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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Associate Laboratory Director in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309757

Directorate: National Security Directorate



Job Description

At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) our MISSION is to transform the world through courageous discovery and innovation.

And it is our VISION that science & technology inspires and enables the world to live prosperously, safely and securely.

We are seeking an Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for National Security. Our ideal candidate will lead a diverse and dedicated team of 1,300 professionals charged with advancing the ability to secure our nation’s borders and critical infrastructure, combat global terrorism, and detect weapons of mass effect and concealed explosives and threats. PNNL scientists and engineers provide cyber solutions to protect the homeland and we are the leading provider of science and technology to support nuclear nonproliferation efforts for U.S. and international treaty monitoring systems.

Position Responsibilities & Accountabilities

Reporting to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Director, the National Security Directorate (NSD) ALD partners with the Director and the Laboratory’s executive leadership team in developing and implementing Laboratory-wide S&T strategies and plans in support of principal sponsors.

As a member of the PNNL Leadership Team, the ALD for National Security contributes to setting the overall strategic direction of PNNL. This person oversees PNNL’s national security portfolio of nonproliferation and cybersecurity research and capabilities that enable stronger, more resilient technologies and systems.

The ALD establishes the National Security portfolio strategy, oversees development of the highly productive technical resource base needed to meet current and emerging mission objectives and performance outcomes, and initiates strategic national security collaborations with other laboratories, academia, and industry.

The ALD ensures the achievement of strategic outcomes and develops a clearly defined and articulated vision and direction for the Directorate that aligns with the Laboratory’s institutional strategy.

The ALD maintains close cooperation with the Department of Energy Pacific Northwest Site Office (DOE PNSO) leadership on Directorate issues and operations.

Organizational & Directorate Overview

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

  • For more than five decades, PNNL has been a leader in the field of nuclear monitoring, threat detection and forensics. The Lab continues to develop new scientific insights, tools, and methods to maintain its leadership in nuclear threat detection while expanding into chemical, biological, and explosives detection, as well as securing the nation’s critical cyber infrastructure.

  • PNNL is a world-class research institution with an annual operating budget of approximately $1 billion, and over 4,700 employees; This opportunity focuses around bringing tomorrow’s leading scientists and engineers, technology innovators, and business and operational professionals to PNNL as we advance the frontiers of science and address some of the most challenging problems in energy, the environment, and national security.

  • At PNNL, you’ll find a mission driven, amazing Research, Science & Technology work campus with competitive compensation and excellent benefits. These benefits include pension, 401(k) with employer matching, tuition reimbursement plans, health insurance, employee resource groups, flexible work schedules, and telework options.

National Security Directorate (NSD)

  • This directorate delivers high-impact, science-based, practical solutions to sponsors to prevent and counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and acts of terrorism.

  • Research and development efforts are focused on predicting, preventing, and mitigating acts of terrorism through predictive analysis; countering threats posed by the global expansion of nuclear energy and legacy WMD materials; detecting the production, characteristics and movement of weapons of mass destruction and effect; and responding more rapidly and effectively to events of mass effect.

  • National Security represent about half of PNNL’s $1 billion annual operating budget.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Demonstrated excellence in national security leadership with experience in establishing a compelling and actionable strategic organizational vision for the future of the Directorate

  • Proven track record in developing, leading, and managing national security programs and institutional capabilities for a broad and diverse sponsor base.

  • Proven experience in general management, including, but not limited to, overseeing day-to-day operations, evaluating financial performance and budgets, staff development and performance evaluations, and staff conflict resolution

  • Proven track record of successful strategic hiring, retaining, and developing talent with attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Proven experience leading strategically and developing creative, innovative solutions in a complex, multi-disciplinary technical organization with significant fiscal and programmatic responsibilities.

  • Strong communication and relationship building skills across the NSD enterprise, including the ability to influence and make decisions as well as interface with sponsors and stakeholders both internally and externally.

  • Record of driving science and technology performance and execution that meets or exceeds sponsor expectations.

  • Record of commitment to employing best practices in human performance improvement, safety, quality, security, environment, health, and diversity and inclusion.

  • Ph.D. preferred, or Masters degree in science, engineering, or related field with 15 years experience;

Preferred Qualifications

  • Active Q clearance with the ability to obtain and maintain a SCI clearance.

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

Position involves frequent domestic and international travel.

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: PNNL

Job Category: Managers

Group: PNNL

Opening Date: 2019-10-17

Closing Date: 2019-10-25