PNNL Careers

Assistant General Counsel, Employment & Labor


Job Description

Job ID: 307533
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

The Invitation:
Come and work for a billion-dollar international research institution. Our collaborative environment and commitment to work/life balance makes Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) an ideal place to advance your career, challenge yourself, and make a difference in the world. We offer excellent benefits including pension, matching 401(k), tuition reimbursement plans, health insurance, and flexible work schedules.

The Position:
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), in the labor and employment arenas. 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.

About us:
Our science and technology inspires and enables the world to live prosperously, safely and securely. Our discoveries not only change the way people think, they increase our nation's energy capacity and improve our national security, making the world a safer and more secure place.

With a main campus located in Richland, Washington and offices in Seattle, Portland, OR, Washington D.C. and a Marine Sciences Lab in Sequim, WA, our 4,400 dedicated professionals enjoy the benefit of a culture that provides staff members with the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams on technically challenging and nationally important problems; the opportunity to lead and be recognized in a field of work important to the nation; the opportunity to work with talented colleagues in a collegial and intellectually stimulating environment; and the ability to work in well-equipped laboratories in modern facilities. This position is located in Richland, Washington.

About you:
Are you a self-motivated, dynamic attorney who is ready to play a central role in representing a major research institution with a mission that serves the nation? Do you have a desire to enable the accomplishment of significant scientific achievements that could positively impact our world for many generations? Do you have a stellar ability to think and act strategically, with penchant for building executive-level relationships, being innovative, and informing long-term planning? If so, then we would like to talk with you about an important role.
You @ PNNL

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 the Human Resources (HR) Director, HR staff, and the Labor Manager. This position is an active participant on the HR Leadership Team and will be expected to work with HR and other PNNL Directorates to develop and deliver an integrated human resources and labor strategy that advances, promotes, and accomplishes the PNNL mission.

Your key responsibilities and accountabilities will be focused on the field of employment and labor law and would include:

-Working collaboratively with the HR Director to provide advice and counsel with respect to PNNL employment, compensation, and labor strategies
-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 labor relations strategies and 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

Envisioning Success:
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 co-workers. 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.

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

Minimum Qualifications

Law degree and 12+ years of relevant experience. Professional license and/or certification required.

Preferred Qualifications

-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 drafting and implementing complex settlements, contractual agreements, and employer policy documents
-Courtroom or first chair experience with litigation (including administrative hearings), alternative dispute resolution, and administrative proceedings
-Knowledge of National Laboratories and the Department of Energy
-Experience working in complex science and technology environments

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 507533
Directorate: Office of General Counsel
Division: Legal Office
Group: Legal Office

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.

* 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. For more information, please visit:
* 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.