Job Description

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.

NREL conducts world-class research in energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, renewable energy technologies, and energy systems integration and optimization. Nestled in the foothills of Golden, Colorado, and convenient to Denver, Boulder, and several suburbs, the NREL campus is a living experiment filled with curious researchers and advanced energy technologies.

​NREL’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Liaison further supports the efforts and alignment of D, E & I across the laboratory. This role reports to the Chief Human Resource Officer in the Human Resources Department and partners across the organization to foster a positive, engaged, and inclusive work environment for employees at all levels and in all departments of NREL, in furtherance of our mission to advance the science and engineering of energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable power technologies; and provide the knowledge to integrate and optimize energy systems.

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Liaison will be instrumental in carrying out the following key responsibilities:

  • Ensure lab directorates have applicable EEO data and action plans to increase diversity and inclusivity efforts in concert with collaborative partnerships described below.
  • Build collaborative partnerships with Workforce Development (HR), Talent Acquisition (HR), Diversity Equity & Inclusion Director (DE&I), and Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).
  • Assist with diversity efforts within each directorate by partnering with Director of HR Operations, DE&I, HR Business Partners, Talent Acquisition and respective directorate leadership to present diversity data, identify trends, and develop action plans for managers and HR.
  • Engage with DE&I Director, CHRO and other stakeholders to develop DE&I metrics to track and support continuous improvement.
  • Support strategic alignment of DE&I, Organizational Development and Learning, Talent Acquisition, and Workforce Development
  • Act as a liaison between HR and DE&I Director to align the respective programs and projects with lab mission and goals: (e.g., recruiting, workforce development, training and staff development, leadership training, compliance, etc.).
  • Serve as sponsor and co-lead HR Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) Engagement Committee.
  • HR representative on the ERG steering committee and support the missions of the individual ERGs.
  • HR DE&I authority heading NREL Leadership strategic initiatives in tandem with Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), Director of HR Operations, and DE&I Director.
  • Act as coordinator with Workforce Development, Talent Acquisition, and DE&I in supporting outreach, targeted recruitment, and Strategic University liaison efforts.
  • Identify resources needed to complete all program initiatives.
  • Coordinate HR input for NREL’s Annual DE&I report.
  • Support CHRO and HR Operations Director as required.


Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree and 9 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, Master’s Degree and 7 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, PhD and 4 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, JD and 4 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Experience with federal contract/affirmative action plans and related good faith efforts.
  • Demonstrated background in coordinating diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Contributes to the development of new concepts, techniques and standards.
  • Considered internal subject matter expert.
  • Extensive knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Excellent leadership, project management and problem solving skills.
  • Experience in community engagement.
  • Ability to build consensus and influence the outcome to ensure alignment with goals.
  • Ability to work individually with little direction as well as in a team environment.