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Laboratory Project Management Officer

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California 94720
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Laboratory Project Management Officer - 96543

Division: OP-Operations


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has an opening for a Laboratory Project Management Officer to join the Operations leadership team. Reporting directly to the Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations, this senior-level position will provide oversight and project management discipline to assure consistently effective leadership and management of construction, scientific, engineering and operations projects within Berkeley Lab. Responsibilities include leveraged support through conceptualization, design, planning, risk assessment, implementation, and completion of multiple assigned projects and tasks having a high degree of flexibility and range in scope. 


The Laboratory Project Management Officer will be responsible for the simultaneous management of multiple very large and highly complex projects with high- to very high-performance risk. This position is also involved in the assessment and development (dotted line) oversight of project management controls staff, as well as project managers in facilities, science and engineering divisions. 


The Project Management Office (PMO) at Berkeley Lab is chartered with the mission of assisting and ensuring that Berkeley Lab projects, whether they involve scientific facilities, infrastructure modernization, or systems development, are managed to the highest standards of performance. The key objectives of the PMO are to increase the success of projects by providing an institutional framework, oversight and assurance mechanisms, training and competency development and leveraged project support. These aspects are in the goal of ensuring that Laboratory construction and research projects are delivered within budget and schedule while achieving the required scope performance with the necessary safety and quality. This improves productivity for science and ensures more efficient and effective planning and execution of projects in the face of risk and uncertainty. The Laboratory Project Management Officer is responsible for leading the PMO to achieve these objectives.


What You Will Do:

• Provide oversight to assure that large, high-profile projects across the Laboratory are consistently being led and managed effectively. Institute project controls, reviews and documentation, and utilizes earned value management system techniques as necessary.

• Maintain and assure an earned value management system necessary for large projects (EVMS) and its continued DOE certification required for large projects.

• Develop a successful project management organization and implement effective project management processes in highly collaborative multi-institutional projects, and ensure effective leadership of projects across the institution.

• Distill scientific goals and mission objectives into concrete project requirements.

• Proactively seek out customer and sponsor needs, developing a full understanding and accepting ownership of those needs, seeking relevant solutions which meet all requirements and following up to ensure the project sponsor is satisfied.

• Serve as a resource for subordinates and peers; effectively provide team leadership, and make innovative contributions to Group, Department, and Division projects consistent with the mission.

• Provide leadership for implementation of quality assurance and conduct of operations principals, policies, and procedures by assisting subordinates and peers with application of national, industry, and professional standards into task solutions and setting documentation standards for task/project activities including the preparation of engineering and scientific reports and manuscripts, as appropriate.

• Act as advisor to Berkeley Lab Associate Laboratory Directors, Division Directors, scientific personnel, advisory groups and other project representatives. Interact with external agencies, industrial consortia, other national laboratories, universities and other collaborators.

• Effectively interact with program managers, Associate Laboratory Directors, Division Directors, external customers, and other program/project representatives.  Interact with other national laboratories to develop subcontract arrangements and critical reviews as necessary.

• Participate in independent project reviews for projects at other Department of Energy (DOE) sites and serve as Berkeley Lab's primary contact to the sponsor/customer as needed.

• Serve as a role model in establishing a workplace environment which is inclusive, respectful, nurturing, and rewarding for all employees.


What is Required:

• Recognized expert in the area of project management. Demonstrated broad knowledge and skills in all aspects of project/initiation planning with at least 20 years of relevant experience in overall management of very large and highly complex projects and/or projects with a very high-performance risk.

• Training and significant experience in computerized project scheduling, budgeting and tracking tools. Knowledge of DOE 413.3 project management and budget requirements.

• Demonstrated leadership ability with 15 years of management experience.

• Demonstrated ability to make independent decisions and lead support staff in defining overall objectives and the implementation of the necessary controls and monitoring to realize these objectives.

• Capable of effective leadership in a collaborative environment, including the ability to serve as a chair of a committee or task force regarding project management in a scientific environment.

• Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills, including the ability to communicate clearly, logically, and persuasively during interactions and utilize active listening skills.

• Outstanding interpersonal skills to interact effectively and develop and maintain productive working relationships with an array of diverse interests, individuals, and client groups.

• Possess high integrity as demonstrated by having the ability to make and communicate hard decisions; demonstrated ability to influence and build consensus.

• Demonstrated ability to make independent decisions and lead support staff in defining overall objectives and the implementation of the necessary controls and monitoring to realize these objectives.



• For full consideration, please submit your resume and cover letter by September 16, 2022.

• The Laboratory Project Management Officer is a career position that is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the Laboratory Director, and this appointment is “at will” and may be terminated at any time with or without cause. 

• This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

• This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule - a combination of teleworking and performing work on site at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA. Work schedules are dependent on business needs. Individuals working a hybrid schedule must reside within 150 miles of Berkeley Lab.


How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.


Based on University of California Policy - SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program and U.S Federal Government requirements, Berkeley Lab requires that all members of our community obtain the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible. As a condition of employment at Berkeley Lab, all Covered Individuals must Participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program by providing proof of Full Vaccination or submitting a request for Exception or Deferral. Visit https://covid.lbl.gov/ for more information.


Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA, https://diversity.lbl.gov/ideaberkeleylab/) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab's mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.


Equal Opportunity and IDEA Information Links:

Know your rights, click here (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/posters) for the supplement: Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law and the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision (https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ofccp/pdf/pay-transp_%20English_formattedESQA508c.pdf) under 41 CFR 60-1.4.


Desired Qualifications:

• Bachelors or advanced degree in a related field.

• Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

• Licensed professional engineer (PE), architect, or scientist.

• Knowledge of DOE and US Government project management orders, policies, guidelines and budget requirements, including DOE Order 413.3B.



Posted: 2022-08-03 Expires: 2022-09-17

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