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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Program Manager - Cybersecurity Accelerator - – Project Leader IV in Golden, Colorado

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Program Manager - Cybersecurity Accelerator - – Project Leader IV



CO - Golden


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Hours Per Week



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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.

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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.

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Job Description

The NREL Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) whose mission is to build a cleantech ecosystem to empower market solutions that transform communities around the world is a leader in developing model technology incubation programs utilizing the facilities and capabilities of NREL and partnering with private organizations such as the Wells Fargo Foundation, Shell, and incoming new partners.

The IEC also works with entrepreneurs, investors, incubators, universities, national labs, NREL researchers, and industry – connecting them through events, such as the Industry Growth Forum and tech incubation programs, such as the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator and the Shell Gamechanger powered by NREL. Our team interacts with this ecosystem daily and, as such, keeps strategic records of interactions. The team also attends events and meetings regularly to interact and connect members of this external ecosystem and build partnerships.

The IEC prides itself in best-in-class business relationships and cleantech program management and is looking for a program manager to join our team to lead a cybersecurity technology incubation program.

Specific objectives:

The Program Manager will serve as the lead and program developer for a clean energy cybersecurity accelerator funded by the Department of Energy (DOE), supported by industry and utilities, and administered by NREL. The cybersecurity accelerator offers a third-party environment with world-class facilities for asset owners of all sizes and types to develop and deploy renewable, modern grid technologies that demonstrate the highest level of security by design. The program offers a pathway to technical validation and demonstration to develop customer relationships and enable market transition.

The Program Manager will lead and support partner engagement with leaders in the IEC and the Business Development organization and work with the NREL research organization building and operating the cyber range.

Job Duties:

  • Work in collaboration with IEC team/Energy Systems Integration (ESI)/NREL Tech Transfer Office/DOE in the shaping of the program.

  • Strategically lead and manage the program, including managing and delegating tasks across the program and program team.

  • Lead a small team of IEC operations support and controllers assigned to support the program.

  • Interface and build strong relationships with program management, ESI technical leads, DOE clients, business development, and utility partners.

  • Manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders including but not limited to licensing executives, legal counsel, business development execs, investors, incubators, accelerators, and universities, as well as potential applicants, awarded companies, researchers, and technical experts leading technical projects at NREL, various Boards, utilities, OEMs, industry professionals and other potential partners.

  • Administer and oversee application process from launch to selection, including application platform configuration, materials needed to communicate opportunity, coordinate, and engage stakeholder involvement and engagement

  • Coordinate NREL Subject Matter Expert participation as needed to address program capabilities inquiries.

  • Work with the IEC network leads in to coordinate and build startup, incubator, mentor, and investor engagement.

  • Represent at external events through presentations, publications, and engagement.

  • Provide program support, as needed (rolling up sleeves and able to do all parts of the program when necessary).

  • Strategically plan communications, metrics and other measures of impact that will gauge the effectiveness and goals of the program for the client, the IEC, and NREL at large.

  • Responsible for making budget numbers and cash flow balance with the help of your project controller.

Skills needed:

  • You are a dynamic, authentic, humble, personable leader who gains respect through experience, knowledge and the ability to pitch in and be part of the team, doing whatever it takes to make a program successful.

  • You are an excellent communicator, know how to talk to the media and can be a voice of the program.

  • Though not necessarily an expert, you have knowledge and awareness of the issues in cybersecurity.

  • You are strategic and a creative problem solver.

  • You are comfortable with ambiguity and charting new paths based on evolving needs.

  • You have a background in creating and running technology incubation programs, challenges, or prizes.

  • You understand the world of innovation and its needs and challenges, especially around IP, licensing, and financing.

  • You are relational and know how to deal in diplomacy and relationship building that creates win-win opportunities for everyone.


Basic Qualifications

Relevant PhD and 4 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree and 7 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 9 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Degrees obtained with in relevant field such as Cybersecurity, Business or Computer Science

Clearance: Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE (either L or Q) Security Clearance.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Expert understanding and application of project management principles, concepts, practices and standards.

  • Expert knowledge of technical field and related disciplines.

  • Exhibits an exceptional degree of ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness.

  • Outstanding interpersonal, conflict resolution, teaming and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with in Program Management and Cybersecurity


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

Annual Salary Range: $88,800 - $159,700

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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