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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Digital Project Manager in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Digital Project Manager



CO - Golden


Position Type

Limited Term (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Protocols

Employment at NREL is contingent upon your compliance with all NREL and DOE safety protocols and mitigation efforts directed at the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, NREL requires all employees to be immunized against COVID-19. Upon hire, new employees must be prepared to provide proof of vaccination on your first day of employment. All employees must have completed vaccinations by November 1, 2021.

Working at NREL

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our eight employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.

NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.

Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) drives technological innovation in the areas of energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable power. Our Communications Office is looking for a Digital Project Manager to join our web and application development team to help maintain the U.S. Department of Energy’s website and the Federal Energy Management Program’s (FEMP) web applications.

A Digital Project Manager works on multiple projects with limited supervision and collaborates with project managers, web designers, writers, and developers in an agency-like setting. This position is primarily responsible for managing and maintaining web content for FEMP and will support other websites as needed.

Interested candidates should be comfortable working within a Drupal content management system (CMS) and have familiarity with HTML coding. The position is also responsible for producing newsletters and announcements via multiple email platforms; sizing and optimizing images for the web and managing and writing social media posts. The ability to juggle multiple tasks efficiently, craft quality web content, and quickly complete maintenance requests are critical. The successful candidate will be a self-motivated individual who demonstrates meticulous attention to detail and quality.

Job duties:

  • Post and update content in the Drupal CMS

  • Code content for newsletters and announcements using email tools (MailChimp, Contact Monkey, GovDelivery, and Outlook)

  • Edit content to ensure adherence to web content standards and the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) AP-based style guide

  • Develop project cost estimates and schedules; document project progress

  • Optimize images for web

  • Collect and analyze website statistics using Google Analytics and produce quarterly and annual reports

  • Work with a project manager(s) to plan and achieve optimal web and digital solutions

  • Ensure websites and applications meet quality standards and 508 accessibility requirements.

Successful candidates will have:

  • Strong communications skills and demonstrated ability to collaborate well with others especially in a virtual environment

  • Experience working within a CMS (e.g., Drupal)

  • Experience using email tools (e.g., MailChimp and GovDelivery)

  • Experience with HTML coding

  • Experience with Google Analytics

  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop

  • Experience with optimizing web content for search engine optimization

  • Understanding of web and UX techniques and best practices

  • Understanding of web content standards and best practices

  • Familiarity with AP Style, grammar, and punctuation

  • Familiarity with social media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube and their related metrics

  • Nimbleness to multitask in a fast-paced communications agency setting

  • Attention to detail and quality

  • Strong sense of digital design

  • Knowledge of emerging web-related technologies

  • Experience working on government websites

  • Familiarity with Section 508 accessibility requirements.

This position will work remotely but the candidate will need to live within commuting distance for regular in-person meetings and other assignments once work resumes onsite.

About NREL & the Communications Office

NREL is the only U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) facility dedicated completely to renewable energy and energy efficiency research. As part of the Communications Office’s Digital Services and Scientific Publishing Group, the Web and Application Development team supports the development and maintenance of websites NREL, DOE, and other partnering organizations.


Basic Qualifications

Relevant Bachelor's Degree in communications, journalism, marketing or related and 5 or more years of experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree in communications, journalism, marketing or related and 3 or more years of experience. Or, relevant PhD in communications, journalism, marketing or related


Additional Required Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, or marketing

  • Experience with emerging digital communications, marketing concepts, and practices

  • Skilled in problem -solving and written and verbal communication

  • Experience with and/or existing NREL or DOE programs.


Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Annual Salary Range: $59,100 - $97,600

Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.

* Based on eligibility rules

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