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Media Relations Specialist

Date: Aug 3, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8743 

This position is located on-site at our facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.



The Communications Division at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory seeks a media relations professional whose talent and experience will help to position the Lab among the world's premier research institutions. The successful candidate will tell compelling stories about ORNL science and technology to reach diverse audiences through channels including news releases, feature stories, social media, and earned media in external publications, broadcasts, and strategic campaigns.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Inform local, national, and international audiences about noteworthy ORNL accomplishments, highlighting the Laboratory’s outstanding staff and its leadership in diverse fields of science.
  • Develop and implement plans to promote the Laboratory’s research, activities, services, programs, and events.
  • Cultivate relationships with local, trade and national media outlets and identify opportunities to pitch stories about ORNL activities. Respond to media requests, facilitate interviews with lab experts and manage media visits. Assist in distribution of news content.
  • Prepare staff members to communicate effectively with media and other external audiences.
  • Develop reports and metrics that demonstrate the value of earned media to leadership and other stakeholders.
  • Assist in the production of video and multimedia presentations. Coordinate activities with audio/visual specialists, graphic artists, digital media staff, and others to support multiplatform storytelling.
  • Provide other writing and event support to the Communications Division.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, mass media communications, public relations, advertising, marketing, or a science-related field, as well as 2-5 years (minimum) experience in the communications field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with layout and photography, web content management systems, and web analytics is a plus, as well as writing samples on scientific or technical topics for both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • DOE or national laboratory experience also a plus.
  • The successful candidate must be self-motivated, self-directed, results-focused, and committed to achieving goals.
  • Creativity and attention to detail are essential, as is knowledge of planning, coordinating, and implementing effective public information activities.
  • The successful candidate will have excellent written and interpersonal skills, familiarity with word-processing and presentation software, and proficiency in the use of social media and content management systems.
  • The ability to balance multiple demands and perform professionally and capably under pressure is required.




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.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

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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