Security and Emergency Services Manager

New Jersey, United States
29 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Department   PPPL ES&H
Category   Environment and Sustainability
Full-Time / Part-Time   Full-Time


The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world.

Princeton Plasma Physics Lab is seeking a Security and Emergency Services Manager to lead a staff of approximately 20 to ensure implementations of Fire Protection, Site Security, Emergency Management, and Continuity of Operations for the Laboratory. This essential position is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of a holistic program overseeing all activities associated with the protection of personnel, property, and the environment in accordance with state and federal regulations, Department of Energy (DOE) orders, applicable standards, laws, and business practices. This position is responsible for ensuring that PPPL is identifying, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from a broad range of: foreign and domestic security threats and intrusions, natural and man-made disasters; fire; biological, radiation, chemical, and/or other hazardous materials spills or releases; and all other issues or hostile acts that may impact the health and safety of Laboratory employees, visitors, and guests or continued Laboratory operations. This position will also serve as the Facility Security Officer (FSO) for the Laboratory and ensure implementation of all applicable security requirements.


  • As a key member of the ESH Leadership Team, make substantial leadership recommendations, contributions, and toward achieving the Laboratory's performance goals, forge partnerships inside and outside of the Lab and to pursue best management practices, in support of PPPL’s scientific mission.
  • Develop, implement, measure, and report Division-level strategic goals and objectives related to Security, Emergency Services and Export Controls.
  • Serve as management system owner and site expert on foreign engagement in compliance with DOE Orders O 486.1A, O 142.3b, and other contract requirements.
  • Identify, evaluate, and deploy cost-effective technologies that improve security and improve emergency response and preparedness, using a risk-based approach to streamline programs.
  • Act as a spokesperson with Laboratory Senior Managers regarding specific institutional security, emergency response, mitigation, and preparedness matters as well as fire protection and export compliance related issues as needed to ensure effective communication and timely resolution of issues.
  • Prepare for and respond to internal and external security audits, assessments, exercises, and inspections; continuity of operations audits, assessments, reviews, and inspections; and emergency service audits, assessments, reviews, and inspections.
  • Maintain compliance with all applicable DOE orders, PPPL requirements, NFPA standards, fire protection requirements and DOE Contract 31 requirements.
  • Maintain compliance with all applicable export regulations, including EAR, ITAR, OFAC, as applicable.
  • Serve as a senior member of the Emergency Response Organization in operating the Emergency Operations Center and Emergency Director in the event of an Operational Emergency or other Emergency Operations Center activation.
  • Lead the development and implementation of Security and Emergency Services strategic planning, performance metrics, effective and compliant training programs, policy and contract compliance, and quality/performance assurance initiatives as required by DOE, PPPL, and Princeton University.

Security Program Management:

  • Implement and ensure compliance with PPPLs non-possessing security plan and design basis threat plan.
  • Through direction to the Site Protection Lead, implement the Safeguards and Security Program, including protective services, property protection, law enforcement liaison, security clearances, workplace violence, sensitive investigations, physical security, security and safety alarm systems, access control systems, closed circuit television systems, metal key management, Site Access Office, Unclassified Foreign Visits and Assignments Office, and integration with other Protective Services programs. Develop and implement a robust foreign engagement program compliant with DOE Orders.
  • Interface closely with the Laboratory’s Chief Information Officer, head of Cyber Security and DOE on joint security related projects, initiatives and to protect the PPPL IT systems and investigate intrusions and misuse.
  • Responsible for all site-security related program requirements, including perimeter/gate access control, roving security patrols, security-related investigations, traffic and parking enforcement, dignitary and executive protection, crime prevention and education, and threat analysis.
  • Maintain liaison with DOE Office of the Inspector General and Federal Bureau of Investigation, and coordinate matters of joint interest or jurisdiction.
  • Foster an institutional security-conscious culture that performs work securely and safely and integrates excellence in safeguards and security into Laboratory operations.
  • Coordinate site activities with local law enforcement officials, Laboratory Senior Managers, and other stakeholders to ensure site security.

