NREL Communications and Public Affairs Manager for- Community, Stakeholder/Government, Visitor Relations and Employee Communications in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Communications and Public Affairs Manager for- Community, Stakeholder/Government, Visitor Relations and Employee Communications



CO - Golden


Position Type

Limited Term (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Summary

NREL’s Communications & Public Affairs Office has an opening for a senior professional to manage its community, employee, stakeholder and government, and visitor relations teams. This position directs staff, workflow, and projects and is responsible for developing and implementing public affairs and communications strategies that advance the laboratory’s mission and reputation, enhance stakeholder outreach, and foster employee engagement.


  • Direct and guide the development and implementation of community, employee, stakeholder and government, and visitor relations strategies, programs, and activities for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  • Supervise approximately 12 professional communicators with a broad range of skills and experience levels to advance NREL’s mission and operational objectives

  • Hire, coach, and manage employee performance

  • Serve as member of the laboratory’s communications and public affairs leadership team

  • Share information and work collaboratively throughout all levels of the organization

  • Provide communications counsel and interact with laboratory executives and senior managers

  • Develop and implement innovative approaches to complex challenges

  • Develop and manage project plans, budgets, schedules, and reporting metrics

Experience and Skills:

  • Demonstrated success creating and directing community, employee, stakeholder and government, and/or visitor relations strategies, programs, and activities

  • Previous experience managing teams and individual contributors, including leading and supervising staff with a broad range of skills, work styles, and experience levels, including hiring, coaching, and workload calibration

  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with direct reports, peers, senior management, and individual contributors, including collaborating and sharing information

  • Demonstrated experience integrating communications for a variety of audiences

  • High degree of ingenuity, flexibility, team orientation, creativity, and innovation

  • Excellent writing, editing, organization, project management, budgeting, interpersonal and communication skills

  • Ability to receive and communicate sensitive topics with appropriate judgement and skill

  • Proven problem-solving and negotiation skills

  • Previous budget management experience

  • Demonstrated skill in dealing with legal and ethical management issues and practices


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Relevant Bachelor's Degree and 14 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree and 12 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant PhD and 9 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant JD and 9 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Applies advanced technical principles, theories and concepts. Contributes to the development of new principles and concepts. Develops advanced concepts, techniques and standards. Develops new applications based on professional principles and theories. Viewed externally as subject matter expert in field. Comprehensive and advanced knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Superior leadership, project management and problem solving skills. Ability to use various computer software programs.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven success creating, directing, measuring, and continuously improving local community and STEM programs and outreach; employee engagement programs and activities; corporate communications; outreach and engagement with key national audiences, including elected officials, economic development and industry/trade associations, sponsorship and speaking opportunities; visitor programs and VIP event programs and outreach

  • Demonstrated experience connecting day-to-day activities and tactics with broader, higher-level organizational goals and objectives

  • Demonstrated content development and management skills, including experience as a writer and editor

  • Previous experience developing and implementing strategic and integrated communications and public relations activities that increase awareness and brand recognition

  • Demonstrated success transcending organizational silos and leading teams and people at all levels to collaborate and work better together

  • Previous senior-level communications and public affairs experience and success communicating highly complex scientific and engineering information in a clear, precise, and compelling way

  • Expert understanding of complex renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy systems and the role of the national laboratory system in research, development, and deployment of these technologies

  • Identifying and reporting on quantifiable communications and public affairs outcomes and impacts

  • Knowledge and experience in federal government agency protocols

  • Experience in staffing executives or elected officials


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