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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Associate Project Manager - Building Energy Codes in Topeka, Kansas


The Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division of PNNL is accelerating the transition to a decarbonized, efficient, resilient, and secure energy system through basic and applied research. We leverage our strong technical foundation in power and energy systems and advanced data analytics, to drive innovation, transform markets, and shape energy policy. Join our team and make an impact!

The Buildings Simulation & Design Group provides energy simulation, tool development, and workflow automation for energy policy impact analyses and integrative building design processes. We are looking for a Senior Associate Project Manager (Project Manager 2) – Building Energy Codes to support work under the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program (BECP). PNNL is the lead lab supporting the DOE with the development of model codes and industry standards and technical assistance to drive the implementation of codes.

The Senior Associate Project Manager will serve as a PNNL technical project manager of a large portfolio of projects funded by DOE to accelerate the implementation of resilient and efficient codes. The Senior Associate Project Manager will serve as the primary liaison between the DOE managers, funding recipients from various state, local, nonprofit, and private organizations, and various building energy efficiency and code subject matter experts, with the goal of helping to maximize the impact of the funded projects. The position will focus initially on projects associated with managing those DOE-funded projects to states and cities before pivoting to other building energy code development and implementation project management opportunities.


Responsibilities of the Senior Associate Project Manager – Building Energy Codes include:

  • Set direction, define work plans, and oversee the execution of projects, ensuring consistency with the funding sponsor’s goals and requirements.

  • Manage budgets and coordinate the efforts of direct team members and third parties in order to deliver projects according to plan.

  • Oversee quality control throughout the life cycle of projects. For the resilient and efficient codes implementation projects, this may include reviewing technical and progress reports from funding recipients to ensure they meet DOE quality standards and achieve stated milestones and deliverables and providing constructive feedback and guidance on how project deliverables can be improved.

  • Keep track of individual project timelines and engage regularly with funded project recipients to discuss progress.

  • Keep DOE sponsors informed of progress, deliverables, and timelines.

  • Provide guidance on technical project components or facilitate access to technical assistance to funded project teams when they request technical assistance from DOE and PNNL. Explain the technical assistance requests to PNNL’s research and analysis teams and deliver or present the analysis findings to the project team.

  • Provide recommendations for ways to increase the impact of funded projects by identifying and making programmatic or technical connections for the project teams.

  • Participate in project-specific, regional, and national technical advisory groups through online and in-person meetings.

  • Keep track of the teams, scope, and timeline for when PNNL assistance is needed. Incorporate this information to PNNL’s project management process such as planning, budgeting, and deliverables.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA and 7+ years of experience -OR-

  • MS/MA or higher and 5+ years of relevant project management experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong technical understanding of building energy codes and other building efficiency policies, such as Building Performance Standards.

  • Experience reviewing technical proposals and overseeing teams performing work funded by grants or other competitive funding sources with successful outcomes.

  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and experience managing technical projects.

  • Strong problem-solving skills with demonstrated records of managing challenges that could impact the team or project.

  • Excellent networker with strong interpersonal relationships.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability for writing in a clear and understandable manner.

  • Available for domestic travels several times a year.

  • Experience with workforce development programs preferred.

We are looking for team players who are passionate about energy efficiency and resilience, eager to learn, committed to quality work, and able to work effectively with a wide array of people.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not Applicable

Testing Designated Position

This is not a Testing Designated Position (TDP).

About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3-hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at careers@pnnl.gov .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

If you are offered employment at PNNL, you must pass a drug test prior to commencing employment. PNNL complies with federal law regarding illegal drug use. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug. If you test positive for any illegal controlled substance, including marijuana, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.

Mandatory Requirements

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries, you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Rockstar Rewards

Employees and their families are offered medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, health savings account, flexible spending accounts, basic life insurance, disability insurance, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, tuition assistance, supplemental parental bonding leave, surrogacy and adoption assistance, and fertility support. Employees are automatically enrolled in our company funded pension plan and may enroll in our 401k savings plan. Employees may accrue up to 120 vacation hours per year and may receive ten paid holidays per year.

  • Research Associates excluded.

**Once eligibility requirements are met.

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Minimum Salary

USD $108,100.00/Yr.

Maximum Salary

USD $172,700.00/Yr.