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Manager, Ethics Office

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Legal | livermore, CA | 11/23/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Manager, Ethics Office. You will be responsible for the establishment, dissemination and communication of Laboratory-wide Standards of Conduct and Business Ethics; and, the integration of Laboratory's ethics and values initiative and business conduct practices into the decision-making processes of all levels of the organization. Additionally, you will be responsible for ensuring positive working relationships with Federal Agencies conducting Audits and Inspections involving LLNL property and personnel. This position will report directly to Director, Independent Audit and Ethics (IAED) within the Director’s Office.

In this role you will 

  • Establish, communicate and implement the Laboratory-wide Standards of Conduct and Business Ethics; Develop and maintain an integrated process for receiving, tracking, and recording resolution of ethical concerns across the Laboratory; monitor the performance of the ethics compliance program and related activities.
  • Develop, initiate, maintain, and revise policies and procedures for the general operation of the ethics program and its related activities to assist managers and employees in recognizing illegal, unethical, or improper conduct.
  • Supervise Ethics Office staff and manage the day-to-day operation of the ethics program, which includes the ethics and business conduct function; conflict of interest program; ethics awareness program and the employee concerns programs.
  • Supervise External Audit Coordination staff and manage day-to-day operation of Interagency relationships accordingly.
  • Review and update the LLNS Standards of Conduct and Business Ethics publication to ensure continuing currency and relevance in providing guidance to managers and employees; provide guidance and interpretation of policies and program concerning employee responsibilities regarding ethics and compliance.
  • Collaborate with other Laboratory entities (e.g., Human Resources, Security Organization, ES&H, and Quality Assurance) to direct compliance issues to appropriate channels for investigation and resolution.
  • Resolve difficult complex legal compliance issues through appropriate collaboration and consultation with the Office of General Counsel.
  • Provide comprehensive reports to the IAED Director for briefing the LLNS Board of Governors and Laboratory senior management regarding program activities and accomplishments.
  • Provide comprehensive reports regarding ongoing External Audit and Inspection engagements for visibility and tracking.
  • Develop, institute and maintain an effective ethics compliance communication program for the Laboratory, including promoting use of the employee concerns program helpline, heightened awareness of standards of conduct and business ethics, and understanding of new and existing ethics and compliance issues and related policies and procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.  


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship
  • Bachelor's degree in Business or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Significant managerial experience as demonstrated by progressive levels of increasing management responsibility.
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience managing and administering business standards of conduct and business ethics policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Expert knowledge of legal requirements affecting ethics, conflict of interest, and employee concerns program issues.
  • Significant experience negotiating with management or customers regarding significant business ethics and compliance matters.
  • Proven problem solving, decision making, and analytical skills necessary to independently advise, recommend, and resolve highly complex problems having Lab-wide impact.
  • Advanced skill in performing analysis, investigating complaints/concerns, and recommending solutions on ethics issues.
  • Ability to direct, create and maintain an integrated process for receiving, tracking, and recording resolution of ethical concerns.
  • Expert written and verbal communication skills necessary to present, direct, negotiate, and influence at all levels of staff and high levels of management.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Masters of Law (LLM) or Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Knowledge of LLNL personnel, business and financial management policies and practices.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above).  If you are selected and a clearance is required, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

LLNS is committed to offering reasonable accommodations during the application and recruiting processes due to a disability.  If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please submit a request via our online form

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