NREL Manager - Energy Systems Operations and Control in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Manager - Energy Systems Operations and Control

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Location

CO - Golden

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Position Type

Regular

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Hours Per Week

40

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Job Summary

NREL is looking for an Energy Systems Operations and Control Manager to provide technical vision, strategic leadership, guidance, intellectual asset stewardship, management, and direction for NREL’s Power Systems Engineering Center (PSEC). The focus of the group is research and development of tools and methods for optimization, control, and real-time operations of electric power systems at all scales. More information on the groups research can be found at: https://www.nrel.gov/grid/power-systems-operations-controls.html

This position provides the leadership needed to develop the strategic direction of the group to be relevant to the evolving needs of the electric power industry, while accomplishing client goals. Clients include the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as well as key industry and university partners. The ideal candidate will develop and enhance technical capabilities relevant to advancing electric power technologies while delivering world-class, high-quality research, development, validation, and testing results. The candidate will represent NREL's efforts in electric power system R&D at technical, business, and stakeholder events.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Lead and guide the execution of research and development of advanced power operations and control systems. This includes wide-area control of bulk power systems, distributed control and distributed energy management, microgrid controllers, and home energy management systems.

  • Oversee group planning and budgeting to ensure fiscal responsibility.

  • Build new competencies to attract new research and development opportunities for PSEC and the group.

  • Work to maintain and build client and partner relationships, increasing the impact of the research.

  • Engage with the electric power and utility industries and stay current with market trends.

  • Seek feedback on NREL's efforts in electric power systems research and development.

  • Lead response to funding opportunities from DOE and other sources, including identification of opportunities and contributions to successful proposals.

  • Manage group staff including: hiring, coaching, counseling, motivating, and evaluating performance.

  • Ensure staff members understand and are compliant with policies and procedures.

  • Create a supportive work environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship, effectively enabling staff to reach their full potential.

  • Manage the implementation of equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and sexual harassment programs, policies and procedures within the center.

The ideal candidate for this role will possess the following qualities:

  • A degree in an appropriate area of engineering or science.

  • Extensive knowledge of the electric power and renewable energy industry, as well as regulations, principles, procedures and practices of relevant discipline(s).

  • Demonstrated skill in dealing with legal and ethical management issues and practices.

  • The proven ability to solve a variety of multi-dimensional problems in absence of guidelines or precedents.

  • Broad and in-depth knowledge of the issues and best practices in the applicable field of expertise.

  • Proven negotiation skills.

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

  • The ability to collaborate with individuals at all levels of the organization.

  • The demonstrated ability to effectively lead and direct personnel with diverse skills, work styles and values, both directly and through subordinate management.

Our ideal candidate would:

  • Embody and model NREL values.

  • Keep abreast of key issues affecting the respective industry.

  • Be an effective team builder by creating strong morale and spirit. Shares wins and successes as a team.

  • Have the demonstrated ability to effectively lead and direct personnel with diverse skills, work styles, and values, both directly and through subordinate management.

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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..

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Preferred Qualifications

A strong record of technical accomplishment in the area of electrical and power engineering.

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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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EEO Policy

NREL is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. NREL promotes a work environment that does not discriminate against workers or job applicants and prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, ancestry, actual or perceived sexual orientation, or veteran status, including special disabled veterans.

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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 environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. With locations in Golden and Boulder, Colorado, and a satellite office in Washington, D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.

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