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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Advisor 4 Energy Equity & Stakeholder Engagement in Helena, Montana


The Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division (EIBD) is one of PNNL’s most innovative teams, working at the forefront of some of America’s toughest energy challenges, employing multi-disciplinary teams to solve national-scale problems. Within EIBD, the Economics, Policy and Institutional Support Group is made up of staff engaged in institutional change for federal operations, policy formulation and impact analysis, economic analysis and valuation methodologies, and technology adoption.

PNNL is working to advance equity and energy justice through the role of scientific research, with the goal of building an advanced national power grid, transitioning to clean reliable energy, and designing smart buildings that are more just and equitable. We envision an energy system that is not only clean and resilient, but also affordable and accessible to all. For example, we are developing energy innovation opportunities for rural America through adapted technologies, new economic and business models, and partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders to build the future resilient electric grid.

We are seeking an Advisor on Energy Equity & Stakeholder Engagement to contribute to our growing efforts in support of these goals. The Advisor will provide technical insights and shape the strategic alignment and integration of complex, multi-sector, multi-organization R&D projects to ensure positive equity and justice outcomes.


The successful candidates will use their deep knowledge of energy equity and justice policy objectives, and experience working with diverse stakeholders in rural and urban communities, to effectively:

  • Support the development of an integrated stakeholder engagement strategy that aligns with energy efficiency and grid resilience research objectives.

  • Work with project managers and teams across our energy and environmental research portfolio to facilitate effective coordination of stakeholder efforts and alignment with the broader organizational strategy.

  • Advise a broad set of internal stakeholders on approaches to energy equity and community challenges, and design responsive programs, technology and analytical solutions, and models for technical assistance.

  • Build strong multidisciplinary R&D teams able to impact the scientific and technological challenges associated with understanding market, technical, and regulatory barriers.

  • Lead scoping, scheduling, and budgeting of complex interdisciplinary projects and programs. Involved in planning for long-term technical capabilities that deliver national impact.

  • Cultivate or represent the laboratory in partnerships with existing community energy networks and emerging constituencies.

  • Exert positive influence across a broad spectrum of stakeholders and interest groups with external organizations, the public, and the community.

  • Regularly collaborate and negotiate with senior national/international government officials as a PNNL and DOE representative and make recommendations that set precedent for future decisions and strongly influence national/international programs.

  • Mentor other Laboratory staff members and assists in attracting top scientist/engineer talents to PNNL.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA and 7 years of relevant experience -OR-

  • MS/MA or higher and 5 years of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A graduate degree in science, technology or engineering.

  • At least 10 years professional experience with some combination of energy policy development or analysis, clean energy systems research, and community or stakeholder engagement in energy projects.

  • Strong understanding of energy equity and justice goals, policy mechanisms, and integrated planning approaches.

  • Exceptional communication and facilitation skills.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Not Applicable

Testing Designated Position

Not Applicable

About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3-hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries, you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.