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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Senior Advisor for Energy Security Research Program in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Senior Advisor for Energy Security Research Program



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description


  • Reports to and supports Energy Security and Resilience (ESR) Center Director

  • Provides vision and leadership for NREL’s growing energy security portfolio

  • Understand interlinked security and resilience needs of clients including U.S. DOE and other federal agencies and industry partners

  • Manages day-to-day security program development activities, coordination and operations

  • Working with Energy Systems Integration Directorate and ESR Center leadership, Office of Laboratory Protection, Office of the Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel, lead development of NREL Energy Security and Resilience (ESR) policies, procedures, processes and capabilities

  • Coordinate working groups developing and documenting security portfolio processes and competencies

  • Communicate processes to relevant staff, run tabletop exercises to demonstrate processes

  • Work with communications specialists, business development, line managers and staff to develop marketing materials for NREL ESR work capabilities

  • Work with line managers and NREL Office of Laboratory Protection to submit clearance applications for NREL staff; draft justifications

  • Work with ALD/ESI Executive Assistant to coordinate program meetings.

  • Mentor staff who have obtained new security clearances

  • Control ESR limited distribution documents

  • Help coordinate and track facilities modifications

  • Manage and mitigate program risks; develop strategic preparation and response planning

  • Excellent writing skills, communication skills, organizational skills, highly responsive and task oriented.


Basic Qualifications

PhD and 15 or more years of experience or equivalent related education/experience. Or, related Master's Degree and 18 or more years of experience or equivalent related education/experience. Or, related Bachelor's Degree and 20 or more years of experience or equivalent related education/experience.

• Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q/SCI or TS/SCI security clearance

• Must be able to interview by February 2021, when basic qualification requirements for applicants being considered must have been met

• Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be 18 years of age, U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE order 472.2 for additional information.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Administration/operations in DOE energy security programs preferred, DOD and other USG settings also acceptable.

  • Project Management experience including personnel, facilities, equipment; and prior experience managing budgets

  • Experience includes serving in DOE, DOD, or other USG positions requiring administration or performance of sensitive work

  • Familiarity and experience with fundamental and advanced security concepts, e.g., physical security and cybersecurity in conditions of all-hazards threats. Be able to work collaboratively with NREL managers, staff and other partners to form enterprise-level active security strategies, best practices and policies supporting NREL’s energy security work.

  • Expert understanding and application of project management principles, concepts, practices and standards. Expert knowledge of technical field and related disciplines. Often exhibits an exceptional degree of ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness. Outstanding interpersonal, conflict resolution, teaming and communication skills.

Preferred Qualification:

  • Currently hold an active Q/SCI or TS/SCI security clearance

Preferred Qualifications


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