National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Community Energy Programs Communications Project Coordinator - Professional II

Employment typeFull-Time

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  • Job Description

      Req#: R12564

      Posting Title

      Community Energy Programs Communications Project Coordinator - Professional II



      CO - Golden


      Position Type



      Hours Per Week



      Working at NREL

      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 ten employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.

      NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.

      Our planet needs us! Learn about NREL’s critical objectives, and see how NREL is focused on saving the planet.

      Note: Research suggests that potential job seekers may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone who is interested in this opportunity to apply. We seek dedicated people who believe they have the skills and ambition to succeed at NREL to apply for this role.

      Job Description

      NREL’s Communications Office has an opening in the Energy Assistance and Transitions Section for a communications project coordinator who will contribute to communications plans for multiple community technical assistance (TA) programs and/or other partnerships with communities/utilities across NREL’s State, Local, Tribal (SLT) portfolio.

      In this role, you will be responsible for coordinating communications for assigned community TA projects, including ensuring completion of communications deliverables, maintaining relationships, and serving as point of contact for clients at NREL and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This position may be a great match if:

      • You enjoy building relationships with researchers and program managers.
      • You love implementing communications plans and teaming up with specialists (designers, writers, editors) to produce related content (such as news articles, website copy, social media posts, videos, webinars, presentations, event collateral, and more).
      • You can proactively track multiple tasks in parallel, coordinate the efforts of others, and deliver on deadlines.
      • You focus on the audience—who are we communicating to, and why—and bring specialists, and clients back to this key focus. You find joy in communicating science-y subject matter in plain language.

      Successful candidates will be able to support multiple projects concurrently with directional guidance, in alignment with other TA project/program communications, and measure overall results against established goals. We’re looking for a self-motivated project coordinator with strong teamwork and organizational skills who is comfortable with quick-turn requests and has experience with strategic communications planning and execution.

      Job functions include:

      • Serve as the supporting NREL communications contact for NREL and DOE across assigned community technical assistance programs and projects.
      • Implement and manage multiple strategic communications projects simultaneously in alignment with team and overarching NREL and DOE community TA communication goals.
      • Track and provide updates on budgets, timelines, and deliverables. Adhere to NREL and DOE style, brand guidelines, web standards, and best practices.
      • Collaborate with team members and specialists to execute the communication of project updates and results to defined audiences.
      • Collaborate, solve problems, inform clients, team lead, and manager, and manage projects through documentation and presentations in Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ClickUp, and Adobe Acrobat.

      With your application, please include a cover letter describing why you’re interested in this position, highlighting your communications project management, leadership, and/or content experience.

      About NREL and the Communications Office: NREL is the only DOE national laboratory dedicated to renewable energy and energy efficiency research. The NREL Communications Office comprises communications experts in a variety of disciplines focused on raising awareness about the lab and DOE programs. The Energy Systems and Solutions Group comprises team leads, project managers, and coordinators who craft communications strategies for NREL, DOE, and industry partners. The programs we support are crosscutting—focusing not on any one technology, but how energy solutions are (or could be) deployed systematically at various scales.


      Basic Qualifications

      Relevant Bachelor's Degree and 2 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree or equivalent relevant education/experience. General knowledge and application of technical standards, principles, theories and techniques. Frequent application of industry concepts and principles. General knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Skilled in problem solving, written and verbal communication. Ability to use various computer software programs.

      * Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.

      Additional Required Qualifications

      • Adaptability, flexibility, and willingness to learn.
      • Strong project management skills and experience including problem solving; attention to detail, quality, and deadlines; and adhering to budgets and review schedules.
      • Experience implementing a range of traditional and digital communications.
      • Experience handling ad hoc and quick-turnaround client requests.
      • Strong client relations and presentation skills.
      • Experience managing deadline-oriented projects, such as multi-channel communications campaigns.
      • Experience translating complex subject matter for general audiences.
      • Team- and customer service-oriented mindset.
      • A can-do attitude and collaborative work style, with the ability to react positively to rapidly changing circumstances.

      Preferred Qualifications

      • Experience working on community TA and/or community engagement experience.
      • Knowledge of renewable energy or energy efficiency technologies.
      • Experience working with one or more DOE/EERE technology offices.
      • Previous science-, energy-sector, government-, or research-related communications experience.
      • Experience working in a communication/public relations/advertising agency or similar corporate/organization department.

      Preferred Qualifications


      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: Professional II / Annual Salary Range: $63,600 - $104,900

      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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      NREL is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace in accordance with the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug.

      If you are offered employment at NREL, you must pass a pre-employment drug test prior to commencing employment. Unless prohibited by state or local law, the pre-employment drug test will include marijuana. If you test positive on the pre-employment drug test, your offer of employment may be withdrawn.

      Submission Guidelines

      Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at NREL you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.


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      NREL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard basis of age (40 and over), color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, domestic partner status, military or veteran status, national origin/ancestry, race, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding), sexual orientation, and any other applicable status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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  • About the company

      155855 The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, located in Golden, Colorado, specializes in renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.