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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Project Controller – Solar Energy Technology Office Support in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Project Controller – Solar Energy Technology Office Support



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

Job Summary:

This position is a program management support role providing direct assistance to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)-funded Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO) Program at NREL which includes a wide-ranging portfolio of projects. Primary focus is on supporting the SETO program manager in coordinating project documentation across the SETO portfolio including tracking, and reporting of information relevant to NREL’s SETO performance. The position will directly report to the Solar Laboratory Program Manager, but will be a critical member of the Solar Program Operations Team (SPOT) and will work closely with the SETO leadership team and project leads (also known as Principal Investigators or PIs) for SETO projects.

Job Duties:

NREL’s SETO portfolio spans the entire laboratory work force and requires extensive hands-on support to ensure the operations of the program are efficient and well-coordinated. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for providing coordination across the SETO PIs to ensure project information is completed accurately and tracked for quality and consistency. The Project Coordinator will provide support to the NREL Solar Program team in tracking and monitoring Program competitive opportunities, interests, and responses.

In conjunction with the Solar Program Coordinator, this staff member will work closely with staff across the lab to ensure project and reporting information quality. This role ensures the documentation for effective project management and coordination with DOE are in place between NREL and DOE. This person will work with project controllers (or equivalent project support staff) across the lab to ensure information to PIs is clear and coordinated and ensure project information is timely and accurate. As needed, this position will also work directly with PIs when documentation is in question or inaccurate. This person will flag any issues with scope, schedule, and budget on projects and notify program management to address.

This position will be working regularly with the NREL Solar databases and tools including the Project Records database, the Competitive Opportunities/Partnerships database, and the Reporting Tool. These will be used daily to track and monitor all aspects of the operations of the NREL Solar portfolio.

This position will provide insightful input into process improvements to further streamline internal processes to improve how information is collected, tracked, and reported. As the portfolio continues to expand, enhancements such as interactive tools are critical to handle the volume of work. This position will work closely with the Program Coordinator to develop and maintain the best solutions for handling the work volume.

Duties will also include periodic development of presentations, formal reports, and other communications to share program progress with both internal staff/management and external clients and other stakeholders.


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.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Basic knowledge and experience with project management principles, concepts, practices, and standards. Proficient use of Microsoft Excel.

  • Strong understanding of fiscal management principles.

  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to streamline and simplify processes and reporting to minimize impact on staff.

  • Exhibits initiative, creativity and resourcefulness.

  • Strong team player able to work effectively independently and within a team setting.

  • Commitment to excellent customer service complemented by exemplary interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal).

  • Supportive attitude towards organizational and programmatic goals

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of research and development project management practices.

  • Experience in development and maintaining shared-resource tools like SharePoint and Microsoft Teams.

  • Knowledge of basic programming and database development.

  • Knowledge of NREL financial planning and tracking tools.


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