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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Scientific Awards & Recognition Manager in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311323

Directorate: Communications & Information Technology

Division: Communications & Publications

Group: S&T Communications

Job Description

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. This position is located at PNNL’s main campus in eastern Washington State, an area known for its outdoor recreation, thriving wine industry, and affordable cost of living.

The Opportunity

PNNL’s Communications and Publications Division is a focused on delivering stellar customer service, counsel, and communications strategy to leaders across the lab. We’re currently seeking a highly proactive and strategic Scientific Awards & Recognition Manager to guide and oversee the communications strategy, coordination, and production of deliverables for our Recognition in Science & Engineering (RISE) program. This is a unique role for a strong communicator or researcher who has a passion for building and implementing a successful recognition program, one that leverages the power of science and engineering awards, fellowships, podium placements, board placements, and more.

As Scientific Awards & Recognition Manager, you will develop a keen understanding of the RISE program, its goals, and its impact, and serve as its ambassador. The purpose of the program is to bring opportunities, honor, and career development to PNNL researchers and engineers, while advancing the reputation and competitive strength of PNNL by raising its visibility and scientific reputation.

You will work with the RISE recognition committees, PNNL’s Deputy Director for Science & Technology (DDST), and other lab leaders, senior management, and staff to identify the most strategic and impactful opportunities and awards to pursue, to identify relevant Lab-level award opportunities, and to track, develop, submit, and amplify award nominations. You will also produce communications materials for line managers and staff so that they can better develop and advance recognition strategies in their technical areas. As part of PNNL’s self-assessment process, you will track the status of awards and honors won throughout PNNL and prepare reports on demand.

The Ideal Candidate

If you have superb communications and organizational skills, are deadline driven, and have a competitive instinct, we want to connect with you! Specifically, we’re looking for candidates who have experience developing and implementing successful recognition programs that bring attention and honor to their team members and their institutions. Ideal candidates will also be excellent planners and project managers that can work effectively with researchers and leadership with little supervision.


  • Research and recommend award/recognition opportunities that align with PNNL’s priorities

  • Develop and nurture relations with external organizations that offer award and recognition programs

  • Develop and maintain communications products including presentation materials, fliers, digital products, and a website that provide information, guidance, and explanation of best practices to staff, line managers and others

  • Offer and make regular presentations about the RISE program at staff and manager meetings throughout PNNL e.g., informal lunch and learn sessions, individual one-on-one meetings, and formal presentations

  • Maintain a detailed database of individual staff achievements and past nominations to leverage for future submissions, metrics for various internal and external reporting requirements, and help identify those who will be honored at annual awards banquets

  • Develop long-term strategies for approaching top priority nominations and for the awards program overall

  • Work closely with communications peers to plan internal and external amplification of award wins

  • Lead the development and submission of top tier award nominations (as defined by PNNL leadership) and serve as a resource to managers and communications staff developing lower tier nominations

  • Coach and encourage others to develop and submit nominations

  • Manage program budgets

  • Maintain, update, and expand the External Recognition Opportunity Calendar

  • Coordinate routine RISE Recognition Committee meetings and its communications

  • Engage HR staff in supporting and promoting the RISE Program in recruitment efforts

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

Level 3: Develops solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity. Identifies improvement/efficiency opportunities in area where assigned as SME.

Level 4 : Demonstrates leadership by translating strategy into specific goals and objectives. Works on complex problems and provides solutions which are innovative and ingenious. Skilled at working crossfunctionally to understand problems and develop and implement solutions. Identifies improvement/efficiency opportunities both within and outside of area where assigned as SME. Demonstrates initiative to implement against opportunities including removing barriers and working successfully with a wide variety of staff with different skill sets, levels and style.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, marketing, science, or related field with at least five years of like experience, or an advanced degree plus two or more years of like experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, marketing, science, or related field with at least seven years of like experience, or an advanced degree plus four or more years of like experience

  • Knowledge of awards programs and/or thought leadership opportunities in science and technology

  • Strong customer service orientation with exceptional attention to detail and follow through

  • Proven excellent written, oral, interpersonal, and project management skills

  • Demonstrated success developing and implementing strategic plans, including communications plans

  • Self-motivated and resourceful; able to function independently with limited direction from management

  • Known for gracefully handling pressure and competing deadlines; able to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously and to function in a fast-paced environment

  • Analytical with a reputation for data-based decision making and reporting

  • Results-oriented with a competitive instinct, but able to weigh risks and benefits

  • Experience with science and technology writing and the ability to work with scientists and researchers to write and/or edit compelling nominations.

  • Experience writing news releases or materials for news media, social media, and websites

  • Good at building relationships and quickly establishing/maintaining trust with others

  • Demonstrated consensus-building skills

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: S&T Communications

Opening Date: 2020-10-26

Closing Date: 2020-12-04