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Project Risk Manager
Job ID #: 12345 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

As a matter of corporate policy, all JSA employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  All successful hires will be required to provide COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination.

SALARY RANGE: $107,400 - $169,600 (SE III/ SS 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 Risk Manager to support an exciting and growing portfolio of research, engineering, computing, and construction projects. The right candidate will develop a project risk management program with lab-wide processes and protocols to ensure that high quality tools and training are available to all project teams. They must enjoy a fast-paced environment and thrive working as part of a collaboration to provide exemplary support for a diverse set of projects.

Job Summary:

The Project Risk Manager will have programmatic responsibilities to establish and oversee the risk management program for project teams across the Lab. You will design and implement overall project risk management processes based upon commercial software tools that enable comprehensive quantitative analyses of identified risks together with the corresponding cost and schedule impacts. You will promote an organization-wide understanding about risks and risk management strategies in project planning and execution under DOE Order 413.3b protocols. Will closely collaborate with key members of project leadership teams and the Project Controls Group to establish and coordinate service standards. Deep experience with best practices in project management together with strong analytical skills and communication is required for success.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Responsible for developing and implementing a Lab-wide risk management program for projects. Assess tailored requirements as needed for specific projects based on input from Lab management, customers, and project management leadership.
  • Develop an outyear risk manager staffing plan consistent with the growing project portfolio. Oversee the hiring and training of additional staff when needed.
  • Ensure risk management program documents and reports are produced with high accuracy in a timely fashion and that they clearly reflect the protocols applicable for each current project.
  • Provide guidance and consultation to project managers to advise of any risk conditions that may affect timelines, cost, or technical objectives with a possible negative impact or opportunity for project performance.
  • Promote open communication and collaboration between all parties to ensure that projects are completed with minimal disruptions and delays.
  • Support the annual reviews and audits of the portfolio of projects.
  • Assist in the resolution of issues arising from risk or risk mitigation during project execution that require coordination with other departments.
  • Support preparation of general correspondence, technical papers, presentations, and documents in accordance with Lab guidelines.



Education, Certifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Science, Management, Business Administration or a related field plus 10 years of relevant experience in a research or project environment, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Government contract project experience such as the Department of Energy is strongly preferred.
  • Certification as a Project Management Professional, Associate in Risk Management, or similar is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Demonstrable background on complex projects managing risk, opportunity and issues.
  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent leadership skills with strong written and effective communication skills.
  • Knowledge of MS Office365 software programs and databases.
  • Must be able to develop and maintain positive, cooperative, team-oriented relationships with direct-reports, co-workers, supervisors, and clients.
  • Ability to capture corporate or global view in the development of lab-wide project risk management program.
  • Must be able to produce outstanding, 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.
  • 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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