Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Ethics Specialist

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Administrative/Management
Organization:  Office of the Director
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 105520
Job Code: Business Operations Spec 2 (A01.2) / Business Operations Spec 3 (A01.3)
Date Posted: June 20 2019

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2019 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for multiple Ethics Specialists. These positions are in the Independent Audit & Ethics Department (IAED). You will be responsible for working with the Ethics Manager to implement the ethics program at the laboratory.  You will assist in its integration into the decision-making processes of all levels of the laboratory.  You must demonstrate a high level of personal and professional judgment and integrity. 

Essential Duties

- Provide advanced, diverse and highly sensitive administrative support within the Ethics Office, including coordinating, scheduling and participating in Ethics Office status meetings

- Respond to Ethics Office inquiries (email and phone) and prepare and review correspondence and technical reports for content, clarity and identified improvements.

- Review, respond, and manage Outside Business Activity (OBA) Database, including updating OBA guidelines.

- Compile OBA information and report into Contrak system.

- Review and approve Statement of Economic Interest (SOEI) for (WFO) requests.

- Review monthly Conflict of Interest Reports.

- Manage annual Confidential Financial Disclosure database.

- Review and respond to HR regarding post government employee new hires.

- Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition at the A01.3 Level

- 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.

- 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.

- Provide comprehensive reports to the Ethics Officer for briefing the LLNS Board of Governors and Laboratory senior management regarding program activities and accomplishments.


- Associate degree in Paralegal, Business, or a related field or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

- Knowledge of personnel, business and financial management policies and practices.

- Knowledge of and experience managing and administering business standards of conduct and business ethics policies, practices, and procedures and knowledge of legal requirements affecting ethics, and conflict of interest.

- Experience working with management or customers regarding business ethics matters

- Ability to direct, create and maintain an integrated process for receiving, tracking, and recording resolution of ethical concerns.

- Advanced written and verbal communication skills necessary to present, direct, negotiate, and influence at all levels of staff and high levels of management.


 In Addition at the A01.3 Level

- Advanced knowledge of and experience managing and administering business standards of conduct and business ethics policies, practices, and procedures and knowledge of legal requirements affecting ethics, and conflict of interest.

- Significant experience working with management or customers regarding business ethics matters; coordinating with General Counsel representative supporting Ethics Office.

- Advanced problem solving, decision making, and analytical skills necessary to independently advise, recommend, and resolve highly complex problems having Lab-wide impact.

- Experience conducting an ethics investigation or ability to learn how to conduct an ethics investigation.


BS/BA degree in Business, a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner)

CCEP (Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional)

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.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, 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.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. 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, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.