Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is searching for a Chief Legal Counsel to leadthe Office of Laboratory Counsel at one of the world's leading research institutions. As an integral member of Berkeley Lab's executive leadership team, the Chief Counsel serves as advisor to Laboratory leaders on significant strategic initiatives, carefully evaluates and assesses legal and other risk in context of the Lab's mission objectives, mentors and leads a team of dedicated legal and regulatory professionals, and serves as a laboratory champion of ethical standards. This is a unique opportunity to lead a vital in-house legal department in an intellectually stimulating, cutting-edge research environment at one of the crown jewels of federal science research.
Berkeley Lab has a dynamic workforce of about 4,000 employees and an annual operating budget of approximately $1.1 billion. The University of California (UC) manages Berkeley Lab for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science. The Chief Legal Counsel reports directly to the Laboratory Director with a dual reporting relationship to the UC General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs; this position is a member of UC Legal and ultimately represents the Regents of the University of California.
What You Will Do:
Responsible for advising Berkeley Lab's management on a broad range of legal matters, including:
Adherence to UC/DOE contract requirements, and compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and UC/Berkeley Lab policies and procedures;
Employment, personnel and labor matters;
Environmental, health and safety matters, including CEQA, NEPA and other land use issues;
Capital projects and improvements, including construction subcontracting and claims;
Subcontracts for the procurement of goods and services, intellectual property licenses and agreements, memoranda of understanding and other agreements and documents;
Litigation, grievances, arbitrations and claims;
Regulatory/compliance audits and investigations;
Sponsored projects and grants, international collaborations and agreements;
Strategies and communications in response to public and/or community relations issues;
Response to subpoenas, legal inquiries and public records requests;
DOE Orders relating to proper conduct of research;
Aligning UC orders and policy with DOE prime contract requirements; and
Mission-critical strategic initiatives as they arise.
Identify risks to the Laboratory and develop plans and/or processes to minimize or eliminate the risks.
Retain and manage all outside counsel hired to provide legal advice and representation on selected matters, including prosecution, defense and settlement of lawsuits, claims, disputes and grievances.
Manage the Office of Laboratory Counsel, including: supervision of general law attorneys, patent attorneys, Office of Export Controls, paralegals and support staff; compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies; and manage department budget.
Serve on various Laboratory committees as requested, including Investigations Workgroup for Whistleblower/Whistleblower Protection, Ethics and Compliance Risk, Conflict of Interest, Crisis Action Team, and Internal Audit.
Apprise the UC General Counsel of all material developments at the Laboratory affecting the legal rights, obligations, opportunities and risks of the University and/or otherwise bearing on the representation of The Regents.
Serve as the Laboratory Risk Manager and local liaison to the UC Office of Risk Services and provide counsel and advice to Laboratory management regarding insurance, indemnity and risk issues.
Keep informed of existing and emerging legislative issues, statutes, decisions, and regulations, and provide advice to Laboratory management on potential impacts to the organization.
Interact and coordinate with DOE and UC on selected legal and other matters as appropriate.
What is Required:
LLB/JD degree from accredited law school, member in good standing in the California Bar with admission to practice law (or willingness to become a member of the California Bar), and at least 15 years of relevant experience.
In-depth expertise providing advice and counsel reflecting sound and ethical legal and professional judgment. Proven ability to assess short-term and long-term legal and business challenges and risks, identify opportunities for operational improvement, and to conceptualize and recommend strategies to accomplish business objectives.
Experience in adversity leadership; ability to proactively identify and/or manage crises and controversies effectively.
Litigation experience, including working knowledge and expertise in alternative dispute resolution and mediation. Established record managing and providing cost-effective oversight of retained outside counsel.
Previous experience managing a high-performing legal counsel office and cultivating environments with a shared sense of mission and proven commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion principles.
Prior experience representing the interests of an organization through interactions with federal, state, and local agencies.
Sound knowledge and understanding of applicable laws and regulations.
Inspiring, visionary and collaborative leader who can influence others to achieve common goals by engaging and developing robust relationships with stakeholders.
Demonstrated abilities as a skilled communicator with exceptional interpersonal, relationship building, advocacy and negotiation skills applied across a broad spectrum of constituents and stakeholders.
Commitment to upholding the Lab's stewardship responsibilities, especially with regard to the Lab's research, people, and resources, and ensuring that it remains a valuable national asset.
Expertise and experience managing a legal counsel office in an organization that provides services to the federal government.
Experience working in an organization with a strong academic and/or research mission.
Familiarity with UC and/or DOE policies and processes for conflicts of interest, business practices, contracting.
For full consideration, please submit your CV and letter of interest by January 18, 2021.
This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This 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 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.
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.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.
Internal Number: 91571
About Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with excellence. Thirteen scientists associated with Berkeley Lab have won the Nobel Prize. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular... views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and students. Its budget for 2011 is $735 million, with an additional $101 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for a total of $836 million. A recent study estimates the Laboratory's overall economic impact through direct, indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be nearly $700 million annually. The Lab was also responsible for creating 5,600 jobs locally and 12,000 nationally. The overall economic impact on the national economy is estimated at $1.6 billion a year. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in lighting and windows, and other energy-efficient technologies, have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence's belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.