NREL Communications Section Manager/Lead in Golden, Colorado
Communications Section Manager/Lead
CO - Golden
Limited Term (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
Are you a seasoned strategic communicator with management expertise who also thrives on rolling up your sleeves and executing projects? Can you coach team members in developing big picture communications strategies and pitching those concepts to colleagues and clients—and then help ensure progress is being tracked against those plans? If so, this position may be a great match.
We’re looking for two strategic and collaborative communications professionals to manage two sections in the Science & Technology Communications Group in NREL’s Communications & Public Affairs Office: the Buildings and Solar section and the Energy Systems Integration, Wind, and Water section.
You will each lead approximately 10 professional communicators, including talented writers, editors, project managers, and client relationship specialists with varied experience levels and a broad range of skills. You will provide guidance needed to further client and NREL goals and raise internal and external awareness of the lab’s work.
We’re looking for an inspiring and relatable leader who can spark enthusiasm in others and is comfortable managing at various levels and serving as an experienced adviser to section members, as well as colleagues and clients.
Section Lead management key responsibilities include:
Providing mentoring, coaching, and feedback to staff and peers
Coaching Team Leads on management of projects and client relationships
Monitoring workloads and allocating resources to address section needs
Overseeing project plans; developing budgets, schedules, and tracking section progress against billing goals
Hiring new section members as needed, conducting performance evaluations, and making compensation recommendations
Ingenuity and creativity to developing solutions to complex challenges that are consistent with organizational objectives
Working with the Science & Technology Group Manager, Office Director, and Office Leadership Team to set and further office and lab-wide priorities, goals, policies, and practices
Interacting with cross-disciplinary teams (within the office and across the lab)
Leading a strategic body of client work
Writing, editing, and providing quality assurance on the section’s body of work
Taking on project assignments as needed to support communication needs within the group.
The following skills will be essential to success in this position:
Ability to lead, mentor, and coach a multidisciplinary team of communicators
Proficiency in anticipating challenges and creative problem solving
Poise and sound judgement in dealing with performance, quality, and interpersonal issues
Nimbleness needed to multitask in a fast-paced communications agency setting
Oversight of budget planning and tracking
Strategic communications planning, messaging, and project management expertise
Confidence in client relationship building, including business development and negotiation
Skill in conveying the value of communications and demonstrating results
Knowledge of traditional and digital communication standards and best practices for multiple formats and channels
Dedication to organization, detail, and quality
Exposure to complex, technical subject matter and understanding what is required to translate it for general audiences
Firm understanding of writing and editing standards.
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.
Previous management and budget adherence experience may be required
Degree in appropriate field may also be required
Demonstrated knowledge of legal and ethical management issues and practices
In-depth knowledge of the issues and best practices in the applicable field of expertise
Generally viewed as subject matter expert for group or work units
Demonstrated ability to make appropriate decisions regarding work activities and projects
Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and direct personnel with diverse skills, work styles and values
Excellent organization, project management, budgeting, interpersonal and communication skills
Proven problem-solving and negotiation skills
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