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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Project Manager in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311408

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Operational Systems & Technology

Group: Operational Readiness & Assurance

Job Description

  • Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control, and completion of specific projects ensuring consistency with organizational strategy, commitments, and goals. This includes acquiring resources and coordinating the efforts of team members and third-party resources in order to deliver projects according to plan.

  • Responsible to define the project's objectives and oversee quality control throughout its life cycle.

  • Key attributes leading to the determination of upward progression in this career family include project complexity, risk, team size, business volume, contract type, and political/client/business sensitivities.

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

The National Security Directorate’s (NSD) Operational Readiness and Assurance (ORA) group is responsible for assuring the readiness, sustainability, and resilience of critical national security operations and infrastructure. ORA stewards capabilities associated with mission assurance, and the operations and maintenance stage of the systems engineering lifecycle. Working with stakeholders, ORA prepares and equips partners to operate, sustain, and withstand disruption to mission critical systems and infrastructure. Operational sustainment and resilience are achieved and transitioned through knowledge transfer, logistics innovation, reliability engineering, vulnerability assessment, and complex supply chain and infrastructure interdependency analysis.

This position will report to ORA’s Programmatic Event Management and Coordination (PEMC) Teams. PEMC provides full lifecycle project management and coordination of training, workshops, exercises and other programmatic events on NSD projects. This includes traditional project management and project coordination, as well as logistical support related to

acquisition of event-related services, material review and production, and other on-site or remote logistical support. PEMC staff develop and maintain an extensive knowledge of DOE and PNNL business processes and policies related to domestic and international programmatic events. Team capabilities include event proposal and statement of work development, communications and planning with NDS sponsors, specialty P-Card and cash handling, vendor coordination and logistics, event closeout and reconciliation, and relationships with local and international training and exercise facilities.

This position is assigned to the DOE NNSA Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence Program (NSDD) Workshops and Exercises Team. The Office of Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence (NSDD) works with international partners to strengthen capabilities to deter, detect, and investigate the smuggling of nuclear and radiological materials by providing the expertise and tools needed to respond to smuggling events. The NSDD W/E team works collaboratively with partner countries to enhance their capacity by providing tools to evaluate and improve radiation detection system (RDS) performance effectiveness and foster sustained operations, management, maintenance, and training. These events enhance and sustain system capabilities (equipment, organizational, and international) as well as improve individual and team performance.

This Event Task Lead (Project Manager) position is responsible for the management of the entire project lifecycle for multiple domestic and international events each year on behalf of a DOE/NNSA sponsor. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Plan and lead small, medium, and large-scale workshops and/or exercises foreign (and occasionally domestic) locations. Average workshops include 20-30 participants with budgets of approximately $100K - $300K. Large events could include up to 200 participants and budgets up to $700K. Event Task Lead is expected to manage planning of multiple events concurrently. On average, the Event Task Lead will be managing four (4) events at one time (roughly $500K-$1M).

  • Due to current COVID restrictions, the Event Task Lead will manage FY21 events virtually with international partners, including broadcasting from a PNNL on-site studio, utilizing video conferencing software, setting up and employing audio/visual equipment, and coordinating in-country logistics and equipment.

  • Manage daily coordination of events including preparing and maintaining project plans, preparing and tracking event budgets; and coordinating event team responsibilities.

  • Track progress, identify risk, resolves obstacles, and raise concerns and risks to Workshops and Exercises Management.

  • The Event Task Lead will communicate frequently with internal and external stakeholders and will routinely interface and coordinate with other National Laboratories, contractor personnel and other inter-agency and foreign governmental officials in support of the event activities.

  • The Event Task Lead will be responsible for managing contractor performance on each event under their purview.

  • Recommend process improvements to help streamline and increase the effectiveness of the sponsor’s Workshops & Exercises Program

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree plus 4 years of experience or Advanced Degree plus 2 years of experience.

  • 2 or more years of experience relevant to task leadership and depth of knowledge in methods needed to deliver project.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Possesses a fundamental knowledge and understanding of project management principles and industry best practices.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills with ability to prioritize work assignments and budgets and adjust schedules based on changing requirements.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability for writing in a clear and understandable manner.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; specifically, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills with ability to prioritize work assignments and budgets and adjust schedules based on changing requirements.

  • Experience with a wide range of PNNL business systems and project management tools.

  • Prior experience supporting DOE National Laboratory business operations or programmatic events is strongly preferred.

  • Knowledge of the programmatic scope and organizational structure of NSD programs and mission areas.

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.

Other Information

Due to business needs and client space, US Citizenship is required:

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is subject to the Department of Energy Unclassified Foreign Visits & Assignment Program site, information, technologies, and equipment access requirements.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Managers

Group: Operational Readiness & Assura

Opening Date: 2020-11-19

Closing Date: 2020-12-14