Jefferson Lab

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

Posting Date: 02/06/2024
Salary Range: $140,400 - $210,600 (SSA)
Work Location Type: 100% dedicated onsite

What your job will be like:

Responsible for working with the Chief Operating Officer (COO) on the overall development and execution of mission support functions to achieve the lab's performance goals, meet DOE customer expectations, and further Jefferson Lab's science and technology mission; advises the COO on and oversees the formulation, review, implementation and administration of organizational policies, standards and processes to ensure smooth and efficient laboratory operations with a day-to-day focus on operational excellence. With the COO, ensures that the implementation of JSA 's contract with the Department of Energy (DOE) meets performance expectations and contractual milestones in accordance with required terms and conditions and customer expectations.

In this role you will:

  • As directed by the COO, provides direction for the mission support organization (ESH, Business/Finance, HR, Performance Assurance, Facilities, Communications, Legal) to ensure safe, effective and efficient laboratory operations with a focus on operational excellence
  • Plan and execute tactical and strategic projects to i) achieve a high level of operational performance in support of the lab’s mission, ii) enable the laboratory diversification and growth agenda, iii) enable a forward-looking vision for Jefferson Lab’s workplace and workforce
  • Ensure the Laboratory meets and exceeds expectations of DOE through the Performance Evaluation and Measurement Plan goals, objectives and notable outcomes
  • Collaborate with members of the senior leadership team to further the lab’s goals and scientific mission
  • Work collaboratively with the JSA Board and JSA leadership ensuring transparent and timely communication
  • Build and maintain positive and constructive working relationships with the Site Office and DOE Headquarters
  • Work collaboratively across the Lab, throughout the federal and local governments, and with other key stakeholders and organizations to advance Jefferson Lab’s mission and objectives. Explore and engage in opportunities to further regional priorities and foster economic development
  • Analyze and advise the corporate leadership on the effect of potential changes to the contract, ensuring that interactions with the appropriate responsible parties are accomplished in a timely manner; and, follows through with organizational changes (processes, systems, personnel) necessitated by mutually accepted contract modifications
  • Contribute to the Lab’s strategic planning initiatives, including the Annual Lab Plan and the Lab Agenda
  • Champion a forward-leaning approach to safety at Jefferson Lab with an emphasis on Human Performance and High Reliability Organization approaches
  • Attract, develop, motivate, and retain talented and diverse staff members. Promote succession planning, leadership development, staff training, and career progression for Laboratory staff members
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of institutional values, guiding principles and ethics
  • May assume responsibilities of the Chief Operating Officer in the COO's absence

Qualifications we require:


  • Bachelor's Degree required.


  • 15 or more years relevant experience including management experience. Substantial experience leading in an operations environment in industry, research, academe or government.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong analytical, writing, and speaking skills with the ability to organize, analyze, and implement complex topics and initiatives, with attention to detail,
  • Capable of handling multiple competing priorities in a complex R&D environment,
  • Demonstrated commitment to safety and integrity
  • Ability to make decisions with limited or incomplete information and lead effectively in a growing organization that is changing rapidly

Qualifications we prefer:

  • Master's Degree preferred

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 (Paid Parental, vacation, holidays, and sick leave)

• 401(k) Plan – 9% Lab Contribution; 100% vested

• Flexible Work Arrangements (Remote & 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 employment @ or call (757) 269-7598 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.