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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Assistant General Counsel, Environmental, Safety, Health and Security in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312114

Directorate: Office of General Counsel

Job Description

Come and work for a billion-dollar international research institution. Our collaborative environment and commitment to work/life balance makes Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) an ideal place to advance your career, challenge yourself, and make a difference in the world. We offer excellent benefits including pension, matching 401(k), tuition reimbursement plans, health insurance, and flexible work schedules.

As a National Laboratory, we offer a unique blend of opportunities for the exceptional candidate. This position is primarily responsible for providing legal representation for the Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the operating contractor of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), primarily in the environmental, safety, health and security program areas. In addition to these responsibilities, the person who fills this position will also be expected to be a key strategic advisor at all levels of the PNNL organization. The ideal candidate will be a collaborative enabler that will facilitate accomplishment of the PNNL mission, possess strong relationship-building skills, teaming, and have a history of building executive-level confidence and trust.

Our science and technology inspires and enables the world to live prosperously, safely and securely. Our discoveries not only change the way people think, they increase our nation's energy capacity and improve our national security, making the world a safer and more secure place.

With a main campus located in Richland, Washington and offices in Seattle, Portland, OR, Washington D.C. and a Marine Sciences Lab in Sequim, WA, more than 5,000 dedicated professionals enjoy the benefit of a culture that provides staff members with the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams on technically challenging and nationally important problems; the opportunity to lead and be recognized in a field of work important to the nation; the opportunity to work with talented colleagues in a collegial and intellectually stimulating environment; and the ability to work in well-equipped laboratories in modern facilities. This position is located in Richland, Washington.

Job Description:

As a member of the Office of General Counsel team, you will help create a strong sense of commitment and belief in the PNNL mission; help accelerate Laboratory growth by advancing and protecting PNNL's reputation; and help generate understanding of the value PNNL brings to the region and the nation.

This position reports to the Associate General Counsel and will work with management and staff at all levels within PNNL but will have primary interface with leadership on the operations side of PNNL. Among other fields of practice, this position is primarily an active partner in environmental compliance, worker safety and health, radiological/nuclear safety, classified information security and security programs, cybersecurity, facilities and operations, quality and issues management, and Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts programs.

The key responsibilities and accountabilities before this position are focused on the field of environmental, safety, health, and security and would include:

  • Working with all levels of PNNL management and staff to address concerns and issues that may arise

  • Leading efforts to represent Battelle in matters involving litigation, administrative proceedings, arbitrations, mediations, investigations, and other proceedings

  • Retaining, monitoring, and working with outside counsel as needed and in compliance with applicable rules and procedures

  • Contributing to means for strategy accomplishment

  • Participating on multi-disciplinary teams to address issues and develop strategies that accomplish the PNNL mission

  • Identifying and analyzing legal issues, drafting key documents, presenting clear recommendations, and assuring legal compliance

  • Researching and analyzing case law, statutes, and regulations as well as drafting appropriate legal guidance

  • Working with the Office of General Counsel team to provide legal support necessary to properly represent Battelle and its efforts to successfully accomplish the PNNL mission

  • Success in this role means delivering results through strong leadership, collaboration, vision, and a relentless focus on what’s best for the Laboratory. Success means continually holding oneself to the highest of professional and ethical standards and demanding the same of colleagues. Success is believing that you have a positive impact on the research and development efforts at a national laboratory and that your work makes a difference.

Level 5 : Identifies issues, develops solutions, and manages implementation of PNNL-wide projects. While focusing on specific areas of expertise provides general legal advice, counsel and service to Battelle at the PNNL-level with some managerial oversight. Deals with highly confidential, privileged and sensitive matters and engages in conduct that preserves the confidential and privileged nature of the information and respects the sensitivity of the situations that are addressed.

Level 6 : Identifies issues, develops solutions and manages implementation of PNNL-wide projects. Independently provides comprehensive legal advice, counsel and service to Battelle at the corporate and PNNL levels. Deals with highly confidential, privileged and sensitive matters and engages in conduct that preserves the confidential and privileged nature of the information and respects the sensitivity of the situations that are addressed. Recommendations have measurable long-term impact on the success of the Laboratory and sets precedent for future decisions.

Minimum Qualifications

Law degree and 8+ years of relevant experience. Professional license and/or certification required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Law degree and 12+ years of relevant experience. Professional license and/or certification required.

  • Admission to the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) or eligible for admission (admission to the WSBA will be required within one year of employment)

  • Demonstrated advanced analytical, communication, and leadership skills

  • Experience performing legal research and drafting legal guidance

  • Demonstrated ability to participate in, form, and lead teams

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate at all executive and management levels

  • Significant experience in management and advisory capacities relating to complex environmental, safety, health and security matters

  • Courtroom or first chair experience with litigation

  • Knowledge of National Laboratories and the Department of Energy

  • Experience working in complex science and technology environments

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

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain a federal security clearance in a timely manner. Which requires:

  • US 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 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 for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Directorate: Office of General Counsel

Job Category: HR/Legal/Communications

Group: Legal Affairs

Opening Date: 2021-05-13

Closing Date: 2021-06-30