Communications Professional II/III – Hydrogen and Transportation – National Renewable Energy Laboratory – Golden, CO

Posting Title

Communications Professional II/III – Hydrogen and Transportation



CO – Golden


Position Type

Limited Term (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Employment at NREL is contingent upon your compliance with all NREL and DOE safety protocols and mitigation efforts directed at the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, NREL requires all employees to be immunized against COVID-19. Upon hire, new employees must be prepared to provide proof of vaccination on your first day of employment. All employees must have completed vaccinations by November 1, 2021.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation’s primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our eight employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.

NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Communications Office has an opening for a Communications Professional II/III to help tell the story about the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) and the lab’s sustainable hydrogen and transportation efforts. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated knowledge of communications practices as well as renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and will work under general direction and mentorship.

If you love managing communication projects—tracking timelines, details, budgets, and moving multiple projects forward at the same time—then we want you on our team. Beyond these skills, we are looking for a solutions-oriented candidate who can thoughtfully weigh feedback and input before coolly managing challenges. In addition, strong editing and writing skills that align with brand requirements and style guides are essential for success in this role.

In collaboration with cross-disciplinary project and technical teams across multiple departments, you will provide strategic communications counsel to clients and ensure timely communications products. Within the Communications Office, you will coordinate writers, technical editors, and graphic designers to manage the plans for outreach, print and multimedia products, publications, presentations, conference materials, newsletters, websites, and more.

This position requires the ability to learn quickly and handle a variety of tasks—whether that is managing a routine web update, creating a detailed project plan and budget overview, or building or editing a PowerPoint deck for a client’s presentation—and manage multiple projects concurrently with limited supervision using established procedures.

Duties will include:

  • Coordinating content production (e.g., outreach materials, web copy, news articles, newsletters, and social media campaigns) aligned with brand requirements and style guides
  • Finding innovative solutions and acting as a strategic partner to clients
  • Developing, editing, and publishing print and web content, following standards and best practices
  • Creating and tracking multiple timelines and budgets
  • Working closely with multiple teams across NREL and the U.S. Department of Energy communications offices to secure review and approval
  • Building and maintaining positive relationships with internal and external clients

In addition to your resume, please include a cover letter describing why you are interested in this position, how you have developed creative solutions to difficult problems, and your specific qualifications related to communications project management.

We are looking for a self-motivated, collaborative individual with experience delivering results for clients in a fast-paced agency or corporate setting, who excels at overseeing project details and deadlines, and who also has a keen interest in science communications. Our team needs a project manager with superior organization skills, creative problem-solving abilities, flexibility, comfort with quick-turnaround requests, remarkable customer service skills, and experience with editing and writing documents.


Professional III: 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, project management and problem solving skills. Ability to use various computer software programs.

Professional II: 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. 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 a specific field. Skilled in problem -solving, written and verbal communication. Ability to use various computer software programs.


  • Skilled project manager for large- and small-scale projects, including developing budgets and deadlines
  • Highly organized with attention to detail and quality
  • Nimbleness needed to multitask in a fast-paced communications agency setting
  • Demonstrated ability for strategic problem-solving and business development
  • Strong verbal communication and writing skills (outreach and technical)
  • Ability to work well on a highly collaborative team

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with existing NREL and DOE programs
  • Strong client service mindset – willing to put ideas forward and adapt to client needs
  • Ability to react positively to rapidly changing circumstances
  • Ability to distill technical information into understandable and engaging content
  • Experience with web hosting platforms
  • Aptitude for social media outreach


Annual Salary Range: $68,000 – $112,200
Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position’s work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short*- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits*; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement*. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.

* Based on eligibility rules

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