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  • ID
    #22056533
  • Salary
    TBD
  • Source
    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Date
    2021-11-02
  • Deadline
    2021-12-31
 
Full-time

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.OverviewThe Communication and IT Directorate works to ensure that all audiences, internal and external, understand the Lab’s mission and how our science transforms the world. The convergence of Communications and Information Technology at PNNL recognizes that as the world moves increasingly online, the laboratory must be increasingly savvy in how we engage our stakeholders and audiences through digital channels.ResponsibilitiesPNNL’s Communications and Publications Division is focused on delivering stellar customer service, counsel, and communications strategy to leaders across the lab. We’re currently seeking a highly proactive and strategic Communications Partner to guide and oversee the communications strategy, coordination, and production of communications deliverables to amplify the reach and impact of the following:Communications Partner for Biology and Atmospheric Sciences , which includes leading the communications for PNNL’s Biological Sciences Division, Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division, and Earth systems modeling efforts

PNNL’s communications partner roles primarily focus on strategic communications counsel, communications strategy development and planning, and organizational relationship development. Communications partners develop marketing communication strategy and plans, facilitate leadership consensus, and secure and manage communications resources and budgets. In addition, communications partners develop and execute strategic communications plans, campaigns, and programs that build the Laboratory’s scientific reputation. The work of a communications partner requires integration with the Laboratory and directorate’s strategy to drive business development, operational excellence, and staff engagement. Communications partners are forward looking, identifying opportunities to further advance the Laboratory’s research and leadership reputation with targeted stakeholder groups. Communications partners plan and direct development of information designed to keep targeted publics informed of Laboratory- or directorate-specific programs, accomplishments, or points of view. They collaborate with other communications professionals to enable effective development of integrated public relations and communications plans and may be tasked with more tactical functions, including implementation of campaigns, development of communications products, writing, editing, advising, and overseeing workflows and progress.QualificationsMinimum Qualifications:Bachelor's degree plus 7 years of experience or

Advanced degree plus 4 years of experience

Preferred Qualificiations:Bachelor’s degree in science communication, biology, chemistry, Earth science, or related field with at least seven years of like experience, or an advanced degree plus four or more years of like experience.

Familiarity with the mission of the Department of Energy Office of Science and related funding organizations

Understanding of and experience in communicating the topic of the assigned portfolio

Experience interacting with and understanding the needs and mission relevance of sponsoring agencies (e.g., Department of Energy, Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research program and the National Institutes of Health); ability to integrate their wants, needs, and preferences into communications strategy

Keen understanding of current challenges, opportunities, and trends in the topic of the assigned portfolio

Track record of effective collaboration with and strategic support for senior executives that includes offering counsel and building consensus

Demonstrated success developing and implementing strategic communications plans and principles

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

Excellent written, oral, interpersonal, and project management skills

Experience leading, overseeing, and editing the work of other communicators

Familiarity with project management software

Hazardous Working Conditions/EnvironmentNot applicable.Additional InformationThe Ideal CandidateIf you are excellent at customer service and have extensive experience building and implementing communications strategy, we want to connect with you! Specifically, we’re looking for candidates who have experience developing and implementing creative and compelling approaches that will resonate with PNNL’s audiences (e.g., sponsors, collaborators and peers, current and prospective employees). Ideal candidates will also be excellent planners and project managers that can work effectively and proactively in a matrixed organization to move ideas from concept to implementation.DiscretionManages projects of limited scope. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.InteractionInteracts with senior internal and external contacts. May function as a project lead and give direction to other exempt and/or nonexempt staff. Asks for assistance and/or delegates when appropriate.SupervisionWorks independently with little oversight required. Voluntarily and proactively provides mentoring and training for PNNL staff. Seeks out collaborative opportunities.Examples- Authority and AccountabilityAs a communications counselor, strategist, and primary point-of-contact within the assigned portfolio:Build and maintain outstanding relationships with researchers and leaders

Create and maintain communications plans, calendars, and budgets; coordinate with peers to build larger plans; and collaborate on directorate-wide events, campaigns, and efforts

Leverage and maintain familiarity with relevant subject matter, research, and trends

Seek out story ideas and opportunities to highlight research, people, and capabilities

Initiate, direct, and/or complete science communications which may include writing for scientific audiences (e.g., collaborators, peers, sponsors, prospective employees)

Maintain a keen understanding of your audiences including funding sponsors, scientific associations, external collaborators, trade media, and other stakeholders

Understand, convey, and further the PNNL mission

Serve as point person for communications inquiries

As a Communications Project Manager:Ensure that each communications project or product is aligned with a communications strategy, is appropriate for the intended audience, stimulates a preferred action, and offers trackable impact

Help see that adequate resources are allocated to complete projects, provide cost/time quotes, work with budget manager to earmark communications funding and work within budget

Using project management/workflow software, originate and track communications work and oversee day-to-day production details related to each project or product as needed, ensuring quality and on-time delivery of all components

Ensure quality and accuracy by routing proofs

Take the lead in problem solving to remove barriers to progress

Lead and participate in team meetings at key points during production

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

Maintain contextual guides, establish templates and style guides, and convey project and editorial parameters as needed

Provide tactical support as needed (e.g., writing documents, scripts, letters, social media posts, and presentations)

As member of PNNL’s Communications and Publications Division:Collaborate with other communications staff

Report regularly to division leadership on your current projects and priorities

Positively and professionally represent the division

Attend and contribute to division and group meetings

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

Advocate for strategic communications processes and results-oriented tactics

Continually seek out ways to advance personal skills and build the skills of the division

Take on additional work and duties within job family expectations, as assigned by Communications managers

Testing Designated PositionThis is not a Testing Designated Position.Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment OpportunityOur laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at hr@pnnl.gov .Drug Free WorkplacePNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.Mandatory RequirementsBattelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

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