Job:BSE Operations Deputy & JBEI Chief Operating Officer
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BSE Operations Deputy & JBEI Chief Operating Officer - 90464

Organization: BS-BioSciences Area Office

Berkeley Lab's Biological Systems and Engineering (BSE) Division has an opening for a Division Deputy for Operations. In addition the position will also act as the Chief Operating Officer to the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI). The BSE Operations Deputy & JBEI Chief Operating Officer will serve on the senior management teams at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) JBEI, the BSE Division and the Emery Station Operations Center located in Emeryville, California. Reporting to the BSE Division Director, the Deputy for Operations serves as a key member of the leadership team responsible for managing and directing the work performed by the Emery Station Operations team in support of JBEI and other Bioscience scientific programs. The position is responsible for all operational functions. The successful candidate will provide strategic vision and oversight of the operations department composed of approximately 25 staff, with an annual budget of approximately $5M. The Emery Station Operations Center, as a whole, has an annual budget of approximately $50M, including JBEI at $25M per year.

The Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) is one of three large U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funded Bioenergy Research Centers dedicated to developing advanced biofuels and bioproducts to reduce dependence on products currently derived from fossil fuels. JBEI is a highly collaborative and complex scientific partnership led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory including 5 DOE National Laboratories, 7 universities, and UC Agriculture & Natural Resources. The institute is in a 60,000 sq. foot state-of-the-art laboratory building in Emeryville with a staff of 175 researchers all focusing on developing technology transforming scientific breakthroughs in solving the cellulosic biomass to biofuel puzzle. This fast paced, highly collaborative center is organized into four interlocking divisions: Life-cycle Economics & Agronomy, Feedstocks, Deconstruction, Biofuels & Bioproducts, and Technologies. The Operations Team is embedded into the center to enable the scientific and technology research performed within the program to function at an optimal level.

What You Will Do:

  • Provide overall oversight and leadership responsibilities for all operational functions, including facilities support, environmental health and safety, finance and procurement, human resources, information technology, communications & outreach, laboratory operations, administrative services and operational strategic planning.
  • Support and act on behalf of the BSE Division Director and JBEI CEO in day-to-day management and planning related to necessary infrastructure and business functions.
  • Participate as an active member of the BSE and JBEI senior management teams including strategic planning, formulation and direction of programs and projects to enhance the JBEI’s mission and funding.
  • Act as a resource and provide advice and counsel regarding current DOE, national laboratory, and UC policies and procedures impacting management of BSE, JBEI and other Emeryville scientific programs.
  • Make decisions or final recommendations on operational issues, which significantly affect the ability of the organization to achieve its overall objectives and long-range goals.
  • Specifically for JBEI, on behalf of the CEO, manage JBEI interactions between the multiple JBEI partner institutions, including working directly with the Board of Directors as well as negotiating agreements with each of the partners related to all aspects of management for the center as needed. Serve as a primary contact and external spokesperson for the organization.
  • Act as liaison/spokesperson and represent BSE, JBEI, and other programs to DOE, external agencies, industrial contacts, and participating national laboratories and other organizations with regard to administrative and financial management, facilities, EH&S, and all other operational and business issues.
  • Serve on Berkeley Lab institutional and laboratory committees and panels.
  • Contribute to the development of Divisional and/or institutional policies, systems, and procedures. Seek continuous improvement to operational processes and policies to increase efficiency and effectiveness and improve customer service and satisfaction
  • Collaborate and coordinate with the Biosciences Area management team to enhance operations across the area and increase collaboration and synergize operational processes.

What is Required:

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration or related field preferred, or equivalent education, training, and experience.
  • Substantial senior level program, project, and financial management experience to successfully integrate diverse resources and projects that achieve strategic objectives and goals.
  • Demonstrated high-level experience in planning, organizing, and leading business, administrative, operations, and/or facilities-related activities in large programs or projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing best practices and managing major process reengineering initiatives in rapidly changing operations and research environments.
  • Demonstrated experience in implementation and oversight of environment, health and safety functions, including familiarity with major federal and state environmental and workplace safety mandates and regulations.
  • Significant and demonstrated experience in space and facilities planning.
  • Demonstrated senior-level experience in development of staffing plans and requirements within a large, complex organization, including knowledge of human resources management principles, practices, and labor and employee relations.
  • Internal and external relationship and team-building skills as well as adept leadership skills to effectively interact with senior level Laboratory, UC, DOE and other high-level staff.
  • Demonstrated organizational and analytical skills to determine priorities and identify and resolve highly complex problems having multi-lab-wide impact.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, motivate, direct and lead effectively among a diverse group of scientific, technical, and administrative personnel.
  • Demonstrated highly developed collaborative skills.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary for working in a diverse team environment.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational development change management and interpersonal skills--recognized use of discretion, tact, and diplomacy of a senior manager.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working in UC, DOE, or national laboratory operations areas.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on June 26, 2020.


  • This is a full time career appointment.
  • M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Work will be primarily performed at: Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) — Bldg. 978, 5885 Hollis St., 4th floor, Emeryville, CA.

How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

Learn About Us:

Biological Systems and Engineering Division

Vision: To lead efforts that combine the power of biology with the tools of engineering to develop sustainable energy and biomanufacturing solutions and improve human health.

Mission: Advance a mechanistic and predictive understanding of complex biological systems over multiple scales in terms of their responses to manipulation, stress, disease and environmental challenges and translate this knowledge using engineering principles to develop resilient systems, tools, and processes for the efficient production of fuels, chemicals, materials, tissues, and therapeutics.

Berkeley Lab (LBNL, addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

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