

  • MSTS offers our full-time employees highly competitive salaries and benefits packages including medical, dental, and vision; both a pension and a 401k; paid time off and 96 hours of paid holidays; relocation (if located more than 75 miles from work location); tuition assistance and reimbursement; and more. -
  • MSTS is a limited liability company consisting of Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell), Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Jacobs), and HII Nuclear Inc.

    NNSS COVID-19 attestation requirements:
    The Enhanced Capabilities for Subcritical Experiments (ECSE) program is searching for a Project Director that will have the responsibility of delivering an advanced physics testbed within the U1a tunnel complex at the Nevada National Security Site. - The Z-Pinch Experiment Underground System (ZEUS) will use neutrons generated by a Dense Plasma Focus (DPF) to study the fission reactivity of special nuclear materials during weapons experiments. - In this role, you will apply project expertise to deliver the testbed infrastructure of this crucial diagnostic capability supporting the US nuclear deterrent. The ZEUS Testbed Project is a DOE O 413.3B project that will design, construct, and commission the testbed infrastructure (e.g., new mining, mechanical systems, experimental interfaces, etc.). This position reports to the Vice President of ECSE of Mission Support and Test Services (MSTS, LLC), the Management & Operations Contractor of the NNSS.
    Key Responsibilities
    The ZEUS Testbed Project Director will:

    • Provide executive-level management of the design, construction, hand-off, and transition to operations of the ZEUS Testbed DOE 413.3B project.
    • Ensure all program/mission requirements defined by the Key Performance Parameters are fulfilled in a safe, secure, environmentally responsible, cost-efficient manner.
    • Maintain primary responsibility to work with the partner weapons labs to ensure that the ZEUS testbed meets user needs.
    • Establish technical and administrative controls to ensure the Project is executed within approved cost, schedule, and technical scope.
    • Develop and implement procurement acquisition plans to ensure timely delivery of the materials and subcontracts required to build the testbed.
    • Develop and nurture effective executive-level external and internal customer relationships (partners, Nevada Field Office and NNSA HQ customers).
    • Manage and nurture core team of project management professionals to execute the project.
    • Support the development and implementation of the Documented Safety Analysis (DSA).
    • Ensure Environment, Safety, Health, and Quality (ESH&Q) responsibilities and requirements are integrated into the Project and that Project activities are conducted in a safe and environmentally sound manner.
    • Participate as a Core Member of the Federal ZEUS Testbed Project Integrated Project Team and Change Control Board.
    • Promote 'organizational learning' and 'continuous improvement" concepts and provides leadership that encourages continuous improvement in cost reductions and enhancements in the performance of NNSA/NSO, program/project, and other customers' missions.
    • Establish clear responsibility and accountability for carrying out requirements.
    • Anticipate risks and assures risks inherent in construction and operation are identified, controlled, and mitigated.
    • Create an environment where employees feel safe to raise issues, empowered to address issues, and supported to resolve issues.


      • Master's degree or equivalent training and experience, plus a minimum of 20 years of related and progressively responsible experience.
      • Advanced, expert-level knowledge of and demonstrated experience in all aspects of program and project management of technical or operational work, including defining work scope, schedules, budgets, priorities, and performance milestones; developing cost, scope, and schedule baselines; reporting cost and schedule variance; and managing change control and risk.
      • Demonstrated experience in successfully developing, planning, and managing technically complex and multidisciplinary programs/projects.
      • Demonstrated experience leading strategic and tactical planning and execution.
      • DOE O 413.3B knowledge and experience as it relates to project planning and execution.
      • Prefer demonstrated experience working with the Department of Energy (DOE) or National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) or equivalent at headquarters or field office level, or with state or federal regulators, or other national security agencies.
      • Advanced, expert-level knowledge of and demonstrated experience in the technical or operational disciplines related to the ECSE portfolio.
      • Demonstrated experience in management, supervision, and development of assigned employees.
      • Demonstrated experience in interacting effectively with all levels of external and internal personnel, building trust, gaining consensus, and resolving conflicts.
      • Demonstrated excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication and presentation skills.
      • The primary work location will be in North Las Vegas, Nevada with frequent trips to the forward areas of the Nevada National Security Site (located 80 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada).
      • Work schedule for this position will be 4/10's, Monday - Thursday (subject to change).
      • Pre-placement physical examination, which includes a drug screen, is required. MSTS maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.
      • Must possess a valid driver's license.

        MSTS is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants offered employment with MSTS are also 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 DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. In addition, Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship, at least 18 years of age. Reference DOE Order -472.2, "Personnel Security". If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.
        Department of Energy Q Clearance (position will be cleared to this level). Reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal drug as defined in 10 CFR Part 707.4, "Workplace Substance Abuse Programs at DOE Sites," will be conducted. -Applicant selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation, required to participate in subsequent reinvestigations, and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified matter. Successful completion of a counterintelligence evaluation, which may include a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination, may also be required. Reference 10 CFR Part 709, "Counterintelligence Evaluation Program."
        MSTS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. MSTS is a background screening, drug-free workplace.
        Annual salary range for this position is: $206,315.20 - $340,412.80.
        Starting salary is determined based on the position market value, the individual candidate education and experience and internal equity. -

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