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The Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) leads all aspects of the Human Resources function.  This leadership role serves as a trusted advisor and a strategic partner to Berkeley Lab’s Senior Leadership Team.  Reporting to the Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations/Chief Operations Officer, the CHRO is responsible for long-term strategic planning, cultural and organizational change management, as well as oversight of tactical and operational HR activities that ensure the Laboratory’s mission success, and compliance with all federal and state laws, regulations and Department of Energy (DOE) contractual requirements.


The Chief Human Resources Officer will:   

  

  • Work as a strategic partner to the Laboratory’s senior executive team and represent HR functional teams and approaches to human capital strategies in leadership meetings. Coach Lab senior leaders on complex and sensitive HR matters.  

  • Partner with others to continuously build a highly innovative, engaged, committed and productive HR team. Cultivate an employee-oriented organizational and inclusive culture that emphasizes collaboration, continuous improvement and high performance.

  • Develop and manage the annual budget to best align HR services and functions to support the mission of the Lab. Current budget is $11 million for the HR Department of 85 staff.  Lead the HR Division to maximum effectiveness and productivity by ensuring the development and implementation of programs that support management, increase organizational effectiveness, are cost-effective and comply with regulatory standards.

  • Oversee all aspects of HR programs, procedures and guidelines that provide Laboratory wide HR support. Supervise the HR leadership team that manage the functional teams including: workforce and employee development planning, talent acquisition and employment, compensation, benefits, HR systems, employee and labor relations, HR project management, shared services, compliance and contract assurance. Serve as the point of escalation for complaints, issues, grievances and exceptions to policy. Manage for high performance.

  • Review, reassess and refine existing HR infrastructure for alignment with organizational needs. Evaluate the need for HR initiatives and projects and determine prioritization in collaboration with other operational and scientific partners across the Laboratory.

  • Serve as a champion to develop and implement effective and strategic employee programs, process re-engineering and implement relevant and efficient HR systems and tools that support the human capital and HR infrastructure. Support organizational change-management projects, communications and transition plans.

  • Work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders including,  University California (UC) and UC Office of the President, Department of Energy DOE and  their Berkeley Site Office (BSO). Ensure that HR policies and practices have been appropriately reviewed and approved by key policy stakeholders; reports and information is shared appropriately; and that all parties support the strategic and operational direction of Berkeley Lab’s HR Strategic Plan.

  • Cultivate and promote a quality culture of metrics, standards, customer service, consistency and accountability.

  • Champion and model behaviors of integrity, inclusion and partnership


The Chief Human Resources Officer is a proven leader that is results driven, makes critical decisions using data and sound judgement, is fiscally responsible and serves in the best interest of the Lab community, University of California and Department of Energy - Office of Science. The CHRO promotes values of diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as safety and security.



Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience.

  • Minimum of 10 years experience as an HR leader including expertise with both HR strategy and HR business operations and tactical HR management.

  • Experience managing and enhancing a full breadth of diverse HR teams and functions including employee relations, compensation, benefits, policy and compliance, leaves management, talent acquisition, and learning and organizational development.

  • Demonstrated experience serving as an  advisor and consultant to other senior leaders.

  • Prior experience managing complex budgets and funding sources of comparable complexity, size, and scope.

  • Thorough knowledge of human resources management and best practices in the major functional areas of HR, as well as strong knowledge and application of federal and state regulations.

  • Excellent interpersonal, listening, written communication, negotiation, and presentation skills. Ability to tailor verbal, written communications and presentations to key stakeholders including C-Suite.

  • Extensive experience communicating and presenting new programs or initiatives, applying change management and communication strategies.

  • Experience assessing and implementing new concepts for continuous improvement.

  • Experience influencing both internal and external key stakeholders and decision-makers with supporting data and metrics.

  • Experience with integrating AA/EEO and diversity best practices into policy and procedures to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Track record of upgrading organization capability through workforce strategy planning, organizational development and succession planning.

  • Demonstrated commitment to work practices that foster personal and social safety.  Ability to interact effectively with a diverse populations and at all levels; and commitment to work practices that foster the health and safety of the workforce and the protection of the environment.

  • Proficiency with computer systems, such as Microsoft Office applications – Word, Excel and PowerPoint; Google applications. Experience with HR Management System and Talent Acquisition System (e.g., PeopleSoft and Taleo).


Additional Desired Qualifications:


  • Advanced degree in related field.

  • Experience working in a scientific, research, academic or government owned/contractor operated organization

  • Experience working in a union environment

  • Experience with OFCCP

  • Preferred: SHRM or HRCI professional certification


Notes:


  • This is a full time, career appointment.

  • This is an at-will, designated official position.

  • This position is exempt from overtime pay.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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."


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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."

 

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The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory provides accommodation to otherwise qualified internal and external applicants who are disabled or become disabled and need assistance with the application process. Internal and external applicants that need such assistance may contact the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to request accommodation by telephone at 510-486-7635, by email to eeoaa@lbl.gov or by U.S. mail at EEO/AA Office, One Cyclotron Road, MS90R-2121, Berkeley, CA 94720. These methods of contact have been put in place ONLY to be used by those internal and external applicants requesting accommodation.