Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Jobs

Job Information

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Group Leader, Scientific and Technical Publishing in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310926

Directorate: Communications and Information Technology

Division: Communications and Publications

Group: Scientific and Technical Publishing

Job Description

The Group Leader (GL) of Scientific and Technical Publishing is responsible for excellence in scholarly publishing at PNNL and serves as a member of the Communications & Publications Division Senior Leadership Team. They lead a team of professionals dedicated to helping our researchers navigate the publishing life cycle, from basic literature research to delivering credible, peer-reviewed scientific and technical documentation of their work.

This position directs the services provided by the PubCenter, an internal powerhouse of scholarly publishing experts including research librarians and information release specialists. The Group Lead (PubCenter Director) is responsible for stewarding PNNL’s scholarly publishing lifecycle, providing in-house services and teaming with other experts at PNNL (e.g., Communications) to enhance the researchers’ publishing experience.

The PubCenter leader has a deep understanding of the scholarly publishing lifecycle and expertise in several of the following areas: digital library collection management, information literacy, research support, data management, and peer-review processes. They also stay abreast of emerging technical library and peer-review processes and technologies.

As PNNL’s top resource for scholarly publishing, they provide direction and guidance to scientists, researchers, and staff on standards and publishing excellence. They are responsible for overseeing all services of the PubCenter (Scientific and Technical Publishing Group) including budget, schedule, quality, adherence to standards, and overall excellence for all deliverables.


  • Stewards, leads, manages, and influences PNNL’s scholarly publishing lifecycle.

  • Develops and promotes policies supporting publishing and the institutional repository.

  • Builds and manages professional and highly impactful publishing services including the digital library and information release systems.

  • Establishes and communicates the scholarly publishing vision and direction to the Communications and Publications Division.

  • Establishes effective methods, processes, and technical tools to support scholarly publishing; recommends new approaches, policies, and procedures to effect continual improvement.

  • Manages labor and non-labor budgets.

  • Develops and promotes informational resources and educational programs focusing on topics such as open access, alternative publishing models, and other issues related to scholarly publishing.

  • Ensures the usability, consistency, relevance, and overall quality of the digital library.

  • Provides counsel on publishing and measuring scholarly performance.

  • Remains knowledgeable of significant business partners, programs, and projects (e.g., technical editing and formatting teams).

  • Demonstrates exemplary customer service.


  • Identifies, assembles, and deploys the necessary guidance, direction, and resources to fulfill requests that come into the PubCenter. Uses the established workflow system to assign, track, and manage assignments and progress.

  • Leads PubCenter team meetings.

  • Facilitates ongoing communication between business partners and the Communications and Publications leadership team; accurately represents their goals, objectives, and interests.

  • Supervises and manages the work of the PubCenter staff, ensuring quality and consistency; delegates tasks to staff members, and collegially works with fellow managers and teams in Communications and Publications.

  • Teams with specialists within the Communications teams (e.g., media relations professionals, writers, editors, and social media experts) to consult with researchers on scholarly publishing deliverables.

  • Prioritizes projects to balance staff capacity and due dates.

  • Establishes timelines; facilitates meetings to solicit feedback or gain consensus.

  • Supports the Director of the Communications and Publications Division in overall management and provides mentorship and counsel, as appropriate, to fellow leaders and staff.


  • Thorough knowledge of the scholarly publishing lifecycle.

  • Understanding of researcher challenges when publishing and how to address those challenges.

  • Ability to align the digital library collection to PNNL’s mission areas and priorities.

  • Understanding of the Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific & Technical Information (DOE-OSTI) priorities and requirements.

  • Ability to serve as a liaison to DOE-OSTI.

  • Ability to connect publishing services to researcher publishing performance.

  • Ability to measure the scholarly publishing performance of the institution.

  • Skillful and comfortable consulting with researchers in the fundamental and applied sciences.

  • Ability to translate needed services and emerging ideas into actionable projects.

  • Familiarity with emerging trends in scholarly publishing (e.g., ORCiD standard and Open Access).

  • Knowledge of digital library platforms and technologies.

  • Knowledge of the peer review process, its platforms, and applicable technologies.

  • Superior communication skills; ability to influence leadership and lead staff.

  • Highly effective at time management, assessing priorities, delegation, and project management.

  • Skillful and comfortable assigning work to staff.

  • Skillful in managing talent and developing teams.

  • Ability and inclination to learn new skills, concepts, and technology.

  • Ability to accept detailed feedback and critique with grace and professionalism.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat.

  • Skillful with presenting at regional, national, or international conferences and/or publishing in peer-reviewed journals.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree plus 8+ years of relevant experience; OR, a Master’s degree plus 6+ years of relevant experience. Ideal degree focus in communications, marketing, public relations, business, English, journalism, or similar degree.

  • Typical related management experience should include initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing processes and management of teams.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in scholarly publishing/communications, library science, business, or similar degree.

  • Scientific education or background.

  • Experience leading a large information science project, team, or program.

  • Strong organizational skills, analytical skills, and adept at creative problem solving.

  • Experience with using service ticketing systems.

  • Demonstrated ability planning workflow, maintaining schedules, and enforcing deadlines.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a strong customer service orientation.

  • social media channels.

  • Experience managing large teams of writers and editors.

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 participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Directorate: Comm & Information Technology

Job Category: HR/Legal/Communications

Group: Communications & Publications

Opening Date: 2020-06-05

Closing Date: 2020-10-12