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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Communications Professional in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309238

Directorate: Communications & Information Technology

Division: Communications

Group: Content & Quality / Project Communications Team

Job Description

Develops communication strategy and plans, facilitates leadership consensus, and secures communications resources. In addition, executes strategic communications plans, campaigns or programs that build the Laboratory’s scientific reputation, result in national and international recognition, and contribute to the financial success of the Laboratory. The role demonstrates integration with the Laboratory and Directorate’s strategy, and drives business development, operational excellence, and staff engagement, in partnership with leadership or key clients. Communications generates opportunities to further advance the Laboratory’s research and leadership reputation with targeted stakeholder groups. It plans and directs development of information designed to keep targeted publics informed of Laboratory or Directorate specific programs, accomplishments, or point of view. It collaborates with other communications functions to enable effective development of integrated public relations and communications plans. Those entering this career series may be tasked with more tactical functions including implementation of campaigns, and development of external and internal communications products.

Discipline, principal job duties/expectations, and qualitative and quantitative measures of performance that exceed the Functional Descriptor:

The Invitation

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to collaboration and work-life balance. Dynamic, adaptable people come to PNNL to work smarter and work together on high-impact projects and initiatives for the U.S. Department of Energy and many other sponsors. They focus on meaningful work, innovation, and outcomes. At PNNL, you’ll find a positive, fast-paced environment and excellent benefits including pension, matching 401(k), tuition reimbursement plans, health insurance, flexible work schedules, and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State, an area known for its outdoor recreation, thriving wine industry, and affordable cost of living.

The Opportunity

Help communicate PNNL’s work in the fundamental sciences as part of the Communications Division! A strong communications function is critical to elevate PNNL’s external presence and amplify its science and technology achievements. As a writer in the Project Communications group, you will develop multiple communications products including (but not limited to) proposals, presentations, brochures, bibliographies, web content, journal abstracts and articles, magazine and newspaper articles, newsletters, educational materials, posters, press releases, and scripts.

You will also assure that our communications products are aligned with the Laboratory’s mission, vision and communications strategy; is appropriate for the intended audience; stimulates a preferred action; and meets the stakeholders’ budget, goals and expectations.

The Ideal Candidate

If you are a top-notch writer with experience in scientific or technical writing – particularly related to scientific computing (e.g., high-performance computing, machine learning, math, data science) – we want to connect with you! Specifically, we’re looking for candidates who will combine and leverage their talents in communications to develop and implement creative and compelling content that will resonate with our audiences. Ideal candidates will also be excellent at teaming and working collaboratively with other communicators as well as with researchers.

Authority and Accountability

• Serve on a team of communications professionals that contributes to a wide spectrum of projects across the Communications Division.

• Foster collegial relationships with the specialized teams in the Communications Division, such as Document Architecture and Copyediting, Creative Services, Digital Media, and Science Writing to complete projects.

• Provide communications support for research projects (i.e., website updates, project-specific deliverables, brochures, scientific highlights, presentation support).

• Ideate and implement creative outreach efforts to support and feature research projects.

• Write general and/or technical content for use in newsletters, laboratory calendars, campus-wide flat panel displays, etc.

• Use consistent tone, style, and format appropriate to each deliverable.

• Identify and implement ways highly technical language can be rephrased to be more direct, readable, and easily understood by end users.

• Assure accuracy of language and compliance with writing style and format guidelines.

• Interview researchers to better understand their science and its impact.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Excellent writing and editing skills, including the ability to proofread content for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style.

• A talent for interviewing others and probing for impactful content that will resonate with our audiences.

• A knack for understanding audience characteristics and adjusting writing styles for various groups.

• Ability to apply various style guides (e.g., Chicago Manual of Style and AP Stylebook).

• Advanced Microsoft Office skills including use of templates, content controls, and styles.

• Demonstrated ability to manage and complete multiple activities of varying complexities while adhering to strict deadlines.

• Able to work effectively on multiple simultaneous projects with varying priorities and timelines.

• Experience with content management systems or knowledge management systems; demonstrated ability learning new technologies and applications.

• Intense focus on and commitment to detail and accuracy of work.

• Demonstrated ability to work in a self-directed manner in a highly dynamic, collaborative, and professional environment.

• Extensive experience creating communications materials/projects, with a focus on content and quality.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree plus 5 years of experience or advanced degree plus 2 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

• Excellent writing and editing skills, including the ability to proofread content for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style.

• A talent for interviewing others and probing for impactful content that will resonate with our audiences.

• A knack for understanding audience characteristics and adjusting writing styles for various groups.

• Ability to apply various style guides (e.g., Chicago Manual of Style and AP Stylebook).

• Advanced Microsoft Office skills including use of templates, content controls, and styles.

• Demonstrated ability to manage and complete multiple activities of varying complexities while adhering to strict deadlines.

• Able to work effectively on multiple simultaneous projects with varying priorities and timelines.

• Experience with content management systems or knowledge management systems; demonstrated ability learning new technologies and applications.

• Intense focus on and commitment to detail and accuracy of work.

• Demonstrated ability to work in a self-directed manner in a highly dynamic, collaborative, and professional environment.

• Extensive experience creating communications materials/projects, with a focus on content and quality.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at jobs.pnnl.gov.

Directorate: Comm & Information Technology

Job Category: HR/Legal/Communications

Group: Project Communications

Opening Date: 2019-04-15

Closing Date: 2019-04-29

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