Website Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Location: Arlington, VA; Richland, WA; or Seattle, WA


The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) Buildings & Connected Systems Group performs applied research to enhance the energy and water efficiency, occupant productivity, and resilient operation of buildings and their connected energy and water systems. Our core research capabilities span building energy simulation, building performance evaluation, building control system optimization, and site-level assessment and planning for energy and water resilience.

The Buildings & Connected Systems Group is seeking a Project Manager to provide oversight and coordination of research projects and technical support activities to improve the energy and water efficiency and resilience of Federal facilities and sites/campuses. The successful candidate will join a multi-disciplinary team of research engineers and scientists who work together to develop and test methods and tools related to: building performance evaluation, optimization of control systems and advanced analytic methods, cyber security of building control systems, site assessment and planning for energy and water resilience, and building occupant health and productivity. The successful candidate will work closely with federal sponsors and technical teams to identify and address technical and institutional challenges and needs in these areas. The successful candidate will work across multiple technical projects and tasks with sometimes competing timelines, and ensure project resources are being applied appropriately. The candidate will help develop technical, operational, institutional strategy, and policy guidance, and support site-level demonstrations of the methods and tools developed. The candidate will provide overall project or task leadership, including building effective teams, articulating desired research outcomes, tracking progress, promptly communicating issues, and ensuring delivery of task or project outcomes on-time and within budget.

Key Responsibilities

  • Receives expectations from Project Manager or Associate Project Manager. Serves in the capacity of task manager, deputy project manager, or project manager on small projects, with accountability for task and project plan development and adherence to schedule, budget, quality, and performance.
  • Seeks guidance from the Project Management Office, Line Management, Senior Project Managers or Program Managers, and is not expected to have any supervisory responsibilities. Communicates critical issues in a timely manner with internal project stakeholders.
  • Serve as a task lead of major tasks and/or a project manager, to build effective teams from multiple technical groups and disciplines to achieve tasks objectives on time and within budget.
  • Independently completes tasks on time and within budget with minimal oversight and contributes effectively as a project team member.
  • Promptly communicate issues, changes in scope, schedule, budget, or other challenges to the attention of the Project Manager or Line Manager.
  • Work on multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
  • Engage with regularly and deliver presentations of work to sponsors and other external stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the development of technical products, reports, or presentations at technical forums.
  • Develop solutions to complex problems based on established precedent or policy.
  • Mentor staff and foster the development of others.

The successful candidate will be accountable to:

  • Project and/or Task Managers for performing assigned roles, following applicable project and field procedures, and performance of assigned tasks on time and within budget;
  • The Buildings & Connected Systems Group Leader, and Building Performance Evaluation Team Leader, for general staff performance and development, operational discipline (e.g., maintaining training qualifications, procedural compliance, safe operations), and project execution.



  • Bachelor’s degree and 4+ years of relevant experience, or advanced degree and 2+ years of relevant experience.
  • 2 or more years of experience relevant to task leadership and depth of knowledge in science and/or methods needed to deliver project.


  • 3 or more years of experience relevant to task leadership and/or project management in a related technical discipline
  • Demonstrated knowledge of building energy and water systems and efficiency measures, distributed energy resources, and/or indoor environmental quality
  • Experience with strategic planning, performance assessment and stakeholder engagement
  • Knowledge of federal project planning, funding, and execution
  • Experience overseeing experimental research demonstration or pilot projects
  • Strong interpersonal skills with experience engaging directly with sponsors; demonstrated ability to effectively anticipate sponsor needs and challenges and work toward solutions
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with personnel in diverse job functions, expertise, and levels of responsibility, including directors, technical advisors, and field personnel
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with geographically distributed teams
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated ability for writing concisely and clearly
  • PMP Certification
  • Willingness to travel domestically up to 20% time.

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