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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Distributed Systems Group Leader in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312183

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings

Group: Distributed Systems

Job Description

The Group Leader (GL) has responsibility for stewarding the capabilities of the Distributed Systems Group (DSG), comprised of approximately 60 research and support staff working in the areas of electrical grid modeling and analysis; distribution system architecture; valuation analysis of distributed resources; renewable system integration; and resilient operation of Federal facilities. DSG is made up of five teams of 8-12 staff each, organized into capability-based units. The Distributed Systems group develops integrated solutions enabling the planning, management, control and operation of highly distributed power, energy, storage, and other systems. The group applies capabilities in system architecture, engineering, modeling and simulation, communications, economics, distributed energy resources, and operations to achieve more resilient, efficient, flexible, and sustainable results. The GL is accountable to the Director of the Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division for overall capability stewardship, including strategy development and implementation, staffing plans, facility and equipment refreshment, operational discipline, workplace culture and external recognition of individuals and teams within group.

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

The GL is expected to be a technical expert in at least one of the technical fields represented in the group: tools and techniques to realize a “smarter grid”; integration of renewables with the grid; distribution systems; flexible distributed energy resource technology analysis; and integration of renewable systems with facilities/sites.

The GL’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Providing high-level technical vision for the group

  • Proadly representing the collective capabilities of the Group and the Division

  • Defining and executing internal and external engagement and recognition strategies at group level

  • Developing new capability and improvement agendas that impact the Division and Directorate

  • Developing leadership among Team Leads and high-potential staff

  • Translating Directorate and Division strategy into actions

  • Providing career development coaching, mentoring, and feedback to team leads and other direct reports

  • Ensuring effective communication up and down the Organization

  • Developing and executing workforce and talent management plans, including addressing staffing needs, retention, and hiring plans

  • Conducting salary management for the Group

  • Creating and sustaining a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive work environment

  • Overseeing staff performance evaluation and final rating

  • Assuring a strong safe, secure, and compliant culture

  • Advancing Group capabilities through engagement in business development activities

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree and 10 years of experience; or Advanced Degree and 8 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in engineering, physical sciences, or economics and 10 or more years of progressively responsible leadership experience and experience managing complex assignments.

  • Professional Expertise: An in-depth understanding of systems engineering techniques and their application is required.

  • Work-related Experience: Recognized successful performance as a senior scientist, engineer, project manager, and/or line manager. This includes client relationship management. Supervisory or line-management experience and direct responsibility for capability stewardship for a technical working group is preferred.

  • Breadth of Relevant Specialized Knowledge and Skills: Demonstrated leadership skills to perform each essential duty are required. Strong, proven interpersonal communications, oral and written, problem solving, and human relations skills are also needed to communicate well with internal staff and to succeed at group goals and objectives.

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.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Managers

Group: Electricity Infrastructure & B

Opening Date: 2021-06-01

Closing Date: 2021-06-22