Professional Staff Assistant 2

Updated: 29 days ago
Location: Los Alamos, NEW MEXICO
Job Title Professional Staff Assistant 2
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
Organization Name ALDX/Associate Laboratory Director for Weapons Physics
Minimum Salary 61500
Maximum Salary 97700

What You Will Do


The Special Program Office (SPO) within ALDX, is looking for a Professional Staff Assistant to provide administrative and programmatic support.  Day to day operations will be under the direction of the Laboratory Coordinator (program manager) and the Program Administrator.  The ALD chief of staff will have overall supervisory responsibility.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Serve as the classified document and controlled-access vault custodian

  • Manage inventory, electronic and paper-based, ensuring strict compliance with established procedures

  • Interact extensively with DoE, DOD and other national laboratories.

  • Exercise the highest level of confidentiality and discretion related to almost all aspects of the job.

  • Working in a vault with only one or two other employees, as your permanent workstation

  • Frequently interact with laboratory executive leadership as well as high level U.S. and foreign departmental contacts.

  • Ability and willingness to follow processes and procedures to the letter.  But also have the ability to exercise independent judgement and make decisions in the absence of the Laboratory Coordinator and Program Administrator.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and follow-through to completion on multiple tasks, under strict deadlines and changing priorities.

  • Experience working in a classified environment and handling secret documents and media daily

  • Experience working in a vault

  • Skill and experience anticipating security issues and proactively mitigating them where the consequence of error is extremely high

  • Excellent customer service skills

  • Excellent communication skills interacting with all levels of internal and external personnel

  • Demonstrated ability to actively manage a complex calendar with changing priorities.

  • Demonstrated experience in researching and resolving problems both independently and as a team member.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience interacting with dignitaries, high-level managers at NNSA, DOD, Foreign Agencies and DoE weapon laboratories and sites.

  • Ability to work in multiple computing environments (Windows, Mac, and Linux)

  • Experience with LANL’s domestic and foreign travel systems.

  • Experience with LANL’s visitor procedures

  • An Active Q clearance

Notes to Applicants: Please submit a detailed cover letter with your resume addressing all required and desired skills.  (Please save cover letter with job number and name).

Education: Position typically requires a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level).  Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.


*Eligibility requirements:  To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.


New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.


Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations.  The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security.  LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are considered. We are committed to work-life balance and personal/professional growth. Our creative and dedicated computational professionals are our greatest asset and we take pride in cultivating their talents, supporting their efforts, and enabling their success. Together we are advancing our national security mission.


Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salaries

  • Flexible work schedules

  • Exercise facility free for staff use

  • Choice of comprehensive medical plans

  • Paid maternity leave, sick time

  • Paid parental leave

  • 401k match (100% up to 6% + kicker)

  • Fully vested in 401k day one

  • Disability insurance  

Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM enjoys excellent weather, clean air and outstanding public schools. This is a safe, low-crime, family-oriented community with frequent concerts and events as well as quick travel to many top ski resorts, scenic hiking trails, and mountain climbing. The short drive to work includes stunning views of the Valles Caldera as well as the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Many employees also live in the nearby state capital, Santa Fe, which is known for world-class restaurants, art galleries, and opera.

Appointment Type Regular
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