Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Manager, Senior Counterintelligence Officer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307525

Directorate: National Security

Group: Security Operations Office

Job Description

The Manager/Senior Counterintelligence Officer (SCIO) is responsible for delivering an effective and compliant Counterintelligence (CI) Program which protects the Laboratory and other Department of Energy (DOE) sites/facilitates within an assigned area of responsibility from hostile foreign intelligence and international terrorism threats. The SCIO manages the Pacific Northwest Field Office (PNFO), the DOE CI Program field component located at PNNL which provides all CI support and services to more than 15,000 DOE-affiliated personnel located at PNNL, the DOE Pacific Northwest Site Office, the DOE Office of River Protection, the DOE Richland Operations Office, the seven prime contractors and all sub-contractors performing work on or associated with remediation of the Hanford Site and construction of the Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, the DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory in Albany, OR, and, in coordination with the DOE Denver CI Field Office, the Bonneville Power Administration in Portland, OR.

The SCIO reports to the Security Operations Group Manager within PNNL’s National Security Directorate and exercises concurrent accountability to the Deputy Director for Counterintelligence, DOE Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, for CI matters.

Responsibilities: The SCIO is responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive CI Program which identifies and mitigates foreign threats posed to the PNNL and other DOE facilities/sites within the assigned area of responsibility. The selected candidate must be capable of developing solutions to complex CI-related problems for which no precedents or past practices may exist.

The incumbent is an independent contributor with extensive experience and command of the theory and principles in the specialized field of CI. Further, the SCIO must have an in-depth knowledge of relevant executive orders (e.g., Executive Order 12333) and all applicable DOE regulations, policy, procedures, and practices (e.g., DOE Procedures for Intelligence Activities). The successful candidate will demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of key foreign intelligence, international terrorist and technology-based collection threats directed against DOE personnel, resources, information, facilities and programs, the proven capability to develop appropriate mitigation strategies and deliver expert advice on a wide range of CI and other national security-related concerns. The conclusions and recommendations of the incumbent are generally accepted as authoritative by policy-making officials and strongly influence policy decisions on intelligence matters of significant importance.

In addition, the SCIO must demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) organizations, missions and capabilities, as well as broad national intelligence and counterintelligence priorities. The incumbent is expected also to develop dynamic liaison with local representatives of the USIC and to represent the PNFO for all CI-related matters. Anticipated contacts include the Laboratory’s Leadership Team members and other senior managers within PNNL, DOE senior executive service members, senior level employees at other agencies and contractor organizations, as well as scientists, researchers and technical specialists within PNNL and the DOE complex.

Specific responsibilities of the SCIO include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as the CI Program/Projects manager

  • Leading DOE CI Program implementation for the PNNL and other assigned DOE facilities/sites.

  • Serving as principal CI risk mitigation advisor to Laboratory Director and senior leadership, site managers, and DOE federal and contractor staff within PNFO's area of responsibility.

  • Maintaining concurrent accountability to DOE Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.

  • Overseeing the conduct of all CI investigations, inquiries, and assessments.

  • Serving as primary PNFO representative to the PNNL Insider Threat Working Group.

  • Acting as relationship manager with local USIC and law enforcement partners.

  • Leading, managing and mentoring assigned PNFO staff.

  • Providing direct and timely advice and counsel to appropriate facility/site and DOE-IN senior management regarding CI issues and concerns.

Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills are required also, including the proven ability to work collaboratively across organizational boundaries to develop and leverage a network of peers and mission partners. The selected candidate must also exhibit strong organizational skills and the ability to quickly adjust work priorities based on changing circumstances or events.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree with 8+ years of experience directly related to intelligence and/or counterintelligence disciplines; or a Master’s degree with 6 years of experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Line management experience overseeing USIC investigations, operations and strategy development.

  • Relevant professional certifications, such as Intelligence Officer and/or Joint Duty certification, and advanced CI training.

  • Experience in partnering with executive teams and demonstrated advanced written and oral communication skills.

  • Familiar with USIC information security standards.

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.Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Managers

Group: NSD Security Operations Office

Opening Date: 2018-03-08

Closing Date: 2018-03-23