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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Project Manager - (Project Hire) Fort Belvoir, VA in FORT BELVOIR, Virginia

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310160

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings

Group: Buildings & Connected Systems

Job Description

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution tackling some of the most challenging problems in energy, the environment, and national security. PNNL’s Buildings & Connected Systems Group performs applied research to that drives energy and water efficiency, occupant productivity, and resilient operation of buildings and their connected energy and water systems. We are a mission-driven organization providing economic, environmental, security, and societal benefits to the nation by applying our core research capabilities in building energy simulation, building performance evaluation, building control system optimization, and site/campus energy and water resilience.

The Position

The Buildings & Connected Systems Group seeks a project manager to provide oversight and coordination of projects and activities that improve energy and water efficiency and resilience in Federal facilities. This position is located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The candidate would be a PNNL employee located offsite in the offices of one of PNNL’s federal agency sponsors and would continue for the period of the contract with sponsor.

The project manager is responsible for coordinating technical analyses, project development, and policy development to help federal sites become more energy and water efficient and resilient to utility disruptions. The project manager will work independently to gather, analyze, and evaluate information on energy and water systems and programs and work with various stakeholders and experts find ways to optimize their performance. They will coordinate with diverse stakeholders including federal facility operators from across the country, utility providers, industry partners and researchers/subject matter experts across PNNL to strengthen the agency’s utility management programs. The project manager will assist in developing strategic plans, staffing, and coordinating workflow with other energy and water team members. The successful candidate must anticipate sponsor challenges and work with various subject matter experts to identify and recommend operational, capital investment, and policy improvements that enhance site-level resilience. This includes identifying and developing solutions for unique and complex problems that have a broad potential impact on the mission of the Department of Defense. Candidates are expected to bring to the job, strong project management/coordination and client communication skills, and familiarity with energy and/or water systems and management.

Specific performance expectations include:

  • Serve as a task lead of major tasks and build effective teams from multiple technical groups and disciplines to achieve tasks objectives on time and within budget.

  • Promptly communicate issues, changes in scope, schedule, budget, or other challenges to the attention of the Project Manager or Line Manager.

  • Work on multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.

  • Engage with regularly and deliver presentations of work to sponsors and other external stakeholders.

  • Contribute to the development of technical products, reports, or presentations at technical forums.

  • Develop solutions to complex problems based on established precedent or policy.

  • Mentor staff and foster the development of others.

The successful candidate will be accountable to:

  • Project and/or Task Managers for performing assigned roles, following applicable project and field procedures, and performance of assigned tasks on time and within budget;

  • The Buildings & Connected Systems Technical Group Manager, and Site Resilience Team Lead, for general staff performance and development, operational discipline (e.g., maintaining training qualifications, procedural compliance, safe operations), and project execution.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level I : Receives expectations from Project Manager or Associate Project Manager. Serves in the capacity of task manager, deputy project manager, or project manager on small projects, with accountability for task and project plan development and adherence to schedule, budget, quality, and performance. Seeks guidance from the Project Management Office, Line Management, Senior Project Managers or Program Managers, and is not expected to have any supervisory responsibilities. Communicates critical issues in a timely manner with internal project stakeholders. Independently completes tasks on time and within budget with minimal oversight and contributes effectively as a project team member.

Level II : Serves in the capacity of project manager responsible for management oversight and technical direction on small projects, with a demonstrated aptitude that trends toward the management of projects with higher degrees of risk, complexity, and client interaction. Effectively coordinates project team resources across multiple organizations and directorates and has the ability to multitask and effectively stay abreast of project details. Provides expert delivery with little supervision or managerial support. Includes coordination of resources across divisions and directorates. Requires strong presentation skills, ability to multitask and ability to avoid getting lost in project details. Requires little supervision or management support, demonstrates initiative and leadership skills, and provides day-today direction and guidance to team members.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 4+ years of relevant experience, or advanced degree and 2+ years of relevant experience.

  • 2 or more years of experience relevant to task leadership and depth of knowledge in science and/or methods needed to deliver project.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree plus 6 years of experience or advanced degree plus 4 years of experience.

  • 3 or more years of experience relevant to task leadership and/or project management depth of knowledge in science and/or methods needed to deliver project.

  • Experience working with or military service in the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense or related federal agencies, ideally working in energy management, public works, or master planning

  • Experience conducting technical and market research related to building energy and water systems and analysis tools, or managing projects in this area

  • Demonstrated knowledge of energy policy, systems and technical challenges

  • Experience with strategic planning, performance assessment and stakeholder engagement to support integration of diverse perspectives into strategic plans

  • Demonstrated ability to become familiar with technologies and technical concepts quickly, at sufficient depth for project analysis and comparison to other approaches

  • Knowledge of federal project planning, funding, and execution

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with personnel in diverse job functions, expertise, and levels of responsibility, including directors, technical advisors, and field personnel

  • Master’s degree in relevant discipline (e.g. engineering, management)

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated ability for writing concisely and clearly

  • PMP Certification

  • Willingness to travel domestically to U.S. military installations as required by the project.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment :

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance. Requirements include:

  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

  • Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Distributed Systems

Opening Date: 2019-11-21

Closing Date: 2020-04-13