Vocational Program Manager
Argonne National Laboratory
United States

Argonne’s Transportation and Power Systems (TAPS) Division seeks applicants for a Vocational Program Manager to support a national battery workforce development program that will advance U.S. battery technology leadership through scientific R&D, STEM education and workforce development.

The selected candidate will draw from their engineering experience in electrification and advanced batteries to perform experimental work in partnership with TAPS research organizations that will be deployed into the battery workforce programming.

The Vocational Program Manager will utilize their engineering, technical and instructional skills to plan, coordinate, and execute vocational collaboration and learning experiences within a comprehensive battery workforce development program, preparing high school graduates, hourly workers, and transitional and vocational workers for a range of high-demand positions throughout the battery supply chain.

This role will utilize their engineering and technical background in advanced batteries and electric vehicles to develop comprehensive, career-connected educational courses and stackable micro-credential training for in-demand skills, delivered through an online learning management system (LMS), and develop community relationships that lead to immersive internships and impactful experiential learning experiences for vocational students.

The Vocational Program Manager will also serve as a key technical mentor to guide vocational student participation in these workforce programs, including emphasis on recruitment, retention and matriculation of women and underrepresented minorities into STEM careers as well as a diverse set of workers for future clean energy and mobility positions.

The Vocational Program Manager will also establish Regional Workforce Training hubs, facilitating collaboration between internal engineering and project staff with external project sponsors and other government, industry, and academic stakeholders to scale the regional workforce efforts across North America.

The selected candidate will explore through a technical lens existing industry training curriculum, content design and delivery methodologies, and evaluate effectiveness and connect participants to employers and careers.

Applying analytical thinking, they will use their technical expertise to modify and tailor course content as necessary throughout the project lifespan.

The Vocational Programs Coordinator will also provide engineering and technical support for a three-year student Battery Workforce competition to design, build and integrate advanced battery packs into a production vehicle, taking on the role of facilitating vocational/university partnerships, mentoring students, scoring and judging student deliverables and serving as a key Argonne representative on external steering committees.

Position Requirements

  • Engineering and technical background in advanced batteries for electric vehicles, either from an automotive OEM, a battery manufacturer or a battery R&D environment.
  • Skill and knowledge of current trends in workforce development and training, including high school graduates, upskilling/reskilling transitional workers, and vocational workers from community colleges, trade schools or apprenticeship programs.
  • Experience with development of training materials or learning experiences for vocational learners.
  • Experience with instruction-led classroom methods, performance-based e-learning, video, and blended-training solutions Knowledge of electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles and other advanced technology vehicles.
  • Skill in representing the organization in providing solutions to difficult issues associated with specific projects.
  • Skill in interacting and networking with industry professionals, community organizations, and government officials, including external sponsors and stakeholders to uncover training needs, opportunities, and resources in vocational space.
  • Skill in using computer software such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Experience using or administering training from a learning management system. Skill in oral and written communications.
  • Skill in time management, organization, and working on several projects simultaneously.

A successful candidate must have the ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.

The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level (RD3 or RD4) depending upon depth and breadth of relevant knowledge, skills, and experience brought to the position.

The requirements for the desired levels are as follows: RD3: Bachelor’s and 8+ years, or Master’s and 5+ years, or Doctorate and 4+0 years. RD4: Bachelor’s and 12+ years, or Master’s and 7+ years, or Doctorate and 6+0 years.

Job Family Research Development (RD) Job Profile Electrical/Electronics Engineering 3 Worker Type Regular Time Type Full time As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation.

In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Sponsored or Affiliated Activities, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A.

You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne's Legal Department. All Argonne offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes an assessment of criminal conviction history conducted on an individualized and case-by-case basis. Please be advised that Argonne positions require upon hire (or may require in the future) for the individual be to obtain a government access authorization that involves additional background check requirements. Failure to obtain or maintain such government access authorization could result in the withdrawal of a job offer or future termination of employment.

Please note that all Argonne employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All successful applicants will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination. Interested in translating science into innovation? Build your career at Argonne.

At Argonne, we view the world from a different perspective. Our scientists and engineers conduct world-class research in clean energy, the environment, technology, national security and more. We’re finding creative ways to prepare the world for a better future. To learn more about Argonne's benefits programs, amenities, and other employee programs, visit our main Careers site.

To learn more about the exciting science going on at Argonne, visit our Science and Technology page. To request a reasonable accommodation or for other application support, contact us anytime at careers@anl.gov or 630-252-2336.

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