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NREL Diversity and Inclusion Officer in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Diversity and Inclusion Officer



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

The Diversity and Inclusion Officer will serve as NREL’s subject matter expert, consultant and advisor in matters of diversity and inclusion, connecting diversity and inclusion initiatives and efforts to tangible outcomes. This leadership role will facilitate NREL’s Inclusion Advisory Council, support growth of Employee Resource Groups, and ensure compliance with DOE and EEOC diversity and affirmative action compliance requirements. This leader will across the NREL community to identify, design and implement training, development, and resources to further the workforce’s understanding of diversity, inclusion (including biases) and engagement. This position reports to the Chief Human Resources Officer, with matrixed reporting to the President and Laboratory Director.


Strategy and Planning

  • Research and remain informed on best practices related to diversity, inclusion and engagement

  • Partner with the President, CHRO and NREL’s executive leadership team to ignite the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Plan

  • Advise on diversity and inclusion in recruiting and workforce development efforts

  • Lead the annual refresh of NREL’s Diversity Plan, January through March

Organization Development and Plan Execution

  • Lead the implementation of NREL’s People Strategy in areas of Diversity and Inclusion (Diversity Strategy and Diversity Plan)

  • Partner with Workforce Development to plan future talent

  • Partner with Organization Development, contributing to and facilitating manager, leader, and other D&I learning programs

  • Facilitate the NEW Inclusion Advisory Council to be composed of Employee Resource Group (ERG) leaders and other NREL leaders

  • Support Employee Resources Group Leaders, advising and providing resources, to ensure maximized success

  • Partner with the Candidate and Employee Experience Manager and Recruiters, ensuring maximization of diversity and inclusion best practices in talent sourcing and recruiting efforts

  • Partner with HR Business Partners, identifying and addressing targeted needs with a root cause approach. Identify or build targeted solutions and resources.

  • Partner with Communications and across all functions to share information and insights across NREL

  • Review internal and external diversity and inclusion communications for appropriateness and impact, ensuring alignment with the Diversity Strategy and its objectives

  • Represent NREL as a diversity speaker at approved meetings and events.

Measurement and Compliance

  • Management the preparation of the annual Affirmative Action Plan, coordinating efforts across Recruiting and People Operations to achieve data fidelity and optimized, useful feeder pools that help move NREL’s plan forward.

  • Ensure timely submission of the annual Diversity Plan and Affirmative Action to the Department of Energy

  • Monitor and drive positive actions to continuously improve People Strategy diversity and inclusion measures


Basic Qualifications

Basic Qualifications

• Master’s degree in diversity studies, organization development or a related field

• Minimum 12 years of experience as a senior-level diversity leader


• Doctoral degree in diversity studies, organization development or a related field

• Minimum 9 years of experience as a senior-level diversity leader


Additional Qualifications

Additional Required Qualifications

  • Extensive credentials in diversity and inclusion

  • Experience consulting and advising on feeder pools. Views Affirmative Action Planning as a meaningful opportunity and not an obligatory exercise.

  • Ability to travel approximately four to six times a year

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a research and development environment

Preferred Qualifications


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