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Chief Scientist

Company: Duck River Electric Membership Corporation
Location: Arlington
Posted on: September 12, 2020

Job Description:

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), with offices in Arlington, VA and Lincoln, NE is the trade association for over 900 consumer-owned electric cooperatives serving more than 42 million people. NRECA is committed to harnessing the strength of America's electric cooperatives into a single powerful voice. NRECA has won the following awards over the past few years:

* Top Workplace by the Washington Post

* 100 Best Places to Work - ComputerWorld Magazine

* 50 Best Places to Work - The Washingtonian

* CARE Award Recipient - Recognizing organizations that promote a positive work-life balance

* Best Place to Work Award Recipient - Lincoln, NE

* Gold Well Workplace - Wellness Councils of America

* State of NE Governor's Wellness Award - Grower Level

At NRECA, we work with people who are leaders in their fields. They are down-to-earth, hardworking professionals committed to helping our members serve their communities. Our work is interesting, constantly evolving, and requires new skills to meet the evolving needs of a dynamic industry. In this collegial, inclusive work environment, united around the compelling purpose and history of electric cooperatives, we thrive. And topping it off, NRECA cares about each person's overall well-being, encouraging health, financial security, and a sustainable work/life balance. EEO/AA- M/F/Disability/Protected Veteran Status/Genetic Data

Summary

Chief Scientist M.4

The Chief Scientist is fundamentally responsible to help establish and sustain NRECA and the cooperative community as leaders in the scientific aspects of the advancing electrical grid and enhance our standing in the scientific and engineering communities both in the private sector and in government. The Chief Scientist must participate in meetings on behalf of NRECA and the co-ops in government, industry, and professional forums and participate through authored papers and presentation. The Chief Scientist must organize the pursuit of underwritten research, and lead or support bidding efforts where appropriate. The Chief Scientist must recruit high level scientific talent and build partnerships with leading researchers in industry and research institution. The Chief Scientist may serve as the Principal Investigator on multiple projects and provide a technical role on others. Within NRECA, the Chief Scientist is responsible for the management and administration of staff involved in underwritten research.

Purpose and Mission

* Assists with leading and managing technologically-complex research projects, which provides bottom-line and operational effectiveness impact to cooperatives in such areas as distribution, transmission, generation, renewable and distributed energy, energy efficiency and demand response, and smarter grid technologies.

* Supports building and advancing strong, winning relationships with federal agencies, large industry, and the network of national laboratories. Forecast and inspire/incubate funding opportunities and support for NRECA projects; and generates innovative partnerships with federal agencies in order to secure funding.

* Identifies compelling, unique project ideas with high-win potential funding requests. Supports building strong project teams including subject matter experts; rallies large teams for proposals; and oversees, produces technical portions, and structures components of large, multi-million dollar funding requests.

* Conducts primary research and products while analyzing and communicating technical barriers, enlisting member and partner endorsements, and delivers results at high-level briefings to national laboratories and federal government agency executives, senior advisors, and project managers with funding authority.

* Serves as one of the technical resources for the BTS division and leads the development of intellectual property to expand NRECA's technical capabilities and demonstrate national technical leadership.

* Attracts and recruits stakeholders and builds necessary coalitions to raise external matching funds and negotiates financial obligations for participation in joint research opportunities.

* Monitors Department of Energy (DOE), other federal, state, and non-governmental research organizations' current engagements to maintain an understanding of their research portfolios, and forecasts and develops new NRECA research opportunities, which align with future external programs.

* Shapes opportunities for NRECA to participate in technical briefings and presentations to federal agencies, large industry, national laboratories, academia, and research institutions.

* Supports the development and maintenance of a comprehensive vision of the future of the grid.

* Seven direct reports

Requirements and Qualifications

* Ph.D. in energy science, physics, mathematics or engineering or 15 years of research industry experience

* Fifteen years of energy industry experience required, including federal contracting experience, and an established, robust set of contacts within key federal and non-governmental firms who are traditional awardees of federal programs.

* Ability to manage competing deadlines and multiple projects at various stages of development using effective organization skills and attention to detail.

* Ability to work with a wide variety of people to foster cooperation in sharing information and materials .

* Ability to lead people and foster collaborative skills and consensus building while operating in a fast-moving environment.

* Ability to build consortia and syndication of industry partners around research objectives.

* Ability to structure funding proposals with a successful win record.

* Ability to successfully function in the Federal contracting process.

* Ability to deliver academic-level technical research analysis, writings and patents.

* Ability to operate independently with a high level of visibility and to shift priorities in a rapidly changing environment.

* Ability to travel from up to 30%, fluctuating as needed to foster effective relationships.

* Ability to recruit, organize, lead, and manage technical teams in the execution of research work, contract work, and internally funded product.

* Ability to explain complex technical subjects clearly to non-specialists, in presentations and in writing.

* Ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, with a diverse membership, employees and/or vendors in a clear and precise manner.

* Ability to use Microsoft Office tools (Excel, Word, Outlook, Power Point) in the day-to-day essential duties of the job.

* Ability to provide service excellence by building relationships, being resourceful, responsive and respectful.

ADA Requirements

* The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal and extensive reading.

* Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.

Disclaimer Statement: The preceding job description has been written to reflect management's assignment of

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