ORS Field Support Specialist - Project Coordinator

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Location
    Richland, Washington
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    May 12

Position description

The Office of Radiological Security (ORS) is seeking a Field Support Specialist (FSS) to support the domestic implementation teams. The FSS assists team with a wide variety of project implementation support. This role provides a critical coordinating interface between the Regional Project Manager (RPM), Physical Protection Specialist, Contract Specialist, Project Controls Professional (PCP), and other ORS team members. The primary responsibility of the FSS is in-office support for the team’s field elements but may travel with the team in place of the RPM of Deputy RPM as needed.

Primary Duties Include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversight of assigned project management tasks to ensure project activities comply with technical scope, budget, and schedule commitments while complying with all PNNL ORS Protect and ORS HQ policies and requirements

  • Provide project management support and coordination as directed by the RPMs or Deputy RPMs

  • Assist with gathering monthly status information from the team to fulfill requirements for monthly performance reporting, to include site schedule updates, variance explanation and financial assumption reviews as requested by the PCP

  • Assist with travel planning and coordinate with support and sustainability staff to ensure implementation trips and sustainability events are successfully completed

  • Provide direct technical and project management support to assist RPMs and Deputy RPMs in developing and implementing domestic nonproliferation and security policy

  • The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following: Level III: Able to develop solutions to a wide range of challenges which may require creativity. Identifies improvement/ efficiency opportunities. Identifies potential issues impacting project execution. Uses skills as an entry level professional with thorough knowledge of principles, theories, tools and concepts in the field. Works independently with minimal oversight required. May provide task direction to other non-exempt project staff. Provides mentoring for nonexempt project coordinator staff. Seeks out collaborative opportunities.

  • Level IV: Experienced professional. Uses concepts and knowledge of business systems to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways. Ability to balance long-term goals with short-term priorities. Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria to solve problems. Works independently, with increasing responsibility. Conducts mentoring and training activities for staff. Fosters collaboration and grows the skills of others.


Bachelor's degree and up to 2+ years of relevant experience, or advanced degree.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 5+ years of relevant experience. Advanced degree and 3+ years of relevant experience.

  • A background and/or technical education in a science/engineering, project management, international relations, or security related field are highly desirable and will allow the incumbent growth opportunities in the ORS program.

  • Successful experience in a wide range of business and management situations, as well as a demonstrated capability to interact successfully with Government sponsors and senior program managers is essential.

  • This position requires the incumbent to understand and assist with implementation of the objectives and goals of DOE’s Office of Global Material Security and to support programmatic activities to meet those goals.

  • Knowledge of contracting principles and business practices within the government, commercial, and international arenas

  • Knowledge of a wide range of PNNL project management and financial practices

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