Chief Information Officer

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California (US)
Commensurate with experience
September 14 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Chief Information Officer - 92845
Organization: OP-Operations

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is seeking a Chief Information Officer (CIO) to provide visionary and strategic leadership for the development and management of the centralized computing, information, and business systems infrastructure that underpins the Laboratory's world-class scientific experiments and facilities. In addition to serving as an institutional steward of the Laboratory’s enterprise computing capabilities, the CIO holds a dual role as the Director of the Information Technology (IT) Division. As Director, this person manages the division’s staff, which includes experts in infrastructure, cyber security, business systems, and data information, as they steward Berkeley Lab’s full range of IT capabilities. The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator who is resourceful and innovative, and who understands that collaboration with stakeholders from across the Laboratory (Scientific Areas and User Facilities and other High Performance Computing researchers, as well as the University of California) is critical to ensuring the right expertise and technology are in place to advance our mission of bringing science solutions to the world.

Reporting to the Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations/Chief Operating Officer, the CIO is an integral member of Berkeley Lab’s leadership team, and contributes to the responsible Stewardship of the Lab’s values, research, people and assets, including promoting a diverse and welcoming culture. Berkeley Lab has a dynamic workforce of about 4,000 employees and an annual operating budget of approximately $1.1 billion. The University of California (UC) manages Berkeley Lab for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science.

This is an exciting career opportunity for a senior leader to substantially contribute to the formulation and direction of mid-range computing and IT services that enhance the Laboratory's preeminence as one of the crown jewels of federal scientific research.

What You Will Do:

  • As CIO, provide leadership, vision and strategy to develop and deploy state-of-the-art information and computing systems in support of scientific research and business operations, and collaborate closely with senior managers to refine and implement that vision across the organization.
  • As Director, lead the 190-person IT Division to develop and maintain Berkeley Lab's computing, information, and communications infrastructure, which includes networking and telecommunications; desktop computing support; and information systems for management, scientific clusters, technical information and computer security.
  • Proactively partner, develop, and maintain effective working relationships and collaborations with leaders across the Laboratory.
  • Provide direction and guidance in formulating and executing a strategic information and technology plan consistent with Berkeley Lab’s mission and direction of the broader IT industry. Recommend priorities to executive leadership and guide the executive team to appropriate information technology decisions. Establish effective priority-setting processes for major projects and allocation of resources to achieve schedule and budget objectives.
  • Manage ongoing development of effective Cyber security protection programs for the Laboratory in accordance with DOE orders. Provide oversight of Privacy and Security Counsel, who is responsible for Cyber Security, Privacy, Data Security, Records Management, and Procurements involving computing and information technology.
  • Direct the effective and creative use of information technology, coupled with other institutional resources, to bring about greater organizational effectiveness and the advancement of research and operations, including business systems supporting EHS, Facilities, Finance, Human Resources, and Berkeley Lab’s world-class User Facilities and scientific programs.
  • Manage IT Division resources, including the administration of personnel and budget to ensure maximum effectiveness and quality of service delivered, as well as cultivating an inclusive culture that emphasizes collaboration, continuous improvement and commitment to excellence.
  • Ensure implementation of Laboratory policy related to information management and to computing and communications, in compliance with Federal law and with DOE and UC requirements.
  • Systematically anticipate, recognize, and control risks and measure performance over time using metrics, data, and analysis to improve performance.

What is Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in information technology or related discipline and 15 years of relevant experience, with at least 5 years in a senior IT leadership role; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proven and successful track record of IT leadership, execution and delivery; demonstrated ability to define a vision, set a strategy and lead an organization from vision to implementation, as well as track record implementing major projects on time and on budget.
  • Experience leading high-performing IT organizations, cultivating environments with a shared sense of mission and proven commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion principles.
  • Inspiring, visionary and collaborative leader who can influence others to achieve common goals by engaging and developing robust, productive relationships with stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated abilities as a skilled communicator with exceptional interpersonal, relationship building, advocacy and negotiation skills applied across a broad spectrum of constituents and stakeholders.
  • Broad business experience driving execution and adoption of strategic programs and innovative business systems across large teams in complex organizations and in different environments.
  • Experience running a variety of systems in diverse business and technology environments.
  • Demonstrated track record of measuring, tracking, and trending performance data to improve the delivery of efficient and effective IT deployment and cyber security at the enterprise level.
  • Ability to proactively identify and/or manage crises and controversies effectively.
  • Prior experience representing the interests of an organization through interactions with federal, state, and local agencies. Experience with privacy, cyber security, and IT policy and legal issues.
  • Ability to meet eligibility requirements to obtain Q-level security clearance for access to classified information or matters.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working in an organization with a strong academic and/or research mission, and familiarity with their policies and processes for conflicts of interest, business practices, and/or contracting.
  • Experience applying privacy and security issues to research systems and data.
  • Experience with federal government contracts and regulations (FAR/DEAR).


  • For full consideration, please submit your resume and cover letter by September 30, 2021.
  • This is a full-time career appointment, exempt from overtime pay and paid monthly.
  • The CIO is a career position that is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the Laboratory Director, and this appointment is at will and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.
  • 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.
  • This position is subject to the financial disclosure requirements of the California Political Reform Act of 1974. The successful candidate for this position will be required to file financial interest statements upon assuming this position, annually while holding this position, and when leaving this position.If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE Q clearance will be processed/granted.
  • This position may require DOE Q-level access authorization (security clearance) that involves an extensive federal background investigation, application, and random drug testing, and strict adherence to federal laws pertaining to such an authorization. The clearance process may take a year or longer to complete. If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE Q clearance will be processed/granted.
  • 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.

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