Oak Ridge, Tennessee, The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest US Department of Energy (DOE) science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. Our diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace.
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) partners with research and operational support organizations across ORNL to advance the laboratory mission. Through this partnership approach, our attorneys and staff develop and execute strategies that facilitate compliance with applicable requirements, mitigate legal and business risks, and promote the highest ethical standards.
The OGC is in need of an in-house legal counsel to provide advice and legal support to staff and management at ORNL in a variety of areas with primary responsibility in the areas of procurement of goods and services, contracting, leasing and other legal agreements. The incumbent may be called upon to work to acquire knowledge and expertise and take on responsibility in other areas spanning the broad scope of ORNL operations. For example, other relevant areas of practice could include employment, labor and benefits law; environmental, safety and health; litigation; ethics; privacy and data security. The incumbent will also be expected to be a contributing member to a cohesive team dynamic, and to thrive in a culture of both internal consultation and collaboration among the Legal team, as well as external collaboration on multidisciplinary teams across the laboratory.
Major Duties and Responsibilities include:
Provide legal advice and support to identify and manage risk primarily in the areas of procurement and contracts.
Research and analyze complex legal issues and application and interpretation of statutes, regulations, federal agency directives, and case law.
Solve legal problems creatively and independently, aligning with business objectives while complying with established legal frameworks, adapt to a rapidly evolving market, and skillfully negotiate complex agreements, all while inspiring trust and confidence of colleagues and clients.
Review solicitations and proposed awards of subcontracts, exceptions to terms and conditions, advise staff on all aspects of procurement planning and contract administration.
Review sponsored research agreements, MOU’s/MOA’s, NDAs, and other agreements, including real estate transactions.
Provide presentations and training on various legal topics.
Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.
Benefits at ORNL: UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options. Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, coffee stands, and fitness facilities.
Relocation: Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.
For more information about our benefits, working here, and living here, visit the “About” tab at jobs.ornl.gov . Qualifications Required:
J.D. Degree from an ABA accredited law school
At least six years of relevant legal experience in a law firm or in-house counsel environment, to include demonstrated legal experience in the area of contracts/procurement.
State licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney within the United States with the ability to obtain a license to practice law in the State of Tennessee.
Excellent academic and employment credentials.
Highly developed writing and communication skills and strong counseling and negotiating skills.
A desire for, and the ability to, operate successfully in a culture that values teamwork and collaboration, and that celebrates organizational success.
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and commitment to providing quality service to clients in a professional services organization.
An understanding of the Department of Energy (DOE) as well as its facilities and management and operating contractor system would be of great benefit.
Knowledge of Federal government contracting, including the Federal Acquisition Regulations would also be of benefit, as would experience in other areas of practice in addition to the areas of primary responsibility.
An interest and/or experience in one or more of ORNL's broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines
NOTE: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a “Q” security clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.
Position reports to the General Counsel. Interfaces with ORNL research and support staff, other attorneys, administrative staff and senior managers within ORNL, as well as with DOE officials.