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Associate General Counsel

Date: Jan 20, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7104 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest US Department of Energy 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.


ORNL Legal Directorate is seeking an experienced legal counsel to provide advice and legal support to staff and management at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in a variety of areas spanning the full scope of business operations with primary responsibility in the area of employment law.  In this position you will also be expected to work to acquire knowledge and expertise and take on responsibility in other areas spanning the broad scope of ORNL operations. 


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Provide legal advice and support in areas relating to the practice of labor and employment law, including federal and state employment laws, labor law, and OFFCP compliance
  • Research and analyze complex legal issues arising in the areas of employment law, employee benefits, diversity, equity and inclusion, disability, hiring practices, discipline and performance, claims of discrimination or retaliation, employee records, wages and compensation, retirement and pension, attendance, immigration and labor relations matters 
  • Solve legal problems creatively and independently, align with business objectives while complying with established legal frameworks and contractual requirements, and adapt to a rapidly evolving market, all while inspiring trust and confidence in colleagues and external clients
  • Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
  • Provide risk identification and analysis, and incorporate appropriate risk mitigation strategies into legal advice and support
  • Interact with the most senior levels of management at ORNL
  • Provide presentations and training, internal and external, on various legal topics
  • Keep up to date on all governing law and the Prime Contract with DOE


Qualifications Required: 

J.D. Degree from an ABA accredited law school is required with a minimum of eight (8) years of employment law experience, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience. Licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney in a state of the United States, with the ability to gain admission to practice as an attorney in Tennessee and must be an active member in good standing of the bar.  Excellent academic and employment credentials.  Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Highly developed writing and communication skills, strong counseling and negotiating skills, and the ability to operate successfully in a culture that values consultation and collaboration.  Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and be committed to provide quality service to clients in a professional services organization. Working knowledge of various related statutes, regulations and case law that pertain to employment law, discrimination, diversity and equal employment opportunity is required. Ability to obtain and maintain Q clearance.


Qualifications Preferred

An understanding of the Department of Energy (DOE) as well as its facilities and management and operating contractor system would be of great benefit.


Work Direction and Interfaces:   

Position reports to the General Counsel. Interfaces with clients, administrative staff and managers within ORNL.


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

Nearest Major Market: Knoxville