Senior Employee Communications Specialist, Strategic Communications Department
Berkeley Lab is the home of world-class team science in service to the nation. Effective employee communications are critical to fulfilling this mission. As a Senior Employee Communications Specialist, you will work with the Lab's leadership and department staff to design and implement, based on Berkeley Lab's strategic priorities, an integrated program for communicating with employees and other internal and external Lab stakeholders. As a member of a growing employee communications program, you will play a leading role in understanding our audiences, modernizing channels of communication, optimizing the content pipeline, curating and targeting content for various audiences, writing service-oriented content, and designing communication campaigns that engage and inform a diverse staff and stakeholder community.
Like all members of the department, you will provide thought leadership among management, staff, and communications professionals throughout the Lab in elevating the tactics of employee communications to help achieve organizational goals. You will continually seek to improve and innovate, providing resourcefulness and professionalism to enhance the quality and impact of the Lab's internal communications program. You will collaborate extensively with human resources, operations specialists, and other subject matter experts to develop content that provides employees and other stakeholders with a common frame of reference regarding Lab scientific, institutional, and administrative priorities. You will provide counsel to senior leaders and colleagues and advocate for the most impactful internal communications approaches, practices, technologies, and outcome measures.
Working with department colleagues, provide leadership in designing and implementing an effective program for communicating in an integrated way with employees and other internal and external Lab stakeholders.
Working with Lab leadership, subject matter experts, and communications partners around the Lab and within the department, serve as project lead for communication planning and implement communication campaigns that engage and inform a diverse staff and stakeholder community.
Plan, research, write, edit, prioritize, schedule, curate, and assist in the distribution of targeted content for a variety of audiences based on an internal communications strategy.
Provide strategic and tactical counsel and guidance to Lab leadership, subject matter experts, and communications partners around the Lab.
Define measurement approaches, conduct regular measurement of communications tool effectiveness based on contemporary best practices, and report these results.
Support and/or lead special communication projects as needed.
Serve as a Laboratory emergency public information officer as needed.
Back up other members of the department as needed by performing digital communications, web production, social media, news media relations, and other duties.
Serve as a high-profile representative and ambassador within the Laboratory for the Strategic Communications Department and of the communications and public relations fields.
Assume responsibility for your continuing professional growth through participation in professional meetings, membership in professional organizations, enrollment in advanced courses, and professional journals and other publications.
What is Required:
Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, communications, or a science relevant to LBL's research and eight (8) years of related experience in a strategic communications function, for a large, complex organization, especially one focused on science and technology.
Strong journalism-based research, interview, writing, and editing skills.
Demonstrated ability to influence senior leaders and subject matter experts and gain collaborative support for communication strategies, plans, and products.
Demonstrated ability to create and implement strategic communication plans for use in large, complex organizations.
Ability to work independently and within cross-functional teams to achieve desired outcomes.
Demonstrated expertise in designing and applying measurement approaches to outcomes related to internal and/or external communications.
Access to a knowledge base of best-in-class trends, tools, approaches, resources, and peers through professional society engagement and professional networks.
Tech savvy and experience in the use of integrated internal communications tools and channels (such as WordPress, DropBox, Google Drive, etc.) to optimize work processes.
Demonstrated track record of working effectively with diverse individuals and groups.
Effective at time- and project-management skills with the ability to prioritize work assignments, work collaboratively with others, and adjust schedules based on changing requirements.
Track record of working well under pressure, during tight deadlines, with humor, tact, and professionalism.
Proven excellence in all areas of customer service.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Advanced degree plus five (5) years of proven success in a strategic communications function, for a large, complex organization, especially one focused on science and technology.
A portfolio of work demonstrating expertise and experience in the application of contemporary approaches relevant to internal communications, including evidence of successful communications campaigns and projects.
Experience and proficiency writing and editing summaries of or articles about scientific research for a popular audience.
Experience with web production and use of common digital and online communication tools.
Visual intelligence and the ability to recognize and design effective visual and multimedia communication aids.
Experience with social media in an institutional setting.
Experience within a national laboratory or other science-based organization.
Demonstrated success consulting and working effectively with senior leadership within a large organization.
Familiarity with project management principles and tools.
Active membership in professional and communications societies and forums.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full-time career appointment.
Full-time is M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work shall be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
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About Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with excellence. Thirteen scientists associated with Berkeley Lab have won the Nobel Prize. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular... views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and students. Its budget for 2011 is $735 million, with an additional $101 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for a total of $836 million. A recent study estimates the Laboratory's overall economic impact through direct, indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be nearly $700 million annually. The Lab was also responsible for creating 5,600 jobs locally and 12,000 nationally. The overall economic impact on the national economy is estimated at $1.6 billion a year. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in lighting and windows, and other energy-efficient technologies, have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence's belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.