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6 May 2021

Full-Time Chief Human Resources Officer

NRELCareers – Posted by NRELCareers Golden, Colorado, United States

Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is looking for an experienced Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) to build and expand on current HR capabilities while driving a strong employee-focused culture. The ideal candidate will be an enterprise-wide, collaborative, and strategic leader enabling a servant leadership culture that supports a high functioning, progressive HR department responsible for the services, systems and processes that NREL staff need to achieve the laboratory’s mission.

Job Location

The CHRO position is based in Golden, Colorado. NREL has approximately 2,700 employees and  is a rapidly growing national laboratory specializing in renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is a government-owned, contractor-operated facility funded through the United States Department of Energy (DOE). Visit

Reporting and Relationships Structure

As part of NREL’s executive leadership team reporting directly to the Laboratory Director, the CHRO partners with senior leaders in creating and driving the lab-wide people strategy as well as operations and resource planning for optimizing organizational effectiveness and performance. This position coordinates closely with DOE representatives, managing expectations and communicating information to DOE and NREL stakeholders, including the Alliance Board of Directors and the Alliance Human Resource Compensation Committee with a goal of building a highly efficient and effective workforce.

Reporting to the CHRO is the HR Operations Director who is responsible for Compliance; Total Rewards (compensation, benefits, and absence management); Information Systems and People Services; and People Mobility (immigration, research and exchange services, and relocation). Other direct reports include Talent Acquisition and Organizational Development managers and Senior Human Resource Business Partners.

A Culture of Inclusion & Diversity

Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex energy challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves; reaches their potential as individuals and teams; collaborates to work towards NREL’s overall mission of advancing the science and engineering of energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable power technologies; and provides the knowledge to integrate and optimize energy systems.

Principle Duties & Responsibilities

  • Leads staff in delivering comprehensive HR services, tools, policies, and procedures in alignment with NREL strategy and mission.
  • Supports HR management in driving total rewards programs, executive compensation, recruiting, employee relations, staff development, education and training, talent management, EEO and affirmative action, and employee communications.
  • Provides resources and tools for leadership to assess and plan around performance and potential.
  • Drives the employee experience, supporting organizational design and workforce analytics for decision making and implementing a framework for the full talent lifecycle.
  • Designs and evaluates career paths, overseeing all HR functions and crafting strategies that meet the laboratory’s business goals.
  • Demonstrates progressive management values and standards, supporting the development of and providing a sense of shared direction and purpose for HR staff.

Leadership & Culture Responsibilities

  • Creates and sustains a diverse and inclusive work culture where all team members are supported and can thrive.
  • Preserves a lab-wide culture of trust, transparency, safety, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Develops and mentors HR leadership to ensure healthy team dynamics, and  strong collaboration and teamwork.

Strategy & Vision Responsibilities

  • Develops and implements HR strategies that align with NREL’s overall mission and vision.
  • Drives innovative best practices and policies that service the full range of NREL’s people strategy and help build and sustain a high-performing equitable and inclusive culture of learning, accountability, transparency and collaboration.
  • Provides strategic guidance on HR initiatives, analytics and reporting, talent reviews, training, change management, organizational design, diversity and inclusion, and safeguarding prevention-related efforts.
  • Partners with NREL’s Diveristy Officer and DE&I liasion to support NREL’s mission of inclusion and diversity.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Human Resources Management, Organizational Development, Change Management, or related/relevant field and 15 plus years of related experience. Professional certification in Human resources, Organization Development, and/or Talent Development required.

How to Apply

Please apply via the following link:

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: chro, Diversity, energy, engineering, HR, human resources, Research, and Technology. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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