Assistant General Counsel, Environmental, Safety, Health and Security

  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Richland, WA, USA
  • Jul 09, 2021
Full time Environment

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a seeking an Assistant General Counsel for Environmental, Safety, Health and Security. With a collaborative environment and commitment to work/life balance at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory this is an ideal place to advance your career, challenge yourself, and make a difference in the world. As a National Laboratory, we offer a unique blend of opportunities for the exceptional candidate.  This position is primarily responsible for providing legal representation for the Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the operating contractor of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), primarily in the environmental, safety, health and security program areas.  In addition to these responsibilities, the person who fills this position will also be expected to be a key strategic advisor at all levels of the PNNL organization.  The ideal candidate will be a collaborative enabler that will facilitate accomplishment of the PNNL mission, possess strong relationship-building skills, teaming, and have a history of building executive-level confidence and trust.

As a member of the Office of General Counsel team, you will help create a strong sense of commitment and belief in the PNNL mission; help accelerate Laboratory growth by advancing and protecting PNNL's reputation; and help generate understanding of the value PNNL brings to the region and the nation.

This position reports to the Associate General Counsel and will work with management and staff at all levels within PNNL but will have primary interface with leadership on the operations side of PNNL.  Among other fields of practice, this position is primarily an active partner in environmental compliance, worker safety and health, radiological/nuclear safety, classified information security and security programs, cybersecurity, facilities and operations, quality and issues management, and Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts programs.                      

The key responsibilities and accountabilities before this position are focused on the field of environmental, safety, health, and security and would include:

  • Working with all levels of PNNL management and staff to address concerns and issues that may arise
  • Leading efforts to represent Battelle in matters involving litigation, administrative proceedings, arbitrations, mediations, investigations, and other proceedings
  • Retaining, monitoring, and working with outside counsel as needed and in compliance with applicable rules and procedures
  • Contributing to means for strategy accomplishment
  • Participating on multi-disciplinary teams to address issues and develop strategies that accomplish the PNNL mission
  • Identifying and analyzing legal issues, drafting key documents, presenting clear recommendations, and assuring legal compliance
  • Researching and analyzing case law, statutes, and regulations as well as drafting appropriate legal guidance
  • Working with the Office of General Counsel team to provide legal support necessary to properly represent Battelle and its efforts to successfully accomplish the PNNL mission

Success in this role means delivering results through strong leadership, collaboration, vision, and a relentless focus on what’s best for the Laboratory.  Success means continually holding oneself to the highest of professional and ethical standards and demanding the same of colleagues.  Success is believing that you have a positive impact on the research and development efforts at a national laboratory and that your work makes a difference.

Minimum Qualifications:                              

  • Law degree and 8+ years of relevant experience. Professional license and/or certification required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Law degree and 12+ years of relevant experience. Professional license and/or certification required.
  • Admission to the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) or eligible for admission (admission to the WSBA will be required within one year of employment)
  • Demonstrated advanced analytical, communication, and leadership skills
  • Experience performing legal research and drafting legal guidance
  • Demonstrated ability to participate in, form, and lead teams
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate at all executive and management levels
  • Significant experience in management and advisory capacities relating to complex environmental, safety, health and security matters
  • Courtroom or first chair experience with litigation
  • Knowledge of National Laboratories and the Department of Energy
  • Experience working in complex science and technology environments 

PNNL offers excellent benefits including pension, matching 401(k), tuition reimbursement plans, health insurance, and flexible work schedules.

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