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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Immigration and Visiting Researcher Program Consultant in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310310

Directorate: Human Resources

Division: Benefits

Group: Immigration Services

Job Description

At PNNL, our mission is to transform the world through courageous discovery and innovation. If you are looking to help make a difference, you should join our team! For more than 50 years, PNNL has advanced the frontiers of science and engineering in the service of our nation and the world in the areas of energy, the environment, and national security. Consider joining us for this exceptional opportunity.

The Human Resources Directorate seeks a highly motivated and dedicated individual work within a team of three HR Immigration and Visiting Research program consultants to provide support to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Immigration and Visiting Researcher Program. Candidate will report to the Benefits, Relocation and I&VR Manager

Candidate will oversee immigration programs and assists foreign national candidates and/or current staff members with immigration procedures. They will be a point-of-contact for national and international visitors and PNNL staff responding to multifaceted inquiries and requests with minimal supervision from management with tact, discretion, and a customer-focused approach. Frequently interacts with hiring managers, mentors/hosts, administrators, business office staff, legal staff and other departments throughout the Laboratory. Interact with Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of State, other national laboratories, universities, and other scientific institutions.

Candidate will serve as subject matter expert in all aspects of employment-based immigration laws and regulations, ensures all immigration paperwork, including immigration applications and visas are completed accurately and in a timely manner. May be responsible for compliance with all applicable rules and regulations. Provides relevant support services for foreign national staff members in achieving legal status in the United States; promoting intercultural understanding and knowledge about citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), Department of State (DOS) and Department of Labor (DOL). Works with outside Immigration counsel to prepare petitions and correspondence for submission to various government agencies.

Candidate will support all aspects of Visiting Researchers, i.e. employee and DOE requests to bring visitors to PNNL , placement, compliance, reimbursements, immigration processes, enrichment activities, and communications. Activities include advising employees and managers on policy and processes.

This person will maintain Human Resources files and processes. Initiate, track, and follow through with all aspects of the visitor processes to include the following duties

  • Managing the pool of potential visitors coming to the Lab.

  • Provide oversight to the maintenance of detailed visitor records

  • Generate written materials and reports as needed to support visitor process

  • Become knowledgeable on PNNL accounting processes related to travel and reimbursements for non-employee

  • Assist with Foreign National processes related to immigration visas and the Foreign Visitors and Assignment records for visitor research engagements.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

  • Associate Senior/Level II: Competent in basic area of expertise. Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices. Provides solutions to a wide-range of challenges/problems. Solutions are imaginative, thorough, practicable, and consistent with organization objectives. Works independently with oversight; Independently manages issues between and within organizational lines.

  • Title Only/Level III:. Recognized by peers as competent in area of expertise. Influences policy and direction of PNNL committees. Independently develops solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity. Recognized as a Site-Matter-Expert in the space; Regularly identifies improvement/efficiency opportunities. May function as a project lead and give direction to other exempt and/or nonexempt staff. Becoming skilled at working cross - functionally to understand problems and to develop and implement solutions. Works independently with little oversight required; Seeks out collaborative opportunities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 0-3+ years of relevant experience, or advanced degree. Working towards certification or license.

  • Advanced experience using MS Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel, and SharePoint and proficiency with standard office equipment

  • Effective time management skills, including the ability to manage conflicting priorities and deadlines

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to positively interact with, advise, and maintain working relationships with a wide variety of individuals including staff, non-staff, managers, and clients

  • Ability to work well in teams as well as independently exercise sound judgment

  • Demonstrated ability to resolve problems and identify areas for improvement

  • Experience in Human Resources, Immigration, or Education Program Management or related fields

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and 6+ years of relevant experience. Advanced degree and 4+ years of relevant experience. Professional license and/or certification may be preferred.

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: Human Resources

Job Category: HR/Legal/Communications

Group: Immigration Services

Opening Date: 2020-01-13

Closing Date: 2020-01-26