Are you passionate about science and keen to communicate the thrill of discovery to a variety of audiences? Interested in leading a communications team that shares those traits? Considering a move – perhaps a move away from journalism and toward a broader career in communications?
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a seasoned senior-level professional with extensive background in translating and communicating complex scientific concepts to lead the communications effort supporting the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility. Many of the same skills that members of SEJ employ every day are at the core of this position.
ARM is a DOE Office of Science user facility managed and operated by nine DOE national laboratories; PNNL leads the overall technical direction and operation of ARM, which is comprised of observation sites around the world, as well as a complex infrastructure – all available for use by scientists worldwide.
This individual develops and implements plans and strategies to successfully communicate and promote the ARM Facility. This individual (1) helps to develop and shape the awareness of the facility and its communications strategy by providing professional counsel to DOE and laboratory management; (2) serves as a public information officer; (3) leads communications team members in the development of all communications products.
Working closely with the ARM technical director, this team leader cultivates and maintains relationships with DOE program managers for the ARM Facility and Atmospheric System Research program; with colleagues at other national laboratories; and with stakeholders at other government agencies, universities, and national and international organizations as appropriate.
Familiarity with atmospheric sciences and global environmental change disciplines is highly desirable. This role requires exceptional organizational, management, writing, editing, and public outreach communication skills. This role also requires extensive internal/external relationship management experience, and the ability to lead and integrate communications efforts of multiple agency, laboratory, and company teams. The incumbent maintains a broad network of contacts, routinely faces tough issues that require creative problem-solving skills, and applies strategic thinking to issues having long-term or high-level impact to the ARM Facility and/or PNNL. The individual handles multiple demands successfully, quickly and effectively; meets requests for products in all media; is sensitive to the complexities of intergovernmental relations; and develops new ideas for communicating successes to clients, decision makers, the scientific community, and the public.
The ARM communications team lead is a seasoned professional who holds a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in scientific or technical communications, English, public relations, journalism, communications or a related field. The successful candidate will possess at least 8 years of experience in scientific or technical communications, including knowledge of marketing communications, media relations, and staff relations.
In addition to the minimum requirements, the successful candidate demonstrates a proven history of developing and implementing strategies to successfully produce business results or organizational change. Exemplary written, oral and interpersonal skills, as well as project management skills, are required. Additional education or training in a scientific discipline, as well as previous experience with scientific and technical material in the global change discipline, are highly desirable. The successful candidate will also have the following skill sets:
- Demonstrated ability to establish and lead teams and develop partnerships.
- Exceptional collaboration skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work with little direct oversight, develop and manage own workload, and oversee workload for the team.
- Excellent problem-solving skills.
- Breadth of knowledge of the communications area, its functions, principles, tools and processes, with demonstrated ability to successfully complete increasingly difficult and independent assignments.
- Demonstrated ability to provide advice at the strategic level; demonstrated ability to exercise a high degree of discretion.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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 staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
More information and to apply
If you’d like to discuss the position, please contact Tom Rickey, Tom.Rickey@pnnl.gov. Tom works with many current and former journalists and can discuss the nuances of this position, especially as encountered by an experienced SEJ member.
More information about ARM is available at http://science.energy.gov/ber/research/cesd/arm-climate-research-facility/ and http://www.arm.gov/.
This position comes with full benefits: Health insurance, pension, a 401K, etc. Relocation assistance offered.
Please apply directly: www.pnnl.jobs Job ID # 303723
Directorate: Organizational Development
Division: Directorate Marketing & Technical Communications
Group: Science & Research Communications
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