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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Technical Project Manager in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Technical Project Manager



CO - Golden


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Hours Per Week



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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

This position will be filled at the Project Manager Level III or IV based on the basic and required qualifications of the selected candidate:

NREL is seeking a Technical Project Manager to support major programs led by the Energy Security and Security Center (ESRC). This individual will provide project management leadership and coordination to efforts of significant scale and complexity. Responsibilities are expected to include: track and optimize staff and project planning; provide technical progress tracking and coordination across tasks and interdependent projects; facilitate the optimal use and leveraging of discretionary resources; develop project management resources for Department of Energy Annual Operating Plan (AOP), Technology Partnership Projects (TPP), and other lab initiatives; provide proactive support and summary tracking for research proposals; and continue to improve processes for information sharing and coordination for staff and project planning with other Centers across the Laboratory. The primary objective of these tasks and this role is to increase the efficiency and impact of ESRC’s operational tools and strategies and to advance ESRC’s long term mission and growth objectives.

This position will work closely with ESRC line managers, business managers, financial analysts, project controllers, business development leads, and cybersecurity research staff. This individual will serve as a resource to colleagues with less experience to help further build capacity on key tools, processes, or templates for project and staff planning. Unique reports, tools, or templates developed will seek to complement and leverage any existing NREL tools or resources to improve operational capacity to understand and evaluate Center level progress towards booking goals, staffing implications, and client diagnostics to inform broader strategy development for both AOP and TPP efforts. Insights may include staffing or capability gaps, business volume variances, publications volume and impact, and other key operational data and insights not readily captured by existing systems.

The successful candidate will use knowledge and experience to develop and maintain a dynamic, multi-year portfolio funding plan by funding source to ensure the most efficient and effective use of available funding. Close coordination with peer management and program leads—particularly in ESIF, ARIES, IESS, and Information Security—is required to ensure alignment with parallel efforts. Develop and maintain project control documents, and coordinate between multiple funding sources and multiple internal performers/task leads. Support development and implementation of technical processes such as change control management. Most importantly, the successful candidate will be driven by a passion to make a positive impact on sustainability, resilience, and security of our nation’s future energy system!


Basic Qualifications

Project Manager III – Relevant PhD or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience Complete understanding and application of project management principles, concepts, practices, and standards. Full knowledge of technical field and related disciplines. Contributes to the development of new principles and concepts. Excellent interpersonal, conflict resolution, teaming, and communication skills.

Project Manager IV – Relevant PhD and 4 or more years of 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. Advanced understanding and application of project management principles, concepts, practices, and standards. Advanced knowledge of technical field and related disciplines. Contributes to the development of new principles and concepts. Excellent interpersonal, conflict resolution, teaming, and communication skills.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Experience with standard project management practices including project plan development and control, scope management, project scheduling, cost estimation and management, quality assurance, resource management, communications planning and management, risk and opportunity management, and procurement management.

  • Demonstrated excellence in verbal, written, and technical communications as well as interpersonal skills

  • Strong financial analysis experience

  • Experience operating in a highly dynamic business environment (especially research)

  • Knowledge of and/or experience with scheduling best practices, including work breakdown structure development, schedule logic and dependencies and change control.

  • Demonstrated ability to make decisions and communicate across project controls and business disciplines.

  • Expertise in tools and applications commonly employed in project management activities.

  • Expertise in project management and financial tools such as MS Excel, Power BI, Oracle, Salesforce, or equivalent.

  • Basic understanding of Federal budget/finance process.

  • Considerable knowledge of project management, principles, procedures, and practices.

  • Strong leadership, project management and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to use various computer software programs.

  • Clearance: Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE (L or Q) security clearance and SCI access. SCI access may require a polygraph examination. To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PMP Certification

  • Experience with Agile or modified Agile software development methodologies

Preferred Qualifications


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

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

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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