Wind Energy Workforce Planning and Development
CO - Boulder
Hours Per Week
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. NREL currently has an opening for a Senior Project Leader in the wind energy workforce development program. The successful candidate will work with NRL, the Department of Energy (DOE), academia and industry to manage and build wind focused workforce development programs, supporting the continued growth and diversification of this industry. This position is located at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), part of the NREL Flatirons Campus near Boulder, Colorado.
More specifically, this position will be responsible for leading a team and managing existing and future projects focused on wind workforce analysis and development. The leader will engage with internal and external stakeholders to develop, implement, manage and support workforce programs with universities, community college and technical vocational programs, K-12 schools and others to inspire tomorrows wind energy leaders. The successful candidate will also work to maintain and build client and partner relationships that increase the impact of the ongoing work and future research activities.
Responsibilities are expected to include (but not limited to):
Leading strategic planning of wind workforce activities for NREL, in collaboration with the DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, including ensuring that the program is optimized in scope and complemented by activities being undertaken by other governmental and non-governmental organizations, universities and trade associations
Serving as the internal subject matter expert on wind energy workforce development
Leading the wind workforce development team in association with NWTC leadership and serving as a principal interface with project and research sponsors including the DOE on wind workforce development issues
Partnering with internal and external stakeholders to establish NREL as a leader in wind energy workforce development, building off existing programs to expand STEM engagement in wind energy
Expanding NREL's network of academic, community, governmental and industry partners engaging with NREL on wind workforce issues
Managing or overseeing existing projects and developing new projects and activities to expand wind energy focused STEM education
Engaging with the STEM community to inspire future technical leaders in wind energy
Engaging with partners as needed to support and inform the development of relevant land-based, distributed and offshore wind energy educational curricula
Providing support and direction for the wind energy workforce analysis team, focusing on needs for land based, distributed and offshore wind energy
Expanding NREL's wind workforce development impact by coordinating with and contributing to workforce focused activities around other renewable energy technologies, including solar, hydropower and marine energy
PhD in STEM fields: Education, Economics, Sociology, or related field and 4 or more years of related experience.
Or, Master's Degree in STEM fields: Education, Economics, Sociology, or related field and 7 or more years of related experience.
Or, Bachelor's Degree in STEM fields: Education, Economics, Sociology, or related field and 9 or more years of related experience.
Additional Required Qualifications
Program management experience in a STEM environment, leading multi-million-dollar projects or programs focused on educational engagement
Demonstrated experience coordinating work and initiatives across organizations and programs to meet shared objectives.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive, collaborative working relationships
Excellent organizational, project management, budgeting, interpersonal and communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to integrate project management across diverse projects and programs
Demonstrated experience developing and implementing workforce development programs, optimizing efforts across multiple organizations working to address a common workforce need for an identified industry
Demonstrated understanding of STEM workforce needs in wind energy and the renewable energy sector
Experience with workforce diversity programs
Advanced degree in workforce development, organizational development, education or a STEM field
Experience working in a research and development setting
Strong networking skills and innovative approaches to solving problems.
Demonstrated experience partnering with universities and/or government in workforce development programs
Demonstrated experience in the development of strategic plans for workforce development, retention and diversification
Experience with development and implementation of results based metric identification and tracking approaches
Demonstrated ability to research, document, and communicate findings to diverse audiences
Experience in leading, conducting or supporting broad, national level workforce needs analysis including engagement with key external stakeholders to facilitate such analyses
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