Business Support IV - Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis

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Business Support IV - Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis
CO - Golden
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Hours Per Week
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Job Description
Within NREL, the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) launches new research areas focused on solving complex, intersectional energy system challenges. Through innovative approaches, JISEA develops networks of researchers, universities, community organizations, and industry partners to curate expertise and seed research projects addressing emerging clean energy questions. Please familiarize yourself with our website at This position reports to the Center Director and provides support in operational and administrative aspects of running a fast growing Center efficiently, which may grow to include coordinating the Center's Business Support team.
This position requires a high degree of confidentiality for work performed, strong organizational skills, the ability to prioritize multiple demands, and excellent interpersonal skills.
The Business Support IV/Administrative Associate creates, maintains and/or distributes a range of correspondence, reports, documentation, and processes with minimum supervision and oversight. This position has frequent interaction with internal and external collaborators, business partners, and colleagues.
Responsibilities include:
  • Serving as a resource to staff on institutional processes, procedures, and requirements, and provide input and recommendations on organization-specific administrative practices
  • Acting as an intermediary between the Center Director and staff to enable the smooth flow and distribution of information
  • Interfacing effectively with the Center Leadership Team (JLT), the JISEA business support team, partner Centers, broader NREL management and staff, Department of Energy management and staff, university program committee and advisory committee members, industry contacts and other key individuals and organizations
  • Maintaining calendar(s) and scheduling meetings, specifically for the JLT team
  • Attending weekly JLT meetings and drafting notes
  • Proactively managing and/or monitoring multiple tasks and information
  • Drafting correspondence for response to internal and external inquiries
  • Independently responding to and appropriately routing requests
  • Ensuring consistent administrative practices and adequate support coverage across the Center as leader of the Center's Business Support team
  • Preparing and maintaining electronic files as needed
  • Serving as the space coordinator for the Center
  • Following all ES&H policies and procedures to ensure and maintain a safe working environment
  • Following all NREL policies and procedures to ensure compliance with DOE orders and NREL requirements
  • Fulfilling additional duties as necessary
Please note: This role is a hybrid role requiring you to be onsite a two to three times each week.
Basic Qualifications
High School Diploma or equivalent and 7 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Associate's Degree or certification program of comparable scope and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Extensive knowledge in specialized focused business support functions. A comprehensive understanding of both general and specific aspects of business support activities, and their practical application to a wide variety of problems and situations specific to the discipline or field supported. Advanced skills in applicable software packages and office equipment. Considerable project administration and business services skills. Broad knowledge of specific principles, procedures and practices related to supported fields and disciplines. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, team and interpersonal skills.
  • Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
Additional Required Qualifications
  • Extensive knowledge in specialized focused business support functions.
  • A comprehensive understanding of both general and specific aspects of business support activities, and their practical application to a wide variety of problems and situations specific to the discipline or field supported.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office products including MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and MS Teams
  • Considerable project administration and business services skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, team and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be comfortable learning and using multiple online electronic systems for finance, purchasing, travel, personnel management, etc.
  • Excellent interpersonal, team collaboration, verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to efficiently prioritize duties, multitask and complete assignments with strict deadlines and deliver high-quality work
  • Experience with and sensitivity to keeping confidential information confidential
  • Ability to adapt and flourish in a flexible work environment
  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance
  • High standards of work quality and professional conduct

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in a fast-paced, high-growth business environment with advanced experience in a senior administrative role
  • Expert executive scheduling skills
  • Considerable knowledge of specialized focused business support functions
  • Demonstrated leadership in team, task, and project administration skills
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: Business Support IV / Annual Salary Range: $55,400 - $91,400
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.
  • Based on eligibility rules
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