Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chief Science & Technology Officer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307267

Directorate: National Security

Group: National Security Directorate Office

Job Description

The Chief Science & Technology Officer (CSTO) is a key member of the National Security Directorate (NSD) Leadership team who leads strategy development and execution. This position provides leadership for the conception of, development of, and execution of internal investments to advance our strategic objectives. Such objectives always include S&T leadership but also typically include objectives for business growth and capability development.

The National Security Mission area delivers $500M in annual business volume to PNNL. Programs are executed for a variety of sponsors within NNSA, DHS, DOD, and the Intelligence Community. There are roughly 1000 FTE equivalent staff from across the laboratory engaged in these programs. NSD currently has roughly $3.5M of seed LDRD funding that the incumbent is responsible for. Lastly, the directorate currently receives roughly $15M of LDRD funding in the form of LDRD initiatives for which the incumbent is also responsible. This position is one of four key direct reports to the ALD along with the COO, the PDO, and the senior policy advisor.

The CSTO provides senior leadership for the National Security Directorate focused on all aspects of strategy development and execution. This overarching responsibility requires that the incumbent execute responsibilities including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Development of strategic requests for lab level resources such as LDRD initiatives

  • Successful execution of strategic investments

  • Support to lab-level S&T planning directly to the DDS&T and the Science and Technology Committee

  • Assurance of appropriate technology “foresight” through engagement of a broad set of senior S&E staff across the laboratory.

  • Planning and execution of critical strategic events throughout the year such as team offsite meetings and the Directorate Advisory Committee.

  • Provision and oversight of appropriate resources to ensure strategic strategy execution.

  • Development and execution of internal investments

  • Leadership of any strategic decision processes including the internal strategy council, the Directorate Advisory committee, and our offsite meetings.

  • Collaboration with the core team (COO, PDO, ALD, and CSTO) to set vision, objectives that drive strategy development

  • Serve as NSD’s representative to the STC

  • Make recommendations regarding senior S&E promotions within NSD including S&E V and VI promotions in particular.

  • Other strategic tasking as necessary including partnership development, strategic business capture, and relationship management with S&T leaders across the USG including various organizational chief scientists, OSTP, etc.

  • Communication of strategy and the successes that result from it to staff across the laboratory.

  • Oversight of NSD’s directorate objectives and any laboratory objectives that we steward.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in a Science or Engineering discipline plus a minimum of 15 years’ experience in progressively responsible management and senior leadership positions working closely with sponsors, partners, and S&T leaders across the DOE complex.

In lieu of a PhD, an advanced degree with demonstrated performance and experience may be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with National Security mission stakeholders and sponsors is strongly desired.

  • Experience managing large and complex programs and organizations is desired but not strictly required.

  • Experience successfully setting vision, strategy, objectives, and priorities to enhance organizational performance is also desired but not required.

  • A career that has at some time involved leadership of a demonstrably high-impact R&D program is desired.

  • Evidence of S&T breadth, or at least the ability to move into new areas is also desired.

Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

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 Dir

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: National Security Dir

Opening Date: 2018-02-07

Closing Date: 2018-04-08