National Renewable Energy Laboratory Communications Professional III (1 year - Limited term) in Golden, Colorado
Communications Professional III (1 year - Limited term)
CO - Golden
Limited Term (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Communications Office has an opening for a project manager with a keen interest in science communications to help our team amplify the laboratory’s research related to water power and advanced manufacturing. As a Professional III on our team, you will be accountable for delivering strategic communications results and internal client service—working in a traffic-managing role in a fast-paced agency-like model.
We’re looking for a self-motivated, collaborative individual who can execute details and deadlines with limited supervision. If you love finding creative approaches to sharing stories about innovative research—while managing multiple project timelines and budgets—you’ll enjoy this role!
You will help us deliver five-star client service by establishing relationships with our internal customers, who are NREL senior leaders (laboratory program managers and technical leads) and researchers. Through regular meetings, planning, and reporting you will develop and implement strategic communications programs in collaboration with our writers, technical editors, graphic designers, web producers/developers, and your team’s leader and Professional I and II members.
This position requires learning quickly and handling a variety of tasks—from creating detailed project plans and budget overviews to making assignments to team members and tracking progress toward established objectives.
Job functions include:
Supporting NREL leadership and research staff in communications campaigns for their organization(s) and projects, including developing internal and external channel strategies
Communicating science, including reviewing complex technical information from research staff and translating it into clear content for a variety of target audiences and channels
Overseeing tasks, budgets, and timelines for a variety of multichannel outreach campaigns that may include producing newsletters, articles, videos, graphics, social media posts, fact sheets, web pages, proposals, and presentations
Solving problems, informing managers, collaborating with teams, and managing projects through documentation and presentations in Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat.
Successful candidates will have exemplary attention to detail and quality, knowledge of traditional and digital communication standards and best practices, a can-do attitude, and a collaborative workstyle. Strong writing and editing skills are a plus!
About NREL and the Communications Office
NREL is the only U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory dedicated to renewable energy and energy efficiency research. The NREL Communications Office (CO) is comprised of communications experts in a variety of disciplines focused on raising awareness about the lab and DOE programs. This position resides in CO’s Science and Technology Communications Group, which consists of 12 teams representing NREL’s wide-ranging research areas.
Relevant Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Public Affairs, or related degree and 5 or more years of related experience.
Or, relevant Master's Degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Public Affairs, or related degree and 3 or more years of related experience.
Or, relevant PhD in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Public Affairs, or related degree.
Additional Required Qualifications
Experience with emerging digital communications and marketing concepts and practices.
Experience with existing NREL or DOE programs
Previous roles in public relations or advertising agencies
Experience with emerging digital communications, marketing concepts and practices
Familiarity with renewable energy and/or energy efficiency.
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