Jefferson Lab

Come join our team at Jefferson Lab, where great minds matter

Posting Date: 02/26/24
Salary Range: $133,200 - $210,500 (SSE)
Work Type: Dedicated On-site (100% working on-site)

What your job will be like:
The ES&H (Environmental Safety & Health) Department Head manages the Jefferson Lab ES&H programs, including the lab's Integrated Safety Management System (ISMS) and Environmental Management System (EMS). This position requires significant independence in decision-making and priority setting; it includes development, maintenance, and providing implementation assistance to the line organizations of the ISMS and EMS programs, including compliance with 10 CFR 851, and proactive management of numerous complex programs such as environmental permits, environmental monitoring, waste minimization, and pollution prevention. Manages departmental personnel, including mentoring and applying supervisory skills to both technical staff and lower-level managers.

In this role you will:

  • Develop & maintain a Worker Safety & Health Program that is proactive in dealing with issues, compliant with IO CFR 851 and applicable standards and DOE Orders, and accurately reflected in written programs and manuals. Assure the entire breadth of required training is developed and made available to the Lab population.
  • Develop & maintain an ISMS that conforms to contractual requirements and maintains registration under OHSAS 18001.
  • Develop and maintain an Environmental Protection Program that is compliant with DOE Orders, and relevant environmental regulations and permits.
  • Develop & maintain an EMS program that is compliant with Department of Energy Orders and conforms to ISO 1400 l.
  • Manage the ES&H Department, including development and administration of budget, staff supervision, mentoring, and ensuring the ongoing professional development of staff, from technical to managerial.
  • Prioritizes multiple ES&H goals and programs, facilitating problem resolution and continuous improvement opportunities both within the ESH workgroup and in the support of line organizations.
  • Works closely with cognizant line management and others to ensure they have the necessary program direction and technical support to meet their responsibility for safe operations.
  • Keeps apprised of changing laws, regulations, standards, and Department of Energy Orders; proposes new or amended policies and procedures to ensure that the objectives of the Laboratory are effectively met.
  • Represents the Laboratory on ES&l-1 issues in discussions and reviews with the Department of Energy, other governmental agencies, other national laboratories, and external bodies as appropriate.
  • Prepares and delivers presentations for specialized training, orientation, or communicating information to management and staff.
  • In addition to above, conducts own activities in accordance with all environmental, health and safety regulations and practices pertinent to this position.
  • Management and improvement of policies, practices and programs associated with ES&H.
  • Management and improvement of the technical performance of ES&H department personnel.

Qualifications We Require:


  • Bachelor's Degree in Science or related technical degree required.


  • 15 years of relevant experience required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to exercise leadership for programs and personnel.
  • Demonstrated experience in policy and program development.
  • Proven ability to exercise independent judgment in situations of ambiguous or unforeseeable outcomes.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills. Must be able to give effective presentations to critical/high-level customers and effectively represent work groups on review panels and cross-organizational teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence without straight-line organizational authority.
  • Ability to plan multiple projects. simultaneously. Estimates, tracks & completes projects on time and within budget.

About Jefferson Lab

Join a community with a common purpose of solving the most challenging scientific and engineering problems of our time. The Jefferson Lab campus is located in southeastern Virginia amidst a vibrant and growing technology community.

A career at Jefferson Lab is more than a job. You will be part of “big science” and work alongside top scientists and engineers from around the world unlocking the secrets of our visible universe. Managed by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC; Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility is entering an exciting period of mission growth and is seeking new team members ready to apply their skills and passion to have an impact. You could call it work, or you could call it a mission. We call it a challenge. We do things that will change the world.

Total Rewards at Jefferson Lab

At Jefferson Lab, we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave)
  • 401(k) Plan – 9% Lab Contribution; 100% vested
  • Flexible Work Arrangements (Hybrid & Alternate Work Schedules available)
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Live near the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay region with access to nearby beaches, mountains, and all major metropolitan centers on the East Coast

Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (JSA) manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab). JSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status or on any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. As part of the JSA’s equal employment opportunity policy, we also take affirmative action as called for by applicable laws and Executive Orders to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.

JSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities (unless doing so will result in an undue hardship). If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to recruiting @ or call (757) 269-7100 to provide the nature of your request. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Employment with JSA is conditional upon DOE approval if at any time during your employment you are participating in a Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Program or Affiliated activity. Generally, such programs/activities include any foreign-state-sponsored attempt to acquire U.S.-funded scientific research through programs run or funded by the government that target scientists, engineers, students, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs of all nationalities working or educated in the United States. This includes positions or appointments, both domestic and foreign, titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received and whether full-time, part-time or voluntary.