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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Division Director, Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311049

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Job Description

The Division Director is responsible for managing the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change (ASGC) Division with the overarching objectives of achieving outstanding scientific impact, maintaining a diverse and world-class workforce, ensuring safe operations, and working within established budgets and operating metrics. The Division Director is responsible for stewarding PNNL’s atmospheric science and climate change science core capability and working with sector managers and other strategic partners across the laboratory to identify and meet sponsor needs and develop capability plans that support PNNL mission and business strategies. The Division Director directly supervises three Group Leads, a Battelle Fellow, and two division-level support staff and is responsible for overseeing hiring, career development, and line management of all division staff, including limited-term employees and interns, as well as ensuring effective oversight for guest researchers, visitors, and other non-employees. The Division Director also manages and provides oversight for all division operations including space and equipment management, overhead budgets, safety, security, and compliance with all contractual, legal, and regulatory requirements.

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

This position reports to the Associate Laboratory Director for the Earth and Biological Sciences Directorate and has responsibility for approximately 180 staff, including limited term employees and interns, spread across three groups. One group is the Joint Global Change Research Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park. Another group focuses on Earth system measurements and stewards a large amount of equipment located in multiple facilities including PNNL’s Atmospheric Measurement Laboratory and a hangar located at the Port of Pasco and operated by DOE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program’s Aerial Facility. The third group contains a critical mass of PNNL’s earth system modeling capabilities. The Division Director is also expected to maintain a general working knowledge of division capabilities and activities, oversee division communications, represent ASGC inside and outside PNNL, and interact with stakeholders across the laboratory.

Level 4: Provides leadership and direction through managers. Is accountable for the performance and results of multidisciplinary teams. Executes business plans and contributes to the development of functional strategy. Decisions are guided by functional or major operational segment strategy and priorities

Level 5: Provides leadership and direction through senior managers. Is accountable for the performance and results of multiple functions/activities across the Laboratory. Develops and executes strategy to achieve key business objectives. Decisions are guided by Laboratory and functional strategy and objectives.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree with 12 plus years experience; or Advanced Degree plus 10 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 15 years of experience; or Advanced Degree plus 13 years of experience.

  • Strong preference to PhD plus 10 years of experience working in atmospheric science, climate science, or related fields.

  • Demonstrated track record of increasing responsibility in line and capability management.

  • Familiarity with the Department of Energy’s environmental and earth systems science strategy and programs.

  • Skilled in articulating and communicating a strategic vision, motivating and empowering staff from a range of disciplines, and communicating capabilities and impact to diverse audiences.

  • Ability to create a safe, secure, and inclusive environment in which all staff can excel, and to promote high impact, team-oriented science.

  • Good listening skills, experience with promoting effective information flow across an organization, and the ability to build effective relationships vertically and horizontally.

  • Familiarity with ES&H safety criteria for safe operation of laboratories, in compliance with lab, state, and federal regulations is required. Field deployments are a major activity in this division, and the successful candidate will be expected to have or gain experience in overseeing such activities, as they hold accountability for safe operations. Experience in managing or overseeing field campaigns, complex projects, and/or major purchases would be a plus.

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.

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Managers

Group: Earth & Biological Sciences

Opening Date: 2020-10-13

Closing Date: 2020-11-01