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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Science and Technical Communications Partner, National Security Mission in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309340

Directorate: Communications and Information Technology

Division: Communications

Group: Science and Technical Communications

Job Description

If you are a strong communicator who also has extensive experience related to national security – we want to connect with you! Specifically, we are looking for candidates who will combine and leverage their comprehensive knowledge of and experience with the national security area to develop and implement creative and compelling communications approaches that will resonate with our audiences. Ideal candidates will also be excellent planners and project managers that can work effectively in a matrixed organization to move ideas from concept to implementation.

Authority and Accountability:

As a Communications Advisor and Primary Liaison to the National Security Directorate:

  • Based upon extensive experience and understanding of national security communications, provide expert counsel and support to the Associate Lab Director for National Security and the National Security leadership team, advising these leaders on how to amplify PNNL’s national security achievements

  • Maintain a high-level of discretion and demonstrate good judgement in handling sensitive information in the national security area

  • Understand, convey, and advance the Lab’s national security mission in context of current national trends, taking into account complexities inherent in working in areas of national security

  • Develop and manage national-level communications campaigns that amplify National Security research findings, achievements, and impacts

  • Maintain a keen understanding of target audiences in the National Security domain, including funding sponsors, scientific associations, external collaborators, trade media, and other stakeholders with whom we want to amplify our impact

  • Create and maintain editorial calendars; anticipate major events and achievements; and proactively propose, plan, and execute communications activities for the Lab’s National Security portfolio

  • Maintain expertise and current awareness of subject matter and trends in fields related to PNNL’s national security work (e.g., chemical and biological signature science, cyber security, data science and analytics, explosives detection, nonproliferation and arms control, radiological and nuclear detection, and systems engineering and integration

  • Build and maintain outstanding relationships with researchers and leaders within the Lab’s National Security mission area, including its portfolio of research, projects and initiatives

  • Serve as a Communications Division point person for inquiries pertaining to the National Security Mission

  • Define, vet, and implement a comprehensive communications strategy for the Lab’s National Security Mission and its portfolio of research/projects/initiatives.

  • Prepare and/or lead presentations related to PNNL’s National Security Mission

As a Communications Project Manager:

  • In collaboration with key stakeholders, ensure that each communications project or product is aligned with the laboratory’s mission, vision, and scientific strategy; is appropriate for the intended audience; stimulates a preferred action; and meets or exceeds goals

  • Using project management/workflow software, originate projects and collaborate with Communications Division staff to ensure resources are allocated appropriately. Oversee day-to-day production details related to each project or product as needed, ensuring quality and on-time delivery of all components

  • Organize and review any currently available content at the start of each project or product. Serve as facilitator and scheduler of the project

  • Present drafts or proofs to partners, negotiate changes while adhering to best practices, mark up proofs using appropriate notations and pass along feedback to appropriate team members. Clearly convey feedback respectfully, in writing and orally

  • Take the lead in problem solving with partners and fellow communications staff. Look for opportunities to improve and enhance communication and service to partners

  • Accept accountability for final signoff of communications materials, approving quality and fit-for-purpose of each deliverable

  • Lead and participate in team meetings at key points during production

  • As needed, provide high-level tactical support (writing documents and letters, drafting presentations, etc.)

As a Senior Communicator in PNNL’s Communications Division:

  • Report regularly to the Associate Lab Director, Science and Technology Communications Manager and Director of Communications on the communications efforts related to the Lab’s National Security work; propose new, bold ideas to elevate our reach and impact

  • Represent the Communications Division at researchers’ team meetings

  • Attend and contribute to Communications staff meetings

  • Recommend new approaches, policies and procedures to effect continual improvement

  • Advocate for strategic communications processes and results-oriented tactics

  • Demonstrate exemplary customer service

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree and 10+ years of experience, Masters and 6+ years of experience or PhD and 3+ years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, public relations, English, journalism, cyber security, computer engineering, computer networking and security, computer science, information technology, or similar

  • Understanding of and experience in communicating in a national security domain

  • Ability to understand and support a scientific mission for U.S. Government agencies, including Homeland Security, Defense, and Nuclear Security

  • Ability to comfortably interact with and understand the needs and mission relevance of sponsoring agencies, including the ability to integrate their wants, needs and preferences into communications

  • Proven track record of effective collaboration with and strategic support for senior executives that includes offering counsel and building action-oriented communications strategies

  • Demonstrated success developing overarching communications strategy and implementing strategic plans and principles

  • Strong customer service orientation, comfort and familiarity working with scientists, engineers, programmers, and researchers

  • Excellent written, oral, interpersonal and project management skills with the creative talent to refine complex technical scientific content into short, crisp, clear and impactful messages; experience leading, overseeing and/or editing the work of other communicators

  • A track record of proposing and implementing bold ideas to further communications impact and reach, particularly in the National Security domain

  • Established contacts with major scientific publications, editors, bloggers and influencers covering national security-related topics

  • Active professional society membership and roles

  • Experience formulating media outreach plans and social media plans

  • Familiarity with project management software

  • Familiarity with project management software

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

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Directorate: Comm & Information Technology

Job Category: HR/Legal/Communications

Group: S&T Communications

Opening Date: 2019-05-13

Closing Date: 2019-05-27