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Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) Operations Manager

Job ID 2630 Date posted 04/29/2021

Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

Organizational Overview

BNL’s Nonproliferation and National Security Department (NN) contributes to U.S. nuclear security and safeguards efforts by assisting in the development, analysis and assessment of policies that strengthen international regimes, collecting and analyzing data to identify trends and threats to the U.S. and international communities, developing and implementing new technologies to address existing and emerging threats, and strengthening the domestic and international institutions that form the framework of the nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security regimes through training and engagement.  

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) provides the nation with an agile, scalable and rapidly deployable Federal first response capability in support of radiological/nuclear crisis operations and consequence management events. RAP leverages the scientific and operational expertise to enhance the nation’s integrated response capability by training and partnering with other Federal, Tribal, State and Local agencies. RAP provides technical leadership and assistance during planning, preparedness and response operations as on-call Nuclear Emergency Support Team (NEST) specialists. BNL hosts the RAP Region 1 Team.

Position Description
The Radiological Assistance Response (RAP) Regional Operations Manager manages the day-to-day activities to meet the regional and national program objectives.  In this position, you will report to the Chair of the Nonproliferation and National Security Department and work closely  with the Regional Program Manager (federal position), the NNSA HQ-level RAP manager, and other NNSA programs across the complex. Regionally, you will manage three full-time staff, and 18 volunteer technical specialists and ensure the team is trained, organized and equipped to assess the safety and environmental consequences of a radiological or nuclear incident and translate that assessment into executable protective actions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

As the Regional Operations Manager (ROM) you will:

  • Provide overall program management and execution for the Region 1 Team
  • Advise and support the federal regional program manager in maintaining over-all program readiness
  • Provide direction for three employees and 18 volunteer technical specialists
  • Prepare and manage the annual regional program budget, management plans and procedures
  • Ensure that team members are available and ready to respond, equipped, and properly trained in their roles and responsibilities
  • Serve as a liaison with local, state and federal entities to maintain cohesive response capabilities
  • Plan and participate in local, state and federal workshops, technical meetings and exercises
  • Qualify and serve as a Team Captain (TC), prepare plans and lead deployed field teams in the event of a radiological/nuclear incident

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree, in Health Physics/Radiological Science, Safety, Emergency Response or a closely related field of study
  • Minimum of 15 years’ full time, relevant experience in positions of increasing responsibility, including a minimum of five years’ experience managing a technical organization and staff 
  • Excellent technical, leadership, interpersonal, management, communication, data analysis and decision-making skills and proven ability and successes in: 
    • Proactively seeking and executing creative solutions
    • Making presentations (oral, written, visual)
    • Motivating staff and leading change
  • Experience managing organizational functions including operations, administration, finance, and personnel
  • Demonstrated organizational and leadership abilities, and successful completion of complex projects and tasks with high quality and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to plan deployments, prepare and lead deployed field resources (personnel and equipment)
  • Excellent communications (oral and written) and interpersonal skills. Ability to coordinate with local, state, tribal and federal first responder partners
  • Knowledge of and ability to use state of the art radiation detection equipment

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Master’s degree in Health Physics/Radiological Science, Emergency Response or a closely related field of study
  • Experience in managing an emergency response program and operations with technical complexities
  • Experience in governmental or national laboratory operations
  • Established contacts and experience at key incident nodes with local, state and federal first responder agencies
  • Professional certification in the American Board of Health Physics or the National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists (NRRPT), or Project Management Professional

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • This position supports off-site deployments which may last multiple days and include extended shifts and after-hours work under potentially adverse conditions
  • This position requires the use of respirators, lifting of 30 pounds, loading equipment, and prolonged physical activity
  • This position requires work in suspected radiation environments. Ability to work in a radiologically contaminated environment;  successful candidate must pass Radworker Training

Other Information:

  • Valid drivers’ license and use of private car
  • Ability to travel within the Northeast United States without advance notice
  • Ability to travel domestically for up to two weeks at a time
  • Possess or be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q security clearance

 At Brookhaven National Laboratory, we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Table tennis, Softball, Tennis)

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab.We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.Please contact us to request accommodation.

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