Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Senior Legal Administrator/Paralegal  – 93075

Organization: LD-Laboratory Directorate


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is seeking an experienced Senior Legal Administrator to join the Office of the Laboratory Counsel. The Senior Legal Administrator serves a variety of key roles, ranging from Paralegal and Associate Risk Manager functions, while also being responsible for matter management in the Office. In this role, the successful candidate will: 

• Provide a broad range of analytical support to multiple legal practice areas, including General Law, Business Law, Employment Law, Environmental Law, Patent Law, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, Export Control, Public Records, Research and Institutional Integrity, and Enterprise Risk Management;

• Serve as a trusted advisor, overseeing and managing the flow and exchange of information, streamlining interactions with key executives and facilitating initiatives on behalf of the Chief Counsel and other attorneys in the Office; and 

• Function as a partner in developing and defining the objectives of the Office of the Laboratory Counsel and independently anticipates and carries out these objectives in creative and effective ways. 


This is a unique opportunity to be part of a vital in-house legal department at the nation’s premier national research laboratory! 


What You Will Do:

• Develop and lead a broad range of projects and legal issue resolution requiring in-depth knowledge of organizational objectives, current business trends, and Berkeley Lab organizational dynamics and culture.

• Define and manage integrated operating strategies, budget, and goals for the OLC, including all necessary reporting to the Department of Energy (DOE), University of California, and other agencies.

• Serve as a Laboratory-wide internal authority in areas of assigned responsibility, including records issues, human resources issues and risk management objectives.

• Manage all intake of and responses to Freedom of Information Act/California Public Records Act/Subpoenas and other records requests.

• Coordinate all Procurement agreement review requests, providing appropriate response or submitting to in-house attorneys for additional handling.

• Support Human Resources, including liaison between Berkeley Lab HR and UCOP Office of the General Counsel on individual employee issues and policy questions; work with retained outside counsel to prepare discovery responses and pleadings; and draft settlement and separation agreements. Interact with IT for electronic document discovery and organization.

• Manage outside counsel retention processes, including requests to the Department of Energy for retention and retention letters, joint defense agreements, and billing review, budgets and necessary reporting.

• Develop, advocate and implement policies and procedures that anticipate and respond to changes in legal issues relating to Berkeley Lab’s regulatory, contract compliance and funding environment.


What is Required:

• A minimum of 7 years of experience at the level of principal analyst, senior paralegal, business manager, principal legal administrator in a commercial firm, government, or educational institution, with expertise in one or more practice areas (e.g., General Law, Business Law, Employment Law, Environmental Law, Patent Law, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, Export Control, Public Records, Research and Institutional Integrity, and Enterprise Risk Management).

• Proven ability to gain the confidence and trust of organization’s executive/senior leadership and key external stakeholders.

• Proven ability to gain the confidence and trust of an organization’s executive/senior leadership and key external stakeholders, as well as to develop and maintain productive working relationships with an array of diverse interests, individuals, and constituencies.

• Superior verbal and active listening skills; the ability to communicate clearly, logically, and persuasively; ability to effectively represent institutional positions to internal and external parties.

• Superior written, analytical, and research skills; ability to create, compose, and edit a variety of written materials, including legal documents. Thorough knowledge of the principles and procedures of legal research, including ability to research, analyze, and synthesize large amounts of data.

• Project management, document/information management and organizational skills to plan, coordinate, and independently execute projects/tasks within specific and sudden deadlines, and successfully assess, balance, and prioritize numerous competing priorities. 

• Demonstrated understanding and judgment related to ethical concerns in a National Laboratory or University setting; proven ability to maintain confidentiality with regard to sensitive issues and information and exercise discretion in dealing with sensitive or potentially sensitive topics.

• Time management skills to plan and manage a high-volume workload with competing deadlines, prioritize multiple tasks, organize workload of self and others, follow through to final solutions, and give adequate attention to detail. Must be able to work both independently with frequent interruptions and to work effectively in teams.

• Demonstrated proficiency in the use of MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint) and other relational databases. Experience with applications to store, retrieve and analyze data and generate reports.


Desired Qualifications:

• J.D. or Paralegal Certificate, or knowledge and abilities normally acquired by completing an advanced degree in public administration, business administration or law.



• For full consideration, please submit your resume and cover letter by July 23, 2021.

• This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

• This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs, skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate. 

• 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.


How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.


Learn About Us:

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities. To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here (


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.”

About Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, commonly referred to as Berkeley Lab, is a United States national laboratory that conducts scientific research on behalf of the Department of Energy. Located in the hills of Berkeley, California, the lab overlooks the campus of the University of California, Berkeley.