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The purpose of this position is to function as in-house legal counsel and provide advice and legal support to staff and management at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in a variety of areas with primary responsibility in the areas of procurement of goods and services and other agreements. The incumbent also will be expected to work to acquire knowledge and expertise and take on responsibility in other areas spanning the broad scope of ORNL operations. For example, other relevant areas of practice could include employment, labor and benefits law; environmental, safety and health; litigation; ethics; privacy and data security.
Provide legal advice and support to identify and manage risk primarily in the areas of procurement and contracts.
Research and analyze complex legal issues and application and interpretation of statutes, regulations, federal agency directives, and case law.
Solve legal problems creatively and independently, aligning with business objectives while complying with established legal frameworks, adapt to a rapidly evolving market, and skillfully negotiate complex agreements, all while inspiring trust and confidence of colleagues and clients.
Review solicitations and proposed awards of subcontracts, exceptions to terms and conditions, advise staff on all aspects of procurement planning and contract administration.
Review sponsored research agreements, MOU’s/MOA’s, NDAs, and other agreements, including real estate transactions.
Provide presentations and training on various legal topics.
Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.
J. D. Degree from an ABA accredited law school
Five years of relevant experience
State licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney within the United States with the ability to obtain a license to practice law in the State of Tennessee.
Must possess excellent academic and employment credentials.
Must possess highly developed writing and communication skills, strong counseling and negotiating skills, and the ability to operate successfully in a culture that values consultation and collaboration.
Must possess excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and be committed to providing quality service to clients in a professional services organization.
An understanding of the Department of Energy (DOE) as well as its facilities and management and operating contractor system would be of great benefit.
Knowledge of Federal government contracting, including the Federal Acquisition Regulations would also be of benefit, as would experience in other areas of practice in addition to the areas of primary responsibility.
This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a “Q” security clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.
Work Direction and Interfaces:
Position reports to the General Counsel. Interfaces with ORNL research and support staff, other attorneys, administrative staff and senior managers within ORNL, as well as with DOE officials.
ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.
About Oak Ridge National Lab
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.
ORNL’s diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace. ORNL supports DOE’s national missions of:
Scientific discovery—We assemble teams of experts from diverse backgrounds, equip them with powerful instruments and research facilities, and address compelling national problems;
Clean energy—We deliver energy technology solutions for energy-efficient buildings, transportation, and manufacturing, and we study biological, environmental, and climate systems in order to develop new biofuels and bioproducts and to explore the impacts of climate change;
Security—We develop and deploy “first-of-a-kind” science-based security technologies to make the world a safer place.