Group Manager - Human Dimensions in Wind Energy

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Group Manager - Human Dimensions in Wind Energy
CO - Boulder
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Hours Per Week
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Job Description
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an energy future that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. With locations in Golden, Boulder, and Washington D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States. The NREL mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovation to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals.
NREL’s National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) conducts world-class research in the areas of wind energy and energy integration. NREL has an opening for one full-time Technical Manager for the Human Dimensions in Wind Energy Research Group at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC). As a group manager, the individual will directly manage approximately 20 researchers and project managers. Members of this group are project and technical experts supporting land-based, distributed, and offshore wind energy, on-site assessments, stakeholder engagement, economic analysis, workforce development, and training.
To decarbonize the U.S. economy, rather than just the power sector, renewable energy technologies such as wind energy need to expand significantly. However, this needed growth can only be accomplished with the support of local communities and an adequate workforce with the necessary skill sets. Staff in the Human Dimensions in Wind Energy Research Group conduct social science research and analysis to understand the needs of communities with respect to potential wind deployment and facilitate creative solutions that serve all parties involved. The group also performs workforce analysis and engages with schools and technical training institutions to meet the future needs of both the communities and the wind industry.
Staff within the group support and lead integrated research programs with other researchers throughout NREL, other national laboratories, academia, and industry to achieve stakeholder and workforce goals. The Group Manager will directly manage approximately 20 researchers and project managers and this management role is expected to account for 35% of the individual’s time. The balance of the individual’s time shall be to perform and lead technical and analytic research in support of the goals of the Group, the Center, and the Laboratory.
This group manager will work with other staff to develop and implement a strategic vision and position the group for growth. This individual will coordinate with internal and external groups to develop new opportunities while mentoring staff, supporting their career growth, and performing other management duties such as staff planning and performance feedback.
The position involves collaboration with NREL management, project PIs, the DOE Wind Energy Technology Office as well as other federal offices. Accordingly, the manager will build new competencies to attract new research and development opportunities at NREL. Partnering with the appropriate platform leads, this individual will work to maintain and build client and partner relationships that increase the impact of the research. The manager will lead or support the response to DOE or other competitively selected opportunities.
As a researcher, the individual will provide scientific and organizational leadership and review of multiple projects. The individual shall initiate, lead, and serve as a contributor on one or more complex projects with high impact and visibility.
The manager will:
  • Work one-on-one and in group settings with staff to aid in planning and defining work, prioritizing, reviewing, interpreting and administering policies, procedures, processes and systems affecting the work of the Group.
  • Oversee and guide technical work, resources and projects in the Group. The group manager will provide input to the Center and laboratory for development of strategic plans.
  • Mentor staff in professional development for publishing, external engagement, and international leadership
  • Work with NWTC’s Leadership Team, NREL Lab Program Managers, Platform Leads, and Business Development team leads to strategically position the Group to grow in terms of funding, expertise, and impact
  • Mentor staff in NREL’s processes, procedures, and culture. Help staff to access resources throughout the lab
  • Lead annual performance reviews
  • Engage directly with internal and external clients.
  • Recruit and hire new employees, ensuring safety and other training requirements are planned, explained, and met
  • Work with human resources and other NREL managers should disciplinary measures arise
  • Lead a portfolio of complex technical work with high impact and visibility which requires the regular use of ingenuity and innovation.
  • Publish reports for the DOE, NREL, and in scientific journals and present finding at national and international meetings/conferences.
  • Lead or support complex scientific and project management activities.
  • Perform feasibility analyses of proposed mitigation technologies to assess innovative design concepts and perform value engineering including risk assessment.
  • Represent the Department of Energy national laboratories at domestic and international forums (e.g., International Energy Agency).
  • Develop and give presentations on project progress to sponsors and reviewers, write project plans, and regular project reports.
  • Support the growth of the Human Dimensions in Wind Energy Research Group through proposals, strategic investments, and business development.
Basic Qualifications
Relevant PhD and 4 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 7 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 9 or more years of experience
  • Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
Additional Required Qualifications
  • Significant success in an individual contributor research role
  • Excellent organization, project management, budgeting, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated communication skills including experience and ability to communicate research results through written papers and oral presentations, the ability to effectively represent a program, and the ability to present research work to academic, industry, and governmental audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a large dynamic team environment with evolving requirements and schedules
  • Leadership skills, including budget development and demonstrated ability to successfully lead projects and/or programs toward ambitious goals
  • Ability to engage in domestic and occasional foreign travel
  • Familiarity with and commitment to security, safety, and ES&H systems
  • This position requires an onsite hybrid work arrangement and is not open to remote applicants
Preferred Qualifications
  • PhD in Engineering, Science, or similar applicable field
  • Research experience in wind energy
  • Research experience in workforce development and/or stakeholder engagement for wind energy systems
  • Successful experience with DOE/EERE applied energy programs
  • Successful experience proposing and leading new research initiatives
  • Collaboration experience with universities and other national laboratories
  • Budget and personnel management experience
  • Experience mentoring early-career researchers
  • Membership in international collaborative bodies
  • Familiarity with NREL security and safety requirements
  • Familiarity with NREL procedures and processes
  • Strong technical publication record
Job Application Submission Window
The anticipated closing window for application submission is up to 30 days and may be extended as needed.
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Job Profile: Group Manager II / Annual Salary Range: $114,500 - $206,100
NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, 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.
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