NREL Transportation Team Lead/Communications Project Leader III in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Transportation Team Lead/Communications Project Leader III



CO - Golden


Position Type

Limited Term (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Summary

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) innovations give industry and consumers a wide range of energy-efficient, high-performance, affordable, and low-emission passenger and freight transportation options. The lab’s research has resulted in revolutionary breakthroughs in components, fuels, and infrastructure for electric, hybrid, fuel cell, and conventional vehicles. Our Communications & Public Affairs Office is looking for a Transportation Team Lead (Communications Project Leader III) to formulate strategic new ways to get the word out on this dynamic and impactful body of work.

As Transportation Team Lead (Communications Project Leader III), you will helm a crackerjack team of talented writers, editors, project managers, and client relations specialists, working in close collaboration with graphic designers, videographers, and web producers. You will act as a strategic partner in devising compelling campaigns to further client goals and raise overall awareness of the lab’s leadership in Transportation R&D.

Are you a strategic thinker who thrives on rolling up your sleeves and implementing, as well? Can you develop a big-picture communications strategy, and move on to produce a brochure or website without missing a beat? Are you able to clearly articulate concepts to colleagues and clients—and then map out action plans to bring those concepts to life? If so, this position may be a great match.

We’re looking for a self-motivated individual who sparks enthusiasm in others and is willing to experiment and take risks, while always keeping client and lab priorities in mind. You should be comfortable managing up and managing down, acting as a trusted adviser to team members, Communications and Public Affairs Office colleagues, and clients.

The following skills will be essential to success in this position:

• Strategic communications planning and project management expertise

• Confidence in client relationship building, including business development and negotiation

• Skill in conveying the value of communications and demonstrating results

• Judgement to know when and how to cut through red tape and navigate established institutional processes

• Proficiency in anticipating challenges and creative problem solving

• Understanding the power of narrative and storytelling through all channels

• Knowledge of traditional and digital communication standards and best practices

• Experience translating complex, technical subject matter for general audiences

• Ability to lead, mentor, and coach a multidisciplinary team of communicators

• Nimbleness needed to multitask in a fast-paced communications agency setting

• Oversight of budget planning and tracking

• Dedication to quality and integrity

• Polished writing and editing skills.

About NREL & the Communications and Public Affairs Office

NREL is the only U.S. Department of Energy facility dedicated completely to renewable energy and energy efficiency research. As part of the Communications and Public Affairs Office’s Science & Technology Group, the Transportation Team is one of 12 representing the lab’s wide-ranging research areas.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Relevant PhD or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Advanced understanding and application of project management principles, concepts, practices and standards. Advanced knowledge of technical field and related disciplines. Contributes to the development of new principles and concepts. Excellent interpersonal, conflict resolution, teaming and communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, communications, or marketing.

  • Experience with existing NREL and DOE programs.

  • Experience with emerging digital communications, marketing concepts, social media, technologies, and practices is preferred.

  • Familiarity with renewable energy, energy efficiency, grid, and infrastructure technologies.


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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.