Berkeley Lab isrecruiting for an Executive Communications Specialist to joinour Communications team in support of the Operations Division. Reportingto the Deputy Chief OperatingOfficer and matrixed to theChief Communications Officer, you will work with the Lab's top leadership todevelop messages, presentations, reports, web content, and other communicationproducts for key Lab stakeholders based on Berkeley Lab's strategic priorities.You will be responsible for learning the voice, communication style, andpresentation preferences of the Lab's Deputy Lab Director for Operations andturning ideas into engaging communication products using a variety ofcommunications tools.
You will use yourcommunications skills to research and understand key issues as directed bysenior staff; develop and negotiate crisp key messages that reflect anunderstanding of the Lab's scientific mission, operations, and culture;coordinate on communication planning efforts with the Lab's StrategicCommunications group; and provide sound advice on best communications channelsand messages. You will continually seek to improve and innovate, drawing fromyour resourcefulness and professionalism to enhance the quality and impact ofcommunication materials. You will collaborate extensively with operations,human resources, and legal leadership and staff and other subject matterexperts to develop content and products regarding Lab scientific,institutional, and administrative priorities. You will provide counsel tosenior leaders and colleagues and advocate for the most impactfulcommunications approaches, practices, technologies, and outcome measures.
Working with Lab executives and their teams, provide leadership in designing and implementing an effective program for communicating the thoughts and goals of top leadership, and the strategic priorities of the Lab, in an integrated way with other internal and external communication efforts.
Coordinate with the Strategic Communications Department and the Lab Directorate.
Plan, research, write, edit, prioritize, schedule, curate, and assist in the distribution of messages, presentations, reports, and other communication products for a variety of stakeholder audiences.
Conceptualize, research, write, negotiate, edit, and finalize compelling, accurate, and impactful executive talking points and speeches, op-eds, news media statements, and other materials.
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.
Develop and maintain new channels of communication.
Support and/or lead special communication projects as needed.
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 plus five (5) years of directly related experience, or advanced degree plus three (3) years of directly related experience providing executive communications support in a large, complex organization, especially one focused on science and technology.
Demonstrated ability to listen to and understand senior leaders and subject matter experts and gain collaborative support for communication strategies, plans, and products.
Experience in researching issues and developing clear, concise messages that explain an issue and the intended strategic direction, and articulating how it may impact the stakeholder.
Experience in producing PowerPoint presentations, speech writing, web writing and production, and internal announcements for senior leaders.
Experience in designing and executing live events, such as town halls, speeches, and employee meetings.
Track record of working with confidential information.
Ability to work calmly and maintain good judgment in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
Ability to work independently and within cross-functional teams to achieve desired outcomes, including working effectively with diverse individuals and groups.
Experience working in an environment that acknowledges and encourages diversity.
Access to a knowledge base of best-in-class trends, tools, approaches, resources, and peers through professional society engagement and professional networks.
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.
Ability to be available after hours and on weekends as needed.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, communications, public relations, or a field of science or engineering relevant to LBL's research.
A portfolio of work demonstrating expertise and experience in the application of contemporary approaches relevant to executive communications, including evidence of successful support to executives.
The ability to take abstract thoughts and ideas and turn them into compelling visual communications.
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.
This is a full-time career appointment.
Work Schedule: Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
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 will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world's most urgentscientific 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 with13 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.