The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Laboratory is seeking a Laboratory Program Manager (LPM) to manage all of NREL’s activities in support of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) and Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC) activities. This position reports to the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Systems Integration and interacts with research centers and offices at NREL that have a significant role in electric grid related technology research, development, and electric power market transformation.
NREL’s Grid Integration program activities are focused on supporting the success of DOE’s Grid Modernization Initiative to ensure a modern, reliable, secure, affordable and environmentally sensitive national energy infrastructure for electricity generation, transmission and distribution. This includes a portfolio of projects funded by The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) that covers distributed and transmission level grid projects, including integration of clean energy, demand response, energy storage, as well as microgrid and advanced distributive grid applications and objective market and policy analysis.
The duties of this position are to provide technical leadership, oversee program development (annual & multi-year), guide NREL’s Grid Integration program direction, ensure alignment of NREL’s program with DOE’s priorities, and ensure high quality technical output from NREL’s Grid Integration program activities.
Specific duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
• Manage all aspects of NREL’s relationship with DOE in the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) as one of their key Federally Funded R&D Centers (FFRDCs)
• Coordinate Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC) projects at NREL
• Represent NREL as part of the multi-lab GMLC leadership team
• Achieve high level of customer satisfaction by DOE, especially with respect to the leadership of DOE funded Grid Integration activities
• Provide thought leadership and strategic planning to OE and EERE in workshops and strategic meetings on future grid related efforts
• Oversee all aspects of NREL’s Grid Integration program planning, including: development of project plans, new project proposal development, and establish a comprehensive Annual Operating Plan (AOP) and long-term strategic plans
• Team with NREL Centers and Offices to ensure effective resource planning and allocation to accomplish Grid Integration project objectives and deliver high quality outcomes
• Actively manage NREL’s portfolio of Grid Integration projects and investments at NREL to maximize NREL’s value and impact to DOE’s mission priorities, including proactively proposing project/portfolio changes in partnership with OE and EERE leadership at DOE
• Provide a high degree of fiscal responsibility for NREL’s Grid Integration program financial matters, including disciplined management, execution, and monitoring of internal and subcontracted activities
• Manage NREL’s Grid Integration program to operate within scope, schedule, and budget in the project plans
• Support NREL management to ensure compliance with NREL health, safety, and environmental policies and procedures in order to maintain a safe work environment
• Coordinate NREL’s response to Grid related Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) and Lab Calls (Lab RFPs) for which NREL is eligible to submit proposals
• Partner with industry, academia, and other national laboratories to strengthen NREL’s grid integration program
• Partner with relevant NREL Centers and Business Development leaders to develop impactful industry partnerships that align with DOE priorities and leverage DOE’s investments at NREL
• Plan, arrange, and host visits/meetings at NREL by OE/EERE staff or leaders, industry and/or associations, and universities to strengthen relationships and enhance NREL’s Grid Integration program.
Required Education, Experience, and Skills
Relevant PhD and 6 or more years of experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree and 9 or more years of experience. Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 11 or more years of experience. 4 or more years of project management experience. Strong understanding and application of project management principles, concepts, practices and standards. Deep knowledge of technical field and related disciplines. Understands the context within which the program is conducted and how outcomes contribute to the customer's success. Strong leadership, project management, interpersonal, conflict resolution, marketing and communication skills.
Demonstrated ability and proven track record of sponsor or customer satisfaction in managing one or more technical projects or programs with combined annual budget of $5-$20 million.
At least one area of deep specialized knowledge and expertise related to power systems R&D, grid integration, transmission, or power systems modeling.
An established positive reputation with NREL’s DOE clients within OE and/or EERE.
A relevant technical degree, PhD preferred, in electrical engineering or a related applied scientific discipline, for example: mechanical engineering, process dynamics/control, physics, or material science.
Experience at successfully developing, forming, and leading one or more interdisciplinary project team(s) that included national laboratories, industry, and universities.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Attributes
At least 6 years of project management experience required. Expert understanding and application of project management principles, concepts, practices and standards. Expert knowledge of electrical power technical field and related disciplines. Often exhibits an exceptional degree of ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness. Outstanding interpersonal, conflict resolution, teaming and communication skills.