Fermi Research Alliance, LLC (FRA), manager and operator of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) for the Department of Energy, seeks a Sr. Associate General Counsel or Associate General Counsel with substantial experience supporting complex federal construction projects and government contracting matters to be the principal counsel to Fermilab’s most significant project. The position will report to the General Counsel and will be assigned as counsel supporting the Deputy Director for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) Project https://lbnf.fnal.gov/
Utilize breadth and depth of expertise in complex construction matters and government contracts to advise and counsel on a range of matters, solve problems, and assist the project team for the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) Project.
Deliver legal and compliance support as a subject matter expert on federal acquisition and procurement law to the LBNF Procurement and Project teams in support of a one-billion dollar construction project.
Support drafting and negotiating contracts and subcontracts for construction, engineering, design, and other construction-related activities with the LBNF Procurement and Project teams.
Support the development and maintenance of standard form terms and conditions for construction under various construction methodologies.
Support the LBNF Project team on construction claims and changes to mitigate impact to project budget and schedule and resolve matters efficiently and effectively.
Represent FRA, as needed, in negotiations and claim evaluation and resolution with FRA’s construction subcontractors.
As needed, support the management and resolution of all disputes related to LBNF construction activities and effectively oversee and manage outside counsel.
Advise and counsel key Fermilab personnel on compliance matters related to Federal Acquisition Regulations and requirements under FRA’s Prime Contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.
Develop and deliver training materials and/or programs on relevant legal topics, including construction and federal procurement law, to minimize FRA’s risk exposure and costs and to support a culture of compliance.
Provide strategic input, advice, and legal support for other major construction projects managed by FRA as time permits and other duties as assigned.
We Are Looking For
Juris Doctor degree with a minimum 10 years of complex construction and government contracts experience (preferably at a national or regional law firm and/or a sophisticated in-house law department), or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois within 1 year of employment.
Demonstrated ability to provide clear advice under complex circumstances, gain trust, and build consensus among various stakeholders.
Demonstrated ability to identify and articulate legal and business risks and support balanced business decision making.
Excellent professional ethics, good judgment, and the ability to take action and make decisions required.
Excellent skills in drafting, analyzing, and communicating contractual terms to internal and external clients together with a high ability to influence and negotiate.
Demonstrated ability to evaluate and support the effective management of subcontractor construction claims.
Experience litigating and managing construction disputes.
Demonstrated expertise in federal government construction contracting and deep understanding of the FAR, DEAR, and other related regulations and requirements.
Demonstrated ability to function effectively in a matrix organization, and to work within inter-departmental teams and groups.
Ability to exercise leadership, self-initiative, independence, and sound judgment.
Ability to work independently and pro-actively, with minimal guidance and supervision.
Outstanding written and verbal skills with the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of internal and external stakeholders, including regulatory agencies.
Ability to use standard office software for word processing, spreadsheets, and e-mail, and ability to work in databases or online project management tools after appropriate training.
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About Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Fermilab is America’s premier laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. We support discovery science experiments in Illinois and at locations around the world, including deep underground mines in South Dakota and Canada, mountaintops in Arizona and Chile, and the South Pole.We are strategic risk takers, innovators, and collaborators. We are engineers, scientists, technicians, administrative professionals. We are 1,800 employees advancing knowledge for the benefit of humankind. Fermilab has been at the forefront of particle physics for more than 40 years. We build world-leading accelerators and detectors to conduct some of the most advanced particle physics experiments possible. We collect and analyze the data from those experiments with some of the most powerful computers in the world. We conduct this research on a 6,800-acre prairie, 35 miles outside Chicago, a treasure that has been designated a National Environmental Research Park.