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NREL Laboratory Program Manager - Federal Energy Management Program in Golden, Colorado

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Laboratory Program Manager - Federal Energy Management Program



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Laboratory is seeking a Laboratory Program Manager (LPM) to lead NREL's activities in support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program Office (FEMP) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). FEMP plays a critical role in improving the resiliency and efficiency of federal agencies while supporting the increased use of renewable and other advanced energy technologies. The FEMP LPM oversees delivery of NREL techno-economic expertise provided to federal agencies in support of their energy strategies and program definition and implementation, development of tools to evaluate energy technology and system options that enable meeting mandates and agency goals, and development of robust energy and resilience requirements and development of advanced energy systems that meet these requirements.

The position reports to NREL's Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Systems Integration (ESI). This position interacts with NREL center directors to identify staff resources to support program activities, to monitor progress and program quality, to resolve any issues, and to develop a robust plan to increase program impact. This LPM position interacts with contacts across the Federal government and serves as NREL’s representative to the DOE FEMP program. The FEMP LPM engages with counterparts at other DOE labs to coordinate and leverage efforts. The role maintains close working relationships with other NREL LPMs and business development managers to coordinate activities and with NREL technical staff to assure successful planning and execution of FEMP program deliverables. The position interacts with a number of NREL support offices (e.g., Finance, Innovation Partnering & Outreach) to acquire services that support program execution and to provide information that enables NREL enterprise management.

The position is a member of NREL's senior leadership team as well as a member of the ESI leadership team.

This role has full responsibility and authority for increasing the number of FEMP projects at NREL and maximizing the scope and impact of each project; managing and overseeing client relations, program development, annual and strategic program planning, budget development and allocation, and execution of NREL's efforts that support the goals of FEMP. The position has the responsibility for managing the scope, schedule and budget ($9 million annually) for this program. Specific duties include:

  • Manage NREL's relationship and sustain excellent communications with the director and staff of the DOE FEMP office to sustain NREL's role as its leading strategic advisor and partner*

  • Oversee work execution, communicate status regularly with the customer, and ensure that work is aligned with priorities and changing needs and is sustaining high levels of satisfaction

  • Oversee all aspects of planning, including working with internal and external stakeholders to develop a long-term strategy; develop proposed work efforts and negotiate the annual operating plan with DOE

  • Team with NREL centers directors to secure the best available capabilities to successfully accomplish the work, delivering quality products and outcomes

  • Actively manage NREL’s FEMP portfolio to ensure that resources and efforts are directed toward high-impact, high-priority efforts and to identify and transition less productive efforts; Implement an effective change control process

  • Provide a high degree of fiscal responsibility for the program, keeping financial plans current, and implementing best practices for monitoring and tracking. Become familiar and utilize NREL business process tools and procedures.

  • Lead and contribute to related funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) or lab calls and coordinate with other LPMs and business development to leverage efforts with the FEMP program; Coordinate with other LPMs to advance crosscutting initiatives and share best practices

  • Work with project/task leads to ensure that safety, health, and environmental considerations are appropriately address in program plans and keep operational awareness high during execution

  • Maintain awareness of legislation and mandates or general market trends that are relevant to the scope of the program

  • Interact with program stakeholders and other federal agencies to build understanding, develop opportunities and ensure that efforts in support of other agencies meet FEMP goals and provide value to the agency

  • Represent NREL's work on behalf of the program to internal and external audiences


Basic Qualifications

• PhD in Engineering and 4 or more years in a related industry experience.

• Or, Master's Degree in Engineering and 7 or more years in a related industry experience.

• Or, Bachelor's Degree in Engineering and 9 or more years in a related industry experience.


Additional Qualifications

At least 6 years of project management experience required. Expert understanding and application of project management principles, concepts, practices and standards. Expert knowledge of energy systems, energy efficiency and related disciplines. Exhibits an exceptional degree of ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness. Outstanding interpersonal, conflict resolution, teaming and communication skills.

Demonstrated ability to manage and oversee complex and high-impact technical programs, and to design/implement effective work breakdown structures with an effective hierarchy of task leaders, project leaders, and sub-program managers.

Demonstrated ability to think strategically, lead strategic planning, and build consensus. Ability to propose and develop new/novel concepts and approaches where little or no precedents exist.

Ability to make difficult decisions. Capable of working independently when needed. Highly effective teaming skills, including a proven ability to form and lead high-impact, cross-organizational teams.

NREL LPMs must be able to work effectively with NREL Executive Management, Center/Office Directors, other LPMs, and the leadership and technical staff at DOE EERE and OE.

Travel is required in this position, including frequent travel to Washington DC., 25% of the LPM’s time on travel is typical.

Demonstrated ability and proven track record of sponsor or customer satisfaction in managing one or more technical projects or programs with combined annual budget of at least $5 million.

Established positive relationships with NREL’s DOE clients within EERE as well as other government agencies.

Experience in Federal energy or resource management.

A relevant technical graduate degree in an energy related field.

Experience at successfully developing, forming, and leading one or more interdisciplinary project team(s) that included national laboratories, industry, and universities.

Preferred Qualifications


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