Berkeley Lab has an exciting new Legal Counsel opportunity to be part of a vital in-house legal department at the nation's premier national research laboratory doing a broad range of cutting-edge law and counselling. We are looking for a bright, collegial early career attorney to join the Office of Laboratory Counsel at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn the business of the Laboratory in a supportive environment, while providing legal advice and counsel in the areas of construction, environmental, procurement, export controls, among others. If you are ready to commit yourself to a public-service legal environment in an exciting and intellectually stimulating research environment, please consider applying for this rare opportunity.
This position reports to the Laboratory's Chief Counsel, and as part of the University of California, also to the UC General Counsel.
What You Will Do:
Provide a full range of legal services, including advice and counsel to clients and negotiating and drafting agreements primarily (although not exclusively) in construction, procurement, contracts, grants and other transactions, and environmental compliance.
Assist in developing effective compliance and risk mitigation strategies to facilitate the Laboratory's complex operations. Interpret complex facts and the law in areas of ambiguity.
Serve as a trusted strategic partner with Laboratory business units, providing practical advice and alternative solutions to business issues.
Represent institutional concerns persuasively to internal and external parties and consistently demonstrate an understanding of diverse needs and interests of various stakeholder groups.
Embrace Berkeley Lab's established Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accountability model.
What is Required:
Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
Member in good standing of California Bar Association, or willingness to take and pass the California Bar exam.
Minimum of 4 years of relevant experience post law degree in a law firm, or in-house counsel for an academic institution, corporation, or other entity.
Demonstrated ability to act as a team player in all circumstances, as defined by collegiality, contributing to the successful outcome of initiatives, information sharing, being fully accountable, and respecting others.
Possess high integrity, demonstrated outstanding interpersonal skills, proven ability to interact effectively and develop and maintain productive working relationships with an array of individuals, and client groups with diverse interests; ability to make and communicate difficult decisions; demonstrated ability to influence and build consensus.
Exceptional written, verbal, presentation and listening skills, including the ability to communicate clearly, logically, and persuasively. Ability to draft accurate, complete and persuasive legal documents, position statements and briefs.
Demonstrated understanding of ethical issues, proven ability to exercise ethical judgment and behavior, and proven ability to maintain confidentiality with regard to sensitive issues.
Minimal anticipated travel.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience in public sector construction contracting and claims.
Experience in environmental, health & safety, including hazardous materials, hazardous waste, storm water, OSHA and administrative enforcement actions.
Experience advising public agency clients on CEQA compliance strategies and litigation.
Experience with federal government contracts (FAR/DEAR).
This is a full-time career appointment, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid) .
Classification will depend upon the applicant's level of skills, knowledge, and abilities.
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.
The Legal Counsel is a career position that is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the Laboratory, and this appointment is at will and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.
This position is subject to the financial disclosure requirements of the California Political Reform Act of 1974. The successful candidate for this position may be required to file financial interest statements upon assuming this position, annually while holding this position, and when leaving this position.
Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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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About Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with excellence. Thirteen scientists associated with Berkeley Lab have won the Nobel Prize. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular... views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and students. Its budget for 2011 is $735 million, with an additional $101 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for a total of $836 million. A recent study estimates the Laboratory's overall economic impact through direct, indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be nearly $700 million annually. The Lab was also responsible for creating 5,600 jobs locally and 12,000 nationally. The overall economic impact on the national economy is estimated at $1.6 billion a year. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in lighting and windows, and other energy-efficient technologies, have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence's belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.