NREL Geothermal Program Administrator III in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Geothermal Program Administrator III



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Summary

The Project Administrator will work in the Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Sciences directorate at NREL supporting the geothermal program and its projects. The Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Sciences (MTES) directorate at NREL drives technological innovation in the areas of energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable power. MTES provides engineering and scientific expertise to a variety of federal agencies, including the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Office of Science, and ARPA-E, as well university and industry partners.

This position will support NREL project leaders in managing large projects (multi-year, multi-million-dollar projects and/or projects with high levels of complexity) sponsored by a variety of clients with a focus on transformative international clean energy practices. The Program/Project Administrator will work in collaboration with project leaders to provide effective project management, including budgeting and planning, financial management, deliverables tracking, management reporting, client reporting, evaluation, and closeout. He/she will also support the geothermal program at NREL in program operations.

Working under the guidance of a Senior Project Administrator, the program/project administrator will be an integral member of program and project team(s), providing day to day project management and administrative functions to assure professional project planning and execution, and delivery of technical products and services, client management, project team management, planning, and other project leadership responsibilities.

The Program/Project Administrator will work in collaboration with project leaders to help plan, coordinate, implement, and assess project activities according to project objectives and deadlines, while assisting in keeping project milestones/deliverables on time and within budget. Duties include:

  • Support the project team with project management activities: create schedules, monitor progress against deliverables, track expenditures, and manage budgets

  • Complete regular assessments of project progress and finances and make recommendations for improvements

  • Identify, assess, and minimize project risks until successful project completion

  • Prepare reports, disclosures, presentations, and recommendations as part of required reporting to internal and external stakeholders

  • Contribute to development of materials essential to meet project milestones and deliverables

  • Assist with planning, organizing, and executing project activities, including webinars, conferences, teleconferences, and workshops

  • Assist with procuring and managing project subcontracts

  • Assist in preparing documentation required by NREL’s Project Management Support Office

  • Oversee project marketing activities, including managing website content, creation of targeted newsletters and other marketing collateral, and outreach/correspondence to external project stakeholders

  • Assist in developing new business, including proposal writing, preparing preliminary budgets and other required documentation, and overseeing internal review processes.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Relevant PhD or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Advanced understanding and application of project management principles, concepts, practices and standards. Advanced knowledge of technical field and related disciplines. Contributes to the development of new principles and concepts. Excellent interpersonal, conflict resolution, teaming and communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior experience working in the geothermal industry. Demonstrated ability to apply processes, methods, and tools for effective project management. Demonstrated ability to build and maintain trusting relationships with client and project leaders and project team members. Strong interpersonal, conflict resolution, and teaming skills. Highly detail-oriented and thorough. Flexibility to adapt to the unique challenges posed by complex international projects, with sensitivity to international cultural differences and protocols. Desire to continually develop project management skills, including learning how to apply new project management tools or new ways of using existing tools to meet project management needs. Experience with Microsoft Project. Ability to administer SharePoint project sites. Strong interest in learning about technical and institutional aspects of energy systems in a variety of international contexts.


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