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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 10/29/2016

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
Berkeley, CA
Senior (15+ years)
Job Type
Bachelors Degree
AJE Ref #


As the Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer (CHRO), you will assume an important leadership role at Berkeley Lab, leading all aspects of Human Resources. You will serve as a trusted advisor to our Laboratory Director, in addition to Berkeley Labs Senior Leadership Team in a distributed managment model that relies upon collaboration for success. Reporting to the Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Associate Laboratory Director, you will assume a leadership position responsible for the long-term strategic planning, cultural and organizational change management, as well as critical tactical and operational HR activities that ensure the organizations compliance with all federal and state laws, regulations and DOE contractual requirements.

As the Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer, you will:


Serve as a strategic business partner to the Laboratory Director and the senior management team in providing leadership and direction for laboratory-wide HR policies, processes and technology that include Workforce and Succession Planning, Diversity and Inclusion, Recruitment, Retention and Employment, Compensation, Benefits, HR Systems, Organizational and Talent Development, Employee & Labor Relations, Project Management and Process Improvement. Additionally, you will partner with senior executive leadership on laboratory-wide strategic and operational planning and special projects.

Lead the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) strategy at the direction of the Labortory Director. You will ensure that D&I is integrated into all Human Resource and institutional programs in fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion within the Berkeley Lab community.

Provide oversight for all people development processes for the organization including leadership pipeline, talent acquisition, promotions, performance management, diversity, reporting and analytics on people related metrics and trends, compensation, employee engagement and organizational reviews.

Develop and manage an annual budget of $11M for the HR Department, a staff of 80 professionals. Lead the HR Team to maximum effectiveness by developing and implementing programs that support management, increase organizational effectiveness, are cost-effective, comply with regulatory standards, and provide laboratory managers and employees with HR guidance in support of Labs objectives.

Structure the HR function and lead an HR team aligned with the scientific divisions and provide specialized HR support to management and staff. Continuously build a highly innovative, engaged, committed, productive HR team, and focus on the recruitment, development, and retention of exceptional HR professionals.

Provide strategic oversight, direction and development of Human Resources Information and Technology based systems and applications to meet current and future business requirements.

Create a quality culture of metrics, standards, customer service and accountability.

Develop and implement effective and strategic employee programs in training and development, leadership and organizational development, performance management, and other programs designed to enhance employee capability and motivation.

Work closely with Human Resource liaisons at the University Office of the President (UCOP), Berkeley Site Office (BSO) and the Department of Energy (DOE), ensuring that they have appropriate reports and information, that HR policies and practices have been appropriately reviewed and approved, and that all parties support the strategic and operational direction of Berkeley Labs Human Capital Strategic Plan.

Foster high ethical standards in meeting the organizations mission, vision, and goals.

Essential Qualifications:


At least 15 years of HR management experience and an advanced degree or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience

Proven experience in leading and managing the design and implementation of a HR Strategic Plan, and delivery of successful HR strategies aligned with the organizations mission and unique needs in collaboration with stakeholders.

Leadership in the development and representation of Diversity & Inclusion programs that respresent a multi-cultural environment that celebrates and embraces the knowlege and ideas of multiple backgrounds and experiences that among others, include: gender, ethnicity, LGBTQ, family, education, skils and abilities.

Demonstrated success as a strategic member of a senior executive team of an organization of similar or larger size and complexity.

Perceived as a senior leader whose advice and counsel other senior leaders seek in the management of their organizations and their human capital strategies and plans.

Experienced in leading a highly effective, engaged, innovative and productive HR organization of comparable complexity, size, and scope.

Thorough knowledge of human resources management and shared best practices in the major functional areas of HR, as well as employment law and related governmental regulations.

Proven record of success in developing and maintaining positive relations with key stakeholders, and demonstrated success in handling complex employee/labor relations cases.

Sensitive to AA/EEO and diversity issues, including the ability to value and interact effectively with a diverse population of employees and peers, and commitment to work practices that foster the health and safety of the workforce and the protection of the environment.

Proven communicator with excellence in verbal and written communications, presentation skills, negotiation skills, and interpersonal skills.

Demonstrated commitment to work practices that foster the health and safety of the workforce and the protection of the environment.

Track record of upgrading organization capability through the development of a strong recruitment function and the development of a highly effective workforce.

Knowledge of Process Improvement methodologies and use of metrics to measure performance.

Track record implementing process improvements in the HR function to provide efficient accurate data and analyses to line management in support of their decision processes.

NOTES: The Chief Human Resources Officer is a career position that appointed by and serves at the discretion of the Laboratory Director, and this appointment is at will and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.

This position requires completion of a background check.

This position is subject to the financial disclosure requirements of the California Political Reform Act of 1974. The successful candidate for this position will be required to file financial interest statements upon assuming this position, annually while holding this position, and when leaving this position.

Berkeley Lab addresses the worlds 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 Labs scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energys Office of Science.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.