Fire Protection Program Management:

  • Through direction to the Site Protection Lead and the Fire Protection Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) , manage the PPPL Fire Protection Program, including fire prevention and education, fire protection, fire and hazardous material release/spill response, emergency medical response, fire mitigation, inspection, testing, and maintenance of the fire alarm systems.
  • Support mutual aid agreements with Plainsboro Fire Department and Princeton University Fire Department.
  • Foster an institutional fire safety culture that integrates fire prevention procedures and techniques into all Laboratory operations.

Emergency Services Program Management:

  • Manage the Emergency Services programs including emergency preparedness, mitigation, and planning, building manager/building emergency team training and coordination, Community Emergency Response Team training and coordination, Emergency Response Organization training and coordination, operation of the PPPL Emergency Operations Center and related Department/Division Operations Centers, Laboratory Executive Duty Officer training and coordination, and integration with other response and prevention-related programs.
  • Develop and oversee practices and policies to develop, revise, and publish the Master Emergency Program Plan, and related Emergency Plan Implementing Procedures in accordance with DOE orders, the National Incident Management System, the California State Emergency Management System, the Incident Command Systems, and related emergency planning and preparedness guidelines.
  • Oversee and evaluate Annual Exercises, No Notice Exercises, periodic training, exercises, and drills to ensure readiness and verify training requirements.

Continuity of Operations Program Management:

  • Manage the continuity of operations and business continuity programs, including identifying and mitigating operational risks, determining mission essential functions and essential supporting activities, identifying essential personnel to perform critical tasks, identifying and establishing alternate operating facilities, conducting all-hazard risk assessments, protecting vital records, training, testing, and exercising plans and procedures, and integration with other Protective Services programs.
  • Develop and oversee training, procedures and policies to develop, revise, and publish the Continuity of Operations Plan and various sub-plans, including epidemic and pandemic plans to ensure continued operations of the primary essential functions of the Laboratory.
  • Oversee exercises, tabletops, and drills to ensure readiness and verify training requirements.

Export Compliance Program Management:

  • Through direction to the Office of Export Control, manage the export compliance program, including the export classification of technologies/items, analysis and issuance of technical determinations, compliance rulings, and lifecycle export license management., and supporting the export control needs of Laboratory programs as required under Federal laws and regulations and DOE directives
  • Develop and oversee training, procedures, and policies on export controls. Develop, revise, and publish the Export Management and Compliance Program (EMCP) plan and various sub-plans, including project-specific Technology Control Plans (TCPs).
  • Guide and manage programs and staff to support the export control needs of Laboratory programs as required under Federal laws and regulations and DOE directives.
  • Provides guidance to PPPL organizations to ensure international business activities are conducted in compliance with applicable international trade compliance regulations


Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of experience related to public safety, including emergency planning, security and law enforcement, fire protection, inspection and audit, and risk management, or closely related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of emergency planning, security policy, fire protection, and continuity of operations planning, procedures, and technologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and diplomatically with a broad range of internal personnel, including Laboratory senior management, Division and Deputy Directors, staff members, visitors, regulatory agencies, as well as external organizations, such as senior-level Princeton University and DOE contacts, State agencies, City officials, concerned citizens, and regulatory agencies. Demonstrated ability and success in negotiating and dealing with various regulatory organizations.
  • Proven leadership skills and demonstrated experience in effective people, project, and budget management and operational oversight, including with diversity, equity and inclusion programs/culture, fiscal responsibilities, human resources, and principles/practices applicable to ensuring a safe and healthy workplace.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience dealing with sensitive issues using tact and diplomacy in order to obtain support, agreement, and/or compromise of position most favorable to PPPL and DOE.
  • DOE Q security clearance or ability to acquire and maintain DOE Q security clearance.
  • Excellent communication skills along with organizational and analytical skills.
  • Thorough knowledge and work experience in the detection and control of hazards involved with complex technologies and research environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under short deadlines and constrained operating budgets, while managing many critical projects concurrently.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Desired Qualifications:
    • Advanced degree in Environment, Safety and Health Sciences/Engineering, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Public Health, Chemical/Civil/Mechanical/Fire Protection or Electrical Engineering, and/or Health Physics and 15 years of relevant experience.
    • Experience working within DOE programs related to safeguards & security, emergency response, fire protection, and export control.
    • Experience supervising a unionized workforce.
    • Professional certifications in project management and/or the professions related to the described duties.
    • Clearance Level: 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 information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.