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EES&T Chief Operations Officer

Idaho National Laboratory

Location: US
Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: Executive Management
Date Posted: August 2, 2022
Reference Code: 18143
Does a career focused on changing the world's energy future intrigue you? If so, we might have just the opportunity you're looking for!
The Energy and Environment Science and Technology directorate Chief Operations Officer (EEST COO) reports to the Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) and is a member of EEST senior management team. Our team works an on-site 9x80 schedule located at our Idaho Falls facility with every other Friday off.
Responsibilities Include:
  • Lead all aspects of directorate operations, project execution, risk management, and capability development with a day-today focus on operational excellence and a long-term focus on aligning organizational capabilities with directorate strategy and market sector vision.
  • Provide direction for project management, and operational and business functions required to support energy and environment sponsors' missions.
  • Develop and maintain an integrated capability management approach to drive world-class recruitment and evaluation.
  • Contribute to strategy and programmatic development, while also conducting risk management.
  • Lead the directorate laboratory operations team including laboratory managers, operations leads, and assurance staff.
  • Develop innovative ways to advance research quality, methods and approaches to develop research talent, and monitoring and assessing directorate research quality.
  • Assess defined and emerging research areas and recommending recruiting and career development strategies to meet those objectives through innovative research talent management.
  • Develop and implement technology based methods for enhancing work execution in EES&T-managed laboratories
  • Establish direction for the operational leadership team, advocating a vision and strategy that advances the directorate's mission while ensuring safe, effective, and efficient operations.
  • Assist in the planning, dissemination, and execution of an annual operational strategy, accountable for the performance results of multidisciplinary teams against such strategy.
  • Diagnose problems and develop and promote new ideas and strategic cross lab operations improvements that positively impact the organization.
  • Maintain significant interaction with DOE Site Office on management and operations topics.
  • Develop and cultivate effective communications between DOE and directorate senior leadership team.
  • Balance and provide guidance on DOE regulatory and policy requirements in a manner that mitigates institutional risk but also provides flexibility.
  • Support establishing a team atmosphere that allows prioritization of safety-first operations and open collaborative discussions.
  • Support planning, programming, budgeting, and execution of capital projects in support of directorate.
  • Set operational and/or performance goals and related performance measurement system.
  • Report on PEMP performance
  • Resolve operational issues within directorate and between directorate and other organizations.
Minimum Requirements:
  • Science and/ or engineering degree with at least 10 years relevant experience in laboratory operations and assurance.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy "L" clearance, which requires US Citizenship.
  • Significant and progressive hands-on managerial and leadership experience in a scientific or technical environment.
  • Experience with operations oversight in one or more of the following: safety programs, risk management, project management, and/or site facilities.
  • Have well-developed people management skills and ability to influence outcomes.
  • Experience building a strong network across professional community and demonstrated ability to manage through influence rather than line authority.
  • Experience collaborating across organizations and operate in the best interest of their assigned organization.
  • Strong skills in the areas of leadership, management, relationship building, communications, and tactical planning.
  • Ability to leverage skills in team building, time management, resource management and cost management.
  • Ability to effectively analyze internal and external environments to provide independent, unbiased, and well-organized sources of information for executive management consumption.
  • Ability to provide advice on problems and issues that may be vague and less sharply defined, for which there is no precedent.
Preferred Requirements:
  • Graduate degree
  • Experience managing a DOE-supported research and development organization.
Job Information
  • Salary Grade: 260
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
INL Overview:
INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.
INL Mission:
Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.
INL Vision:
Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.
Selective Service Requirements:
To be eligible for employment at INL men born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
INL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide EEO to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
COVID Safety Protocols:
As a condition of employment, INL will inquire about COVID vaccination status and expects candidate compliance with all required COVID safety protocols, including mask-wearing as applicable.
INL has implemented a required vaccination policy effective immediately requiring all new hires must be vaccinated against COVID - 19 as a condition of employment, unless exempt under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or other applicable state or federal law. In accordance with INL's duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we are adopting this policy to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and visitors, and the community at large from infectious diseases that may be reduced by vaccinations.
Reasonable Accommodation:
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Other Information:
When applying to positions please provide your resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.
INL does not accept resumes from third party vendors unsolicited.
Benefits & Salary:
We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and a phenomenal benefits package. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview
About this Employer‍

Part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s complex of national laboratories, INL performs work in each of the strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science & environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research & development.