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Project Management Office Deputy for Science Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, California, United States



1 year - 3 years



$ 180,000 to $250,000 annually

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Environmental Engineering

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Mon Jul 31, 2023
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Wed Feb 01, 2023

Job Summary

Work with the Laboratory Project Management Officer (LPMO) to ensure that a framework in all of the competencies for successful project management is established and maintained and that the maturity of the project management discipline at the Laboratory is continuously improved.

Job Description

Project Management Office Deputy for Science - 97816

Division: OP-Operations


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL, is seeking an experienced Project Management Office Deputy for Science who will be responsible for helping ensure that the Project Management Office (PMO, identifies, prioritizes and achieves needed strategies and objectives to ensure a successful project management environment and culture at LBNL. The PMO Deputy for Science will provide and improve project management discipline and oversight to assure consistently effective leadership and management of construction, scientific, engineering and operations projects within the Laboratory.  Responsibilities may include project support through conceptualization, design, planning, risk assessment, implementation, and completion of mission critical projects. In addition, this position may be called upon for the simultaneous assistance and assurance of multiple large and complex projects with significant performance risk. This position will work with the Laboratory Project Management Officer (LPMO) to ensure that a framework in all of the competencies for successful project management is established and maintained and that the maturity of the project management discipline at the Laboratory is continuously improved. 


The Project Management Office (PMO) at LBNL is chartered with the mission of assisting and ensuring that LBNL projects, whether they involve scientific facilities, infrastructure modernization, or systems development, are managed to the highest standards of performance. The guiding principle is that LBNL Projects will accomplish their defined scope on schedule and within budget, while being conducted in a manner that ensures needed quality, personnel safety, site security, and environmental stewardship. The PMO achieves these objectives by ensuring the quality of preparation and execution of projects in the face of risk and uncertainty, providing an institutional project management framework, and leveraged project support.


Successful projects forward the Laboratory’s scientific mission. The PMO works with all scientific and operations divisions engaged in projects. The PMO’s level of engagement is based upon size, complexity or strategic importance of individual projects. The PMO has no line authority over projects, but rather assists and advises the respective line organization to strengthen their capability and competency for developing and executing projects. The PMO engages with projects throughout all phases with special emphasis on early project planning and development, active assistance and oversight throughout the lifecycle of the project, and assurance to the Laboratory Leadership.


What You Will Do:

• Work with the LPMO to help develop and improve successful project execution throughout LBNL by creating a successful project management environment and culture. 

• Develop institutional policy, procedures, guidance, methodologies, tools and training materials to improve project management at LBNL. Contribute to the development and maintenance of the LBNL Earned Value Management System (EVMS) and support the annual EVMS Surveillance. 

• Ensure quality preparation and execution of projects by assisting scientific and operations divisions to strengthen their capability to organize and execute projects.

• 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 utilize EVMS or other project management techniques as necessary. 

• Help to ensure effective project oversight mechanisms, including organizing reviews and vettings, to ensure the quality of project management throughout all phases of a project.  May include the identification and implementation of quantitative metrics or qualitative measures to track performance in individual projects and the LBNL project portfolio.

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

• Be proactive in seeking 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 that the project sponsor is satisfied.

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

• Act as an advisor to scientific and operations personnel, advisory groups and other project representatives. Interact with external agencies, industrial consortia, other national laboratories, universities and other collaborators.

• Participate in independent project reviews for projects at other Department of Energy (DOE) sites and serve as the Laboratory's primary contact for sponsors and customers as needed.

• Serve as an expert resource for professional development, problem articulation and resolution, systems development (tools and techniques), and the conduct of projects of all sizes, types and complexities, including larger DOE projects subject of DOE Order 413.3.

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


What is Required:

• Recognized project management expert with demonstrated broad knowledge, skills and clear leadership in all aspects of project planning with at least 15 years of relevant experience, including with large, complex projects with significant performance risk.

• Working knowledge and application of the major project management process groups and knowledge areas with the ability to tailor to specific project needs (for example, earned value management, risk management, scope, schedule and budget management, and stakeholder management).

• 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.

• Experience in evaluating and representing project status, reporting, controls, and execution status to management or independent evaluation or review boards.

• Strong ability to distill goals and objectives into concrete project requirements.

• 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.


Desired Qualifications:

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

• Experience with projects conducted in a scientific environment.

• Experience in drafting policy, procedure, and/or guidance documents.

• Experience in drafting training curricula and providing training to staff.

• Training and experience in computerized project scheduling, budgeting and tracking tools.

• Bachelors/advanced degree in fields related to the mission of the laboratory.

• Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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



• For full consideration, please submit your resume and cover letter by February 20, 2023.

• This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

• This position is expected to pay $180,000 to $250,000 annually; salary will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, certifications, as well as aligned with the internal peer group. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position.

• 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. Individuals working a hybrid schedule must reside within 150 miles of Berkeley Lab. Work schedules are dependent on business needs, and remote work schedules may be considered.


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