Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Project Manager Associate (Fort Bragg, NC) in FORT BRAGG, North Carolina

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309080

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings

Group: Buildings & Connected Systems

Job Description

About Us

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 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The candidate would be a PNNL employee located offsite in the offices of one of PNNL’s federal agency sponsors, with the opportunity to transition to other assignments at PNNL in the future.

This position will coordinate 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. The project manager 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 candidate will 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 missions of federal agencies such as 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 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, such as project reports or presentations at technical forums.

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

  • Contribute to development of proposals for new projects, technical reports and marketing communications.

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

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

  • PMP Certification

  • 5 or more years of experience relevant to building energy systems research, analysis and/or project management.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of energy policy, systems and technical challenges and strategic planning related to efficiency and resilience.

  • Master’s degree in relevant discipline (e.g. engineering, environmental science, energy/environmental policy)

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

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

  • Experience conducting technical and market research related to building energy and water systems and analysis tools,

  • 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.

  • 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

Other Information

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


  • 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: Managers

Group: Bldgs & Connected Systems

Opening Date: 2019-03-14

Closing Date: 2019-05-13