NREL Wind Energy Workforce Planning and Development (Advanced) in Boulder, Colorado
Wind Energy Workforce Planning and Development (Advanced)
CO - Boulder
Hours Per Week
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation’s primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. NREL currently has an opening for a Senior Project Leader in the wind energy workforce development program. The successful candidate will work with NREL, the Department of Energy (DOE), academic and industry partners to manage and build wind focused workforce development programs, supporting the continued growth and diversification of this industry. This position is located at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), part of the NREL Flatirons Campus near Boulder, Colorado.
This position will be responsible for managing existing and future projects focused on wind workforce analysis and development. The leader will engage with internal and external stakeholders to develop, implement, manage or support the effectiveness of workforce programs spanning community STEM outreach, K-12 education, community college and technical vocational programs, university education partnership, and other programs to inspire tomorrow's wind energy leaders, including the Collegiate Wind Competition and Wind for Schools Initiative. The successful candidate will also work to maintain and build client and partner relationships that increase the impact of the ongoing work and future research activities.
Technical responsibilities are expected to include:
Leadership of workforce planning activities associated with NREL and the DOE, Wind Energy Technology Office
Partnering with internal and external stakeholders to establish an industry leading workforce development program framework, building off existing programs to expand STEM engagement in wind energy
Ensuring that NREL’s wind workforce development program framework is optimized in scope and complemented by activities being undertaken by other governmental and non-governmental organizations, universities and trade associations
Management of the workforce development team and infrastructure in association with NWTC leadership staff management and consultation on or support for new programs as requested
Engagement with internal and external stakeholders across the full lifecycle of workforce programs from conception to delivery
Serving as the internal subject matter expert on wind energy workforce development
Serving as a principal interface with project and research sponsors including the DOE’s Wind Energy Technology Office on workforce issues
Networking with designated community or education partners and government agencies
Engaging the STEM community to inspire future technical leaders in wind energy
Leadership in the development of land-based, distributed and offshore wind energy educational curricula
Support for and oversite of analysis of wind energy workforce needs for land based, distributed and offshore wind energy
Coordinate with and contribute to expanding workforce development efforts associated with additional renewable power technologies, including hydropower and marine energy technologies.
Additional program development responsibilities include developing and executing STEM outreach programs and activities as well as development of strategic partnerships with universities and other organizations involved in wind energy and STEM education.
PhD in STEM, Economics, Sociology, Statistics, or related and 4 or more years of experience in Economics/Finance/Business/workforce development/Project Management Or, Master's Degree in STEM, Economics, Sociology, Statistics or related and 7 or more years in Economics/Finance/Business/workforce development/Project Management. Bachelor's Degree in STEM, Economics, Sociology, statistics, or related and 9 or more years of experience in Economics/Finance/Business/workforce development/Project Management
Advanced degree in workforce development, organizational development, education or a STEM field
Demonstrated experience working in a research and development setting
Demonstrated experience partnering with universities and/or government in workforce development programs
Demonstrated experience in the development of strategic plans to impact worker development, retention and diversification, including the development and implementation of results based metric identification and tracking approaches
Demonstrated ability to research, document, and communicate findings to diverse audiences
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive, collaborative working relationships
Excellent organizational, project management, budgeting, interpersonal and communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to integrate project management across diverse projects and programs
Experience in leading, conducting or supporting broad, national level workforce needs analysis including engagement with key external stakeholders to facilitate such analysis
Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field.
Excellent leadership, communication, problem solving and project management skills.
Ability to use various computer software programs.
A bachelors or advanced degree in workforce development, education, or STEM field
Demonstrated experience developing and implementing workforce development programs in STEM occupations, optimizing efforts across multiple organizations working to address a common workforce need for an identified industry
Demonstrated understanding of STEM workforce needs in wind energy and the renewable energy sector
Experience in workforce diversification efforts and programs
Five years of program management experience in a STEM or STEM program environment, leading multi-million dollar projects or programs focused on educational engagement, preferably at the university level
Five years of experience synchronizing the efforts of multiple individuals/organizations across multiple programs, to meet overall shared objectives
Seven years of experience working in a STEM occupation
Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Excellent leadership, communication, problem solving and project management skills. Ability to use various computer software programs.
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