NREL Wind Energy Systems Group Manager in Boulder, Colorado

Posting Title

Wind Energy Systems Group Manager



CO - Boulder


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Summary

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.

NREL’s National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) conducts world-class research in the areas of wind energy, water power, and grid integration. NREL has an opening at the NWTC for one full-time Technical Manager near Boulder, Colorado for the newly created Wind Energy Systems Group at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC). This position is for a group manager and individual contributor. The Group Manager role is expected to account for 30% of the individual’s time. The balance of the individual’s time shall be to lead and/or contribute to technical, economic, and other scientific analysis, in support of the goals of the Group, the Center, and the Laboratory.

As a group manager, the individual will directly manage approximately 20 researchers. Members of this group are technical experts supporting land-based, distributed, and offshore wind energy, conducting research on wind energy systems and the analysis tools required to conduct innovative technology development and industry partnerships.

This group manager will work with other staff to develop and implement a strategic vision for the group and position the group to grow in funding, expertise, and impact. This individual will coordinate with internal and external groups to develop opportunities. This individual will also mentor staff, support their career growth, and perform other management duties such as staff planning and performance feedback.

The staff in this Group lead an integrated research program with the other groups in the Center to lower the cost and increase the value of wind generated electricity. The group expertise includes aeroelastic simulation, controls, drive-train reliability, and wind turbine design and analysis, wind plant design and analysis, systems engineering and optimization.

The position involves collaboration with NREL management, project PI’s and DOE Wind Office leadership, to design and implement projects and activities that increase market adoption of wind-based power generation technologies.

The manager will build new competencies to attract new research and development opportunities at NREL. Partnering with the appropriate platform lead, this person will work to maintain and build client and partner relationships that increase the impact of the research. The manager will lead or support the response to DOE or other competitively selected proposals.

As a researcher, the individual will provide engineering, economic, and analytical leadership and review of projects related to land-based, distributed, and offshore wind energy. The individual shall initiate, lead and serve as a contributor on one or more complex projects with high impact and visibility.

The manager will:

  • Work one-on-one and in group settings with staff to aid in planning and defining work, prioritizing, reviewing, and interpreting and administering policies, procedures, processes and systems affecting the work of the Group.

  • Oversee and guide technical work, resources and projects in the Group. She\he will provide input to the Center and laboratory for development of strategic plans.

  • Mentor staff in professional development for publishing, external engagement, and international leadership

  • Work with NWTC’s Leadership Team, NREL Lab Program Managers, Platform Leads, and Business Development team leads to strategically position the Group to grow in terms of funding, expertise, and impact

  • Mentor staff in NREL’s processes, procedures, and culture. Help staff to access resources throughout the lab

  • Lead annual performance reviews

  • Engage directly with internal and external clients.

  • Recruit, hire and onboard new employees, ensuring safety and other training requirements are planned, explained, and met

  • Work with human resources and other NREL managers should disciplinary measures arise

  • Lead a portfolio of technical work where assignments are complex with high impact and visibility which require the regular use of ingenuity and innovation.

  • Publish reports for the DOE, NREL, and in scientific journals and present finding at national and international meetings/conferences.

  • Lead or support complex engineering, analysis, or stakeholder engagement projects.

  • Perform feasibility analyses of proposed mitigation technologies to assess innovative designs concepts and perform value engineering including risk assessment.

  • Represent the Department of Energy national laboratories at domestic and international forums (e.g., International Energy Agency).

  • Develop and give presentations on project progress to sponsors and reviewers, write project plans, and regular project reports.

  • Support the growth of the Wind Energy Systems Group through proposals, strategic investments, and business development.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Previous management, budget development and/or significant leadership in an individual contributor role required. Degree in appropriate field is required. Demonstrated skill in dealing with legal and ethical management issues and practices. Broad and in-depth knowledge of the issues and best practices in the applicable field of expertise. Excellent organization, project management, budgeting, interpersonal and communication skills. Proven problem-solving and negotiation skills. Ability to collaborate with individuals at all levels of the organization. Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and direct personnel with diverse skills, work styles and values, both directly and through subordinate management.


Preferred Qualifications


  • PhD in Engineering, Science, or similar applicable field

  • Research experience in wind energy, offshore wind energy, distributed wind energy, wind turbines and plants, systems engineering, reliability, and optimization

  • A knowledge of grid integration issues for wind and hybrid energy systems

  • Successful experience with DOE/EERE applied energy programs

  • Experience with universities and state and local government agencies

  • Budget and personnel management experience

  • Experience mentoring early-career researchers

  • Membership in technical professional societies

  • Membership in international collaborative bodies

  • Familiarity with NREL security and safety requirements

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US DOE security clearance


  • MS in Engineering, Science, or similar applicable field

  • 5 or more years research experience

  • Significant success in an individual contributor research role

  • Excellent organization, project management, budgeting, interpersonal, and communication skills

  • Demonstrated communication skills including experience and ability to communicate research results through written papers and oral presentations, the ability to effectively represent a program, and the ability to present research work to academic, industry, and governmental audiences

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a large dynamic team environment with evolving requirements and schedules

  • Leadership skills, including budget development and demonstrated ability to successfully lead projects and/or programs toward ambitious goals

  • Strong technical publication record

  • Ability to engage in domestic and occasional foreign travel

  • Familiarity with and commitment to security, safety, and ES&H systems


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