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Communications Specialist

Date: Nov 5, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6710 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks to hire a Communications Specialist for the Communications Division to support laboratory performance effectiveness activities at ORNL. The individual in this position will support the Offices of Institutional Strategic Planning (OISP) and Integrated Performance Management (OIPM). Both offices support the Laboratory Director’s Office in the areas of strategic planning and investments, discretionary resource allocation, organizational performance management, and operational effectiveness.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Support the day-to-day activities of laboratory performance management; serve as project coordinator for key deliverables.
  • Collaborate with the OISP and OIPM directors in support of ORNL senior executives in developing performance management plans, identifying objectives for the Laboratory, and tracking key results for inclusion in the following:
  • Laboratory Agenda
  • Laboratory Annual Report
  • Laboratory Performance Evaluations Management Plan (PEMP)
  • Annual Laboratory Notable Outcomes
  • Laboratory Directed Research and Development program
  • Documentation of Laboratory Objectives, Key Results, and Analysis
  • Support corporate governance activities, notably preparing for regular committee meetings of the corporate board of governors.
  • Track and review federal budget priorities and federal science and technology policy priorities to support understanding of the investment landscape.
  • Review reports from industry leaders, the US Department of Energy, national academies, etc., and prepare related communications for senior laboratory executives.
  • Understand and write or direct others to write about complex science- and technology-related topics and work with senior executives and researchers to produce timely, interesting, and compelling materials (correspondence, reports, meeting notes, presentations, talking points, and other materials) that readily convey the importance of the work at ORNL to multiple audiences, including DOE, scientifically trained researchers and sponsors, and the public.
  • Organize information from various scientific and often highly technical sources, including interviews with subject matter experts, and produce written materials in concise language without loss of technical meaning and with meticulous attention to logic, consistency, and accuracy.
  • Collaborate with technical editors to ensure adherence to grammar and style guidelines; collaborate with Creative Services to secure writing support as needed.
  • Maintain organizational websites in Drupal and SharePoint, with support from ITSD staff.
  • Suggest visual material in support of scientific and technical information needs. Work with designers, illustrators, photographers, and videographers to develop attractive and high-visual-impact products.
  • Comply with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.


Qualifications Required

  • A bachelor’s degree in communications, business, science, engineering, or a related field
  • At least 5 years of experience
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy clearance


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in communications, business, science, engineering, or a related field and 4-6 years of experience.
  • Experience managing operational excellence and/or driving continuous improvement in organizational performance.
  • Experience in a DOE laboratory and/or with a corporate organizational effectiveness program.
  • The ability to prioritize and meet deadlines, work independently and with all levels of management, researchers, and staff in a team-based environment; learn new information quickly; understand, follow, and implement complex instructions; and manage projects from concept to completion.
  • Excellent attention to detail; good facilitation and presentation skills; strong organizational skills, including the flexibility to simultaneously handles several assignments; excellent communication skills; strong skills in solving problems and developing and implementing solutions; and demonstrated expertise in Microsoft Office and Adobe products.


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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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