NREL Communications Team Lead– Transportation in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Communications Team Lead– Transportation



CO - Golden


Position Type

Limited Term (Fixed Term)


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. The NREL Communications & Public Affairs Office has an opening for a Communications Team Lead to support its Transportation Section. The position will provide communications strategy and project management with an emphasis on strategic communications, client relations, writing and technical editing, budget management, and team direction for the Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center at NREL.

The selected candidate will design and coordinate implementation of communications strategies and products working directly in partnership with NREL leadership, as well as technical and team leads. The selected candidate will lead a small team of communications representatives, project managers, writers and editors, web content specialists, graphic designers, developers, and subcontractors, ensuring on-time and on-budget delivery of high-quality communications products and solutions.

Worker Sub-Type

Limited Term


The selected candidate must have direct experience and proven abilities in creating and managing complex communications programs, in addition to writing and technical editing. The candidate must show proficiency in strategic communications planning and execution, communications project management, developing and managing annual operating plans, project agreements, budgets, communication standards, and the ability to maintain good working relationships with clients and team members.

The candidate must demonstrate the ability to collaborate with cross-disciplinary web, print, and multimedia project teams to create websites, web applications and tools, and print and multimedia products, as well as with NREL technical team members across multiple departments. The candidate must have advanced understanding and application of communications project management principles, concepts, practices, and standards, along with knowledge of web enterprise management and print, video, and social media communication standards and disciplines. The candidate must be willing to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects and deadlines.

In addition, the selected candidate must have:

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

  • Experience translating complex, technical subject matter for general audiences.

  • Understanding of the power of narrative and storytelling through all channels.

  • Excellent writing and editing skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal, conflict resolution, teaming, and communication skills.

  • Excellent client and team management skills as well as demonstrated strategic approaches.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant PhD or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant JD or equivalent relevant education/experience. Complete understanding and wide application of technical principles, theories and concepts in the field. General knowledge of other related disciplines. Considerable knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Strong leadership, communications project management and problem solving skills. Ability to use various computer software programs.


Preferred Qualifications

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

  • Experience with existing NREL and DOE programs.

  • Experience managing budgets of up to $1 million per year.

  • Experience with emerging digital communications, marketing concepts, public relations, or advertising agency setting, social media, technologies, and practices is preferred.

  • Familiarity with renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, and/or other technical subject matter.

  • General knowledge and application of technical standards, principles, theories and techniques.

  • Frequent application of industry concepts and principles.

  • General knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field.

  • Skilled in problem solving, written and verbal communication. Ability to use various computer software programs.


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