Administrative Assistant, NSSD Operations

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Oak Ridge, TENNESSEE

Requisition Id 6048 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. Our diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace.


The National Security Sciences Directorate (NSSD) leads scientific and technological breakthroughs to confront some of the nation’s most difficult security challenges. We develop applications needed for the security of our nation today and target our vision on how these challenges may manifest themselves in a decade or more. Our multi-disciplinary teams are passionate about creating science-based solutions to complex security threats that put public safety, national defense, energy infrastructure, and the economy at risk.


NSSD seeks applications for an Administrative Assistant to support the Directorate’s Front Office Operations, Chief Operations Officer (COO), and Nuclear Nonproliferation Program Office. This role  will be responsible for supporting the efficiency and effectiveness of these groups by assuming and executing administrative and operations team support tasks and projects, coordinating with other Administrative Assistants within the Directorate and across the laboratory, and engaging with colleagues, partners and directorate leadership in a positive, professional and diplomatic manner. The successful applicant must demonstrate the ability to operate with informed discretion as responsibilities may span both classified and unclassified spaces. 


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Under supervision of the Directorate’s Administrative Services Coordinator, this position is responsible for performing a wide variety of support functions including:
  • Manage schedules and meetings for assigned groups using Outlook Calendar, Teams and other office management tools.
  • Assist in preparing and managing communications, including reports, meeting notes, presentations, and announcements.
  • Track, coordinate, and follow actions/responses to ensure timely completion.
  • Support and complete administrative projects, as part of the NSSD operations support team.
  • Support development and maintenance of internal web, document storage and SharePoint sites for the Directorate.
  • Engage with matrixed team members to ensure timely, responsive engagement in matrixed activities.
  • Coordinate travel of assigned groups, including arrangements for transportation, lodging, and itineraries.
  • Serve as Education Coordinator for the Directorate
  • Implement effective contractor assurance mechanisms (metrics, measures, and reporting mechanisms) for assigned management systems and program elements that provides for real-time assessment of ESH&Q performance
  • Manage implementation of effective incident response, reporting and corrective action management for ESH&Q


Basic Qualifications:

  • A high school diploma and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience


Preferred Qualifications:

  • An Associate’s Degree or higher in secretarial sciences, business administration, or related field and/or applicable professional certification.
  • Proficiency with computer systems and their applications.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Office 365, Adobe Acrobat, and other commonly used office applications.
  • Ability to maintain a consistent work schedule during business hours.
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently, take on new challenges and learn new skills or approaches.
  • Ability to operate well in a fast-paced environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to changing needs/priorities.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of expertise in office management and administration.
  • Expertise and previous experience in planning, scheduling, and coordinating workshops, and meetings.
  • Familiarity with project management principals, and the ability to effectively manage projects, from start to finish.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.

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This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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