National Renewable Energy Laboratory Project Controller - Cold Climate Housing Resource Center (Alaska) in Fairbanks, Alaska
Project Controller - Cold Climate Housing Resource Center (Alaska)
AK - Fairbanks
Hours Per Week
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NREL’s Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) in Fairbanks, Alaska is one of the farthest-north LEED Platinum buildings in the world. Using a mix of solar, geothermal, biomass, and thermal storage, it is a living laboratory for clean energy technologies in the subarctic. CCHRC is in the heart of Interior Alaska, surrounded by mountains, trails, and rivers, as well as vibrant music, culture, and community. With 22 hours of sunlight in the summer and cold, snowy winters, Fairbanks is an outdoor-lovers' paradise.
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.
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This position will be filled at the Project Controller Level I or II, based on the basic and required qualifications of the selected candidate:
NREL has an opening for one full-time Project Controller for the technical team (approximately 25 team members and growing) at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center. Members of this group focus on developing energy efficient, resilient building technologies for extreme climates. Through its core programs of building science research, social & economic analysis, and architecture and design, CCHRC develops building and retrofit assemblies and techniques, mechanical systems, and foundations that have improved the performance and affordability of homes across cold climates. CCHRC engages directly with Indigenous communities and cultures in the research and design process to advance energy justice for all.
The Project Controller will work under the general supervision and guidance of project leaders and more senior-level staff to support planning, coordinating, implementing, and assessing project activities according to project objectives and deadlines, while assisting to keep project milestones/deliverables on time and within budget. The team will rely on you to provide detailed analysis and periodic reports on project status.
Key Areas of Responsibility
Project budget review and monitoring, subcontract management (SOW development, execution, accruals, approving invoices, tracking and meeting deliverables), task planning and scheduling, documentation management, client reporting, and documenting cost share requirements. Specific project requirements may vary depending on client type and agreement structure.
Supporting project teams with project management activities: creating schedules, monitoring progress against deliverables, tracking costs against plans and managing budgets
Completing regular assessments of project progress and finances
Researching, assembling and evaluating information/data and develop solutions to project issues (such as a new request from a funder)
Contributing to and preparing reports, presentations, and group communications to internal and external stakeholders
Planning, organizing, and executing project activities such as webinars, client meetings, workshops, and conferences
Preparing project documentation including budget tracking and reporting
Assisting in the preparation of project management documentation
Supporting the development of proposals by coordinating with project leads, developing draft materials, compiling, uploading materials, etc.
Managing and coordinating subcontracting and procurement procedures
For the Project Controller Level I position:
The Project Controller Level I works under supervision to provide routine services for well established functional activities.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities of the Project Controller Level I:
Learning knowledge of application of technical principles, theories, and concepts.
Contributions are task-related activities.
Develops solutions to routine problems of limited scope.
For the Project Controller Level II position:
The Project Controller Level II functions under general guidance for moderately complex functional activities, deliverables, and problems.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities of the Project Controller Level II:
General knowledge and application of technical standards, principles, theories, and techniques
Contributes to the completion of organizational projects and goals
Provides solutions to a variety of problems of moderate scope and complexity.
For the Project Controller I:
Relevant Bachelor's Degree or equivalent relevant education/experience.
For the Project Controller II:
Relevant Bachelor's Degree and 2 or more years of relevant experience. Or, Master's Degree.
Additional Required Qualifications
Experience with project management; including experience in finance and business processes
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain trusting relationships with team members and project leaders
Strong teaming, collaboration, and conflict management skills as well as the ability to problem solve and take initiative
Desire to continually develop project management skills, including learning how to use and apply new project management tools or using existing tools to meet project management needs
Familiarity with online collaboration platforms (e.g., Webex, MS Teams, Zoom, etc.)
Thrives in a fast paced, innovative environment
Initiates projects, works unsupervised, completes tasks independently, solves problems, and does whatever it takes to drive results
Excellent prioritization and ability to manage multiple assignments
Excellent written and verbal communications skills
Strong interpersonal, conflict resolution, and collaboration skills
Knowledge of national laboratory structures and processes is preferred
Problem-solving skills related to project challenges
Ability to understand NREL financial systems (EPP, NQuIRE, iProcurement, etc.) to gather and interpret data
Demonstrated ability to administer and curate project repositories, such as SharePoint
Experience as an analyst of data, metrics, program impact
Strong interest in learning about technical and institutional aspects of projects in the CCHRC portfolio
Experience living in or working with rural Alaska communities, communities in Arctic/Subarctic climates, and/or experience working with underserved communities.
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Annual Salary Range: $46,400 - $76,300
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.
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