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NREL Developmental Editor II in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Developmental Editor II



CO - Golden


Position Type

Limited Term (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an energy future that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. The NREL mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovation to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals. The NREL Communications & Public Affairs (C&PA) Office has an opening for a Professional II Developmental Editor who will act as a point of contact for written communications projects representing wind, water, and energy systems integration research. This position requires storytelling skills to help researchers effectively communicate the laboratory’s successes through a variety of content channels, including journal and website articles, reports, and other publications.

Knowledge of technical communications best practices and strategy is required, along with strong client relations, writing, editing, and project management skills. Attention to detail and quality and adhering to style guides and publication requirements is essential, while managing multiple editorial projects with limited supervision. The selected candidate will maintain good relationships with internal clients and team members, working directly with researchers and C&PA team members including other editors and project managers, writers, web developers, information architects, and designers to develop and execute a variety of digital and traditional communications tactics.

Successful candidates must possess:

· Superior writing and editing skills

· Keen interest in learning about renewable energy and energy efficiency

· Ability to distill complex technical information into understandable and engaging content

· Exceptional project management capabilities

· Experience in maintaining and building relationships with clients

· Willingness to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects and deadlines under limited supervision

· Aptitude for creating a wide range of digital media content and managing it in a CMS

· Strong attention to detail and quality Knowledge of traditional and digital communication standards and best practices

· Familiarity with the publishing/print production process

· Can-do attitude and collaborative workstyle.


Basic Qualifications

Relevant Bachelor's Degree and 2 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree or equivalent relevant education/experience. General knowledge and application of technical standards, principles, theories and techniques. Frequent application of industry concepts and principles. General knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Skilled in problem solving, written and verbal communication. Ability to use various computer software programs.


Additional Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, communications, marketing, or related field.

  • Experience with emerging digital communications, marketing concepts and practices, public relations or advertising agency setting, social media, and event planning.

  • Familiarity with renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and/or other technical subject matter.

  • Experience with existing NREL and DOE programs.


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