Sr. Contracts Counsel

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility/Jefferson Science Associates, LLC

Come join our team at Jefferson Lab, where great minds matter.

Posting Date: 02/06/2024
Work Location Type: Hybrid (3 days in the office, 2 days remote)

What your job will be like:

As the Contract Counsel at Jefferson Lab, you will work with Senior Counsel to provide legal advice and counsel on contract matters as assigned with an emphasis on Federal Government contracting and subcontracting. Responsibilities will include, legal review, drafting, and providing comment and guidance on various legal documents.

In this role you will support:

Prime Contract Services: Provide legal guidance on compliance with and modifications to JSA’s Prime Contract, to include review of government regulations, policies, and procedures. Staying updated with changes in legislation and regulations to provide comment on draft orders and proposed rules. Assist the Compliance Manager in the interpretation and implementation of contract terms to ensure compliance.

Procurement Services: Review various types of subcontracts, leases, and other legal documents; Research the Federal Acquisition Regulations, DEARS, and other federal requirements; drafts, and recommends revisions as necessary. Advising procurement officers on all aspects of subcontracting from planning to solicitation, management, dispute resolution, and closeout.

Technology Transfer Services: Reviews and advises management on unique agreements, (to include International Agreements, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements, and Strategic Partnership Project agreements), and drafts and negotiates intellectual property agreements (to include Non-disclosure and License Agreements).

Maintains continuing legal education requirements as needed, or to continue professional growth and development through seminars, workshops, and professional affiliations to keep abreast of the latest laws and regulations.

Willingness to learn other areas of in-house practice and perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Must be issued a Virginia Corporate Counsel certificate within 6 months

Qualifications we require:


  • Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Admission to a state or the District of Columbia Bar


  • 15 years practicing law in a business environment
  • Federal Government Contracts experience
  • Performing legal research and drafting routine legal guidance in the area of contracts law

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and familiarity with Department of Energy Acquisition Regulation (DEARS)
  • Knowledge of the government contracting processes, including bid protests, contract disputes, and compliance requirements
  • Legal research skills to interpret and apply complex government contracting laws and regulations
  • Strong contract negotiation skills to advocate for client during subcontract negotiations with vendors
  • Attention to detail to ensure compliance with contract terms and regulatory requirements
  • Analytical skills to assess risks and provide strategic advice on government contract matters
  • Ability to communicate effectively with government agencies, contractors, and subcontractors
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines in a legal environment focused on support of the Laboratory’s mission.
  • Ability to deliver legal advice and counsel consistent with JSA’s operations mission and business objective

Qualifications we prefer:

  • Federal Government Contracts experience
  • Performing legal research and drafting routine legal guidance in the area of contracts law

About Jefferson Lab

Join a community with a common purpose of solving the most challenging scientific and engineering problems of our time. The Jefferson Lab campus is located in southeastern Virginia amidst a vibrant and growing technology community. A career at Jefferson Lab is more than a job. You will be part of “big science” and work alongside top scientists and engineers from around the world unlocking the secrets of our visible universe. Managed by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC; Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility is entering an exciting period of mission growth and is seeking new team members ready to apply their skills and passion to have an impact. You could call it work, or you could call it a mission. We call it a challenge. We do things that will change the world.

Total Rewards at Jefferson Lab

At Jefferson Lab, we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (Paid Parental, vacation, holidays, and sick leave)
  • 401(k) Plan – 9% Lab Contribution; 100% vested
  • Flexible Work Arrangements (Remote & Alternate Work Schedules available)
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Live near the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay region with access to nearby beaches,  mountains, and all major metropolitan centers on the East Coast


Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (JSA) manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab). JSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status or on any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. As part of the JSA’s equal employment opportunity policy, we also take affirmative action as called for by applicable laws and Executive Orders to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional

JSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities (unless doing so will result in an undue hardship).  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to recruiting@ or contact Human Resources by calling (757) 269-7100 and selecting option 1 between 8:00 am -5:00 pm EST to provide the nature of your request. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Employment with JSA is conditional upon DOE approval if at any time during your employment you are participating in a Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Program or Affiliated activity. Generally, such programs/activities include any foreign-state-sponsored attempt to acquire U.S.-funded scientific research through programs run or funded by the government that target scientists, engineers, students, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs of all nationalities working or educated in the United States. This includes positions or appointments, both domestic and foreign, titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received and whether full-time, part-time or voluntary.




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