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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Division Manager, Radiation Protection in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309365

Directorate: Operational Systems Directorate

Division: Environment, Health, Safety and Security

Group: Radiation Protection

Job Description

As the Radiation Protection (RP) Division Manager and RP Management and Operations (M&O) Program Manager, the incumbent is responsible and accountable to assure that all work at PNNL and off-site involving the use of radioactive materials and ionizing radiation is done in accordance with applicable State, Federal and DOE requirements. These requirements are primarily contained in Federal regulation 10 CFR 835 and DOE-STD-1098-08, Radiological Control. This scope is accomplished through analysis of applicable external requirements, evaluation of current and planned research, implementation of controls through HDI, core business processes and other institutional methods. This scope also includes routine field verification and validation that controls are being adhered to and Laboratory operational expectations are being met (e.g., Contractor Assurance). The incumbent routinely assesses customer feedback to assure controls are not adversely impacting research and development of new mission capabilities. In this role the incumbent must be innovative in balancing compliance methods with mission execution.

In the role of Division Manager, the incumbent selects, trains, directs, and evaluates the performance of Program/Division staff and empowers them with the ability to contribute to the effective execution of the Radiation Protection Program. The incumbent continuously evaluates PNNL’s compliance with Program requirements and initiates actions to demonstrate high levels of compliance and performance including “stop-work notices” when circumstances warrant. Incumbent should have demonstrated experience managing bargaining unit personnel.

This position reports directly to the Director, Environment, Health, Safety, and Security (EHS&S). The Radiation Protection Program directly supports delivery of several key PNNL Mission Areas principally related to radiological and nuclear operations. Duties normally involve using practices and procedures that align with functional policies, goals, and upper management general direction. Operational and strategic approaches are required for variable situations involving RP Program issues. In addition, this position is responsible and accountable for the following duties:

  • Ensures the effective and successful implementation and maintenance of the Radiation Protection Program and associated functional elements, including radiological engineering, internal/external dosimetry, work planning and control, radiological instrumentation, ALARA, training, records, sealed radioactive source management and control, and emergency response to radiological events.

  • As the (M&O) Program Manager, is accountable to the Laboratory Level Steward for delivery of integrated standards and effective and compliant core business processes. This function is also accountable for maintaining a complete, accurate, and documented set of requirements and methods of implementation. This function is accountable to PNNL for raising issues that need adjudication, and to engage customers, other M&O Program Managers and Core Business Stewards in the development and deployment of integrated standards.

  • In view of this, effective management of the Radiation Protection Program and Division is critical to the long-term operational success of the Laboratory. A noncompliant Radiation Protection Program jeopardizes the Laboratory’s ability to operate and could lead to significant loss of award fee. The incumbent’s challenge is to effectively provide radiation protection support and services to a wide variety of programs across PNNL and off-site without causing adverse impact to mission delivery. The incumbent will continually seek to effectively and cost efficiently balance mission objectives and operational performance expectations.

  • Works closely with appropriate line management to include Chief Operating Officers, Operations Managers, program/project management, peer support organization Managers, General Counsels office, and staff from across the Laboratory to assess radiation protection needs and discuss features of the necessary protection programs.

  • Establishes and formalizes key relationships with the DOE Site Office (PNSO), DOE HQ as well as Radiation Protection Managers and technical professionals from other National Laboratories and/or DOE organizations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree plus 12+ years of relevant experience; or a Master's degree plus 10+ years of relevant experience.

  • A minimum of 5 years in a leadership role with related management experience that includes, initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing processes.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with a working knowledge of various sponsor, governmental, and Laboratory procedures and requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prefer degree in engineering or scientific field required (advanced degree in radiological sciences, health physics or equivalent preferred) with 12+ years of experience in the field of radiation protection or health physics.

  • Certification by the American Board of Health Physics, highly desired.

  • Ability to demonstrate a strong foundation in the principles of contractor and performance assurance consistent with the Laboratory expectations and best industry practices.

  • Experience managing bargaining unit personnel helpful.

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

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.

Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:

  • Incumbent must be able to qualify as a radiological worker for access to radiologically controlled areas.

Directorate: Operational Systems

Job Category: Managers

Group: E,H,S & Security

Opening Date: 2019-05-16

Closing Date: 2019-06-19