Director of Operations for Photon Sciences Directorate

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Job Ref: 414597

In this position, you will lead directorate-wide activities to ensure the sustained operational excellence of the APS and its user program, and in support of the R&D activities in the directorate. You will develop strategies and plans ensuring their alignment with short-term and long-term objectives of PSC and the Argonne Laboratory. This role will include oversight of the APS Engineering Support (AES) Division and strong partnerships with both the Accelerator Systems Division (ASD), X-ray Science Division (XSD), and APS-Upgrade team (APS-U).  You will have a critical role in assuring PSC’s success against a broad range of strategic and tactical performance requirements.

The incumbent provides leadership and has focused responsibility on key initiatives, projects, and/or programs that are directorate-wide in scope and works hand-in-hand with peers in other Argonne Directorates in support of Argonne operational excellence.  The incumbent also assumes a leadership role in interactions with sponsors and stakeholders including Collaborative Access Teams (CATs), customers, regulators, vendors, and facility affiliates. The incumbent:

  • Has overall responsibility for the operations of the APS and PSC.
  • Is s a key member of the directorate senior leadership team.
  • Collaborates to develop PSC strategic plans with a focus on operation and sustainability of the facility with a 10-year horizon.
  • Provides technical/functional leadership in the integration of varied resources needed to meet safety, technical, and fiscal requirements of the Advanced Photon Source.
  • Provides leadership and management to ensure that the mission and core values of the directorate and the laboratory are put into practice.
  • Acts as a strong advocate and active leader of the DE&I activities in PSC and lab wide along with other senior leaders.
  • Oversees the PSC Portfolio Management Office.
  • Oversees structure and delivery of support functions of the PSC Directorate to ensure a high-quality standard of support services are being provided for achieving the directorate’s mission.
  • Collaborates with the executive management team (directorate & laboratory) to develop and implement plans for the operational infrastructure of systems, processes, and personnel designed to accommodate the operational objectives of the APS.
  • Collaborates seamlessly with APS and APS-U staff, as well as Division Directors to ensure that PSC has access to appropriate capabilities for sustained, high-reliability operations.
  • Ensures an active safety culture is present across the directorate and actively contributes to the continuous improvement process; engages with staff members, users, partners, and contractors through active safety leadership.
  • Serves as the primary interface with the Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations/COO. Serves as a directorate liaison to the Laboratory Operations functions, especially as a key point of contact to  PSC for Infrastructure Services, Business Information Services, Laboratory Performance Management and Financial Management and Procurement Services, among others.
  • Works collaboratively with the U.S. light sources and international partners. Monitors and analyzes factors and trends in the DOE scientific user facilities and across international facilities which may affect PSC and identifies and implements needed adaptations in strategy to drive continuous operational improvement. Identifies and shares best practices with other BES X-ray light sources and neutron sources. Acts as a catalyst for change by developing and promoting new ideas and improvements that positively influence the directorate

This description documents the general nature of work but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all activities, duties and responsibilities required of job incumbent. Consequently, the job incumbent may be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  • Significant experience successfully leading and managing operations within the DOE complex, national laboratories or in a similarly large and complex international organizations in support of science and technology. Comprehensive knowledge of DOE and laboratory policies including environmental, safety and health (ES&H) policies and practices is preferred.
  • Prior experience with operations of a technical complex, including general and business operations oversight, leadership, and strategy.
  • Experience at a large-scale user facility or with accelerator operations is desirable but not required.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change through influence and deliver measurable results (increased awareness, higher customer satisfaction, increased engagement, etc.).
  • Strong relationship builder and communicator with experience leading diverse teams, developing an organization-wide strategy for program excellence, engaging community partners, and collaborating with senior management.
  • Ability to gain the trust and confidence of stakeholders and key decision makers, and act on their cumulative interests.
  • Must be results driven, with a distinguished record of accomplishments, characterized by acting with the highest levels of integrity and ethical standards.
  • Demonstrated success developing and monitoring systems to manage both operational and programmatic work that involve high levels of collaboration.
  • Considerable knowledge of and skills in project management practices and principles. Formal project management experience handling substantial, cross-functional, and mission critical projects is preferred.
  • Comprehensive skill in oral, public speaking and written communication skills and ability to establish effective interpersonal relationships, and in motivating a multidisciplinary scientific and technical staff.
  • Existing Q clearance or the ability to obtain one is preferred.

Job Family

Research Development (RD)

Job Profile

R&D Multi-Functional Leader 5

Worker Type


Time Type

Full time

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