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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Internal Communications Specialist in Topeka, Kansas


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.


Job Description

We are seeking a dynamic, experienced communications professional to build and deliver upon strategies and campaigns in support of PNNL internal employee engagement and communications efforts. You will partner closely with internal stakeholders and communications staff to coordinate, plan, and execute employee-facing communications that maximize employee awareness, engagement, and adoption. The successful candidate is a strategic thinker and stellar project manager with superb communications and organizational skills who thrives under deadlines to quickly deliver effective products. This is a fast-paced, role within a fun, experienced, and high-energy team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve on a team of communications professionals that contributes to a wide spectrum of internal and mission communications projects.

  • Contribute to PNNL's internal communications efforts, writing content for the internal website, directorate newsletters, campus-wide digital signage, talking points, and more.

  • Develop communication messaging and materials that are high quality, accurate, appropriate, and integrated with Laboratory priorities.

  • Use internal tools to maximize internal communication effectiveness while ensuring clear and consistent messaging.

  • Provide strategic and tactical counsel and guidance to leaders for their Lab-wide messaging needs.

  • Collaborate with both Communications Division colleagues and Laboratory leaders to deliver relevant information to all audiences through appropriate channels, focusing on timeliness, efficiency, and quality.

  • Use strategic thinking, planning, and project management skills to conceptualize and execute highly impactful internal communication plans to help meet and communicate Lab-wide campaigns, events, and initiatives.

  • Establish key performance indicators to measure the relevance, need, and effectiveness of internal communications campaigns.

  • Build trust and meaningful relationships with PNNL leadership and staff.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree plus 5 years of experience or advanced degree plus 2 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience within a national laboratory or other science or technology-based organization.

  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills.

  • Proven experience strategically planning publishing efforts to align with organizational and team goals.

  • Comfortable regularly pivoting from creative big-idea generation to nitty-gritty details.

  • Ability to focus and work well under pressure during tight deadlines with humor, tact, and professionalism.

  • Organizational and task management skills and the ability to manage complex workflow seamlessly.

  • Strong relationship-building skills and a respectful, collaborative approach; a strong customer service orientation.

  • Proven success contributing to a strategic communications function for a large, complex organization.

  • Demonstrated proactive commitment in evolving communications based on metrics, research, and feedback.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Not Applicable

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 careers@pnnl.gov .

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.

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.