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Program Manager - Renewables and Renewables to Grid

Date: May 6, 2022

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8212 



Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. Our diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace.


We are seeking a Program Manager responsible for leading all aspects of ORNL’s Renewables, Renewables to Grid Integration, and ARPA-E Programs. In this position you will report to Associate Laboratory Director in the Energy Science and Technology Directorate. You will work in close coordination with ORNL Division Directors, Section Heads, Group Leaders, other Program Managers, and technical staff. You will be responsible for developing strategy, proposing work and executing related R&D, demonstration, and deployment programs.


Main Duties / Responsibilities

  • Lead strategic and business planning, business development and relationship management, and program execution for renewables, renewables to grid, and ARPA-E technologies at ORNL. This includes work sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Office of Renewable Power and the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, as well as related work sponsored by others through Strategic Partnership Programs, User Agreements, and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements.
  • Closely work with other ORNL program managers to enable renewable energy integration opportunities by leveraging projects/programs within other program areas – namely the Office of Electricity.
  • Manage and prioritize the budgets of the EERE Office of Renewable Power including – Solar Energy Technologies Office, Wind Energy Technologies Office, Geothermal Technologies Office, and Water Power Technologies, as well as ARPA-E.
  • Lead FOA responses for the relevant programs.
  • Direct and lead the development of the relevant Annual Operating Plans.
  • Ensure sponsor technical milestones/quality and financial management expectations are met or exceeded, including mid-year and end-of-year reviews as prescribed by the sponsor
  • Compile quarterly accomplishments for the Performance Evaluation and Management Process (PEMP) leading to ORNL Annual Report.
  • Provide program oversight to maintain relevant aspects of ESTD user facilities.
  • Mentor PIs and other staff to encourage career development, safe work environment, and maximum productivity.
  • Ensure compliance with environmental, safety, health and quality program requirements.
  • Interact with DOE Program Managers and provide leadership to the program development at ORNL in the outlined technology areas.
  • Provide leadership by working with ORNL program managers.


Basic Qualifications

  • This position requires a PhD in an engineering or science discipline and a minimum of 15 years of relevant experience. 
  • Specific research and scientific leadership experience in renewables and grid integration of such technologies in an R&D setting is required. 
  • Significant experience in management of research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities, including assembly and direction of multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Periodic travel is required for this position

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience at a DOE national laboratory is preferred.
  • Previous work experience with DOE sponsors, including EERE Office of Renewable Power and ARPA-E is highly desired.


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

Nearest Major Market: Knoxville