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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311851

Directorate: Operational Systems Directorate

Division: Environment, Health, Safety and Security (EHS&S)

Group:Radiation Protection

Job Description

At the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), we value human life above all else and strive to provide a workplace free of occupational injuries and illnesses. We value the environment and strive to protect it, the public, and future generations from unacceptable risks resulting from its operations. PNNL fulfills these commitments through active identification, evaluation, prevention, and management of hazards and by striving to comply with the letter and spirit of all environmental, safety, and health laws and regulations.

The Environment, Health, Safety and Security business unit of PNNL contributes to operational success by providing efficient and effective systems, processes, tools, and services that enable staff to conduct their work in a safe, compliant, and environmentally sound manner. Our staff, research and operational processes work together to produce outstanding results for our customers.

As an indispensable partner in delivering safe, compliant and efficient outcomes in support of Laboratory operations, science, research and technology, the Radiation Protection Programs Manager provides leadership in the development and documentation of the PNNL radiation protection program. The position provides a key partnership interface with science and technology staff partners, delivering radiation protection leadership expertise to facilitate successful project outcomes with high levels of performance.

The incumbent influences policy and participates in developing lab-wide policies and procedures that assure compliance with rapidly changing applicable Federal and State laws and DOE orders, while doing so in a risk-based, cost effective manner. Responsibilities include planning and directing activities to provide a sound technical basis for the Laboratory's Radiation Protection management system, recommends policies for major Radiation Protection management system elements, and directs the development of implementing procedures to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and contractual requirements. The Radiation Protection Programs Manager receives and interprets DOE rules, orders and standards that relate to the Radiation Protection management systems and evaluates their impact on the Laboratory. The position provides recommendations for improvement and correction of program deficiencies and develops solutions to radiological problems in order to minimize program impacts.

The Radiation Protection Programs Manager provides leadership and professional development of staff necessary to develop and maintain the Radiation Protection Program at PNNL. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide direct support, guidance, and advice to Health Physicists, Dosimetry Technicians, line management, and others on radiological issues involving the Radiation Protection Program.

  • Set both short and long-term goals and participates in establishing strategic plans for Radiation Protection Programs team.

  • Maintains overall responsibility for the technical operations of the PNNL Dosimetry program, examines all dosimetry assessment and performance results for implementation of effective process/program improvements for the achievement of performance standards, and provides resources to assure quality dosimetry operations.

  • Leads the self-assessment and program reviews process for the Radiation Protection Program, consistent with applicable federal and laboratory requirements.

  • In partnership with the Radiological Services Manager, develops and maintains a full suite of Radiation Protection implementing procedures and technical basis documents to define the organization’s methods of doing business.

  • Exercise independent judgment in evaluating complex issues and selecting an appropriate course of action consistent with the Laboratory's vision and mission, policies and procedures.

  • Develop risk-based solutions to radiological program issues in order to minimize program impacts.

  • Manage the use of tools and automated systems that support program content.

The incumbent has the responsibilities consistent with managing staff.

  • Manage the quality of the work environment & establish appropriate processes to implement organizational plans.

  • Internal networking.

  • Development and maintenance of assigned resources.

  • Management and development of staff.

  • Manpower planning, implementation, and marketing of group capabilities.

  • Quality assessment and assurance.

  • Assure safe/compliant/technically proficient performance of work by staff.

  • Ensure all staff are trained and qualified to carry out their assigned responsibilities.

  • Make and implement investment/divestment decisions for assigned resources.

  • Evaluate and reward staff performance.

  • Develop, mentor, and train staff

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

Level 2: Develops and administers schedules and performance requirements. Participates in the establishment of operational objectives and work plans and may delegate assignments to subordinate personnel and determines how to use resources to meet schedules and goals. Provides guidance to subordinates within the latitude of established organization policies. Recommends changes to policies and establishes procedures that affect the organization. Bachelor's degree with 8+ years of relevant experience; or a Master’s degree with 6+ years of relevant experience.

Level 3: Advisor to subordinates to meet schedules and/or resolve technical problems. Establishes operational objectives and work plans, and delegates assignments. Involved in developing, modifying, and executing organization policies that affect immediate operations and may also have organization-wide effect. Bachelor's degree with 10+ years of relevant experience; or a Master’s degree with 8+ years of relevant experience.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with 8+ years of relevant experience; or a Master’s degree with 6+ years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with 10+ years of relevant experience; or a Master’s degree with 8+ years of relevant experience.

  • Consistent with DOE-STD-1098, reading and comprehension skills are necessary for radiation safety training. Strong verbal and written communications skills are required.

  • Certification by the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP) is highly preferred.

  • Leadership and management experience that includes initiating, planning, executing, controlling, closing processes, and leading staff.

  • Demonstrated experience, leadership and subject matter expertise for development and maintenance of DOE Radiation Protection program functional elements as defined by 10 CFR 835.

  • Demonstrated experience, leadership and subject matter expertise in Radiation Protection Program assessment planning and execution.

  • Familiarity with standard office suite and radiation protection-related software applications.

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

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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

  • 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.

  • Occasional hands-on work with radioactive material, work in radiation fields, and involvement in radiological emergency response is required.

Directorate: Operational Systems

Job Category: Managers

Group: Radiation Protection

Opening Date: 2021-03-22

Closing Date: 2021-04-26