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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Communications Professional 3 in Richland, Washington


Communications creates and provides strategic communications to the Laboratory’s internal and external stakeholders and collaborators. It sets and implements a cohesive strategy to amplify the visibility of PNNL's research and develops standards and efforts that communicate PNNL’s value proposition. In doing so, Communications enhances the Laboratory’s institutional reputation and science and technology agenda. Further, Communications drives employee-focused communications; leads media and outreach to external stakeholders; supports research through robust technical editing, formatting, and graphics support; and protects the Laboratory's reputation through issues management and transparency with news media.


PNNL’s Content and Quality group is seeking a detail-oriented and productive communicator to team with others and bring speed and efficiency to the production of energy- and environment-related communications materials. This is an ideal role for a flexible, multitalented communicator with extensive experience creating collateral and content in multiple formats, particularly related to transportation (e.g., bioenergy and hydrogen) and renewable energy (e.g., wind energy).

If you have superb communications and organizational skills, are deadline-driven, and have a talent for developing creative and compelling content in multiple formats, we want to connect with you! Specifically, we’re looking for candidates who excel at developing written stories around PNNL’s research in bioenergy, hydrogen, and wind energy for both PNNL’s external website and Department of Energy websites. Ideal candidates will also be excellent at teaming and working collaboratively with researchers and other communicators. They will also build relationships with sponsors (i.e., DOE and others) and possess exceptional project- and time-management skills.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve on a team of communications professionals that leads a wide spectrum of projects across the Communications Division. Duties will include the following:

  • Partnering with a communications partner to meet strategy and goals in the energy efficiency and renewable energy domains

  • Work closely and independently with energy efficiency and renewable energy communications partners to identify incoming projects and review materials to be published in the public domain

  • Developing compelling articles that tell the story of PNNL’s energy efficiency and renewable energy research

  • Leverage written materials content for newsletters, emails, calendars, digital displays, and similar channels

  • Collaborating with specialized teams in the division—newsroom, creative services, editing—and lean on the skills and professional support of others to complete projects as per established workflows

  • Collaborate with the social media professionals to develop and implement campaigns on various platforms (e.g., Twitter and LinkedIn)

  • Use the division’s resources repository to house relevant content and the division’s Jira-based workflow system to record assignments, monitor progress, and route work

  • Perform other duties as required or assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA and 5+ years of relevant work experience -OR-

  • MS/MA and 3+ years of relevant work experience -OR-

  • PhD with 1+ year of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including the ability to proofread content for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style; a dedication to quality writing

  • Experience with science and technology writing, specifically in domains pertinent to bioenergy, hydrogen, and wind energy

  • A talent for interviewing others and probing for impactful content that will resonate with audiences, along with a knack for delving into technical papers to understand and formulate a compelling story and follow-on questions

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

  • Demonstrated success developing and implementing communications plans

  • Self-motivated and resourceful; able to thrive in a dynamic, collaborative, and professional environment

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

  • Basic experience and comfort using social media, including Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook

  • Experience writing content for multiple formats (e.g., internal and external newsletters, websites, social media, reports, and presentations)

  • Experience working in a virtual environment including proficiency with virtual technology (e.g., Zoom and Microsoft Teams) and collaboration best practices

  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills including use of templates, content controls, and styles

  • Experience with, or knowledge of, content management systems, especially Drupal and SharePoint

  • Experience with newsletter software (i.e., HubSpot, Constant Contact, etc.)

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not Applicable

Additional Information

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Testing Designated Position

Not Applicable

About PNNL

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.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our 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 .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL 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.

Beginning 05/01/23, if you are offered employment at PNNL, you must pass a drug test prior to commencing employment. PNNL complies with federal law regarding illegal drug use. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug. If you test positive for any illegal controlled substance, including marijuana, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle 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.

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries, you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

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