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Fusion and Fission Energy Sciences Directorate Communications Coordinator

Date: Aug 4, 2022

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8562 


The primary responsibility of this role is to lead Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate (FFESD) communications efforts to advance the position of ORNL fusion and fission with key stakeholders in the Department of Energy, industry, and related science and engineering research communities. The FFESD communications coordinator will guide a team of matrixed staff to execute delivery of communications products, events, educational resources, websites, and social media, plus provide media relations support to FFESD experts. The primary focus of this role is external communications, although the communications coordinator will also oversee internal communications efforts as directed by the ORNL Director of Communications in coordination with the Associate Laboratory Director for Fusion and Fission Energy and Science.


The individual in this role is expected to work effectively with colleagues at the executive and senior staff level, including the Associate Laboratory Director, Division Directors, and project leaders, to assure that communications investments are aligned with FFESD strategic priorities and to adjust to changing conditions as needed. The FFESD communications coordinator is expected to be a skilled advocate for fusion and nuclear energy activities and achievements at ORNL and elsewhere, and to establish effective working relationships with colleagues in the fields of fusion and nuclear energy across the nation. The communications coordinator is FFESD’s point of contact for responding to requests for information and support from the ORNL Director of Communications and the Science and Technology Communications Manager. The position reports to the Science and Technology Communications Manager within the Communications Division.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with FFESD division leadership and project leadership (US ITER, MPEX, Advanced Reactor Development Projects), plus ORNL communications, to prepare an annual strategic communications plan that aligns with FFESD and ORNL priorities and execute that plan to position ORNL fusion and fission for future opportunities.
  • Manage the contributions of writers, communications specialists, videographers, designers and other staff to deliver high quality communications to targeted stakeholders. These products may include features, briefs, reports, videos, websites, displays, social/digital content, and educational resources.
  • Produce high-quality communications about fusion and nuclear energy for key stakeholders and provide editing, presentation and writing support to FFESD leadership on request.
  • Serve as a thoughtful liaison for FFESD to central ORNL communications, to support alignment with broader ORNL communications and to assure understanding of FFESD interests and achievements.
  • Engage with fusion and nuclear energy colleagues across DOE laboratories and industry to support and coordinate communications efforts.
  • Collaborate with the Science Communications Manager and the Manager of Science and Technology Communications to support matrix staff development.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to an inclusive workplace where diversity is valued and respected.
  • Support project commitments to environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree, plus a minimum of 8 years of professional experience in external communications or stakeholder relations, or equivalent.
  • Experience with DOE laboratories, nuclear industry, other energy industries, or energy-related engineering and research activities.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing staff, projects, and resources to deliver high quality communications products to key stakeholders on time and on budget.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to accurately translate complex science and engineering concepts into non-specialist language.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A graduate degree, preferably in a field related to the role
  • Experience with nuclear research, nuclear industry, or other related entities.
  • Understanding of trajectories of nuclear energy and nuclear research in the US, including current challenges and opportunities.
  • Experience with DOE laboratory systems, policies, procedures and work methods.
  • Experience in building, fostering and influencing collaborative networks.


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

Nearest Major Market: Knoxville