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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Digital Design Specialist (Remote Okay) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311536

Directorate: Communications & Information Technology

Division: Communications

Group: New & Media

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking an accomplished multimedia storyteller with a track record of designing and producing compelling animated content that drives measurable results. From GIFs about grid technology to stories about cybersecurity, the Digital Design Specialist is responsible for conceptualizing and producing engaging motion graphics and other visual assets to support the efforts of the News and Media team. This role will add critical visual context to stories about the cutting-edge research taking place at PNNL.

The Digital Design Specialist will collaborate closely with our social, digital, and creative teams to produce engaging visual content that helps make the science and research underway at PNNL easier to understand for our target audiences. The ideal candidate is a skilled motion artist with a passion for science and a proven ability to condense complex topics into engaging, shareable content that educates, inspires, and delights.

  • The position 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 senior management or key clients.

  • The position 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.

  • The position implements campaigns and develops marketing and internal communications products.

Authority and Accountability

  • Work with the News & Media team to develop visuals to include with stories in development.

  • Produce motion graphics for a number of different uses, always seeking to strike a balance between creativity and utility.

  • Develop concepts, storyboards, and designs using a variety of styles and approaches depending on media format.

  • Incorporate audio such as sound effects, narration, and music to enhance video content.

  • Work with the Creative Director to maintain brand consistency and assure that all graphic assets are in line with PNNL brand guidelines and aesthetics.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in animation, media arts, or graphic design with 3 years of experience, or an advanced degree with 1 year of experience.

  • Demonstrable graphic design skills with a strong portfolio.

  • Exceptional communication and project management skills.

  • Film, photography, and editing experience.

  • Ability to understand and communicate complex scientific concepts.

  • Understanding of codecs, raw video files, exporting, transcoding, and compression.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least three years of video and motion graphics experience, preferably in an academic, research, or technology setting.

  • Proven expertise with After Effects, Premiere, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

  • Ability to be collaborative and flexible in working with a variety of stakeholders.

  • A track record of producing shareable content that generates positive engagement on social media.

  • Excellent visual design layout, typography, and color theory knowledge.

  • Must be able to sketch up concepts and execute assignments under tight deadlines.

  • Demonstrated experience working in a fast-paced, collaborative, ever-changing environment, always bringing humor, tact, and professionalism.

  • Experience producing and editing video and/or podcasts for social media.

  • Experience creating audiograms.

  • Experience moving a mission forward in scientific or technical communications, particularly in a national laboratory, news outlet, or other complex, research-based organization.

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

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Directorate: Comm & Information Technology

Job Category: Computation and Information Sciences

Group: News & Media

Opening Date: 2021-01-13

Closing Date: 2021-02-02