Job Description - Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Projects
Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Projects - 90509
Organization : OP-Operations
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has a new leadership
opportunity for a Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Laboratory
Projects in the Laboratory Directorate’s Office of the Chief
Operating Officer (COO). Reporting to the Deputy Laboratory
Director for Operations and COO, the Deputy COO for Projects is a
newly created position responsible and accountable for the
development, implementation, and execution of Berkeley Lab’s
$2-billion construction and research project portfolio. The Deputy
COO for Projects will actively partner with Senior Laboratory
Leadership to develop and implement an Institutional strategy to
support the successful execution of large scientific programs. In
addition, this leader will work and collaborate closely with the
Campus Strategic Planning Officer to secure funding in support of
new building and laboratory construction, utility infrastructure
renewal and modernization, development of site energy resilience
and utility grid hardening and expansion, and modernization and
repair of existing facilities.
The Deputy COO for Projects has full responsibility to authorize
and implement initiatives for the Projects organizations reporting
to this position, namely, Laboratory Infrastructure Planning,
Projects and Infrastructure Modernization Division, and the Project
Management Office. Given that Berkeley Lab is in the middle of
significant infrastructure and project-related activity growth, an
important focus will be to formulate a collaborative, integrated
team environment within the Projects Office to effectively leverage
the collective talent of both existing employees and planned new
hires and ensure the team is aligned to accomplish the work in a
manner that will meet all objectives.
As a key member of the Laboratory Operations Leadership Team,
the Deputy COO for Projects is expected to actively support
Lab-wide initiatives, especially our responsible stewardship of
Berkeley Lab’s research, people and assets, and promote a diverse
and welcoming culture at the Lab. This is an exciting career
opportunity to make substantial leadership contributions that
advance Berkeley Lab’s fundamental mission of providing world-class
science, forging important internal and external partnerships and
pursuing best management practices to meet Laboratory performance
What You Will Do:
As a key member of the Operations leadership team, responsible
for the successful strategic development, execution and delivery of
approximately $2 billion in large scientific and construction
projects over the next 8 years, addressing the unique challenges
within the environment of a premier scientific laboratory.
Develop and maintain effective working relationships and
communications with Laboratory leadership at the Directorate and
Division level, who sponsor and benefit from a significant portion
of the work performed by this Office. Seek out and listen to
Laboratory customer needs, and integrate those needs into the
strategies, plans, and execution activities of the Office.
Represent the Deputy Lab Director for Operations in interactions
with internal customers, partners, vendors, and senior managers at
LBNL, University of California, and Department of Energy (DOE) and
as point of contact, spokesperson, and source of information on
issues related to projects, both ongoing and planned. Act and make
decisions as a designate on matters related to projects.
Provide leadership, oversight, guidance, and coaching to senior
managers, while ensuring these direct reports maintain the overall
responsibility and accountability for their individual
Manage the timely and high-quality delivery of all commitments
made by the Projects Office. Ensure ‘Roles, Responsibilities,
Accountabilities, and Authorities’ for all Projects Divisions and
Departments are clear, efficient, and executable.
Formulate a “total team” environment within the Projects Office
to effectively leverage the collective talent of both existing
employees and planned new hires, and ensure the team is aligned to
accomplish the important work of the Office in a manner that meets
Establish strong working relationships with the DOE Bay Area
Site Office Manager and designee(s) overseeing work done by the
Develop and deliver high-level briefings on the status of the
operations of the Projects Office. Interact internally and
externally at the working and executive management levels to
communicate, educate, and provide performance status on all aspects
of the Office.
Significantly contribute to the Annual Laboratory Plan process,
including refreshing and updating the Laboratory’s infrastructure
Demonstrate value-added leadership, interest and/or involvement
on selected Line Item (LI) and other high-risk, complex projects
without compromising the Project Manager’s role.
Assemble project teams as necessary to address issues and
complex problems as assigned by the Deputy Laboratory Director for
What is Required:
A minimum of 20 years of demonstrated and verifiable senior
management experience with responsibility for facilities,
maintenance, infrastructure, and capital projects.
Significant, successful and demonstrated prior experience with
capital projects [Line Item (LI) and General Plant projects (GPPs)]
in a DOE or National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
environment is a key discriminator.
Masters degree and Professional Engineer license highly desired
(civil, mechanical, structural, or construction project
management); certification in the area of project management and/or
Demonstrated successful experience managing large, high-dollar
value (>$100 million/project) complex construction projects with
multiple subcontractors safely, with exceptional operational
discipline, high quality, and within scope, schedule, and
Familiarity with all aspects of facility upgrades and
maintenance, as this position oversees a large number of projects
that involve reclaiming, transforming, modernizing, designing, and
constructing. Knowledge in the areas of preventative maintenance,
corrective maintenance, design, procurement, construction, project
controls, quality, and safety.
Demonstrated ability to interact substantively with key internal
and external stakeholders to build trust and educate them on the
scope, processes, and skills that reside in the Facilities Division
and Projects Office, as well as the ability to influence decision
makers on matters dealing with or affecting facilities and project
Ability to develop new approaches and policies in accordance
with emerging strategies of the Laboratory and technologies and
methods adopted by industry leaders.
Ability to lead assigned resources in coordinated strategy
development and tactical implementation to enhance the mission
potential of the Laboratory through facility and project work.
Strong written and oral communication skills coupled with
effective interpersonal skills to maximize the teamwork potential
of individuals, groups, and departments.
Possess a highly developed sense of confidentiality and ability
to develop and maintain the trust and confidence of internal senior
leaders as well as external stakeholders whose agendas often
conflict. Ability to address conflict in a forthright, calm, and
Ability to function well under pressure and take quick and
Demonstrated experience managing resources, performance
management, hiring, and salary administration, and a proven track
record of promoting key values of diversity, equity, inclusion,
safety, quality, and security.
This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid)
from overtime pay.
The Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Projects 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 subject to the financial disclosure
requirements of the California Political Reform Act of 1974. The
successful candidate for this position will be required to file
financial interest statements upon assuming this position, annually
while holding this position, and when leaving this position.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National
Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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