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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Facilities and Infrastructure Operations Division Director in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311602

Directorate: Operational Systems Directorate

Division: Associate Laboratory Director’s Office

Group: Facilities and Infrastructure Operations

Job Description

This is an extraordinary opportunity to provide visionary leadership for a national priority. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a Director to lead Facilities & Infrastructure Operations Division (F&IO) within the Operational Services Directorate (OSD). This key senior leadership position leads the PNNL Division responsible for all aspects of the management, operations, and maintenance of PNNL’s facilities and campus infrastructure. Excellence in management and operations is vital to achieving our scientific mission. We strive to simplify the way we work, and to provide our staff members with the safest workplace, the most modern systems and tools, and the maximum time and resources to perform research.

The OSD directorate supports excellence in the management and operations principle by delivering capabilities in key areas such as Facilities and Infrastructure Operations. OSD includes approximately 675 staff, including bargaining unit staff; more than $170 million in annual budget authority; approximately 200 regulatory program areas; and a multi-million-dollar Facility and Infrastructure Project Portfolio.


This position reports to the OSD Associate Laboratory Director and plays a critical role to assure PNNL’s and OSD’s success against a broad range of strategic planning and tactical performance requirements. This position is responsible for all aspects of the successful management, maintenance, and operations of PNNL’s facilities, grounds, and infrastructure. PNNL’s facilities include a wide variety of contracted and Department of Energy (DOE)-owned administrative, support, and laboratory facilities both located in Richland, WA, Sequim, WA, and other locations comprising more than 2 million square feet of space. Laboratory facilities include nuclear, radiological, chemical, biological, and marine coastal research capabilities. Support and administrative facilities are comprised of offices and operational support capabilities such as fabrication, maintenance, and warehouse operations.

The Division Director is responsible for leading approximately 300 staff and provides oversight of PNNL’s contracted facility owners in alignment with OSD and PNNL wide strategies in order to meet the current and future mission needs of DOE and other sponsors. Staff members include facility managers, engineers, and technical staff, and PNNL’s skilled bargaining unit craft. Key responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining PNNL’s facilities and infrastructure with the highest level of operational reliability and aligned with the operational needs of PNNL’s S&T mission, vision and strategy. This includes responding to events and conditions that may affect facility operability.

  • Understanding the condition and operability of PNNL’s facilities and associated systems to support the development and execution of routine and major facility maintenance investment plans.

  • Execution of work planning and control to maintain the highest standards for staff safety and in a manner consistent with applicable regulations, codes, and standards. Model, create, and reinforce a culture of excellence, including safety, security, and operational discipline.

  • Developing and maintaining productive working relationships with peer Division Directors associated with leadership of PNNL’s campus strategy and development; environmental, health, safety & security (EHS&S); and research and development. This includes providing influence and assurance that PNNL’s campus strategies and EHS&S programs are aligned with operational needs.

  • Conducting operations in alignment with Hanford Atomic Metal Trades contract with PNNL and maintain productive working relationships with bargaining unit staff and leadership.

  • Leadership of PNNL’s sustainability program including establishing strategies and actions needed to achieve goals associated with PNNL’s Site Sustainability Plan.

  • Management of approximate $100M facility site service center budget.

  • Maintaining engineering configuration management drawings of facility components and systems.

  • Management direction and oversight and development of key metrics and performance indicators related to operations, cost, project, and staff performance.

  • Enhance cooperation and collaboration in mutually beneficial ways across PNNL, other Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories, and Battelle.

  • Apply leadership capability across a large and diverse organization. Provide management direction and oversight for staff, which includes diverse technical resources, and business and operational components of facilities and operations.

  • Implement practices to recruit, develop, assess performance, and retain talented staff to support current and future mission needs.

  • Responsible for smooth and efficient operations, programs, project execution, and capability development with a day-to-day focus on operational excellence and a long-term focus on aligning organizational capabilities with future PNNL strategy.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree with 15+ years of experience; or advanced degree with 13+ years of experience in a science, engineering, business management or related discipline with demonstrated experience in facilities and infrastructure operations and management. Ability to obtain a DOE Security Clearance.

  • Demonstrated ability to create and implement an organizational vision and strategy.

  • Demonstrated management skills including meeting financial and operational expectations.

Preferred Qualifications

The qualified candidate is a recognized leader with vision, a commitment to excellence in facilities and operations services, proven management skills, and the interpersonal skills to work effectively with all PNNL constituencies.

  • Over 15 years of experience in leadership of facilities and infrastructure operations, engineering, and maintenance.

  • Recognized and proven track record with DOE for leadership in the areas of operations, engineering, maintenance, and project management.

  • Management of technically and organizationally complex businesses and projects in a key leadership capacity.

  • Proven track record of exceptional performance in Federal Management and Operational contractual commitments.

  • A record of effective management and service leadership in a laboratory or DOE operational setting.

  • Strong interpersonal skills to communicate within and outside PNNL and relate effectively to diverse stakeholders.

  • A proven ability to establish improved ways for interfacing with stakeholders and integrating strategies for dealing with the changing needs of research customers and provide creative service models to enable research objectives.

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, staff, and leadership development.

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 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.

Closing Statement

  • The position requires approximately less than 15% domestic travel.

  • Requires ability to access radiological controlled areas.

  • Requires access to laboratories and workspaces where hazardous materials and stored hazardous energy may be present.

  • US Citizenship Requierd

Directorate: Operational Systems

Job Category: Managers

Group: Operational Systems

Opening Date: 2021-01-29

Closing Date: 2021-03-07