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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Administrator in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310500

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signature Science & Technology

Group: Chemistry and Biological Signatures

Job Description

This position provides administrative and non-technical support to the Chemical & Biological Signatures staff and their projects. As a member of the CBS administrative team the incumbent will work with the Technical Group Manager and a team of administrative and project coordinator staff to accomplish group objectives and assist with overflow work, while providing project support to key scientific staff.

  • Performs administrative and office support activities

  • Duties may include managing schedules, emails, and travel, fielding telephone calls, receiving and directing visitors, word processing, creating spreadsheets and presentations, and filing.

  • The incumbent will be expected to interact with PNNL management and staff to provide information on a wide-range of organizational and business issues to facilitate the appropriate flow of information to others.

  • The incumbent will anticipate program, project and group needs; identify areas for continuous improvement; and work with others to develop and implement solutions to meet needs and improve processes. This detailed understanding enhances the incumbent’s ability to provide support and anticipate administrative needs.

  • The incumbent will process a high volume of standard forms, including travel requests, reimbursements and purchase requisitions. The incumbent will be expected to track all requests through completion.

  • Due to the nature of this work, the incumbent will receive direction from multiple staff members and will need to refocus priorities accordingly. Requires proactive interaction with staff to identify and support scientists by managing schedules and keeping staff apprised of their action items and deadlines.

Discipline, principal job duties/expectations, and qualitative and quantitative measures of performance that exceed the Functional Descriptor:

  • Provide excellent administrative support to CBS scientific staff

  • Identify problems and develop solutions

  • Set up high-level meetings and sponsor visits

  • Process standard forms, including travel requests, reimbursements and purchase requisitions

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma 3-5 years’ experience in an administrative environment, or combination of education and experience. Experience in planning meetings and coordinating travel.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Must be able to demonstrate proficient use of standard office equipment; demonstrate proficient use of MS Office Suite; prioritize work, and coordinate calendars/schedules; be responsible for commitments and action items.

  • Must understand office support functions and possess the ability to apply procedures, work independently, and direct workflow of others as appropriate and effectively. Must be able to identify potential administrative problems/areas for continuous improvement and recommend solutions.

  • Must be able to use discretion and good judgment; independently make decisions; positively interact with a wide-variety of PNNL staff and clients of all levels; resolve and/or advise management on a wide range of administrative issues; provide training and guidance to less senior or new staff when necessary. Excellent communication skills required

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

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: National Security

Job Category: Administration/Specialist/Support

Group: Chem & Biological Signatures

Opening Date: 2020-02-13

Closing Date: 2020-02-27