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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Internal Communications Professional in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310679

Directorate: Communications and Information Technology

Division: Communications and Publications

Group: Internal and Mission Support Communications

Job Description

  • Plan and direct development of information designed to keep targeted publics informed of Laboratory or Directorate specific programs, accomplishments, or point of view

  • Collaborate with other communications functions to enable effective development of integrated public relations and communications plans

  • May be tasked with more tactical functions including intranet support, distribution of all-staff messages, and maintaining an editorial calendar

As an Internal Communications Professional, you will help create and implement an integrated strategy to communicate with PNNL staff. You will modernize channels of communication, optimize the content submission pipeline, and lead or co-lead the design of campaigns across multiple platforms that deliver on PNNL’s staff experience and culture expectations.

Using strategic thinking, planning, and project management skills, you will conceptualize and execute highly impactful internal communications campaigns and help implement new processes, planning, and technology implementation to ensure a contemporary and impactful internal communications strategy.

As a key member of the Communications team, you will provide counsel to Communications Division Leadership and colleagues to suggest impactful internal communications approaches, technologies, and an actionable measurement strategy based in data and analytics. You will collaborate extensively with colleagues to create an editorial planning calendar process for internal communications, and integrate as appropriate with external and social media planning.

You will identify key performance indicators and help others implement tracking mechanisms to integrate into communications efforts. You will provide feedback on internal channels and campaigns, and suggest improvements to communications efforts based on measurable metrics and data.

Authority and Accountability

  • Build a robust editorial planning calendar process to support the Mission Support Communications Team, creating a proactive, integrated schedule of messaging deliverables

  • Manage the lab intranet content, helping to inform and connect employees with a steady stream of engaging curated news, visual home page content, and up-to-date event calendar

  • Oversee the content on PNNL’s internal digital signage network according to the internal communications strategy; prioritize, verify quality, and upload contributed content

  • Collaborate with senior Communications Division leaders to deliver the Laboratory Director’s messages to staff through appropriate channels, focusing on timeliness, efficiency, and high quality

  • Edit proposed all-staff messages and distribute them through appropriate channels based on PNNL posting policies

  • Provide strategic and tactical counsel and guidance for individual colleagues who seek to publicize information to PNNL staff

  • Create a measurement strategy that includes regular measurement of communications tool effectiveness and site usage, to measure the engagement with, and impact of, internal communications efforts

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to create and implement strategic communication plans for use in internal communications

  • Vision to develop and drive a communications framework that engages and inspires staff around PNNL’s mission, leadership principles, culture, activities, and milestones

  • Ability to work independently and within cross-functional teams including writers, editors, designers, photographers, programmers, developers, internal clients, and project managers

  • Experience in management and operation of an organizational intranet

  • Demonstrated ability to improve existing communication channels, that inform and resonate with employees

  • Demonstrated expertise in applying measurements for all internal communications related activities and materials, including measuring and analyzing intranet site performance

  • A deep understanding and ability to take advantage of industry trends as applied to modern internal communications approaches

  • Track record of focus and working well under pressure, during tight deadlines, with humor, tact, and professionalism

  • Exhibit excellence in all areas of customer service

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level III: Develops solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity. Recognized by peers as competent in area of expertise. Manages projects of limited scope. May function as a project lead and give direction to other exempt and/or nonexempt staff.

Level IV: Demonstrates leadership by translating strategy into specific goals and objectives. Works on complex problems and provides solutions which are innovative and ingenious. Recognized by Managers and peers as competent. Having wide-ranging experience, uses professional concepts and organization objectives to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways. Manages projects involving diverse tasks, teams, and organizations. Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Internal and external contacts often pertain to organization plans and objectives.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, or a science relevant to PNNL’s research

  • Five (5) years of related experience; or advanced degree plus two (2) years of proven success contributing to a strategic, internal communications function for a large, complex organization, especially one focused on science, health, and/or technology

  • A demonstrated portfolio of specific projects and expertise in application of current technologies relevant to the internal communications function

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree plus 7 years of experience or advanced degree plus 4 years of experience

  • Experience with Google Analytics, SharePoint Online, Yammer

  • Experience and proficiency writing and editing promotional content and summaries about scientific research, as well as related content for the web and social media channels

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.

Other Information

Due to business needs and client space, US Citizenship is required:

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is subject to the Department of Energy Unclassified Foreign Visits & Assignment Program site, information, technologies, and equipment access requirements.

Directorate: Comm & Information Technology

Job Category: HR/Legal/Communications

Group: Internal & Mission Support

Opening Date: 2020-03-17

Closing Date: 2020-04-07