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Project Controls Group Leader
Job ID #: 12315 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Management Division: Chief Planning Officer
Position Type: Regular Education Required: Bachelors Degree
Experience Required: 10+ years Relocation Provided: Yes

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SALARY RANGE: $91,900 - $137,900 (SA III)

You ‘matter’ to us! Our diverse team at Jefferson Lab includes more than 700 people, including physicists, engineers, computer professionals, technicians and more. From probing the basic building blocks of matter to performing advanced computing and applied research, we are on the leading edge of science and technology. If you are looking for a great job in a unique place where your contributions truly matter, consider Jefferson Lab!

The Jefferson Lab Project Services and Support organization is currently seeking an experienced Project Controls Group Leader to manage and oversee the project controls effort for an exciting and growing portfolio of engineering, computing, and construction projects.  The right candidate will enjoy a fast-paced environment and must thrive working as part of a team to provide exemplary support for a diverse set of project management teams.

Job Summary: 

The Project Controls Group Leader will have programmatic and managerial responsibilities to support project teams across the Lab. You will provide effective leadership of a talented project controls staff to include management, integration, coordination, and quality checks to ensure exemplary support for project management teams that meets all requirements of DOE Project Management Order 413.3b.  Will be expected to develop and implement policies that streamline the project controls programs and to ensure reconciliation of critical controls data with financial systems consistent with Lab directives and mission requirements.  Deep project experience with strong analyst skills as well as strong communication and managerial skills is required for success. 

Essential Job Functions: 

  • Responsible for developing a reporting structure and processes to share project information with project teams, Lab management, and external stakeholders.
  • Manage a group of 6 to 10 control analysts including hiring of staff, writing of performance appraisals, timecards, team building, and staff professional development.
  • Establish controls and operating policies that identify, monitor, and mitigate risk factors that could impact the success of a project. 
  • Ensure project control reporting documents are produced with high quality and accuracy in a timely fashion and that they clearly reflect the schedule, cost, and technical performance of each project.
  • Provide guidance and consultation to project managers to advise of any conditions that may affect timelines or cost.
  • Promote open communication and collaboration between all parties to ensure that projects are completed with minimal disruptions and delays.
  • Assist in the development and updates of a master project resource profile to support Lab-wide planning.
  • Support the annual reviews and audits of the project controls systems and earned value certifications.
  • Resolve issues arising from group operations and that require coordination with other departments.
  • Support preparation of general correspondence, technical papers, presentations, and documents in accordance with Lab guidelines.





1      Education, Certifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Science, Construction Management, Finance or a related field plus 10 years of relevant experience in a construction project environment, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  •  Government contract project experience strongly preferred as well as supervisory experience. 
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification desirable.

2      Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:  

  • Requires expert knowledge of the principals of planning, cost estimating, scheduling, finance, and contract administration with demonstrated proficiency of project management tools such as Primavera.
  • Must have experience in calculating and reporting on Earned Value Management and Risk Management.
  • Must have strong project analyst skills and project controls experience.
  • Must be able to develop and maintain positive, cooperative, team-oriented relationships with direct-reports, co-workers, supervisors, and clients.
  • Must have strong customer service orientation to assess customer needs and ensure delivery of quality support.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft 365, to include SharePoint, Teams, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word, and Adobe Acrobat Pro software programs
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.  Must be able to produce quality, easily understood documents, including some of a sensitive nature. 
  • Demonstrated ability to balance, prioritize and effectively manage one’s own time to deliver results and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of document control and records management preferred.
  • Discretion in handling confidential and/or highly sensitive matters.

• Ability to comprehend and follow instructions
• Ability to compose letters, outlines, memoranda, reports and other documents
• Ability to understand, remember, and communicate information and make decisions
• Ability to understand complex problems and to collaborate, explore and implement alternative solutions
• Ability to prioritize, organize and complete complex and varied tasks
• Ability to think analytically

• Ability to traverse across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas
• Ability to work at a computer for extended periods
• Ability to lift up to 10 pounds frequently and 25 pounds occasionally
• Ability to open files and cabinet drawers, stoop and bend
• Visual capabilities sufficient to use computer workstations, read documents, and see safety alarms
• Auditory capabilities to hear safety alarms

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 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.

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