Senior Policy Lead

Washington, DC

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Our staff provides Policy and Governance Support Services as well as incidental advisory and assistance services to the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) for the National Nuclear Security Administration.  These services include ensuring compliance for various government programs, developing and reviewing IT and Cyber Security policy that affects the OCIO or the agency, providing Cyber Security and IT Governance and Analysis, data consolidation, Program and Project Management Support and Oversight, Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) oversight, and Financial Execution Analysis for all OCIO investments.  Additionally, our services extend to managing the communications for the OCIO and proactively engaging with stakeholders and customers, both internal and external. 

We are seeking a qualified Senior Policy Lead in Washington, D.C.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead activities related to the planning, initiating, and conducting of studies of proposed legislation to determine possible effects on NNSA policies and programs.
  • Lead actions related to the reporting of conclusions and provision of recommendations and guidance on implementation strategies.
  • Mentorship and leadership of Policy Team of the operational environment including the use of high-level functional systems analysis, integration, and documentation for addressing complex problems which require in-depth knowledge of impacts of the solutions.
  • Lead activities related to the analysis and evaluation of existing and proposed laws, regulations, and guidance and development of compliance policy.
  • Provide technical knowledge and skill to policy Team in the understanding and drafting of federal agency policy.
  • Lead coordination efforts with NA-IM offices in the development of policies and procedures needed to accomplish the NNSA goals and objectives. Serve as the lead in working with federal Policy Lead and NNSA Deputy CIO for Policy and Governance in the administration of major policies, procedures, regulations, and legislation for NNSA.
  • Build and manage relationships across organizations; serve as an advisory liaison between program offices, Office of Housing, Office of General Counsel (OGC), and Office of Management and Budget (OMB); represent NNSA with OGC, OMB, and Congress.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5 years relevant experience
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • The ability to obtain a DOE/NNSA “Q” Clearance or greater
  • Excellent oral and written skills required.
  • Strong skills using Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Visio experience is a plus).
  • Management experience preferred.

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Criterion offers comprehensive health benefits including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance. Most of our plans are available at no cost for employee only coverage.

Time Off

Employees begin accruing PTO at 15 days per year and acquire more based on seniority. In addition to PTO, Criterion provides 10 holidays and bereavement, military, jury duty, and family medical leave.


  • Roth and Traditional 401(k) Plans with company matching contributions
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Commuter Benefits


All employees are eligible to use up to $3,000 annually for approved professional development, including trainings, memberships, seminars, and degree programs.

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