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 eight 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.

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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

We’re looking for an energetic and collaborative communications professional to join the NREL Corporate Communications Office.  The successful candidate will be adept at a variety of communications and have experience with project management and hosting high-level visitors. This position requires excellent presentation and organizational skills, along with the ability to manage multiple projects/visits simultaneously.

In this position you will collaborate with individuals across the laboratory to plan tour logistics, schedule subject matter experts for technical tours, and coordinate details such as reserving rooms, arranging catering and transportation, and creating agendas. You will serve as a campus expert to guide tours and work closely with other subject matter experts to involve their participation when needed and to develop talking points for tour stops.

We’re looking for a self-motivated individual with a passion for scientific research who enjoys interacting with people and overseeing details and deadlines with limited supervision. 

Duties will include:

  • Sharing NREL’s story with visitors and the community at large
  • Logistical support and planning for VIP and protocol level tours and visits, and events
  • Supporting online virtual offerings and being comfortable with online platforms
  • Maintaining brand-consistent messaging along campus tour routes
  • Building and maintaining positive relationships with the public as well as internal stakeholders.

Successful candidates must possess:

  • Willingness to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects and deadlines
  • Ability to react positively to rapidly changing circumstances
  • Project management skills and attention to detail
  • Experience coordinating and guiding campus tours
  • Keen interest in learning about renewable energy
  • Strong attention to detail and quality
  • Ability to distill and explain complex technical information
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Strong public speaking skills and being comfortable to speak to large crowds
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Can-do attitude and collaborative work style.

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.
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