Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Communications Specialist 3

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Administrative/Management
Organization:  Business
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106692
Job Code: Tech Communications Spec 3 (G04.3)
Date Posted: January 31 2020

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Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a Communications Specialist to support the Laboratory’s Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Directorate where teams of experts from diverse fields work together to solve complex problems of national importance. In our uniquely multidisciplinary environment, you will work with scientists and engineers who are respected for their excellence in research and for their commitment to our national security mission. You will have many opportunities to interact with all levels of administrative, management, and scientific staff at the Laboratory to communicate highly complex science and technology information to a wide range of technical and non-technical audience. This position is in the Technical Information Department (TID) and will be matrixed to the WCI Directorate.

Essential Duties

- Develop original technical content, provide writing and editing services, and/or coordinate the full spectrum of editorial and communication services (e.g., editing and writing for external reviews, stakeholder briefings, reports, news, and multimedia assets, including web-friendly content).
- Provide strategic communications planning for short and long-term projects by developing and implementing key deliverables for high-level strategic communications, managing complex project schedules, tracking production costs, and coordinating the work of others.
- Interpret complex technical information and translate into clear, accurate, relevant, and compelling products appropriate to the targeted audience(s) and into various forms of easily understandable communications.
- Define technical communications strategies, messages, audiences, and key deliverables for a variety of projects; review work of team members and provide technical guidance to less-experienced peers.
- Oversee all aspects of print and web-based publishing from concept through scheduling, writing, editing, review, production, printing and distribution, and/or web publishing; adhere to style guides and standards for communication products.
- Contribute to strategic discussions and work with subject matter experts and managers to plan new or revised websites, including recommending site structure and content organization; develop, recommend and/or execute page layout for new pages or sites.
- Recommend appropriate media/display styles for content, test electronic materials on appropriate platforms and with appropriate software, and determine website hierarchy for complex, multilayered sites.
- Contribute to the evaluation and implementation of new tools, technologies, and processes; help develop metrics and process improvement methods; may represent organization on working groups or committees.
- Perform other tasks as assigned.


- Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, journalism, or engineering or scientific area, or the equivalent combination of education and experience in the area of technical communication.
- Experience in strategic and executive communications, as well as in planning, developing, organizing, and writing technical content effectively across various types of communication platforms
- Significant experience leading complex multi-functional technical communication projects and teams with multiple technical groups, including establishing team commitments of cost, schedule, and quality.
- Significant editing/writing experience in multiple scientific or technical areas and advanced knowledge of and experience with editorial standards and technical language, usage, and style conventions.
- Experience with Microsoft Office (particularly, PowerPoint and Word) and Adobe Creative Cloud software suite.
- Advanced written and verbal communication skills and experience collaborating and communicating with all levels of an organization, including senior managers, and able to handle sensitive and/or restricted documents and information.
- Self-starter, comfortable multitasking with ability to work to deadlines and respond to tight, shifting schedules, including effective interpersonal skills and ability to work both independently and within a team environment.

Desired Qualifications

- Advanced degree in English, Communications, Journalism, Engineering, or in a scientific area.
- Expert in PowerPoint and other Microsoft products, with high proficiency with templates, charts, and various presentation formats with a creative eye for visual effectiveness; and experience with content management systems (WordPress and Drupal), CSS, and Bootstrap and experience writing or modifying HTML with Dreamweaver or similar html editor tools.
- Photography and journalistic writing experience.


Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.

LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.