S&T Communications Partner

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. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State, an area known for its outdoor recreation, thriving wine industry and affordable cost of living.

The Opportunity

Help build and implement a strategy to communicate PNNL’s extraordinary work. PNNL is seeking four (4) highly proactive and strategic S&T Communications Partners to guide and oversee the communications strategy, coordination, and production of communications deliverables for the following research domains: Earth and Biological Sciences, Physical and Computational Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change, and Energy and Environment (Grid). For more information or to apply, visit https://pnnl.jibeapply.com and search our Communications jobs.

As an S&T Communications Partner, you will form and nurture collaborative relationships with senior executives to develop a keen understanding of their audiences and goals and with world-class scientists to better understand and communicate the importance and impact of their work. Working with researchers, managers, and fellow communications staff, you’ll ensure that each communications project or product is aligned with the Laboratory’s mission, vision and communications strategy; is appropriate for the intended audience; stimulates a preferred action; and meets the division’s budget, goals and expectations. You will also suggest strategies, objectives and tactics that continually evolve the quality and impact of the Division’s communications efforts.

The Ideal Candidate

If you are a strong communicator who also has extensive experience leading scientific or technical communications strategy – particularly related to atmospheric science, climate change science or a related field – 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 our audiences. 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.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, public relations, English, journalism, computing, engineering, or similar plus 7 years of related experience; or advanced degree plus four (4) years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

• Established contacts with major scientific publications, editors, bloggers and influencers covering the atmospheric science, climate change science or Earth system modeling domains.
• Experience formulating media outreach plans or social media plans.
• Active professional society membership and roles.
• Familiarity with project management software.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Proven 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.
• Understanding of and experience in communicating the scientific field of atmospheric science, climate change science or Earth system modeling.
• Ability to understand and support the scientific mission of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and related funding organizations.
• Experience interacting with and understanding the needs and mission relevance of sponsoring agencies including Department of Energy Office of Science Biological and Environmental Research (BER); the ability to integrate their wants, needs and preferences into communications strategy.
• Keen understanding of current challenges, opportunities and trends in the scientific atmospheric science, climate change science or Earth system modeling.
• Proven track record of effective collaboration with and strategic support for managers that includes offering counsel and building action-oriented communications strategies.
• Demonstrated success developing and implementing strategic communications plans and principles.
• Strong customer service orientation and comfort and familiarity working with scientists and engineers.
• Experience building communications strategy for major events and initiatives.

Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.